USA Trip

We had the opportunity to travel to the US earlier this month with Elizabeth’s dance school. Last November, the dance school put out a request to see how many people were interested in going to LA with the tour group company Dance Around the World.

From February onwards, every Saturday, sixteen dancers worked hard and learned  a 25-minute dance routine to perform at Disney California Adventure and Universal Studios City Walk. They also learned the choreography for the Disneyland Main Street Parade.

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The A380 is HUGE!

Left Melbourne on Saturday, 11am, and arrived 14 hours later in Los Angeles on Saturday, 6am. Got to have Saturday again!

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On the very first day we arrived, we met up with an old friend from elementary school who is now living in LA. It was great catching up and getting to know her children.

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Welcome Breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen

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In Downtown Disney

 

Newport Beach

Newport Beach

 

The line to get through security on Monday, December 5. Crazy busy. Later learned that December 5 is Walt Disney's birthday, which might explain the crowd.

The line to get through security on Monday, December 5. Crazy busy. Later learned that December 5 is Walt Disney’s birthday, which might explain the crowd.

Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror

The very first ride we went on was the Tower of Terror in Disney California Adventure. I do not do roller coasters well. When I saw that this was a tall building with a Precaution Sign, I thought, “It can’t be a roller coaster, so it can’t be too bad.”

We were guided through with a talk on The Twilight Zone and I thought it was a Haunted Mansion sort of thing. It turns out that it is a high-speed elevator ride with sudden rises and drops! Oh, my! Well, I’m glad I did it!

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Mickey’s Fun Wheel with a choice of swinging or non-swinging cars. Of course the kids chose the swinging car.

 

View from Mickey's Fun Wheel

View from Mickey’s Fun Wheel

 

Jumpin' Jellyfish -- kind of like a much milder version of the Tower of Terror!

Jumpin’ Jellyfish — kind of like a much milder version of the Tower of Terror!

Mickey Fun Wheel and California Screamin'.

Mickey Fun Wheel and California Screamin’

 

Performance at Disney California Adventure

Performance at Disney California Adventure

 

Finding Nemo Submarine Ride and the Monorail

Finding Nemo Submarine Ride and the Monorail

 

"it's a small world"

“it’s a small world”

I told the children they HAD TO go on “it’s a small world” because…well, because “it’s a small world”.

Main Street, Disneyland at night.

Main Street, Disneyland at night.

Waiting for the parade to start. People were "booking" their spots with rugs, blankets, bags, etc. along the parade route an hour before.

Waiting for the parade to start. People were “booking” their spots with rugs, blankets, bags, etc. along the parade route an hour before.

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Over 900 dancers took part in the Dance the Magic parade.

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Some photos from our day trip into Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Los Angeles highways

Los Angeles highways

 

Los Angeles traffic on a Tuesday morning

Los Angeles traffic on a Tuesday morning

 

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Muhammad Ali's star is on a wall because it would be sacrilegious to walk over the name of Muhammad.

Muhammad Ali’s star is on a wall because it would be sacrilegious to walk over the name of Muhammad.

 

Such a joker.

Such a joker.

 

Outside Graumann's Chinese Theater

Outside Graumann’s Chinese Theater

Apparently, anyone in that area of Los Angeles is obviously a heathen in desperate need of saving. The only reason a Christian would be there is to proclaim the Good News — or more precisely, the Or Else News — and to hand out tracts.

Later, a bit further down the street from here, someone tried to hand me a tract saying, “You need Jesus.”

“I already have Him,” I told the guy.

“You need Him twice.”

Hmmm…..

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Homeless Encampment

Homeless Encampment

Los Angeles has a homeless problem. It was rather sad and confronting to see people sleeping on bus stop benches along the road from our hotel to the theme park that is dubbed “The Happiest Place on Earth”.

 

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The beach is really wide. And it was cold! Yes, I realise it is December and winter. The days were really beautiful, but it cooled down really quickly after about 3pm and it was dark by 5pm.

Some photos from Universal Studios.

Performance at Universal Studios City Walk

Performance at Universal Studios City Walk

 

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

 

Had a Krusty Burger meal. Not bad at all for fast food.

Had a Krusty Burger meal. Not bad at all for fast food.

 

REGULAR drink. It's HUGE!

REGULAR drink. It’s HUGE!

Don’t know why people would bother paying for a Large when there are free refills! My first time experiencing a fill-your-own cup at the drinks dispenser. Learned that the cups have individual computer chips in the base and the computer could tell if it was a refill or not.

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A camera on the tail of our plane!

A camera on the tail of our plane!

Melbourne!

Melbourne!

Left LA on Sunday, 11pm, and arrived 14 hours later in Melbourne on Tuesday, 9am. Lost a day. Mark’s birthday was on Tuesday, so he got to have a birthday after all.

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