Halloween at the Grand Californian Day 4 Part 1

We previously picked up some “Candy Corn” and a package of 4 Rice Krispies Treats at the candy store in DCA (plus Minnie & Mickey Halloween bean bags) – our favorite candy store in all of Disneyland. So this morning’s breakfast was Rice Krispies Treat and coffee we made in the room and enjoyed sitting out on the balcony overlooking the park. We realized we must always book a park view room at the GC – it makes such a big difference to us. The carpet maintenance on the floor of our previous room actually worked out for our good because we were upgraded to a park view room while paying standard view prices.

By the way, the GC rooms do provide robes, which we wore several times during our stay. So after showering, we headed to the GC entrance to DCA and were so happy to see our CM friend, Chappy from Brooklyn, back on duty. After he scans in our APs, he greets us by name, “Good morning, Richard” and “Good morning, Kathy” (at least he didn’t call me Katherine). 🙂 Anyway, we look forward to seeing Chappy when we enter DCA from the GC – another reason to stay on-site.

It was 9:30 and that meant that “Soarin” was open so we marched straight over that and directly onto the ride – we love this. Soarin at DCA is so fabulous because it was built especially for this area of the park called “Condor Flats.” Unfortunately, Soarin’ was retrofitted into Epcot and that whole inside line up the escalator, jamming that space is so claustrophobic to us – wish they had created an outside entrance. Anyway, if you love Soarin (and who doesn’t), you must make a trip to Disneyland just to experience it this way.

This time we were on the far right top – still a very nice position to be in. We also noticed when we were in the center row that the left and right rows were actually ahead of us just a bit, situated closer to the screen.

Afterwards, we stopped in at Bakers’ Field Bakery – have been trying to fit this into our schedule from the first trip – and shared a cinnamon twist and each had a cappuccino.

california_zephyr_dca_smCalifornia Zephyr

We love this spot in DCA – this is where we had the strawberry sundae at Burrrbank Ice Cream and this morning’s cinnamon twist at Baker’s Field Bakery. We love the play on names – I sometimes wonder how many WDW visitors recognize “Toluca Legs” at Studios.

But Bakersfield and I go way back – this was the breakfast stop halfway between my childhood home near Disneyland and my step dad’s hometown in the Central Valley, which we visited a couple of times a year and were greeted with hugs and served good old-fashioned farm fresh southern breakfasts during our stay. I even wrote a novel called “Breakfast in Bakersfield.” It hasn’t gone anywhere, but I’m stealing some of those scenes for my current work in progress.

Anyway, back to the report. We wandered around and took more pics of the Halloween decorations. Goofy gave Rich a high-5 (Pluto does that for him at WDW), they posed, and then I snapped the photo.

rich and goofyRich and Goofy

Then we exited the park and popped into World of Disney where we picked up some outdoor Mickey dinner plates. We really wanted some matching wine glasses, but there weren’t any. We so miss the cute little store next to Earl of Sandwich at WDW’s Downtown Disney – can’t remember the name of it but are wondering if it’s still there with all of the changes.

We dropped off our purchases in our room, went back to the GC entrance to DCA – said hello to Chappy – and had some lunch. We were so excited to eat at Cocina Cucamonga’s new location with waterside dining. There wasn’t much of a crowd and the Latin CMs at the cash register located in an island area were discussing how they made homemade tamales making our mouths water, so we shared a plate of chicken tamales (they definitely tasted homemade) and each had a Dos XXs Amber – a great pairing!

pacific_wharfDining alfresco in the Pacific Wharf area – one of our favorite spots

After lunch, we stopped off at Rushin River Outfitters and picked up a Tiger Pillow for the kitties (although they’re pretty much ignoring it). We love this store, and always walk in and browse to see if we must buy something but this is the first time we did.

We then went back to our home to rest up for our afternoon “Foot Ritual” appointment at the Spa.

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2 thoughts on “Halloween at the Grand Californian Day 4 Part 1

  1. LaffinPlace says:

    Rice Krispies Treat and coffee–the Breakfast of Champions!

    I had to laugh–out loud–you mentioned the robes and then said you showered and went to the park! I’m sorry, I just had this mental image of you and Rich sauntering into the park in your GC robes! 😉

    Sounds like a wonderful day so far!

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  2. Kathy says:

    That is funny! When I was writing it I almost left out the getting ready part and then I recalled how you usually include that in your report so I thought I should mention something about it. And then I had to mention the robes part, too. LOL!

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