SoCal Vacation – Legoland 2009

My sister, brother and their families were down in SoCal last weekend for a much needed vacation. On Saturday, they drove down to Carlsbad to go to Legoland. On their way there, they stopped by my condo to check out the place. It was great to have them finally see it since I’ll be moving out in a couple of weeks.

This trip was the first for my nephew, Joshua. It was quite an experience to say the least. By the end of the day though, everybody had fun and was looking forward to the trip to Disneyland the following day. Below are a few of my favorite pics from Legoland.

The picture below was taken right before Jenn, Edison and Joshua were about to get on their first ride. We had been waiting in line for about 45 minutes and during the wait, you could tell Joshua was getting flustered and impatient. By the time we got to the front of the line, he didn’t want to go on the ride and let everybody know about it. Haha!

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Joshua eventually started enjoying himself, espescially when we got to the game area. Love this sequence of him. He actually won a prize at this game.
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Tobey and Joshua were having a blast.
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Tobey had fun driving the Lego cars.
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And he proudly showed off the license that he received.
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Disneyland

My sister, Ellen and friend, Rona, flew down to Orange County on Friday for a relaxing weekend away from their families and to celebrate Rona’s birthday. I met up with them to help celebrate her birthday at Disneyland on Saturday. We spent 14+ hours at the park so I’m crazy tired this morning.

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This is the first of three trips to Disneyland that I will be doing in the up coming weeks. It was also the first time I had gone to Disneyland in many years and from what I remember they added quite a few things. One thing that didn’t change is the amount of fun I still have there. Since we went fairly early, we were able to get on a few rides without much waiting. We hit rides like, Indiana Jones Adventure, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and my favorite, Splash Mountain. A quick tip for Splash Mountain, if you WANT to get wet, sit in the front.

As I mentioned earlier, a few things had changed at Disney since the last time I was there. They renovated and added a few attractions. They also added the FASTPASS Service. Basically what the FASTPASS Service does is allows you to enjoy the rest of the park while it saves a spot in line for you.

Here’s how it works:

1) Look for the FASTPASS distribution area near the entrance of select attractions.
2) Check the “Return Time” display which gives you a span of time during which you can explore the Park before returning to board the attraction.
3) If the “Return Time” is adequate, place your Admission ticket in the machine and it will provide another ticket with the Return Time printed on the ticket. Enjoy the rest of the Park and return at the provided Return Time.
4) Go back to the FASTPASS line at your return time and present the FastPass ticket to the host and enjoy the attraction with minimal wait.

Not all rides have the FASTPASS so make sure to check which attractions have the service here. You can aslo read up on how to maximize the use of the FASTPASS service, here, here, and here. Since I will be going to Disney a couple of more times in the next couple of weeks, I will definitely put some of the tips to good use.

Thanks Ellen and Rona for a great day at Disneyland! I had fun talking and laughing with you gals and I enjoyed all the awesome treats and sweets we had. I’m still recovering from the chocolate chip cookie hot fudge sundae I had for dinner!

Easter Weekend

This Easter weekend was definitely something I needed. It gave me an opportunity to see some of my friends and old coworkers, to handle some last minute tax issues and most importantly, too see my family. Like most weekends, it went by too fast. As I sit here waiting for my 20 minute delayed flight, I’m already missing them. Fortunately, my sister and brother and their families will be coming down in the next month or so. Yay!

I didn’t get a chance to take too many pictures this weekend but this has to be my favorite. Love the face on my nephew Joshua as he was watching a Sponge Bob DVD. And of course my other nephew Tobey playing Super Monkey Ball on my iPhone.

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