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AK2VA Summer Cross Country Road Trip Update : Adventures at Disneyland

AK2VA Header The past few days have been a great part of our journey, even with a few glitches in our plans. Just when we were taking a sigh of relief thinking that our camper was fixed and our road tripping complications were behind us, our Volvo’s AC bit the dust. We had invested quite a bit into tuning our SUV up for this road trip so she would be ready for anything…but when the AC quit blowing cool air, we resorted to cooling the Alaska acclimated animals with ice during what became a pretty tense day of driving in the summer heat. We decided to focus on the good news – that we ran into this issue right when heading to Anaheim – a busy bustling city with a nearby Volvo Service location that fit us in right away. We also were able to drive a rental car so that our Disney plans weren’t abandoned.  The not so good news was that our AC fix was almost as much as the entire initial tune up. Ewww. But that is life, and this car has taken us many many miles, so we are thankful she hasn’t left us stranded anywhere yet (Let’s not even think about that!!). We stayed at Anaheim RV Resort – which was literally 7 minutes or less from Disney, and it was so funny we could see the fireworks from our campsite the first night there. It was a really exceptional campground and we took breaks resting under the solar panel awnings enjoying California’s nice breeze or relaxing in their spa by the pool. Being born and raised near Orlando, Bryan’s family has spent many fun days at Disney World in Florida over the years…so we were excited to visit California’s Disneyland for the very first time together! We loved it! Here are a few of our favorite sites, rides, and experiences!

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B-Weiss_Photography_Alaska_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_AK2VA_Cross_Country_Road_Trip_Day14_Disneyland_California_photo-002Haunted Mansion – New Orleans style. Need I say more? 😉

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Cindi Junkins - June 15, 2014 - 7:21 pm

I am really enjoying your blog….love reading all about your adventures. Praying for safe travels for you two!

Beverly Keeling Edwards - June 16, 2014 - 12:25 am

Just loved all of these pictures. Our family are Disney lovers as well. Our youngest daughter has been fortunate enough to visit both USA parks and the one in Japan as well.