Disneyland for Lisa's Birthday

Sunday, 21 Nov 2004 | Disneyland, Family

Lisa's Birthday at Disneyland

Toni and I treated her sister Lisa to Disneyland for her birthday. We went early, stayed late and had a wonderful time. We started the day with beignets and coffee at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney. Then we went to Disneyland, first to get Lisa a birthday sticker at City Hall, then to experience the Haunted Mansion dressed up for Christmas. Be sure to get a sticker on your birthday because the castmembers will wish you happy birthday all day long and you'll get extra special treatment. Then we went to DCA to ride Soarin' Over California twice. Then, back to Disneyland to ride on Indiana Jones Temple of Doom. For lunch, we ate at Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square.

Then I had the most fun and memorable time at the Billy Hill & The Hillbillies show at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. If you haven't had a chance to see this show, I recommend it highly. It's VERY entertaining and funny. I made sure to get a table front center. I don't want to give away what happens in the show, but suffice it to say the Lisa was quite embarassed and I was close to hyperventilating from laughter. Lisa did manage to have a good time despite the attention she drew at the show.

Later, we went to the Aladdin show at the Hyperion Theater in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. While I was waiting in line, Toni and Lisa went to the restroom. They started letting people into the theater queue area, so I got seperated from them. They did manage to find me before the show started and I had a nice chat with some people from Edmonton, Canada while I waited. The Aladdin show is quite entertaining and well done. The actor who plays the Genie steals the show, always adding ad-lib humor at each performance.

Toni tried desperately to get me on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, but I wouldn't budge. I have a strong dislike for vertical drops. So, Lisa went on the ride with her while I browsed the shops.

We ended our day with a tour of the rest DCA. Lisa was very excited to get a package of freshly made corn tortillas at the Mission Tortilla Factory. Then we walked to Disney's Grand Californian Hotel to enjoy the spacious and beautiful lobby and warm ourselves by the fire. We ate dinner at Storytellers Cafe. The Roasted Corn Chowder is a favorite of mine. Finally we went to The World of Disney and Emporium shops because Lisa wanted to pick up souvenirs for her family. We got caught in the rain walking back to the car from the tram and it poured on and off all the way home. We slept soundly last night wearied by exhaustion and were awakened early by Taffy to see it snow at our house! Boy, what a weekend.

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