Disneyland is the perfect place for all ages.
Last year Go East took us to Disney World and this year it seemed only appropriate to visit Disneyland. We arrived a bit confused by the parking situation that had us walking through Downtown Disney to find the theme park but arrived, heard the piped in music, and were immediately escorted to the “Happiest place on Earth” (well, maybe the second happiest).
We scurried to Sleeping Beauty’s castle for our first self-pic of the day. Luck seemed to be with us. We got the shot with only one or two attempts. A rarity! We then found ourselves in line for the Matterhorn Bobsleds. This attraction is found only at Disneyland so we were anxious to try it. We wound our way through the line rather quickly and boarded our bobsled. We screamed and laughed as we found ourselves in total darkness and later face to face with the Abominable Snowman as we careened around turn after turn. A perfect start to the day.
We then rushed to TomorrowLand to acquire our fast past for Space Mountain. We got our fast pass but accidentally got it for Autopia . We decided to head to Space Mountain until it was time for Autotopia. We were greeted with a 65 minute wait but it was a wait that was more than wo’rth it. We had some observations during our wait that mostly involved the parenting skils, or lack thereof, of parents near us in line. In front of us were the out of control children whose adult was oblivious as they stepped on feet of those around and crashed into anyone in their way during their game of tag. Behind us was the parent who corrected their child anytime they moved and then there was the parent with the panicked look as she rushed through the line looking for her lost daughter. She found her. Once the line ended and we were in our rocket we were greeted with a ride that was definitely out of this world. Lights flashed and spun as our rocket seemingly began to spin then BLAST OFF! We were hurled through the Universe at breakneck speeds never knowing what was around the next bend or over the next hill.
After the rush of Space Mountain we headed to Autotopia, a much more sedate ride. Pigeon was especially excited. He was never allowed to drive the bus and was thrilled at the chance to drive the car. We think he did a pretty good job.
The rest of the day was filled with a flourish of activities – the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, “it’s a small world”, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Our last few hours found us making some of our favorite memories as we relived last years ride on Splash Mountain. Fortunately this year’s journey down Chick a pin hill found us drier than last. We marveled at the firework spectacular that only Disney can create, and strolled down memory lane as we rode the King Arthur Carrousel. It was the perfect ending, to the perfect day.