Disneyland RV Trip Day #4, #5, and #6

Theme Park Madness

It has been a crazy week so far. Normally I like to update my blog at the end of each day, but I’ve been so tired, I’ve just had time to take some quick notes before heading off to bed. I’m finally getting some time to get a post written up.

Monday: California Adventure

I woke up early on Monday to get a quick morning run in…I also used it as a way to scout out the pick up location for our rental car. My run went along the trail that parallels the Santa Ana River. I was on the trail around 6:30a or so, even though it doesn’t officially open until 7. It is a nice paved trail – made me wish I’d brought my bike along. After the run and a shower, Kim and I walked to pick up the rental car.

California Adventure was our first theme park for the trip. We met Kim’s cousin for the day – He is currently attending USC and managed to fit a visit with us into his busy schedule.


The weather wasn’t super hot, and it was pretty windy out. That didn’t stop us from going on the river rafting ride.IMG_1807IMG_1808

Brian and Molly were the lucky ones that ended up totally soaked at the end of the ride.IMG_1813

Also went on the Toy Story arcade ride…had to get a picture of the kids sporting their cool 3D glasses.


The park was not very crowded…in fact the line for California Screamin’ (the big roller coaster) was shorter than 20 minutes all day long. Needless to say, there were multiple trips through that ride.

The latest ride in California Adventure is the Cars ride. We used our fast pass for this ride as soon as we arrived in the morning, and our timeslot arrived at 5:00p. As soon as we handed over our fast pass tickets, the ride broke down. We had to wait an extra 20 minutes or so while we waited for the ride to be fixed, but that was way better than the 90 minutes+ for the people in the normal line.

After we were done with the park, we walked down the street to Bubba Gump’s and had some shrimp for dinner. We packed all of the leftovers for the poor college student, but he forgot them at the table!

Tuesday: Disneyland

This was the only day we actually went to Disneyland on our trip. We planned to be there right as the park opened, but getting 6 people ready to go in the RV took a bitt long. We still managed to get to the park fairly early.


Our first stop – get a fast pass at Space Mountain, but it was temporarily closed for repairs! This seemed to be a theme for our day at Disney. While waiting for Space Mountain to be fixed, we went on the Buzz Lightyear ride (of course I got the highest score in our group), and the revamped Star Tours. Space Mountain finally opened up and the line was short – didn’t need to use our fast pass.IMG_1827

Continuing with the broken rides – Indiana Jones broke down while we waited in line. Pirates of the Caribbean was broken all morning. The Haunted Mansion stopped a couple of times while we were on the ride.

After getting through all the broken rides, ended up with some photo ops wit the kids…Got a picture of Maddy with her new kitty.


and the two girls that are graduating this year.


and the little girls on the tea cups.


We met some friends from our college days (we were in each others weddings as well) at Rainforest Café for dinner. It had been 15 years or so since we had last seen each other. We had a blast catching up!

Wednesday: Knott’s Berry Farm

Got another run in! That makes two, only one more to go to meet my goal for the week!

The first challenge going to Knott’s Berry Farm was getting into the parking. The signage is a bit lacking. We ended up making a couple of U turns and looping the eniter park before we finally made it into the parking lot.

The park itself was pretty empty. The big kids ditched us, leaving Kim and I to chase the little kids around the park. There basically were no lines, so they would go on each ride multiple times before moving on to the next.

Getting ready for the Silver Bullet – a roller coaster that you hang from.


Going up the sidewinder.


Don’t remember what they called this one, but you spent a significant amount of time upside down.


Had an easy dinner at the motorhome. I had some time to process pictures in Lightroom, but was still a bit tired to blog.

Disneyland RV Trip–Day #3

We got up early today to get a fast start on the day – today’s goal was to make it the rest of the way to Disneyland! I took a couple of pictures at Sherwood Marina and RV park before we hit the road.  First is a picture of the RV.


Immediately behind us was the marina. The boats are fairly large, the Sacramento River must be pretty deep. There are quite a number of marinas along the river as well, I assume there are interesting places to go/see.


We let the kids sleep for a bit while we were heading down the road. At the first rest stop, they snagged some breakfast. Here is Maddy ready to go for the day.


There was lots of driving today, and it was uneventful driving at that – probably a good thing. We hit a little bit of traffic as we pulled into LA which delayed us by a half an hour or so. Here is our spot at Orangeland RV park.


We did get in early enough for some pool time…Melissa chillin’ by the pool.DSC00878

Maddy showing off her freakish flexibility.DSC00880

Kimberly supervising.DSC00881

After swimming, we walked across the street to grab some dinner. There was a great debate choosing the restaurant, and we finally settled on the Prime Cut Café.


It sounds like we made it here just in time. There are high winds predicted for tomorrow – could gust up to 40mph in the city and 80mph in the mountains. With wind speeds like that, we would have had to wait for it to blow through. I’ll be curious to see what the theme parks do if the winds hit their predicted speed..

Disneyland RV trip – Day #2

We spent the night at the Baldock rest area just south of Portland.  About a month ago, I scouted it out with my Dad on our way to pick up his new Terra 650 motorcycle. This particular spot is cool because there is an overflow parking area that moves you far away from the freeway, so you don’t get as much road noise. We scored an “end” spot (well, it may not have been an actual spot) and had another RV parked next to us blocking the noise should any trucks pull in during the night.

Had a good night sleep going until 5am, when the sound of child puking in the bathroom woke me up. Shortly thereafter, Taylor came into our bed and informed us that she was sick. It could have been worse though – I could have been Kim, who walked into the bathroom half asleep, in bare feet, to find out that Taylor doesn’t have very good aim with her projectile vomiting. Yuck!

We managed to lay in bed for a bit longer, but I don’t think we really slept anymore. The RV was not stocked with any meds to help Taylor settle her stomach, so we headed down the road a bit to Walmart. Along the way there was one more incident, fortunately she was much better with a bucket than the toilet. After we got some pepto in her tummy, she was fine and didn’t have any issues the rest of the day. None of the rest of us are showing any signs of having caught it, so hopefully it was just something that she had eaten.

For lunch, we stopped at a rest area near Grant’s Pass and stretched our legs out a bit. It had been raining most of the trip up to this point, so there hadn’t been a lot of outside time. The only good pictures I got were of the RV and Molly.


After lunch it was time to go through the Siskiyous – the weather wasn’t bad, just spotty rain showers. The further south we went, the fewer showers we ran into, but we still haven’t found a ton of sun. Hopefully tomorrow!

Our goal for the day was to make it all the way to Stockton. Given our Walmart detour and an extended lunch, it just wasn’t going to happen. Kim started searching through Woodall’s and found an RV park on the river in Sacramento (current home of the future Seattle Supersonics?) – Sherwood Harbor and RV park…it is a bit off the beaten path. I’m not sure how much there is to do here if you don’t have a boat. That being said, it was getting dark as we pulled in.

Tomorrow we should make it the rest of the way to Orangeland RV park near Disneyland. Hopefully we’ll make good enough time tomorrow to hang out at the pool once we get there!

RV Trip to Disneyland!

It’s spring break time, and the girls decided that we should go to Disneyland in the RV. So, as soon as the kids came home from school today, we jumped into the RV and headed south. Both kids are bringing friends, so there are going to be a whole lot of women on this trip – two pre-teens, two teenagers, and a wife Smile. At least they let me listen to the baseball game on the drive tonight.

The traffic was nasty, and it was pouring down rain. Of course, I can’t go on an RV trip without something breaking, and this was no exception. The driver side windshield wiper started to move lower and wider. When I pulled over at a rest area, the nut holding the wiper on was very loose. After fiddling with it a bit (I had to cut away a rubber boot), I got things tightened up and working again.

We are camping out at a rest area tonight, hoping to get an early start on the day tomorrow so we can make some good progress. I did get a couple of pictures before bed: