usually we go as a family every 3 years, which should have put us at going in 2013 and then in 2016, but somewhere since our last trip we just didn't make it down on our usual time schedule. with us all being not small children anymore (or in some people's case, getting married) my dad has been saying this would likely be the last "big" trip to disneyland with all of us. i guess we'll see if we can twist his arm in 3-5 years ;)
anyways, we packed 7 of us in the van and drove down the sunday after christmas. when we were leaving the house, google maps said it should take us 6.5 hours to get there. clearly, everybody and their dog wanted to ensure that didn't happen. we left at 2:30, and made it to the hotel about 9 hours later. ugh. we crashed in to our beds and were prepared for the early alarms the next day.
6:45 hit, and we rolled out to get ready. by 7:20 or so, we started the walk to california adventure, getting to the gate in time for the park to open at 8. dad went and got tower of terror fast passes while the rest of us headed to the back of the park for toy story mania. i started off losing to aileen. but i turned that around, as you can see.
holly, markham, dad & josh jumped on to california screamin' then we got on to toy story. after that, we went to radiator springs racers, where we learned the fateful mistake of not getting passes. the line started at a 90 minute wait, but we got in the line right around 9, and got off the ride around 11:30. the plan was to hit the aladdin show at 11:10, but it is safe to say that didn't happen.
folks, if you want to stay sane... GET FAST PASSES or you'll be stuck listening to these lovely songs the entire time
it still gets sung.
we saw the aladdin show for the final time, since it closes this month.
i'm semi intrigued to see how the frozen show plays out (and if it has a run as long as aladdin did) but also wish they picked something besides frozen.
but don't tell andrew i said that...
though it's pretty safe to say i'm already ready to go back to disneyland.
who's coming with me??