Posted in Parenting, Travel

Travel in 2014: Disneyland

I am seriously so behind on all the travel we did in 2014!! Figured I’d start with Disney. This year’s blog posts are starting out with a series of flashbacks and current events. I hope it doesn’t feel too much like Catch-22. Haha.

DisneyThat’s right! This family finally got to visit Disneyland on a rainy day in November thanks to an awesome gift from a friend. I’d wanted to take Jude ever since he’d fallen in love with “Cars” so I was thrilled when we were offered the opportunity when all of us could actually go, but was terrified when it turned out being the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Is It Crowded said “Yup, It’s Packed,” but I think staying in California Adventure most of the day AND the rain kept things bearable!

The first thing we did was race to Radiator Springs Racers and snag up Fast Passes. It was 9am and already our passes weren’t until the afternoon! We knew Jude would love it, but now we had some time to kill.

Our first ride at Disneyland ended up being Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Jude was not pleased. The “I was up too early” breakdown combined with his usual anxiety about trying new things attracted stares. Lots of stares. Stares that implied “You can’t seriously be thinking about putting this kid on this ride crying like that.” Oh we thought and we did. I don’t endorse this for every child, but we knew the tears would disappear and that smile would return the minute the ride started and boy did they! He didn’t stop smiling the entire day…except when he was hungry. View the before and after below :P:

The rest of the day went rather smoothly. We went on Luigi’s Flying Tires because we knew it would likely not be there later this year when we can afford to go back, as well as Toy Story, the Carousel, The Little Mermaid, and the Monster’s Inc. ride. And of course we went back to the Radiator Springs Racers. If you haven’t been on this ride, it’s really cool. It takes you through the movie and then you race!! I would have loved to have the photo from this one, but the windshield bar was just high enough to cut across Jude’s eyes.

When we crossed over into Disneyland, I had a moment of panic. The crowds were crazy over there, but once we passed Main St. it wasn’t so bad. Over there, we visited Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Winnie the Pooh, and Star Tours. After Star Tours, Jude finally decided he wanted some Mickey ears and picked out the R2-D2 version. After all that, we’d finally had enough. We were all tired and I ached from Jude wanting me to carry him most of the day — it was more than time to come home. We had a great time and since we’ll be debt free this year, we’re thinking of getting season passes for Jude’s 1st birthday at the end of October.

I tried to keep this blog brief, but it’s still closing at almost 600 words!!

Thanks for reading,
Katie ☙

 

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