Visiting Disneyland and California Adventure with Alicia, Scott, Michelle, Sue, and Ophelia. It'd been a few years since I'd last gone, so to see Cars Land, World of Color, and a few other new rides/sights was pretty awesome.
Radiator Springs Racers is well worth the wait. We got in about an hour after they opened, collected FastPasses for World of Color, Radiator Springs Racers, and later on, Space Mountain, then walked probably 10 miles around both parks hitting every ride we could squeeze in!
Having run through Cars Land during races, the thought of a nice stroll through it, both during the day and at night, made it much easier to appreciate. At night is particularly impressive with all of the buildings and the canyon lit up, and riding Radiator Springs Racers is awesome. World of Color, likewise, is very impressive. We got there a little late and had only an okay view, but the massive watershow complete with jets of flame and projection on the rollercoaster is one of the best water/light shows I've seen.
Scott was delighted to see the Candlelight Ceremony (which was, admittedly, impressive), older rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Soarin' Over California, California Screamin', and the Matterhorn still hold up well, and many of the rides decorated for Christmas with A Night Before Christmas themed decorations showed great attention to detail. Tower of Terror and Haunted Mansion in particular showed us just how great they are after all these years!
Can't forget the revamped Star Tours (the birthday girl was the Rebel Spy!) or Space Mountain either. Both remain some of the top rides there.
Plus Alicia had happy birthday sung to her several times. Add in a stop to the LEGO Store, the fact that the we had clear weather with no rain, and it was a great day! Happy Birthday, Alicia!