Disneyland, Universal Studios and California Adventure - the experience!
02.09.2011 - 03.09.2011 24 °C
Went to Universal Studios on Tuesday. Our bus was a little late and we ended up missing a couple of rides we wanted to go on. Still, we had a good day. Angus and Giaan loved the Simpsons virtual roller coaster (which made Robbo turn slightly green) and the studio tour was really interesting. The highlight of this tour is the King Kong 3-D experience. Basically, the tour bus is set upon by King Kong in a 360 degree, 3D show. It was amazing, but a bit short. We then went on a tour of Holyywood. The bus dropped us in downtown Hollywood for an hour. What a zoo! I've never seen such a wide variety of crazy people in my life. Made Main Street, Hervey Bay seem pretty tame, I can tell you. Whew!! The LA leg of our tour is over. We bid farewell to Disneyland and California Adventure last night by staying until both places tossed us out. Robbo celebrated his birthday by riding the California Screamer 3 times! Go, you old fella! We also rode the Grizzly River Run 5 times. This is a great ride which throws you in a big tube and involves rapids. There's a couple of big drops and we once again got absolutely drenched. Not a day has gone by in these parks where we haven't all had squelchy shoes and needed to wring out our socks. While we tried to celebrate Robbo's birthday properly, too much fun was happening. Robbo's a big kid when it comes to Disneyland so he was very keen to actually have as much of his birthday in Disneyland as possible. First, he decided to have a birthday dinner in Disneyland at a Mexican eatery. But with all the rides we were doing, we ran out of time. So, we then decided to watch the fireworks they hold at Cindarella's Castle (sensational show!!) and have one of the awesome ice creams Robbo had been drooling over for the past few days...Ran out of time. So then we decided to get over to California Adventure to watch the late showing of the World of Colour (another cracker of a show which combines animation, lights and water) and have something nice to eat there...All food stores/restaurants closed. Then we went to a burger joint called Denny's at 11:00pm to have a feed. saw a guy get arrested for not paying for his meal (handcuffs and all). OK, let's now have an icecream at this terrific ice cream parlour that we'd been wanting to go to...shop was closed. Happy Birthday, big guy!! Now, just when you thought the excitement was over, we got up this morning and Robbo drove the LA freeways!!!! Forget those pathetic rollercoasters and flume rides!! This was the REAL adventure! Wrong side of the road, wrong side of the car, strange directions from the GPS - it was all happening. Negotiated things well and tonight we happily doze in a little beachside place called Morro Bay. On the way, stopped on the coastal section of the road to see what one local said was the biggest surf he'd seen in 15 years. Waves were just smashing into the rocks and one even came in so big and so hard that it splashed water up over the 8m rock wall over the other side of the road and saturated a car driving by. This local guy said he's never even seen the water come up onto the road at all. It's a the start of a long weekend here in USA and on these coastal stretches of highway, RVs and motorhomes just pull over on the ocean side of the road and set up camp! We drove by what seemed like 100 of these vehicles parked and set up for the weekend over a couple of miles. It was unbelievable. Hopefully, a bit of a lazy day tomorrow then we drive Big Sur to Monterey. This is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world - so hopefully the weather will be kind to us. Love reading all your comments and will post more pictures tomorrow! Bye for now.