my crazy-early Saturday morning. Now we take a look at that brief time that I was awake and in the parks for the rest of the day. Spoiler alert: I was in bed by 6:30.
Yes that isn't a typo.
Anyway, the only things I had with me after my race were my phone and my park ticket (and my medal), but that was all I needed. The only thing I wanted to do at California Adventure was do Radiator Springs Racers right at park opening, because even though the ride has been around for over 3 years, it is still the most popular ride in the park. If I didn't get on it at the opening, I would be waiting for over an hour.
(FYI: I never wait in a line for an hour.)
I got to the entrance at 8:20, and saw a very different group of people waiting for the park to open than yesterday's group. It didn't take me long to realize why: this was the day for the Locals. Those lucky Southern California folks who just decide to wake up and drive to Disneyland for the day. Because they can. And they don't come in their yoga pants and walking shoes and tops-meant-for-exercise-but-rarely-used-that-way. No, these people come in their most stylish clothing, making someone who is still recovering from a 10K race look pretty ridiculous.
But there were a couple of us, so I didn't feel that ridiculous.
The queue for Radiator Springs Racers is long, so I spent a good 5 minutes just winding along the switchbacks with the rest of the crowd. I wasn't waiting; it was all walking! I didn't have to wait until I got to the final section that takes guests up the ramp to their cars.
I gotta say, I'd been told that this was a great attraction, and I can confirm that this is a great attraction. It has dark ride elements mixed with top speed thrills, and it's all done so well! If you've ever seen Cars, you know how the cars talk: their bumpers move as their lips. Well, the audio-animatronics that they have do the exact same thing. It's like the characters really are in front of you and talking to you! I was enthralled by that genius bit of engineering.
There are two tracks at one point, and in the two rides I took in a row, I managed to see both of them. The idea is that the gang from Radiator Springs are helping you get your car ready for a race. One car sees Luigi and his tires, and the other car goes the other way and sees Ramone and his paint job. Then those two cars race each other outside, and the winner is random. Lucky for me, I won both times, too!
So I did the regular line and then immediately got back and did the single rider line, which was a small line compared to the giant line that had formed for regular riders. But once I did those two, I knew I had to get back to the hotel and change!
I relaxed in the hotel for just a little bit as I showered, charged my phone, and put my feet up for a bit. I wasn't in a rush; out of all the days at the parks, this one needed to be the least stressful and hurried. I didn't go back to California Adventure until 11:00 when I decided it was time for lunch.
My choice for lunch was the Cozy Cone Motel, which actually isn't a motel, but different food counters, each with a cone theme. One is desserts, one is snacks, one is entrees, and there's a few more, too. The longest line was, naturally, the one I wanted. There were three choices that all sounded appetizing: the Chicken Verde, the BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw, and the - get this - Chili CONE Queso. (Get it?) I spent the entire line going back and forth between these three, until I finally got to the front and ordered the Chicken Verde. It was served in a cone, but not a dessert-style waffle cone, but a nice, hard bread cone that held everything in without getting soggy.
After my meal I was in need of some dessert. Nearby was the Ghirardelli soda shop, and I splurged on the Nob Hill Chill, which ice cream and hot fudge blended with chocolate chips. I gotta say, this was probably the only thing I regretted buying during my trip. It was just...meh. I was expecting more from Ghirardelli.
I got a Fastpass for the California Screamin' roller coaster, which said I just had to wait 30 minutes before I could go on. So I sat on a bench at Paradise Pier right by the start of the coaster, which meant every 45 seconds or so people would go screaming by at 50 miles per hour. (I was all right with that.)
That ride was great, too, but it only made me want to go to Cedar Point to ride more roller coasters.
I also got my very first ride on the Red Car Trolley, and it was very nice and relaxing. There were two cast members on the trolley: one to drive, and one to give a nice little narration about Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land.
The other attraction I really wanted to do today was Mickey's Fun Wheel. I can't help it - I'm a sucker for Ferris wheels. They have two options - one where you stay put and just go around, and another where you actually let gravity take you on a little trip, and you do a lot of swinging. That clearly did not appeal to me, so I just chose the normal wheel.
As I ate, a couple came over with two photographers and were taking their engagement pictures. They were being very artsy, and it was fun to witness. (I tried not to gawk too much, but it was cool watching the photographers do their work.)
I was in bed by 6:30, but had to use three different noise diffusers to help keep out the external noise. (It was fun hearing the Disneyland fireworks, though.) Eventually I made it to sleep, and I woke up to my most challenging running day yet: the day of the Star Wars Half Marathon.
Click here to view my article on the Star Wars Half Marathon!