"You think there's no way it can live up to your expectations...but it does, it just does. "explained my friend, as she helped me get pumped for our Disneyland trip.
I had to laugh a little when people would dutifully instruct me
"Be sure to take lots of pictures!"
Ummm, did you forget who you're talking too? The girl who can only have fun if she's wielding her camera!
And wield I did. So for those who requested lots of pictures...here they are.
|First visit buttons|
Although how did I NOT get one of us eating corn dogs???
Oh it was picture worthy,
first thing we ate,
5 minutes into our arrival,
and Ben happily announced wiping the ketchup and mustard from his face,
"K, it was worth it, I can go home happy."
My dear friend Tiffany has been trying to convince me for years to accompany her to Disneyland. Our birthdays are 3 days apart and we'd started planning a Disneyland celebration a few times, but I'd always had to back out for reasons I can't even remember anymore.
But 2013 is my Do it already! year, and man am I' glad we did.
Tiffany knows her Disneyland, and was such a great planner/guide/bestest buddy ever.
She made it all so easy and special...pointing out hidden Mickey's and spouting off little known facts for us.
I was so glad I could share my first Disney experience with such a great friend.
Oh and my hubby. It was fun with him too;)
While I was trying to get this storm trooper to pose with Ben another one thought it's be funny to go right up behind me...I turned, startled and full on screamed.
Aw, the memories.
There was an Ewok toque I might regret not buying.
I mean, when lightening McQueen drives down the road, how can you not be happier than a tornado in a trailer park?!?
It was such a good experience to be with just Aaron. As much energy as his programming takes and regardless of the portion of my sleepless nights that are spent worrying about him and his future, he is day to day less directly demanding then our other kids, who jostle for our attention constantly. It was nice to give him our full attention and get to follow his subtle leads, doing what he wanted to do. And man was he a trooper!
We started him off on the littel kiddie rides in Bugs Land. I think he enjoyed the familiarity of the characters and back drops (he's only seen every pixar film roughly a gazillion or so times!) He was just really taking it all in, things kept catching his eye and he'd inspect it like he does, letting out little squeals of delight at the accuracy of it all. We got off the Heimlich train and he darted to the front to look upside down at the chubby catepillars face, oblivious to the worker's panic.
Well honestly, it was a little hard to gage his reaction. He plugged his ears (which he's been experimenting a lot with lately) and didn't really crack a smile.
but as soon as we exited, he made a bee-line for the entrance.
We did that ride 3 more times in a row! and came back I don't even know how many times over the remaining 4 days.
And then all the detail and work that went into recreating Ornament Valley, I just kept catching myself staring at the rocks imagining how much work it was to paint them all. Wow.
Mater's Junkhyard Jamboree was another favorite. Got lots of smiles.
Plus you can give high fives to Russell!
One of my favorite (I'm sure using that word a lot!) things in both Disneyland and California Adventures was the parades. Man, Disney know how to put on a parade.
He did like the Toy Story ride. First time EVER we've got him to keep glasses on.
I guess 3D buzz and Woody were just the right reinforcement!
|Ben making an Aaron face.|
Another Fabulous parade!!!! So glad that McKye's rockband skills can one day be put to good use, when he's employed by Mickey's personal drum line.
I liked the parade so much I watched it twice!
Aaron was so cute, giggling as we approached the gates every morning.
Just knowing that he was about to have another day of magical fun!
|Trying to take off Jessie's hat.|
I wish I could tell her how great she was with him.
I just realized, just now what was so neat about their interaction. There were no words.
All gestures and looks, hugs and high fives.
Aaron's wordless love, reciprocated-- perfectly. Thanks Jessie.
Aaron showed no trepidation at all. It was his pal, Woody,
and he was BIG and he wanted him to pick him up!
(Dad did instead)
Well us and some of his other pals:)
Don't ya love how he disappears in Sully's hug?
Even though it took me 31 years to get to Disenyland-- I already loved Disney. As amazing as all the rides and characters and shows are--and yes it may very well be "the happiest place on earth"--but the true contribution of Disney is what I had already experiences...
on our old TV with some VHS.
Good family entertainment, created with talent and care. Mufassa's death scene, the Little Mermaid's eyes gazing as she holds that end note, Pocahontas showing John Smith her world, Aladin showing Jasmine a Whole New one, Dumbo's mom rocking him in her trunk, Tarzan and Jane hands meetings, Lady and the tramp's noses touching at the end of the spaghetti, Belle whispering I love you before her beast is tranformed... the were very VERY cool projected on huge sprays of water BUT I got teary because all those moments were already a part of my childhood--and as cheesy as it sounds, a little part of me.
Scenes that made me feel and laugh and want to sign a long...twirling if possible.
A whole world of color and music that has brought literally generations happiness.
What a legacy. Thanks Walt. For everything.
Ben took Aaron home, exhausted from four straight days of giddiness.
I enjoyed one last cinnamon hot chocolate with Tiffany at the Carnation Cafe, rode the train around the park,
“To all that come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land.
Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future."