"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage." Walt Disney
As part of my trip to California, Emma and I went to DisneyLand. I have been before, but Emma never had so we decided to make the trip. But we decided to make the trip with five under thirteens in tow, as my family had friends staying for a long weekend.
The day before had been overcast, but I know what my skin is like so I put on my suncream and we went for a hike up the state reserve to get some great views of the ocean and get over the hangovers we had as a result from the night before.
I now look like someone has taken a blow torch to Casper the Friendly Ghost. Apparently the body cream that I had applied that morning to preserve the tiny tan that I have contains oil, and after a few hours I forgot, applied my suncream and went out for the day. Ouch!
"Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." Walt Disney
Luckily we woke on Disney day for it to be overcast and a little chilly so I didn't look too out of place in a t shirt and a hoodie, but when an excited kid came racing up to me and jumped on my shoulders, full of Disney spirit, it hurt BAD.
They say Disney is full of magic, and I think they might be right. Its hard not to grin when you hear the Star Wars music playing ,otto squeal when you see the parade. It takes you back to when you used to sit in front of the TV and be mesmerised by the bright colours and happy faces.
Emma and I split off from the smaller kids and took the two teenagers, on the basis that I am a ride wimp and so is Abby, and Emma is a daredevil, as is my cousin Emily. We had a plan. The first person to get to ten photos wearing different silly hats won a prize, and the competition was hot. The staff don't like you trying on the hats without buying them, but at twenty dollars a hat, we weren't going to do that. So we raced into the stores, put the hats on and raced out again. The results were hilarious.
"The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true." Walt Disney
I went on Space Mountain. I don't mind that one because although it goes fast an twists and turns, its dark so you might as well not be on it. We went on a few others and moseyed around the park, having photos taken with the characters and eating junk food. At the end of the day we decided to go on Splash Mountain, a ride I hadn't been on before because it was closed. Once in the eighty minute queue, I noticed the drop. Wow. Then the sign a bit further round 'fifty foot drop'.... aaah right. I couldn't chicken out as there was a sweet looking little girl in front of me who can't have been older than five, and she seemed pretty excited, so I swallowed my butterflies and continued in the line. Then I saw another sign 'last chance to leave'. Oh come on. I was concerned enough as it was!
"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." Walt Disney.
By the end of the day I had had far too much fun, magic and junk food, and was ready to go home and get in my bed. I don't understand how all the kids were so bouncy after a whole day of rides and fun, but they could have stayed in the park for another day. It was potentially something to do with the amount of sugar consumed, but they all had fun, and after all, there is no place in the world more magical than Disney.
Who are your top three Disney characters?