Thursday, March 20, 2014

#72. Go to Disneyland

A few weeks ago I shared my 101 in 1001 list and towards the bottom smack dab in the middle was my desire to return to Disney.  I am what you would call a Disney fanatic. If there's a Buzzfeed article I've probably read it, a youtube video I've seen it, and if a movie is released into theaters you know I'm there opening weekend. I had the JOY of going to Disney World for the first time when I was seven then again when I was nine. Those first two trips to the Magic Kingdom set my heart aflame for all things Disney. I asked to go back every year on my birthday for the following 10 years.

Finally, two years ago, my mom called to say it was time to take Mitchell. I promptly informed her that they would not and could not go without me. Plans were made, a room at the Grand Floridian booked, and we were headed to Disney World at Christmas. It was MAGICAL. We saw Cirque and almost every park, attended snow covered parades and dessert theatre, hitting the Magic Kingdom nearly every evening. I loved it.


This February, we planned a family vacation to San Diego. We were going to hit the hot spots: Legoland, Sea World, and --insert drumroll here-- DISNEYLAND. I was beyond excited. The first two adventures were for my 11 year old brother, but this... this was for me. It was like Christmas morning! We loaded into the car and started the 2 hour drive to Anaheim. I was rip-roarin' and ready to go.

Now let me remind you that our first trip to Disney with Mitchell was... well, interesting. It included a few meltdowns but we managed to have a pretty good time. This go-around we pulled into the parking lot and he declares "Yeah, I'm not really into this Disney thing."  We were still in the parking lot! I in turn informed him that we were going to have a great time and it was going to be magical anyway. He was still skeptic. We made it through the gates and I was already dizzy with wonder. To pacify him, we started out with the train that runs around the park. Meanwhile I made note of each and every show I wanted to see and ride I wanted to ride.


First stop was Disney's Magic Paintbrush or something like that. It was a great show full of familiar tunes from favorite movies, exciting special effects and a unique spin. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while others who shall remain nameless counted down the minutes until it was over.


Look! He's smiling! But of course, it's only because we were about to ride the monorail. I did manage to talk him into riding the spinning tea cups with me; he was worried about how fast we'd spin, but once that initial fear subsided we had a great time! And I had the hand cramps to prove it. Spinning those things is not easy, especially when he shouts "Faster, faster!" at the top of his lungs.


This was also in the middle of directing Alice in Wonderland, so who should I run in to but Alice and the Mad Hatter himself! They seemed to be following me everywhere and were delighted to say hello!


When Mitchell and I waited in line for the teacups, Mom ventured into one of the shops. She emerged minutes later wearing sequin-covered Minnie ears. I squealed out loud and Mitchell threw me a funny look. I threatened to make him wear them but he wasn't buying it. We also got the entire family on the carousel (even though Dad and Mitch opted to sit on the bench behind us). It was then that we parted ways, the boys were off to the race track while Mom and I bolted for Snow White's Scary Adventure and Mr. Toad.


The boys tuckered out far earlier than we did. Our last stop was Frontier Land (I think?) and we stumbled into one of those dinner/dessert theaters. Mitchell almost ran out of the room. In Disney World we had reservations at one of these places and they pulled him on stage. This time he was not going to be recruited no matter what. They ended up pulling in a woman from the front and it was pretty funny. Mom and I agreed that I could have played it up a bit better ;)


The day came to a close much earlier than I would have liked, but I loved every minute of it! It also helped that we went straight to Chick-fil-a then popped over to a movie theatre. Mom and I saw Frozen and the boys caught The Lego Movie. I'd say it was a fantastic end to a great day. I don't think I'll ever tire of Disney and I'd still go back in a heart beat. I would forgo pretty much any and every other vacation (except maybe a trip to Europe) to simply go back to Disney World. I'm that obsessed. If you're planning a trip, be sure to leave a little room in your suitcase for me. I'm so there!

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10 comments:

  1. I am so stinking jealous of this! I've been begging Ben to take me to disney!

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    1. You two will have a BLAST! I loved going with family but adventuring with someone my age is definitely next on my list. :)

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  2. SO FUN!!! I would love to go to Disney World as an adult but I am holding out for the day my husband and I have little kiddos to take with us. haha!!

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    1. You'll love it! Definitely make the trip whenever you have an opportunity.

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  3. Seriously so much fun! This should be on everyone's bucket list!

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    1. Absolutely! Who wouldn't love the chance to be a kid again?

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  4. I loveeeee Disney too! I just got back from there and I'm already ready to go back!

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    1. Oh girl, I feel ya! I'd go back tomorrow if they'd let me :)

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  5. There's something so magical about Disneyland! I LOVE it! Glad you had such a beautiful time!

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    1. Thanks, girl! It was simply splendid! Do I get to see you this weekend, by the way? :D

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