Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

California Adventure & Bread

Helloooooo again. Fancy meeting you here on this wild blog.

I've noticed that I've basically just given up on even remotely connecting the quote of the day to what I'm writing. Make no mistake, today is not the day that I remedy that. Today's just the day that I point it out so that we can all move forward with this knowledge. And also this is just me continuously lowering your expectations.

However, I will tell you where it's from today because it's been a while since I plugged my book.

The quote's from a song called Figure Me Out by The Summer Set. I know them, you know them. I've talked about them many, many times. This song is important, though, because it was almost the last chapter of my book.

If you haven't bought my book yet, PLEASE DO IT I'M LIVING OFF PASTA take a gander at it over here. In the book, the main character is very into music and each chapter is marked by a song. It's almost like a book-long playlist. Anyway, for a long while, Figure Me Out was set to be the finale, but I changed it at the last minute to Born to Run. After reading the book, it felt disingenuous to not end it all with Born to Run. Why did it feel disingenuous? Well, you're just gonna have to read the ducking book.

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled programming of me giving travel advice to literally no one.

Tina's Must Sees in Disney's California Adventure

  1. California Screamin' - This ride was almost my first loop roller coaster until I chickened out at the very last second when I was ten-years-old. My actual first loop roller coaster was the Rockin' Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios in Disney's Florida park. You're welcome for that absolutely useless trivia. All you need to know is that California Screamin' is fun and it is the most intense roller coaster I care to experience in my old age.
  2. Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters - So, this ride is just dumb fun. You get into a cute old school car that's controlled by WiFi. The cars are programmed to "dance" around to music. Wow, I have no way of explaining this as a fun activity, but trust me. It's a good time.
  3. Radiator Springs Racers - Despite being wholeheartedly creeped out by the whole Cars universe thing, I am a big, big fan of everything Cars Land has to offer. I love the whole Route 66, Americana, classic car thing. In a perfect world, when y'all make me a bestseller, I'll own a baby blue old school Chevy truck from the '60s. What does that fact have to do with the Racers ride? Literally nothing. You're welcome. I was a better tour guide when I was twelve apparently.
  4. The Bakery Tour - There's a tiny lil tour about how sourdough bread is made and you get free bread at the end and there's no limit to the amount of bread they give you. This is MY kind of theme park. A few years ago, before I lived here, I bought a loaf of sourdough bread and brought it back on my flight to Florida as a weird carry on item. It was one of the smartest choices I ever made.
  5. Soarin' Around the World - Now that the footage doesn't look like it's from the '90s, this ride is cool again. I mean, it's always been cool, but I'm glad the picture doesn't look like garbage anymore. The one in Florida used to have this massive dark spot right in the middle of the screen. Plus, it's nice to see a glimpse of the rest of the world instead of just California. Although, I wish there was a way to fix the set-up so that nobody had feet dangling in front of them.

Honorable Mention: The Tower of Terror Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! - Wow, that's an insanely long name for a ride at a theme park. This is getting an honorable mention because I haven't ridden the new version yet, but probably by the time this goes live on my blog I will have. Whatever. Time's fake, but any ride featuring Hit Me With Your Best Shot deserves at least an honorable mention.