When my mother in law inquired about gifts to get the kids and I for Christmas I was all: Disneyland! She's the type of person who likes to give THE gift and since the cost of admission for a family equals one arm and a couple of legs; this was something I knew she'd be on board with. That woman came though. With "park hoppers". For those of you who don't live in California or aren't familiar with this term, it means the tickets can be used for Disneyland and its next door neighbor, Disney California Adventure.
So yesterday I threw the kids into the car then swung by my parents house and grabbed my sisters...
(Everyone say hi to Tootsie's sisters)
...by their cute, stylish hair and shoved them in; and off we went to the
most crowded happiest place on Earth. Living in southern California, I've been to Disneyland countless times. And I know I've been when it ISN'T jammed with huddled masses. I also have learned the best kept secret to avoid this and I'll share it with you: go on Super Bowl Sunday. But I rarely listen to myself. And yesterday was not February 1st, 2009. Yesterday was apparently the day everyone on the planet went to Disneyland. And two-thirds of those people brought a stroller [and a quarter of them decided to skip deodorant altogether]. Seriously, there should be some kind of park restriction regarding the number of strollers allowed. If I were in charge of Disneyland that rule would be as follows:
- Only strollers provided by the park are permitted
- Keep the number of strollers on the low side
- Once they've been allocated that's all there is
- The end.
Did I mention everyone in the world was at Disneyland yesterday?
We had a brief reprieve when half the park lined Main Street for the parade. We took advantage and ate dinner in peace [Editor's note: Mr. Farklepants drove out and bought an admission ticket just to have dinner with us at Disneyland. That's right. You heard me. What you've just witnessed here, people, is a Christmas miracle] But then the parade ended and it was like someone opened another dimention - filled with people - that arrived wearing more people surrounded by walls of people and apparently held mating seminars producing more
We spent the majority of our time waiting in line. [for you East coasters: waiting ON line] In line for:
- The tram from the parking garage to the park
- The security checkpoint
- To buy tickets for my sisters because I currently hold the title of Dumbest Person Ever because I didn't buy them online
- To enter the park
- To eat breakfast
- 40 minutes for Pirates of the Caribbean
- For snacks and drinks
- 40-60 minutes, respectively, for Peter Pan, Big Thunder Mountain, Alice in Wonderland, Matterhorn, and something else I forget
- To eat dinner
- For ice cream
- 75 minutes for Space Mountain that was abruptly aborted about an hour in because, tired.
- To catch the tram back to the car
Know this: Tuesday, December 30th 2008 was the last time Tootsie would ever ride the Teacups. Holy Queasy Batman!
- Know this sub-category: If you are in Tomorrowland during the Main Street Parade you are stuck there until it ends.
What this post doesn't tell you: A great time was had by all despite the
P.S. We're going back next week for