We left for Disneyland on April 5, and came back on April 11. I succombed to my typical cold as a result of having to deal with air conditioning for more than a couple of days, and I am just now getting over it. I still feel like I've been run over by a truck, but I hope to get back to regular walking this week sometime.
I had great hopes of writing blog entries in the afternoons while we were on vacation, but I usually dropped off for a quick nap while The Beard and Punkin took a trip to the hotel pool. Dark, quiet, alone. . .snore. Every day my feet hurt a lot, and getting to put them up for an hour or so in the middle of the day really helped.
Saturday: (Fellow sewing enthusiasts will appreciate that on Saturday morning, I was hammering snaps onto my new jacket so I could wear it on the plane. I finished it the weekend before, at the sewing retreat, but I hadn't done buttons and buttonholes yet. I searched through my stash of snaps and found the perfect copper-colored ones. Yay!)
Our flight out of Seattle was 1.5 hours late. Luckily, we hadn't intended to go into the park on the first day, or that could have been a catastrophe. Instead, when we got there, we caught the arranged shuttle (messed the driver's schedule up, too, since Alaska kept posting that our flight was on time) and headed from Long Beach to the Ramada Inn Maingate. The kids all headed for the pool, and the adults got things situated in the rooms. Then we headed off to Downtown Disney. We stopped in at IHOP for dinner (kids eat free!). We only did that the one time. Then we continued on to Downtown D and looked around at stuff, did a little shopping, felt tired and walked back to the hotel. We decided to get up and open the park the next day, since it was an early opening day, Sunday.
Sunday: We met the group for breakfast at the hotel at 7:00-ish (this is a good group to travel with. 7:00 means "as close as you can get to 7:00 without being all stressed about it). We had breakfast and got in line at the entrance, and were in the park at 8:00--no stress (not much sleep, either!).
We headed for Splash Mountain first. I thought we had talked Punkin into trying it, but when we got there, she decided that it was a no-go. She never did go on it the whole week. She tried other new rides, though, so kudos to her. I'm not much of a ride rider either, so she comes by it naturally.
She does like Dumbo, however, and made the Beard and I sick when we tried to ride it with her--she likes to make the elephant jerk up and down really quickly, much more nausea-inducing than most of the rides she wouldn't go on. Blech! Dumbo is an incredibly difficult ride to get a good picture of, and despite that, I had to search for a properly bad picture--one that doesn't show Punkin's mysterious face. I give you: Dumbo!
After that, we grabbed a quick (but expensive!) burger in Tomorrowland, and we girls headed off to see the High School Musical show in California Adventure.
When you go to Disneyland with 2 11YO girls, the HSM show is pretty much a must. It was only playing for a couple of the days we were there, so we had to make sure and be there for the first one, in case we wanted to be there every day. I have some great pictures of the show and of Punkin's friend participating (but not Punkin :-( ), but you'll have to use your imagination! I even got a video of the limbo.
After HSM, we grabbed a quick snack (mocha--blech! I sure wish Starbucks would figure out how to get into Disneyland) and wandered around California Adventure for a while. We totally missed it when we were in CA 2 years ago, so it was all new to us. There's a Pixar parade in the afternoon, so after watching our friends on California Screamin, we watched the parade.
There was Lightning:
Roz and Boo:
The Incredibles and Frozone:
This guy, who makes these stilt things look like a lot of fun, and not a dangerous way to break some precious part of your skeletal system:
A pufferfishmobile! What a cool way to do this. In this picture, he's unpuffed, but the body opened up like umbrellas--very effective.
Tinkertoy guy. The guyin the cart, complete with helmet (you've never seen so many safety precautions) is making Tinkertoy guy move.
Green army men and ZEALOTS!
Woody, Jessie, Rex and a barrel of monkeys!
And who's bringing up the rear? Well, Mater, of course!
Then there was more walking about in the sun. Sun! And we watched people get wet in the Grizzly river inner tube run. I got some good pictures, and I got to stay dry!
After dinner, we watched Fantasmic (we actually saw a bunch of it this time--Punkin is taller, and we weren't trying to hold her up to see it). Then we went and stood in line for the rocket ride. After that, Punkin got some mouse ears (yay!).
And thus ended the first day.