Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Surprise, We're Going to Disneyland!

What better way to kick off summer vacation than with an impromptu visit to the Magical Kingdom ... The Happiest Place on Earth ... well, minus the long lines and the 87 degree heat. Although Dylan finished school last week, I still work until the end of the month. He was so excited to be on summer vacation that I decided to surprise him with a late afternoon visit to Disneyland. Dylan has been watching all the commercials about the new Star Tours ride and just about jumped out of his shoes when I told him we were going.

Surprisingly, the lines were only 15-30 minute waits. However, this is beacuse everyone was standing in line for Star Tours! The wait went from 115 minutes down to 90 ... no more fast passes ... ugh ... the things we do for our children.

As much as he wanted to go on this ride, the heat and the idea of standing in line did not make Dylan happy. He did everything he could to sit in the shade alongside the building while I stood in line.

As we got closer to entering the building his frown began to fade and the excitement was hard to contain.

After 80 long minutes of standing we finally make it inside. The happiness on Dylan's face made all the numbness in my feet disappear and I quickly remembered what it was like to be a child at Disneyland.

Our destination was Hoth, which was the first choice of Dylan's ... coming in close second place was Endor. The flight was smoother than before they renovated the ride, but the best part was Dylan's reaction when the ride was over.

"Seriously, that was it? Seriously? So not worth the wait"


Now that we had accomplished the mission of riding the new Star Tours it was off to all the other fun rides. Pirates of the Caribbean, Matterhorn, Tarzan's Treehouse, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones, Jungle Cruise, and a few spins on the Gadget Coaster (all by himself)

All in all, it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and evening. Next visit we hit California Adventure and Mom gets to ride the new Little Mermaid ...

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