Saturday, January 22, 2005


We headed for Disney Studios after breakfast, it is right next door to the main Disney Park. Both are an easy walk from the hotel, about 10 minutes. There is a shuttle bus available, but rather than wait the 5-10 minutes to ride we chose to walk. Disney Studios doesn't have a lot to interest the little kids, but we did go to a car stunt show. It was pretty interesting, Jacob enjoyed the cars jumping and the motorcycles. It was a pretty long show too, around 45 minutes.
Car Stunt Show

After that, Kenny went for a ride on the "Rock-n-Rollercoaster" which he said was fun. Jacob and I made use of that time to look around at some of the movie displays, and get some hot chocolate. We walked around the park a little more, they have some big props from movies and other interesting things. Quite a few shows, and lots of shops. We checked out some of the shops as well, and by then it was time to head back to the hotel for nap time. We liked Disney Studios, but will probably wait to go back there until Jacob is a little older and can enjoy more of the attractions.

After nap time we headed over to the Hotel New York which was next to our hotel. They had an outdoor ice skating rink (to resemble Rockefeller Center) that was open in the afternoons and evenings. Jacob and Kenny put on skates and hit the ice, I decided to watch instead of skate. Jacob thought it was the greatest thing ever, even though he mainly sat on the ice. Doesn't quite have the hang of it, but really likes it.
Trying to skate

While waiting for Kenny and Jacob to finish up, I met some really nice British ladies who were there with their kids, we were all standing by the ice rink. They had been to Disneyland Paris at least 4 other times, and were hoping to get a trip together to the Orlando one eventually. There were so many British people there, it is a very popular family destination for them. The guys tired out pretty quick, although Jacob really wanted to keep skating. When we had taken the skates off and bundled back up we decided to grab an early dinner at Planet Hollywood. It wasn't too busy so we were able to get in, eat, and get out pretty quickly. Then we went back into Disneyland, we were planning to see the illuminated parade. We had enough time to go on the Pinocchio ride, it was really cute. We finished up and got great curbside seats for the parade, and only had to wait about 10 minutes for it to start.
Waiting for the parade

It was a really nice parade, all the floats were covered in lights, with most of the popular Disney characters on them. Great music, and they would stop every so often and have a little show.
Fantillusions Parade

We all really enjoyed the parade, even in the freezing cold! After the parade it was already 8pm, so we were ready to go back to our room and relax for the night. As usual, once you get in the hotel it is really a happening place, lots of kids and people everywhere. The shops are nice, there is an arcade and coin-operated rides ($3 for those!!!). Of course a few restaurants and a huge bar/lounge. It had everything from pints of beer for the Brits to hot chocolate for the kids. Really nice place to stay, because there is plenty to do right there in the hotel if you don't feel like always going into the parks. We didn't stay downstairs too long, we were all ready for bed after our busy day.

Last day and trip home coming soon!

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