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We finished up the week in Ontario with a night show on Monday and a split on Tuesday.
Monday was uneventful. I spent the day doing chores and chilling out. The show went well...an audience that enjoyed clapping haha. On Tuesday my friend Denis came to the show along with his family and some friends. Denis is a local trombone player, we met this past week after a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I took them on a brief backstage tour before the show. I think they had fun :) Both shows of the day went well.


(photo courtesy Denis)

After the last show Jameson and I drove to a hotel near Anaheim.
The next day we woke early to go to Disneyland!!!
We were celebrating our two year dating anniversary one day early :)

We decided to visit California Adventure first.
As soon as we were past the gates, we were serenaded by Five & Dime!



We went straight to Cars Land hoping to ride the new Radiator Springs Racers ride, but the wait was two hours! So we decided to hit a few others first and come back later. We enjoyed Ariel's Undersea Adventure, and had fun shooting at 3D targets at the Toy Story Midway Mania ride. For that one you wear 3D glasses and shoot an endless number of digital darts at moving Toy Story themed targets. At the end your score is tallied against the person next to you. Jameson won! But only by a little bit :P

We visited Flo's Cafe for a quick lunch, then returned to Radiator Springs Racers. The wait was down to about an hour and a half, and we decided we may as well just suck it up and endure the wait.



The wait was worth it. The ride started off with a relaxing drive through the "desert" outside Radiator Springs. From there you enter a dark tunnel, where you avoid several obstacles and interact with characters from the first Cars movie. You even get some tractor-tippin' time with Mater! Suddenly the track splits, and you find yourself next to another car full of guests. It's a race! The cars race through the canyon at around 40mph in a pattern similar to that of a kiddie coaster. The ride is programmed so that a random winner will be selected each time. This time, we won!

Next we rode the Monsters Inc. themed Mike and Sully to the Rescue. A very cool ride that takes you through scenes from the movie. By that time it was midday, so we decided to head over to the main park.

The last time I went to Disney, it was at Disney World in Florida for the park's 25th anniversary. This time it was Disneyland's 60th "diamond" anniversary, and the castle was decorated accordingly :)


(photo courtesy Chris S.)

We went straight to the Enchanted Tiki Room (having worked for Disney, Jameson knew exactly where it was) to sample the infamous Dole Whip. Oh man. It was pineapple vanilla heaven.


Time for more rides! We took the Jungle Cruise with a hilarious tour guide, rode a gondola/flume through some dark scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean, and enjoyed the classic Haunted Mansion (it's gotten a few upgrades too!). On our way to dinner we rode Pinocchio's Daring Journey just because the line was short.

For dinner we enjoyed bread bowls brimming with gumbo and chowder at the Royal Street Veranda.



We finished just in time to claim some space on Main Street for the Paint the Night parade.
Can I just say something right now. If you do nothing else at Disney, make time for this parade. It is fantastic. The parade has been updated this year with LED lights and the integration of some truly jaw-dropping technology. I didn't even have the greatest view, but the floats were huge and some of the effects were simply incredible. It was my favorite part of the day!

I was too busy gaping to get photos, and my line of sight was horrible in any case. Here someone has filmed the whole parade. Check out the Cars truck at 6:00 in, it features a three dimensional rack of LEDs creating some incredible visuals. At the end of the parade, Mickey's float blew my mind. See it in the video at 15:45.



There was a fireworks show directly after the parade in front of the castle. Many Disney movies were referenced, and patterns and scenes were projected on the castle walls to reflect what was going on in the sky. It was beautiful, and probably sparked a lot of nostalgia for Jameson. He misses that job sometimes.

Last, we went to the riverfront for Fantasmic. Wow, what a show. I don't want to spoil it for those who have never seen it, but there's a pirate ship, a huge dragon, magical fountains, a zillion Disney characters, and about five versions of Mickey Mouse. Just an overall great way to end the night!!

We returned to the train around midnight, exhausted.
The next day we got groceries and that was about it. Thursday July 23rd was our true anniversary, so we had a little gift exchange. I got Jameson a replacement Queen jacket (his is getting worn out) and a rare color vinyl Queen album. He got me a subscription to Japan Crate!!!
I cannot WAIT to get Japanese candy surprises in the mail!!!

These past two years with Jameson have been amazing. A man who is truly patient, understanding, supportive, and kind is incredibly hard to find. Jameson is all of these things and more. He's funny and talented and genuine and strong. There are so many things that I admire about him, and he frequently brings out the best in me. I can't wait to share more adventures with my favorite guy :)



The rest of our week was pretty circus-standard. Opening day rehearsal and show. Three shows on Saturday, two on Sunday. I don't have many photos to post, but we are here for two weeks so next week should prove a little more interesting. For one thing, we're in a yard filled with graffiti! Photos to come :)


Other things:

Applesauce's view from the light box this week. Neat!


(photo courtesy Applesauce)

From last week, a photo of the camels with their rain jackets on! How cute!

(photo courtesy Claudia)