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USA 2016 – 16 Disney California Adventure Park (2016-07-16) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 16 FEB 2018

The NACUFS events always close off with a big social, and the 2016 Anaheim edition was no different, with the final get together hosted at Stage 17 of the Disney California Adventure Park.

However, seeing as Johann, Carl and I had already been in full on tourist mode for most of the day already, we decided to skip the social and rather enjoy the offerings of Disney’s slightly more adult orientated theme park instead.

Best decision ever.

Themed after the history and culture of California, Disney California Adventure is situated literally across the gates of the original Disneyland Park, and while a later (massive and expensive) overhaul wove in more kid friendly entertainment options focused on Disney’s Pixar and Marvel properties, the park comes away as much more suited for older visitors as opposed to the youngsters.

There are lots of vintage props and real world themed backdrops to enjoy, and while the rides aren’t quite as numerous or iconic as what you get in the original park across the road, the rides that are there are certainly a lot of fun.

Given our time constraints (i.e., we only arrived there in the early evening), Johann, Carl and I only manage to dip our toes into two of the rides on offer – the heart stopping Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (which is an accelerated drop tower dark ride that essentially catapults you up and out at the top of a very high building) and the gorgeous Soarin’ Around the World experience (a flight motion simulator that ‘flies’ you through the world on a mechanical lift system).

Obviously had the lines been shorter we would have got to do more, but this is Disneyland – the lines are NEVER short!

Other than that, we spent our time strolling around the grounds, taking in the sights, chewing on churros, tackling turkey legs, and capping it all off with a viewing of the incredible water fountain projection finale, the World of Color nighttime show.


Despite their proximity to one another, Disney California Adventure Park is a very different animal to Disneyland Park, meaning that if you have the time (and money, because boy, entrance to these places are expensive!), it is well worth spending at least two full days in order to explore both!

Related Link: Disney California Adventure Park | Wikipedia | World of Color | #USA2016

Weekend of Braai My Life 25 JUN 2013

We enjoyed a nice weekend of family, friends and braai this weekend I must say, so feeling refreshed and raring to go, overjoyed too by the fact that now with school holidays in effect, my drive through to the office is a whole lot smoother as well!

The weekend was kicked off with a Friday visitation from Monty and Cheryl, and after Cheryl finished helping Chantelle with her baking work (you should see the awesome paintbrush cake these two whipped up!), we sat down to enjoy a delicious ostrich noodle dish for supper. Saturday, after my morning walk, Jessica and I joined Chantelle on her delivery to the always delightful Sacred Ground deli in the picturesque Franschhoek, and after a bit of a stroll around (and hugging the giant teddy, and stopping in for artisan chocolate), we enjoyed a light lunch outside the bakery.

Sadly, late afternoon saw Chantelle struck down by her first proper bout of morning sickness, which meant that Jessica and I was tasked with heading out for an extended shopping trip, eventually returning home to put on the fire for a pork and boerewors braai, followed by a delayed watching of the South Africa versus Samoa rugby game on SABC 2. Oh, and because Chantelle was out of sorts, I finished up the night by challenging Ryan to some FIFA (Sadly, it again didn’t go my way).

Sunday saw us start the day off (well, after my early morning walk – been good with those this week) with a cleaning whirlwind around the house, followed by a quick supply run to the shops, coming home just in time for the arrival of Mom and Dad, Evan, Natasha and little Evalynne, who joined us for a leisurely afternoon braai, made even more interesting by the fact that I was asked to prepare a smorgasbord of meats on the day! (Seriously, on the grid I had pork, boerewors, chicken, blesbok, turkey and rump steak!)

Entertainment for the day was seen to by the antics of Jessica and Evalynne (who eventually managed to play together in semi-harmony of sorts), as well as an enjoyable round of 30 Seconds in which Chantelle, Dad and myself narrowly beat out Evan, Natasha and Mom for the win! Oh, and Evan and I capped the evening off with a couple of excitable rounds of FIFA 13.

After all was said and done, Chantelle found ourselves looking at our house and deciding that there was just no way we had the energy to tackle the hurricane mess left by the day’s visitation that late in the evening, meaning Chantelle vegged out in front of the TV before slinking off to bed, while I again got a hiding at FIFA from Ryan. Sigh.

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So all in all, a pretty enjoyable weekend of family, friends and braai was had!