I’m not a huge Disney fan and I’ve just spent a week in Disneyland. I’ve got some thoughts. I know, shocking isn’t it?
I don’t dislike all things Disney, but I’m not squealing with joy every time I see Mickey, if you know what I mean.
My daughter was involved in a dance program that included a couple of days of dance camps and then the opportunity to dance in two parades. One in Disneyland and the other in California Adventure. It was something that she will probably never forget and my husband and I will never forget the smile on her face as she danced her way down Main Street with her friends.
(On a side note I now know that I can do a high curly ponytail and full stage makeup at 6:30 am and then sprint for the monorail all without breaking a sweat.)
Putting that aside…..there were a few things to dislike about our time in the magic kingdom.
We’ll start with the whopper of a visa bill we will get in a few weeks. The US dollar is not our friend right now. And Disney is not a cheap day out. Tickets, food and “stuff” can add up very quickly. And if you think you can do it without the “stuff” by all means message me with your ideas.
Then there are the people. Thousands of people. No, hundreds of thousand of people. Lineups everywhere you look. For security, for food, for rides. Seriously people, have you not heard of the fast pass?
Add in sore feet and a mild sunburn and a “staycation” in Vancouver is looking very appealing.
But there were also some positive moments that I will never forget and hopefully my daughter will remember too.
Just as we arrived at Big Thunder Mountain with our fast passes the ride closed due to mechanical problems. It’s sucks, but it does happen and really, when you are hurtling along at lightning speed in a tiny open cart you are grateful for checks and measures in the safety department. But it did leave us with three very hot, very disappointed kids and a limited amount of time. We headed to the Matterhorn with fingers crossed. Forty minute wait. Crap. Disney, however, showed its true colors and the line attendant honored our Big Thunder Mountain fast passes. I almost kissed him. But that wouldn’t have been appropriate. Right?
On my list of things to get down during the week was to get my daughters silhouette done. I had mine done when I was a bit older than her. There’s a tiny store on Main Street where a man named Stephen cuts them. With a pair of razor sharp surgical scissors he cut a perfect silhouette of my daughter in less than two minutes. Not only that, he gave us a history lesson. The term silhouette originated in France from Etienne de Silhouette. Look it up. We were the only ones in the store and it just felt like a few moments of time away from the crowds to reconnect and create a unique momento.
And lastly, the poolside margaritas at the Grand Californian Resort. Best enjoyed with friends on a hot afternoon while the kids play in the pool. I would highly recommend this for anybody planning an evening visit to the parks. It seems to make everything just a bit more magical.
I would have to say that Best Thing in Life at Disneyland is taking the good with the bad and making your own magic.