A March 2002 trip
to Anaheim by Villadon
Quote: Our first stop on our USA adventure!
Hotel | "Fairfield Anaheim at Dolphin's Cove"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2005
Dolphin's Cove Resort
465 West Orangewood Avenue
Anaheim, California 92802
During this time, we went to the new Disney ‘California Adventure’ Theme Park, which is co-located next to the original Disneyland. One of the highlights of our visit was the ‘Soaring over California’ ride, in which you are strapped into an aeroplane seat and take a simulated ride over California – when you soar over orange groves, you actually smell the oranges, and when over the pine forests, smell pine – it was so good that we went twice! Another great show was ‘Disney’s Aladdin Musical Spectacular’ – this was also part of the admission into California Adventure and was an excellent 40-minute musical stage production, with Aladdin and Princess Jasmine flying over the audience on a flying carpet. The park also has plenty of rides for the thrill seeker. We also spent a little time looking around ‘Downtown Disney’, the shopping mall between the two parks, and whilst we were there, took the opportunity of going to see ‘Chicago’ – which we really enjoyed.
Another day was taken up with a tour of Los Angeles, incorporating a day at Universal Studios then a night tour of Hollywood, past stars homes, Beverly Hills, Mann’s Chinese Theatre, and Walk of Fame stars' handprints and footprints, Sunset Strip, and we also walked the red carpet for the Academy Awards, as they were setting it up for the event later in the month. We even had a photo taken with Marilyn Monroe! The interesting thing was that the driver took us through the backstreets of downtown LA, and we saw firsthand the countless numbers of homeless people living in the streets in cardboard boxes, lighting fires in the streets, and existing in such poverty, it was shocking to think that you were in one of the richest countries in the world.
The highlight of the tour was Universal Studios; there is just so much to see and do there for us big kids! Firstly, we went on the Studio Tram Tour that takes you around the sound stages and lower back-lots where the movies are made, you see various weather effects and a bridge collapse,and also a flash flood in a Mexican village. You also go into a spectacular King Kong studio, see Jaws, go through the opening in the Red Sea, experience an earthquake with spectacular effects of trains crashing around you, and lots more. THEN you go onto the rides and show attractions: Terminator 2 3D show (excellent), Blues Brothers show (entertaining), animal training show (cute), The Mummy Chamber of Doom (just okay), Back to the Future ride (excellent), Spiderman Rocks musical stage show (very good), ‘Backdraft’ fire-fighting effects from the movie (very, very good and scary – also hot), Special Effects show (good) and Water World. This last one is just unbelievable – high-powered stunts and jetski action, pyrotechnics, boats, and even a sea plane crashing into the water in front of you on the 15-minute show. Unfortunately, my two favourite rides were not operating – ET Starbound Bike Ride was having technical difficulties, and Jurassic Park ride, with its 84-foot vertical drop waterfall in a raft, was being overhauled. Oh, well, next time! Plus: we had another photo taken with Marilyn again – he thought she may have been following him! Mind you, she’s looking pretty good for someone dead for so long.
Chancellor Park, Australia