We left Reedley and arrived mid-morning in Disneyland. What a fun experience!
Our first ride was the train around the park. Liam was scared of the dinosaurs, and it was an early indication that we would have to watch out for scary experiences. Next we went down Mainstreet, USA to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Again, it was a little bit scary for Liam.
Peter Pan’s flight was, as expected, a highlight. While waiting in line we met a couple who are retired teachers. They are also grandparents, and really enjoyed talking with our kids. King Arthur’s carousel was next (see the photos below), and then we took a break and ate lunch in Fantasyland. Lunch was $40 (yikes!), and the adult portions were about right, but the children’s portions looked small. They weren’t; our kids actually had plenty to eat.
The crowd index was really low (as expected for a Tuesday in November), and our rides on both Dumbo and the Casey Junior Circus Train were quick, due to the short wait in line. Liam sang the Casey Junior song for the rest of the day. But he only knows the words, “Casey Junior’s back….”, so he sang that one line over and over and over and over.
Clara’s favorite ride (so far) was the Mad Hatter’s teacup ride. After enjoying this spinning sick-inducer, we headed to Tomorrowland, to the Autopia cars and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro-Blasters. Clara drove(?) with me on the Autopia cars, and she had so much fun. She laughed the entire time! On the Astro-Blasters, Liam and Daddy competed with Clara and Mommy for the highest score. Daddy was a bit worried early on, because it turns out Mommy is a pretty good shot. But the ladies were soundly defeated by the end of the ride.
We were getting pretty tired by this point, so we wandered through innoventions (meh), then took the Monorail back to Downtown Disney. We were able to ride in the front of the Monorail with the driver – we’d heard you can request this, so we did.
We had a late but scrumptious dinner at the Storyteller’s Cafe downstairs in our hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian. Lisa enjoyed the corn chowder and a salad, the kids made their own pizzas, and I enjoyed the buffet, complete with New York strip steak and an over-the-top dessert selection.
After dinner we collapsed into bed. Lisa and I intended to plan Wednesday’s fun, but we were both snoozing before we knew what was happening. I’m writing this during naptime on Day 2, and I hope we can update the blog to share all of today’s fun and adventures sometime (late) this evening!