Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Day Five

Today was our lucky day at California Adventure. We got there as soon as it opened to be first in line to see "Turtle Talk with Crush", a virtual reality show with the surfing turtle from Finding Nemo. We watched as hordes of people ran to the Tower of Terror so as not to wait in a long line for that. Meanwhile, Disney cast members were busy handing out Dream Fastpass badges to everyone at the animation studio - including us! We got tickets to walk right onto every major ride at Disneyland and California Adventure. The only catch was that we had to use them all on the same day, which meant that Isabelle would be taking her nap in the stroller rather than the hotel room. For anyone who thinks we're horrible parents for doing this please refer to earlier posts regarding Winnie-the-Pooh. 15 times people!! Some of you may be thinking, "but Aubrey was frightened on Dumbo, how could she go on a huge roller coaster, by herself no less?" The answer: I don't know! But I'm certainly not going to let a little fear make me miss out on something fun, even if it does lower my life expectancy. Luckily there was always a fun activity, ride or snack to keep Isabelle occupied while Jason and I went on the grown-up rides. This may also be a good time to mention that Isabelle went on every ride the Disney officials would allow her to including Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and the Matterhorn. Clearly we worked our way up as the week progressed but at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean Isabelle exclaimed, "that was awesome!" (I blame this comment on the aforementioned surfing turtle).

On the ropes course at California Adventure

King Triton's Carousel

Just plain excited

Another day, another parade

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