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.
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!
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.
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!
I told the children they HAD TO go on “it’s a small world” because…well, because “it’s a small world”.
Some photos from our day trip into Los Angeles and Hollywood.
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.”
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016, in Family, Holidays, Life and tagged Dance the Magic, Disney California Adventure, Disneyland, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Universal Studios. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.