Friday, January 23, 2009
The Happiest Place On Earth
We finally made our first visit to the happiest place on earth. Despite having lived in California for thirteen years and having lived in southern California for five years, none of us had ever been to Disneyland. I think this might actually be against the law in California. If not illegal, it is definitely beyond the pale. I've been wanting to go every since Lucy was born but I was having a hard time convincing others that this was a good plan.
About two weeks before Christmas I was talking to some friends at work and they were saying what a great time they had at Disneyland the night before. At Christmas they decorate Disneyland and do lots of extra Christmas things. Then I found out that our friends Ray and Sandy (and their kids Tyler and Chloe) and our friend Lena were all going to Disneyland that week. That was it, Disneyland was on!
S0 we loaded the family up into the minivan and hit the road to Anaheim. Of course we hit totally hellish commuter traffic and it took us two and a half hours to get there, but it was worth it. We had a great time.
Lucy worked her outspoken little girl magic and managed to dance with a prince, dance with Mary Poppins in front of a crowd, have a private audience with Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and had her photo taken with Goofy. She was wearing a Princess Belle costume so that helped wow people with her charm. Josie wasn't so sure, she hated Mickey and Goofy but seemed to enjoy riding on the teacups, The Small World ride, and the Dumbo ride.
One of the funniest parts of the whole day was going on the Autopia ride with Lucy, Tyler, Sandy, and Lena. They actually let the kids drive the cars. The cars are prevented from going completely off the track by a cement rail in the middle but with two three year olds driving, the cars pretty much careened back and forth as much as humanly possible. I almost peed myself laughing watching Tyler and Lucy drive. Watch out southern California freeways, here comes the future.