Saturday, September 19, 2009

Disneyland 2009 (cont)

What a great family vacation. I can't imagine going this in the middle of summer with the heat and the huge crowds. Waiting in line for 2 hours is not my thing. The longest wait time we had was 35 minutes for the Finding Nemo ride and Toy Story Mania. Most other rides we walked right on (without the FastPass). We did find that this trip was a little more crowded than all the other September's we've gone. I think people are catching on and not worrying about taking kids out of school. Savannah alone did 3 hours of homework BEFORE we even left and they also did some every night in the hotel. For a change of plans we researched the Orange County bus system and found a route that picked us up right in front of Disneyland and dropped us off right in front of Old Spaghetti Factory in Fullerton. OSF was a staple of ours when living in UT. Kansas City used to have one about 11 years ago (the sign is still on the building downtown) but not sure why they closed up. The closest one to us now is in St Louis so that is a must every time we go to the temple. We always save our shopping to the last day and just spend the evening in Downtown Disney (mostly at World of Disney). Needless to say the girls were given their budget and Haylie's way of doing things was putting everything in her basket that she liked then going over with me what items she could get within her budget. Funny girl! We've always gone during the off-peak season except for one October when I wanted to see it all decked out for Halloween - that was a bit crowded too. My last goal is to go just one time during Christmas (which I know will be extremely crowded) to see the park all decorated for the holidays before the girls are off to college. The nightly Celebration Parade was great. So many colors and lights!

 
Close up of our family brick.
 
Just a couple of snapshots.
 
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2 comments:

Jill said...

You have a family brick at Disneyland?????WHAT???? So cool!! I'm so glad you had a great time. I loved hearing about it person today at the pancake breakfast.
I do hope you get to a Disney Park for the Holiday Season. That was a dream of mine and we did it in 2006. It was fabulous, and the parade at the Very Merry Christmas Party was everything I dreamed it would be. Toy Soliders and all.

Shannon said...

I am so excited for Disneyland. Glad you guys had a fun time!