We sat down to talk about what we did on Day 2 and realized we really can’t remember the order we did everything – we didn’t take any notes so we’re doing well to remember anything – so I took some notes from our conversation about what we did. So here’s day 2 in no particular order, except for maybe having the coffee in the room part in the morning.
After the weekend at Mandalay Bay where no in-room coffee could be had outside of room service or the coffee bar downstairs, we rejoiced in the fact that Disney is so good about providing a coffee maker and coffee in the rooms. Housekeeping is so fabulous that you can request extra coffee and they’ll happily provide that – extra towels, robes, and turn down (without even asking) – love Disney service and love the service at the Grand Californian especially.
The night before we had purchased our favorite Mickey shortbread cookies from the GC gift shop (love that gift shop), so we had a couple of those with coffee for our breakfast. After everything we had done the day before, we woke up tired. Originally, we had planned to go to Disneyland this morning, but decided to sleep in, relax, and head for DCA when the Festival opened because that was our focus on this trip.
We were curious what special F&W menu item Pizza Oom Mow Mow might be offering so we headed in that direction. But it was closed and we couldn’t see anything from outside, we kept walking around the Paradise Pier loop and jumped into the Toy Story line – can’t pass up riding Toy Story.
When we first saw a pic of Toy Story at WDW, we were envious of the inside line with the theming all around. Well, after that experience, we realized how claustrophobic that is and appreciate the DCA Toy Story alfresco line – can get quite hot but it was very pleasant on this day – weather in the 70s on this trip. And there was something strange (to us) about the way Toy Story at WDW took off in the right – we’re used to taking off in the left (okay, this may not be true, but this is what it felt like to us). I managed to get my highest score ever (nothing to brag about), but, still, Rich always out scores me. For some reason, I did better with Buzz Lightyear but so prefer Toy Story that we don’t even do Buzz anymore.
After TS, we walked by Catch a Flave and it was open. We’d been talking about how amazingly delicious the DCA ice cream offerings (B-u-r-r Bank’s Ice Cream and San Andreas Shakers) are but hadn’t tried Catch a Flave. Paradise Pier knocks both our socks off because it’s so reminiscent of our childhoods – mine at SoCal beach and Rich on the Jersey Shore.
There’s the big Coppertone sign that we both remember as kids, and then Catch a Flave – soft serve just like when we were kids. So we each got a cone, sat on the bench, and ate our ice cream while people-watching. Then came the Green Men and I wanted to get up and shop but Rich said, “Oh, they’ll just pass by.” Ha! They stopped right in front of us and did their Army show. It was definitely time to pop into the shop and get some cool stuff.
A certain top caught my attention right away, and I decided to purchase it with our Reward Points, of course. We continued to run into issues with the cash registers not recognizing our new passes, but the supervisor would come over and fix it for us. Having the Premier Pass also started a conversation about how often did we go to both parks? We’re curious how many people have this Premier Pass.
In the store, I noticed the pictures of The Pike and POP (Pacific Ocean Park) where my mother (middle girl in pic to right) hung out with her sisters when she was a kid. She took me there when I was a kid while they were still open. I remembered riding the roller coaster that jutted out over the Pacific Ocean (so scary!) shown in the artwork. The coaster in the background of my family picture is of The Cyclone Racer.
Sometime after this we wandered over to the Festival Showplace to taste the other food samples we hadn’t tried yesterday. So we shared a mini white cheddar cheese bread bowl (delish) and the pulled pork sliders (yum, yum!)
Strolling DCA and stopping for a nosh now and then is a very satisfying way to spend the day.
BTW, on the way to DCA from the GC, Rich and I were walking along the GC corridor when all of a sudden I heard Rich shout, “Art!” There, sure enough, was our ex-boss (manager’s manager) from the Silicon Valley company where we met. Art was instrumental in hiring both of us, so we owe Art our gratitude for our initial meeting. Art and his wife were down from the Bay Area to celebrate his wife’s birthday. We chatted for a bit – it was great to see some old friends from our old stomping grounds, especially after moving east and living in Florida for almost 5 years. We’ve been reconnecting with the west coast and old friends ever since we moved back and that’s been such a blessing.
Our problem now is that we feel tied to both coasts, including friends from both places, and no matter which choice we make about where to live next, we will sorely miss the other. If only we could live in both places. In the meantime, we have this Premier Pass, allowing us access to both parks – Disneyland and Disney World – pretty awesome!