What about Long Beach? Is that one ok or is that weird like Venice Beach?
Olvera Street sounds interesting so I definitely look into it.
I didn't do the canoes last time. I did go on the rafts onto Tom Sawyer Island (which I was just reading on one of Disney's websites, that it's now to do with Pirates).
Even if it's crowded, that's where we want to go on New Year's Eve. It's pretty interesting to hear that the queue is going to be pretty short on Christmas Day. I totally thought it would be full on crowded (at least, it would be if the theme parks were opened on Christmas Day on my side of the pond).
As for the Rose Parade in Pasadena. How far is Pasadena from Anaheim or LA? I have seen footage of the Parade, but we always see it later, so which day is that on?