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Day 7 was our last day. Because of the changes to our Amtrak itinerary, we were able to take a later train, giving us several more hours in the parks today. I figured that we didn’t need to get back to the hotel to get our luggage until about 4:30 pm. I called downstairs to have someone come up and get our luggage to store until we left. I was a little concerned about the weight of one of the suitcases because it had been close on the way to Anaheim, so I flippantly asked the bell man if he had a scale. I was quite surprised when he said to follow him down to see him weigh the bag. That bag might have made it, but it was going to be close, so I made a mental note to get back early to move a couple of things around in the bags.
Our first stop was Storyteller’s Cafe for breakfast. There are usually a few characters here that aren’t in the parks, so it is one of our favorites. We were happy to see Brer Bear and Brer Fox.
After we were seated, Dale came by and backed his way into the seat right next to DS8. DS8 was really surprised that Dale could sit with him. They “talked” for a little while, and then it was time for a little parade of all the kids and characters around the entire restaurant. DS8 got up after Dale, grabbed his hand, and walked right with Dale then entire time.
We also got to see Rafiki, Chip, and Kenai. After breakfast, we decided to spend the rest of our time in Disney California Adventure. We had not gone on Mickey’s Fun Wheel, yet, so we headed that direction.
We had to stop at Blue Sky Cellar to see some of the plans for the changes to the park. Before going in, the kids found the sign pointing out the different attractions coming to Cars Land. It was really nice that it was facing the construction because you can start to tell where each attraction is located at.
Then, we went into Blue Sky Cellar and saw the models and drawings for the Little Mermaid attraction that is opening soon.
Our next stop was for DS8 to say good-bye to Duffy. Nothing like a big bear hug!
We finally made it to Mickey’s Fun Wheel, but DD11 ended up spending so long trading pins with the cast member at the entrance to the line that the line grew by about 15 minutes before we headed to the line. The cast member saw that DS8 was getting frustrated at waiting, so she gave us a slip of paper with a time to come back and go to the front of the line. She said that she appreciated that we took the time to talk to her. We went directly over to Toy Story Midway Mania to try to fit a last ride on there before going back to Mickey’s Fun Wheel. Once we were on Mickey’s Fun Wheel, we were able to see lots of the Cars Land construction, as well as, the divers in the lagoon working on the fountains for World of Color.
We hadn’t seen Aladdin during this trip, yet. We knew that we only had this one chance, so we hurried through “a bug’s land” to make it just as they were letting people in. We love this show so much, and this time the genie’s monologue was even funnier than we had heard before. I really wish that I had been able to video it, but the “real” video camera was at home.
After the show, we had to take one more ride on Monsters Inc.
We also had to take a few pictures of the things that we knew would be gone before we return.
We stopped to pick up some snacks to take home to Charlie (Mickey pretzels, Sour Gummy Characters, Toffee Sunflower seeds, etc.) and headed over to White Water Snacks for a quick bite before getting our luggage. We like White Water Snacks because it is one of the few quick service places to get a grilled cheese sandwich. I was able to get an egg salad sandwich, so everyone was happy.
After eating, we went back to the Paradise Pier Hotel to arrange our luggage and grab a taxi back to the Fullerton train station. We checked our luggage and waited for the train. When we got on the train, we were happy to see our friend, Mr. Fred. He assigned us a time in the dining car, and we were on our way home. Our seating was called, and the kids and I ventured down for supper. DD11 was doing ok until the train started rocking. Then, in five minutes, she went from famished to unable to chew her food. We left our food before I had to carry her back two cars to our room. Mr. Fred came and changed our room to the night configuration, and DD11 was fast asleep. DS8 wasn’t far behind her.
I had a hard time sleeping because I was afraid of sleeping through our stop. The night was so clear that I could see some of the landscape by moonlight. It was so relaxing! What a wonderful way to end a trip to Disneyland! Soon, we were getting off and saying good-bye to our friend, Mr. Fred.