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Disneyland – March 17, 2016

For Tim, Jeri, Lizzie, and Josiah, today (Thursday) was the very last day to go to Disneyland before their passes expired. The rest have two days in April that they can possibly go. Today was also the last day before the Spring Break block-out dates. Knowing that the end is near, Justin, Nicole, Jason, Victoria, and Jeffrey also decided to join. Joanna had class; Sarah had stuff that she had to work on. Because we knew that the parks would be crowded, our main goal was to watch the new (and improved) fireworks show at 9:10 PM.

So we headed out after work. The first group took the van and picked up Jason from his office. The second group (Tim, Jeri, and Justin) also stopped by Jason’s office but after texting him realized that he was already in the van! Oh, well. We got the park between 6:00 and 6:30 PM.

The first group headed to Disneyland and Tomorrowland with its Star Wars attractions. The wait times were way too long. So they watched the 10-minute movie montage, “The Path of the Jedi,” which had clips from all of the Star Wars movies. Jason, Jeffrey, and Josiah did Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. The girls (Nicole, Victoria, and Lizzie) headed to Boudin’s Bakery for some sourdough bread.

Here’s Jeffrey getting the third highest score of the day on Astro Blasters! (He was helped by the fact that the ride got stopped a couple of times in some favorable locations.)

Jeffrey with third highest score of the day on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey with third highest score of the day on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Click photo for full size.

The second group (Tim, Jeri, and Justin) made it to Cars Land in time to catch the lighting and “Sh-Boom” (“Life Could Be Dream”). They then got Fast Passes for the California Screamin’ roller coaster. While waiting for the return time, they watched a 4-D trailer preview of the upcoming new Jungle Book movie. Following the movie, they rode the roller coaster for one last time.

California Screamin' - Justin, Jeri, and Tim. Click photo for full size.
California Screamin’ – Justin, Jeri, and Tim. Click photo for full size.

After that, everyone met up outside of the bakery. Some bought a loaf of bread and ate slices with Disney butter. Around 8:30 PM, we all headed to Disneyland to prepare for the firework show, “Disneyland Forever.” We walked through Cars Land.

Tim and Jeri in Radiator Springs. Click photo for full size.
Tim and Jeri in Radiator Springs. Click photo for full size.

Here we are next to Flo’s Cafe. Due to a reflection, Jeffrey has “zombie” eyes.

Victoria, Jeri, Jeffrey, Nicole, Josiah, Justin, and Lizzie outside Flo's Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Victoria, Jeri, Jeffrey, Nicole, Josiah, Justin, and Lizzie outside Flo’s Cafe. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie in Cars Land. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie in Cars Land. Click photo for full size.

We made it into the stores on Main Street while the “Paint the Night” parade went by. The lighted floats synchronized with the music were quite impressive.

Paint the Night Cars Float. Click photo for full size.
Paint the Night Cars Float. Click photo for full size.

After the parade, we moved into the street to pick a viewing spot for the fireworks. As the scheduled time arrived, we heard “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Due to unsafe conditions at higher altitudes, the fireworks show has been canceled.” Waah! However they did display a light show with music for a few minutes.

Disneyland Lights Up Main Street. Click photo for full size.
Disneyland Lights Up Main Street. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Victoria after the Light Show. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Victoria after the Light Show. Click photo for full size.

Following this, Jason, Victoria, and Josiah did Star Tours. Nicole and Lizzie did the 4-D Jungle Book preview movie. Justin and Jeffrey watched the World of Color. Tim and Jeri did Toy Story Midway Mania where the wait time was a very short under 15 minutes. After doing it once, they immediately got back on for one last time.

Jeri and Tim Selfie on Midway Mania. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim Selfie on Midway Mania. Click photo for full size.

Those of use in California Adventure met up and headed out of the park. Tim and Jeri took a few minutes to do a little shopping so Tim could get a Mickey mug for his office.

Jason, Victoria, and Josiah got in the long line for the shuttle buses back to the parking lot. When the other six saw the long line, they decided that they could walk the mile back to the vehicles faster than waiting for the buses. The speed walkers (Justin, Nicole, Jeffrey, and Lizzie) got back about five minutes before the bus riders (Jason, Victoria, and Josiah). Tim and Jeri arrived the same time as the bus riders.

By the time that we made it home, it was 11:30 PM. We made it to bed after midnight!