Ask any of my best friends and I’d be the horrible person who’d actually put the word “hate” and “Disneyland” in the same sentence. I know. This is why I don’t have babies yet.
But, it’s true. I don’t like amusement parks or rides that make me feel like my brain is rattling in my skull. Did I just insult myself?
My younger brother Blake, who I named after Blake from Aaron Spelling’s Dynasty when I was nearly three years old, attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He’s a fancy smarty pants engineer for the Navy. He’s totally into the way cities run, operate, and layouts of things. And, he got this special Disneyland tour back in his college day and since he lives close to LA, he has been to Disneyland nearly 20 times. Seriously.
So for our wedding gift, my little brother decided to take the family to Disneyland! And despite my reluctant behavior, I decided to open up my eyes since it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve been and let Blake give us the grand tour based upon wait times, show times, fast passes, and all. I loved not thinking the whole weekend and it was Benjamin’s first time at Disneyland (he had only been to Disney World).
Yes, that baboon has his finger in his nose! Bad monkey!
A machine told me I’m most like Cinderella and Mr. Wonderful is most like Jiminy Cricket. We rode pretty much every single ride, our first day was 16 hours starting at 7 am with the Character Breakfast – Breakfast with Minnie Mouse which was a riot. At first I ignored the characters when I arrived after all, it had been years since I’ve been around a stuffed human so I wasn’t sure how to react. Then, after my dad got into it and started talking to them I thought, heck. Let’s just go with it. Minnie Mouse’s mannerisms are just adorable, those actors are so good.
It was freezing on Saturday and I didn’t want to get wet on Splash Mountain. And I also didn’t want to look like a dork and wear a poncho like Blake is clearly demonstrating. So, I snuck under Benjamin’s poncho during the ride. Hahahahhaaaa. He got wet the most. He didn’t know why until he saw this photo. Marriage is about sharing and taking it for the team!
Day two we headed to Disney California Adventure which I hadn’t been to for maybe 12 years or so. It’s a nice slow pace – it’s smaller, there are more shows and relaxed rides and far less people. It was perfect to start the day later and just show watch.
I do have to say that I’ve changed my mind about Disney.
Things I’ve observed from this past weekend:
- Their branding is absolutely amazing. From waffles to ice cream bars, everything is amazingly executed. Good job Disney graphic designers. I’d so work for Disney.
- The workers at Disneyland love their job and their voice impressions are very impressive.
- There was a fun drawing class where I learned how to draw Tigger. Maybe my doodles will be more advanced now.
- Disneyland costs – the food and gift shop prices don’t make you feel like you are getting ripped off like at the airport. It’s really nice.
- Speaking of food, the chocolate dipped bananas and kettle corn were amazing. I regret saying I left the park without eating a churro. Boo.
- The Little Mermaid is most definitely the movie that I know all the songs the most.
- The characters are precious.
- The characters now do this bop/smack sound with their mouth to mimic a kiss.
- You’re never too old for glow in the dark bracelets.
- All I wanted to do was eat. And, I did. I think my family thought something was wrong with me.
- The Muppets are just so stinkin’ hilarious.
- The Bug’s Life show is so creative.
- Captain EO is back at Disneyland and it made me thankful I didn’t give my prime years to the 80’s cause that was some horribleness.
- The technical abilities that Disneyland has really left me stunned, entertained and at times, speechless. Very well done and appreciated, Disney.
- I missed the princesses but I guess I’ll just have to see them at our next annual convention.
- Everything is more fun when you are with people you love.
On the tram on the way back after our last day, the driver quietly sang the closing song to the Mickey Mouse Club. Now’s time to say goodbye to all our company. M-I-C, (See you real soon), K-E-Y (Why? Because we like you!) M-O-U-S-E. It was darling, every one sang along and it was once sweet ending to a fantastic weekend.
Diana Elizabeth walked a ton, ate a lot, and had a super fun time. Ok, Disney, you’ve got a pretty good thing going.