I’ve got two words for you: Disney. Land. I’m approaching 40 and I just had my first trip to Disneyland.
We spent just a day there, during our 2012 Spring Break, but what a day it was.
My family, my sis’ family, and my parents all caravanned to Anaheim from Coronado, where we spent most of our spring break vacation. Our code word for Disneyland was “Costco”, since we wanted to keep it a surprise for my 5 year old daughter.
“California has a really big, cool Costco. We have a long drive just to get to it.”
“Let’s make sure we wear comfortable shoes. I’m sure we will be walking around this Costco for a really long time.”
“This Costco has a lot of lines to wait in. The demo ladies have such great stuff, we’ll need to separate into teams to get all the great things.”
I broke the surprise to her as we approached the little tram that would bring us into the park. I’ll never forget it. She was so surprised and I felt so happy to bring my family there.
Oh yeah, Flynn Rider’s smolder is all that. Here’s Chloe’s conversation with Rapunzel:
“I’ve seen you in a movie before!”
“You have? Well, what was your favorite part?”
“When you hit him over the head with your pan.”
“With THIS pan?” (pointing to the cast iron pan hanging on the wall, with a smirk on her face)
And then there was Minnie Mouse. She just strolled right by us and so Chloe was one of the first to talk to her. I had no idea this was such a big deal. But wow, TONS of people just automatically formed a line to talk to her. Adults, too! That’s ok, I felt like a little kid there. It was wonderful. I have a hard time being in huge crowds of people – I just don’t like the feeling of being part of a herd. But the sights and sounds of Disneyland lessened my crowd-uneasiness.
I love the snapshot of my mom and dad, above. Isn’t my mom a true Snow White beauty? And my sis’ sequined Minnie ears were pretty dang cute, too 🙂
My sis’ family has been to Disneyland a few times, so they thankfully knew just what to do. My bro-in-law got us fast passes to all the cool rides and my sis made our plan of attack to make sure we got to experience as much as we could in one day. I’m so thankful – they made it so nice for we Disney newbies. My mom and dad went for the first time, too. Mom enjoyed the parade with little Chloe while Dad went on the big kid rides with us. It was really great to see my 60-some year old dad enjoy Disneyland. His favorite was Space Mountain. He loved being in the pitch dark not seeing what was next. My favorite was Star Tours. It was so dang good that my eyes watered. If I didn’t have my family with me, I would have just turned around and gotten in line for the ride right away again. We are a Star Wars family, so being in a speeder, flying through all the familiar Star Wars places was SO cool. The buzz droids attached to us and disabled our engines, so we crash landed in Hoth, landing at the top of a huge mountain, teetering at the very top of a snowy peak. And sure enough we fall down to the very bottom, at the protest of our guide C3PO. Ah, it was so fun 🙂
And then there were the strollers. Strollers galore. I have never seen so many strollers in my entire life. I still can’t believe how many there were.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Teacup ride was hilarious. I joined in a teacup with my mom, daughter, and niece. Little Chloe LOVED it. Natalie spinned and spinned the steering wheel, wheeling us around faster and faster, making for a pretty dizzy grandma! I still have the Very Merry Un-Birthday song in my head.
My twelve year old son loved his first visit to Disneyland, too. His favorite ride was of course Star Tours, followed by Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean. One of the most satisfying feelings in the world is seeing pure joy on your kid’s face. And when I saw Chandler at the wheel of the Indiana Jones jeep ride, I got to experience that. He had a blast. He has watched these three movies over and over and over and over and over again, so it was so fulfilling for all of us to experience these rides.
Mmm hmm, we a great time at Disneyland. Good job, Walt and the Disney team!