Sunday, June 9, 2013

Gave it all up for Disney

When we first moved out here....almost three years ago (wow), we got season passes to almost anything within the vicinity of San Diego, 
Sea World.

We got these not only because they are fun, amazing places, but let's be honest....
we didn't know anyone and we needed to fill our time.

Then we realized a few things.

1. Having season passes to all those places cost a small fortune.
2. We were always going somewhere to get use out of our passes....and although fun, what happened to lazy weekends??
3. We met friends and wanted to spend time with those people too.

So for lots of reasons, we started to let all those passes expire....and didn't miss any of those places too much....except for Disney.

We love Disneyland.
But then Carsland opened, and we LOVE California Adventure.
So in April, we decided that although Disney has become WAY too proud of their tickets and season passes, it would be worth it to have a year full of fun memories.

We kicked it off with a long weekend, staying at a hotel and doing the whole shabang.

Graham was so excited to be reunited with Mater.

The kids were strategizing over the map.

 We had some lines, but standing in line with a 3 and 5 year old is not surprisingly so much better than a 1 and 3 year old.

 It's always so fun the few times a year we actually stay overnight.
The kids love the whole hotel experience and we love going on rides at 11 o'clock at night.
Our kids are troopers.

 We saw World of Color, which is such a great show.
 Graham rode Splash Mountain for the first time at 10:30 at night and LOVED it, not the same feeling for Tower of Terror, however.
 Saying goodnight.....
 and good morning.....

 Because we were staying on resort property, they allow you inside the park an hour before opening with every other family that's staying on property.

The wait before.....

 and we would be the one family RUNNING for Carsland.....nobody was in the park, so we would surely get there first, right?

No.  They had us figured out, those Cars.  All the other crazy families had to wait with us behind Mater and Lightening before they let us beeline straight for Radiator Racers (the ride that's always a 2-3 hour wait).
 Yeah, that whole run through the park didn't get us too far.....
 But a 10 minute wait is SO much better than a 210 minute wait.
 Our kids LOVED it.  This is my favorite part of Disney....seeing how excited they get.
or freaked out.....tomato, tom a to.

A celebrity sighting!

On the walk to the Tower of Terror....we took full advantage of Graham finally reaching the 40 inch height requirement to break him in on all the rides we like to ride.

 Him, not so much......
Addison however loved it....even though you can't tell by her face.

 I phone picture credit: Addison

Around meltdown:thirty, Addison tripped and skinned her knee.
Snow White was so sweet to see her and stop to comfort her.
Addison still talks about it......"Mom, you know when I met the REAL Snow White...."

Another reason why I love Disney so much.


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