Okay, really, back to being here more regularly. So, it's Saturday, no? Let's see what adventures we've embarked on lately.
Earlier this month, we took Pic to Disneyland for the first time. We planned the trip and saved for it for sixteen months. (We're really working on being more fiscally responsible.)
How was our trip? Fan-freaking-tabulous!
We visited both Disneyland and California Adventure (although I keep referring to the whole collective place as Disneyland). Cardo and I went to Disneyland together eight-and-a-half years ago, but we didn't go to California Adventure then.
The parks were wonderfully (relatively) empty. I had really thought Disneyland might have reached a point when it is always full, and I was incredibly pleased to find that a false notion. Fast Pass? Who needs it! Fast Passes weren't even offered at the rides. The longest we had to wait for anything was the forty-five minute line to meet Cinderella, Mulan, and Belle in Fantasyland.
We spent five days at the parks and were able to do everything we wanted to do, at least once.
It turns out Pic is a fan of the roller coasters...as long as they aren't darkened. Haunted Mansion was closed (they were taking down Nightmare Before Christmas decorations) as was Matterhorn. We didn't even try for Space Mountain. Pic's still too small to go on California Screamin' and Indiana Jones. We skipped the Tron whatever-it-was. We only did Pirates of the Caribbean and Tower of Terror once each.
And, oh, Tower of Terror. That's where I found out Pic's not a fan of the dark rides. She's the one who wanted to go on the ride; I didn't even know what it was. I asked Pic if she was sure she wanted to ride and she said yes. I had her ask the park employee outside the ride about it. The employee described it as a series of controlled drops. Sounds harmless enough, right? About halfway through the ride, Pic was sobbing and yelling, "I want to stand with Papi!" (Cardo didn't go on the ride and was waiting for us at the exit.) Fortunately, amusement park rides are short and we were out of there a few moments later. Also, fortunately, that experience did not stop Pic from riding anything else; she just didn't want to go on that particular attraction again.
Pic was beyond thrilled with Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Goofy's Sky School, and Grizzly River Run.
As a family, we enjoyed Fantasyland the most. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was a big hit. We went on Storybookland (one of my favorites) a couple of times and did the same with It's a Small World. A lot of the other Fantasyland rides we went on several times. Elsewhere in the park: Pic particularly enjoyed the Tiki Room and meeting characters.
The third day we were there, my uncle and aunt were gracious enough to join us. It was so great that they could come; they live close to the parks, but not right down the road or anything. My uncle and mom went to Disneyland the second weekend it was open and my uncle has been back very often since. He's something of a Disneyland buff. I loved listening to him share bits of Disneyland history.
We were still at the park when Cardo started planning our next trip there. We just might be going again.
I certainly haven't relayed the whole story here, but that's enough for tonight. I'm going to watch old-people tv and fiddle around on this here interweb.