Thursday, April 14, 2011

Disneyland Part 4. - The Fun

One of the biggest benefits of staying at a Disneyland Hotel is early entry 'Magic Mornings' - where you get to go into the parks a whole one hour early before it's open to the general public!
Now the idea of waking up around 6am and leaving your nice hotel room might sound awful - but you get shorter lines, less crowds and you can always go back to your hotel in the middle of the peak crowd to rest or go swimming or what have you. That is an excellent plan, take it from me.

Keep in mind most parts of the park are still closed off, but Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are open. Still a good deal considering you can knock those rides off your list early on. We hit a significant number of rides, then took off to the other lands right at 8am - narrowly beating out all the other guests to the 'e-ticket' rides.

Speaking of e-ticket, the Kid FINALLY reached 46 inches. This is a milestone because it's a height requirement for a lot of the big coasters which he's been dying to try. One of which is Indiana Jones. Although he's never seen any of the movies, he's certainly familiar with the Legos and has been waiting his whole life (7 years) to go on the ride. This trip he got his wish and his first ride on Indy. He loved it of course.

You know my love of Disneyland apps, especially the wait time apps which tell you how long lines are. It keeps us from running from one side of the park to the other. These are the wait times dreams are made of:

While the Kid was getting the most out of his height requirement, the shorty Baby was denied yet again from being a chosen Jedi at Star Wars Jedi training. You should see the number of kids crying from not getting chosen, it's heartbreaking.
The Baby sucked up his tears once again and decided that building his own lightsaber would be just as much fun as being a chosen a stage Ok. Whatever makes him happy. I didn't even have to buy the thing, just building the lightsaber was good enough for him. Free fun? I'll take it.
Another thing that passed the time in line was looking for Hidden Mickeys. My mom bought the Kid this book that tells all the places that Imagineers have hidden little Mickey Mouse icons throughout the park. It's kind of amazing - you'd never notice they were there otherwise. The Kid always makes it his mission to find as many as he can.

In the end, two fulls days of Disneyland is more than enough for anyone, but spreading it out with a hotel made it waaay more enjoyable (the upgrade certainly didn't hurt either). You don't feel the pressure of being forced to have a good time - you can just relax and make the most of it. The way all vacations are supposed to be. It helps having your brother hold your hand on the scary rides too...
part 1: Disneyland Hotel
part 2: The Food
part 3: World of Color



Anonymous Lola from Las Vegas said...

Howdy, Jenn ~

Thanks for sharing your Disney get-away adventures! It's been a LONG while since I've been there myself (I lived in the O.C., and would visit a few times a week - gotta LOVE the annual passport.), but reading about your trip takes me back to good times...
By the way, the very last photo of The Kid & The Baby holding hands brought tears to my eyes. Precious.


Thursday, April 14, 2011 3:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss Disneyland so much. We never went as often as you guys go, but when I was growing up, we went there at least twice a year. I love that place!

And that last picture brought a little tear to my eye too. So sweet!


Thursday, April 14, 2011 5:33:00 AM  
Blogger Nanette said...

I love that last pic!

Looking forward to taking Em on her first trip to the Magic Kingdom soon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 7:43:00 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

That last photo just melts my cold black heart. Reminds me of my nieces when they're scared of something. Cute :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:01:00 AM  
Blogger RB_Mom said...

I love that pic of the kids holding hands & his little smile! It's nice to know that brothers can get along (at least sometimes).

Friday, April 15, 2011 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Love looking for Hidden Mickeys!

Monday, April 18, 2011 12:38:00 PM  

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