Day 2 started rather early as Jetlag with a 9 hour time difference woke me up at 2 in the morning.
After dozing on for another few hours I got up and had breakfast at 6:30.
I walked towards the park around 7:50 and was through bag-check a little after 8.
As I was waiting in line I found out that it was Columbus day, all the children were free from school, so the park was going to be rather busy, though right now it was not bad at all.
Entering the park I headed into Adventureland, Indiana Jones is a rather popular ride and I wanted to try it out before the wait got too long.
When I arrived at the ride the wait was only 10 minutes, so after a short wait we were on our way.
This ride in many ways feels like a combination of DINOSAUR at WDW with the new version of Star Tours.
Like the new Star Tours there are many different routes the ride can take, but in this attraction you physically travel the chosen route with a vehicle similar to the giant jeeps in DINOSAUR.
After a short, but energetic ride were arrived back at the loading dock.
This ride is more vigorous than the one at WDWs DINOSAUR, but it's not too wild.
After exiting the ride I picked up a Fast Pass to it for a little later in the day.
Jungle Cruise next door had a 5 minute wait as well, so I got in line for that.
The cruise was entertaining as you'd expect, our captain having some fun on our tour around the jungle.
After exiting I had some time left until my 2nd Indiana Jones ride, so I headed out of Adventureland into New Orleans square to have a look at the wait at Haunted Mansion Haunted Holiday, this had been incredibly busy yesterday, but now the listed wait was only 10 minutes so I quickly got in line.
Having watched Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas a few days ago this was a really fun trip into the film, crossed with the usual fun macabre atmosphere you'd find at the Haunted Mansion.
After the ride it was time for my 2nd trip with Indiana Jones, after a short wait (thanks to Fast Pass, the wait was over 30 minutes now).
Unfortunately I experienced the exact same ride as my first time, but it was still quite enjoyable.
Though I do not know how long it takes for the ride to be reconfigured, or if things can change on the go.
After Indie I made my way back to mainstreet, I wanted to drop in on the Photopass shop, as I had been unable to buy a week pass for my trip. At the shop they were more than willing to help, but after 20-25 minutes with Disneys tech support the problem remained unsolved. As it turns out, most EU Disney accounts can not buy things on the US DLR website, something they were unable to work around.
So in order to work around the issue they gave me a voucher code that unlocks all photos on my account after my vacation. I should just grab photos from rides and photopass photographers as much as I want, and the unlock code should give me all of them for free on my last day. I wonder if Disney will find a way to fix it at some point.
Next I walked into Tomorrowland, the crowds were pretty dense here, but the wait for the various Fast Pass stations was quite short, so I picked one up for Star Tours, the return time was an hour away.
The wait time for the other rides here were rather long, so I decided to take the Monorail for a short trip to Downtown Disney. At Downtown Disney I had a quick walk around and ate a lovely cherry churro.
At Build-a-Bear I made a few pictures of the unique bears available and sent them to my friend Andybear asking her if she wanted one.
After looking around I headed back to the Monorail, a quick trip later I was back in Tomorrowland, and headed over to Star Tours for my flight. Our trip took us to Hoth this time, and got us into a fight with Boba Fett.
After Star Tours I wandered around Fantasyland and Frontierland a little, to kill some time until my 13:30 reservation at Blue Bayou restaurant for lunch. At the Golden Horseshoe I thought to grab a small sundea to help beat the heat. As it turns out the Golden Horseshoe does not do small sundaes, and I was presented with a rather large one instead.
2 fresh cookies, 2 large scoops of icecream and a pile of chocolate fudge, rather filling but delicious, and a live performance of some country classics to go with it.
Finishing the sundae I walked back to New Orleans square and had a sit down at the waterfront next to the Mark Twain paddleboat to rest a little.
At 13:15 I walked over to Blue Bayou for my lunch reservation. After waiting a few minutes I was seated in the restaurant. The atmosphere here is wonderful with the dark bayou that's part of the Pirates of the Caribean attraction serving as a background (a little like the ride runs along the outside of Blue Lagoon at DLP), the restaurant is a little dark as a result (much like the Blue Lagoon), but the food is wonderful. I had a cup of their signature gumbo as a starter and the Portobello Mushrooms as my main course, and a small Mango sorbet as the dessert.
The food was wonderful, but I was getting rather tired, because back home it would have been around the time I went to bed. Before I headed back to the hotel I wanted to swing by Build-a-bear to pick up the bear Andybear had selected as her gift. After picking it up I walked through Downtown Disney back to my hotel, this also gave me a chance to drop of a couple of things I bought in the park (The Disneyland Mug from Star Bucks among a few other things).
After resting a little at the hotel I walked back to the parks and headed into California Adventure for a look around at 17:20. The Pixar Play Parade was just setting up, so I found a nice spot along the route and watched the parade.
After it finished I walked around the park, the scenery here is gorgeous especially the canyons of the Carsland are amazing to watch, such detail, and so like the film. Quite a remarkable bit of Imagineering. Especially at sunset.
A little before 7 I headed to the entrance to the Grand Californian and made my way to Napa Rose, where I would be having dinner. This is a beautiful restaurant, and the food here is amazing. On the servers recommendation I tried the Scalop and Waigu Beef starter, which was delicious indeed. For the main course I chose the duck breast. For desert I once again selected the recommendation of the server, a Bombolino with some salted caramel icecream paired with a small glass of Madeira.
I had a good conversation with those seated at the table next to me, a pair of gentlemen from Detroit.
After dinner I walked back to the hotel, as my lack of sleep was starting to really wear me out, and California Adventure had closed for the night anyway.
After a lovely nights sleep (again waking at 2:30, but after that sleeping until 7:30) I will visit California Adventure again, though I will be arriving late, as I typed out my report of yesterday first.
It is now 11:10, and I'll be heading to the park in a little while.
EDIT: Yikes, this was rather long, my apologies.