I’m not funny.
You’re not reading this blog because I’m funny, sassy, sarcastic, or witty.
I’m just me – but I am real and I want everyone who reads my blog, including my children (when they start reading it) know that I’m the real person behind the typing.
With all that said, I titled this post Disneyland Memes, but they aren’t the funny, witty memes you’re probably thinking of.
This post is on the insanity and the more interesting memories I had while on a five day vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Preface to the memes notes (the only real “vacation tips” you’ll get):
1. Even though we were there for five days, we went for three full days and only a part of the day for the first and fifth day. The extra expense was worth it for the “calmness” factor. We didn’t feel rushed like we were going to miss something because of the five day ticket purchase.
2. I have three children, ages three (3), four (4) and eight (8). The eight year old met the minimum age requirement to ride by himself. That was a bonus because we are an odd numbered family. That was an unplanned yet fantastic advantage.
3. The three year old still takes naps. We left the park every full day around 1 PM to 2 PM to have the two youngest take a nap. The first full day, the oldest took a nap for about 45-minutes too It worked well because the kids were rested for staying up past each of his/her bedtimes.
My Favorite Memories of Disneyland
I talked with my children what each of his/her favorite memories were. My oldest’s favorite memory was making his own Light Saber. My daughter’s favorite memory was riding the Matterhorn with her daddy and my youngest said his favorite memory was riding on Splash Mountain.
My favorite memory of my oldest:
In the future, I expect him to be angry at me for posting this memory, but it’s what happened and I will probably never forget it.
My oldest didn’t go on two rides that his younger sister and brother went on. He chose to sit it out at the exit. The important part of this memory for me is that he knows himself. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. My 8-year old son KNEW that he wasn’t going to be able to handle two roller coasters and he chose to sit on the other side of the coaster near the exit while his other family members rode the coasters. It was both kind-of sad and amazing to me at the strength this little boy had to tell his mom and dad that he didn’t want to go on them.
My favorite memory about my daughter:
On the first evening, we ate a Character Dining restaurant (Goofy’s Kitchen,) and my daughter was TERRIFIED of the masked creatures before her. She was crying and telling us over and over again that she didn’t want to pose with Goofy, Minnie, Pluto, or Chip & Dale who were all in costume and wandering around throughout the dinner. Towards the end of the evening, the actor or actress inside the Dale suit made it his or her mission to get my daughter to not freak out when a character was nearby. “Dale”the chipmunk was able to get close to my daughter and even took a photo with her (in her daddy’s lap of course) as she realized that the characters were not going to hurt her.
Not quite understanding where this trauma came from, we were hoping that our next experience with character dining wasn’t going to be so traumatic. We had breakfast on day three at Ariel’s Grotto, inside the park itself, and got to meet three princesses, including Ariel, Cinderella (above) and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog movie. My daughter embraced these women as the real princesses they were to her and recounted throughout the remaining part of the vacation all the princesses she met. (She met princess Jazmine from the movie Aladdin later on that day.) It was awesome.
My favorite memory of my youngest:
Probably one of the most enjoyable moments of my mothering life to date, my youngest danced to music playing during a parade at California Adventures. It was incredibly adorable and memorable. His expressions as he saw his favorite characters pass by in real life were priceless and made the entire trip worth it.
The Most Excruciating Memory (because they aren’t always good)….
I could have cared less if we saw the “Fantasmic” or whatever it’s called light show at the end of the evening near the pirate island. We did that on the end of the third day (second full day) and I was reminded of why I am a full-time working momma, not a stay-at-home mama. That was one tough thirty-minutes.
The day was pretty great, the two youngest got about an hour nap each and we had enjoyed many rides that we didn’t have to wait too long in lines for. But for some reason, five minutes before the light show began, my children were crying and throwing fits all at the same time. My husband and I stared at each other in disbelief. It was embarrassing, but as my wise husband told me later, “We don’t know those people.”
I had to hold one or the other of my youngest in my arms, and they each weigh close to 40-pounds. The youngest was definitely done for the day by the time the show started and was putting his head on my shoulder off and on during the 15-minute program. Oh, did I mention I had my leg brace on because I had a patella realignment surgery seven weeks ago and we had to stand the whole time? It was not fun for me. But, it was memorable for my husband and he got to check it off his personal “Disneyland Bucket List” that he had in his head and I am grateful that we did it. Ugh.
My Top Three Personal Favorite Memories
What surprised me the most was how much I loved Cars Land. The photo above was taken in Filmore’s natural eats area. My children are (for the most part) willing to pose for photos with me and this was no exception. I am so glad we went to this area during the evening to see all the neon lit up. It was both beautiful and extremely cool.
We stood in line for about fifteen to twenty minutes to see two fairies, Fawn (the animal fairy) and Tinker Bell, (a tinker fairy.) My whole family is familiar with the world of fairies thankfully due to Netflix.
The actress playing Fawn in the photo above was phenomenal. She was truly a woman who has been around children and dare I say, even like them; she was engaging all three kids like they were there to see her. This was the moment that made Disneyland’s character portrayal’s important to me.
And lastly, I will not forget –
We walked into the “Innovations” area not really knowing what to expect. One of the first things I saw when we walked in was every Iron Man Suit created.
My jaw dropped.
I started crying the happy tears.
It was like a stupid dream coming true.
But you know what, it was my dream coming true. That’s what Walt Disney wanted (according to the movie we watched about him.) My understanding of watching one of his biographical movies (while at the park) was that he wanted there to be one thing that you felt was the reason you went there for, and that one thing would be different for everybody.
The Iron Man suit exhibit was my one thing.