Thursday, January 15, 2009


Woody and T

Me, Mickey and T
E and T, half sibs

M, a half sib and her mom
T tries to pull out the sword to see if he's the true prince. No idea why it didn't let loose!

T, M and E in Toon Town

Posing with Mickey

Breakfast at Goofy's kitchen

We all had a great time in Disneyland! We met some friends and the kids got along pretty well. Aside from the competitive nature of both boys. Standing in line FIRST or being pushed in the stroller and getting ahead of the pack. That got tiring. But the whole place and the experience was magical. And for January, the weather was GORGEOUS! (aside from the famous Santa Ana winds on day #1) The first day, we were SO lucky that another family we met had annual passes and she knew just what a 5 year old would want to do. So she was our tour guide for the day. T his half brother E and half sister M had all day to play and explore the park together and get to know each other a little. T doesn't look too much like the others (got most of his good looks from my side of the family perhaps) but there were similarities with E and M. M is a beautiful, well behaved little girl. She'll be 5 in 2 months so they were all well matched for size and age. And E is a handsome, rather tall (almost as tall as T), rambunctious 5 year old boy. Pictures to be added to this post soon.
The second day, M and her mom weren't with us so we made a list of things we wanted to see and do. We rode Space Mountain first. It was the first roller coaster ride T has ever had. after the second wild whip around a corner in the dark starry atmosphere, he was laying down with his head in my lap. Poor baby. In the flash photo they try to get you to buy, all you can see is me looking down to my right and absolutely nothing in T's seat. After the first hour of exploring, while standing in a long, long line for some ride on our list an older women dressed in park employee clothes asked me how many were in our party. I told her "five" and she said, "Come and follow me." I almost hesitated, having to get out of line but she took us right up to the front, entered in the exit and placed us right there in front to get on the ride! T took one look at that ride and said, "No thanks. I don't want to go on that!" He'd had enough of roller coaster type rides! But I think it was more a water type ride. Either way, no way we were going on it with T. So the kind lady asked what else was on our list. And we had a list to show her! I told her it was our first time there and so she came up with "First time visit" buttons for everyone, and also pins to trade with others later. Apparently, pin trading is a big pass-time for lots of folks. And some are worth a lot of money! Then she gave us 3 more written passes to take on any ride we wanted. We didn't have to stand in line at all. When I asked her why she chose and and how come she was giving us such special treatment, she said, "It's just magic." Wow. It was a most wonderful day, thanks to "Pat". Because we didn't have to stand in hardly any lines the kids were much better behaved and less tired. And me too! We were very lucky to have caught her eye!

One of our most favorite rides was the Toy Story ride in California Adventures Park. It was a new one and we waited 45 minutes to get in. But it was worth it. If you have the chance--make sure you try that one. After going on many rides and shows, after 2 full days we were pretty much pooped. Actually we could have handled one more day to see all the things we really wanted and experience the things we REALLY liked more than once, but all good things come to an end. T was very excited to go on a plane. This was actually his fourth plane ride, but it seems this was the first time he realized it was a PLANE and not a bus or train (although those things are exciting for him as well). Jet Blue served us very well and we will certainly try to fly with them again, given the chance.
I'm happy to come home again and eat something besides restaurant food. Burgers, fries, soda. It gets tiring. I have a hankering for some good ol' fashioned home cooking with vegetables and meat! But I didn't leave without getting my quota of cotton candy!! I love that stuff.
It's good to leave but just as good to come home again. I hope we can visit the park again in another year or two. It's such a great place for kids, but nearly as much fun for BIG kids too.

1 comment:

Billy said...

Glad you had such a nice time :-)