Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall vacation day 4-Disneyland day

It was a strange time of year to go to Disneyland. It was decorated for Halloween...

and they were beginning decorating for Christmas. It's a Small World, Storybook Land boats, and a few of our other favorite rides were closed so they could decorate them for Christmas. When we rode the train they used the prerecorded message, "Over here on your right is It's a Small World, you won't want to miss this classic ride!"
I have been to Disneyland twice, both times were in October. It seemed plenty crowded to me for the "off season". We went on a Thursday so there were no fireworks, no special Halloween activities, and very few rides had offers of Fastpasses-the ones did we either weren't interested in those rides or there wasn't that long of a line.

As far as Ewe is concerned, we have gone both times to Disneyland mostly just to go to Critter Country and get photos with Pooh. After we got in the park that was our first stop. We were pleased that this time we were able to wait in one line to see both Tigger and Pooh. Last time we went to Disneyland you saw either Tigger or Pooh, but not both at once. We got there at a good time and only had to wait for a few families ahead of us before we saw Tigger. A few more families after us got to see Tigger and Pooh and then they took a break. After their break Eeyore came with Pooh. By then the line was very long and we didn't stay to see Pooh again and see Eeyore. The Lambs warned me that Aunt Hannah would be upset that we didn't stay to see Eeyore.

I talked about visiting Pooh first thing in the park with the Lambs for several days before our trip. Everyone cooperated really well because a trip to the Lego store at the end of the day was promised if they took photos with Pooh. Of course they were told it was all for Mama, but Lamb 2 and 3 both hugged Pooh on their own.

Family photo in Critter Country-near the line for Pooh
Then we rode the Pooh ride.

Next we rode the train around the park and the Lambs hadn't done anything they wanted to do yet-Critter Country was for Ewe. So we decided to ride Autopia next. Grandpa rode with Lamb 1, Ram rode with Lamb 3, and Ewe rode with Lamb 2. It was too loud for me to get Grandpa or Ram's attention so only Lamb 2 had his photo taken. None of the Lambs could reach the pedal so they took the steering wheel and the adult with they pushed the pedal. The Lambs liked this ride, it had a long line but not too terrible. They liked getting a driver's license and "driving" themselves.
Then we rode the monorail around the park.

Then we headed over to Fantasyland. Grandma rode the teacups with Ram and the Lambs.

Ram and Lamb 2 and 3 rode Dumbo. It was hot while we waited in the line for Dumbo-I can't imagine being there in the summer.

Ewe and Lamb 1 rode Dumbo.

Everyone but Grandpa rode Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. We had read Wind in the Willows earlier this year. Ewe wanted to ride Peter Pan because the last time we were at Disneyland it was closed for repairs. That line was really long-over an hour. So we did not ride Peter Pan. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride the line was not too long and everyone liked it.

Family photo time again

After this we had reservations at the Blue Bayou for lunch. Grandpa and Grandma wanted some real food by this point in the day-not corn dogs or junk food. Our reservations were for almost 3pm. There wasn't much that Lamb 1 considered worth the time waiting in line that we had done yet. All the Lambs had stayed up too late the night before. All the Lambs had not listened and didn't eat much breakfast so they were starving. We had reservations so we were seated pretty quickly. Then the meltdowns began. None of the Lambs were happy with the menu, especially Lamb 3 just wanted cheese pizza which is not on the menu! The waitress was so patient with us as we figured out what to order them. The food didn't take too long. We ate a delicious meal. Ewe had Monte Cristo, Ram had a steak, Lamb 3 had pasta with chicken (he didn't eat any chicken, but most of the pasta with sauce), Lamb 2 had macaroni and cheese, and Lamb 1 had salmon and pasta. They all ate well. After eating and several bathroom breaks during lunch, the boys were whole new children, ready to do more, not just go back to the hotel and crash. 

Lamb 3 loves carousels and requested we go back to Fantasyland and ride that. There was almost no line when we went back so that request was easy. 

 Then we wandered around the park looking for a couple more rides without too long of a line. We got in line for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. When Lamb 1 figured out that it was a roller coaster there was no way he was going on that, even if it was a little roller coaster. Grandma took him out of line and he was happy to wait for us. Lamb 2 and 3 loved it! Grandpa survived the ride-it had been years since he rode a roller coaster.

At this point we let each Lamb pick one ride to ride a second time. Lamb 2 and 3 chose the roller coaster again. Lamb 1 chose to go back and ride Mr. Toad's Wild Ride again.
Lamb 3 was exactly the right height to ride the roller coaster, 1/2 inch less and he wouldn't have been allowed to ride.

Ewe chose to go back and ride the Pooh ride again. We walked all over the park to let the Lambs ride their rides a second time and Ewe ride the Pooh ride again. The Pooh ride was one of Lamb 3's favorites too. Grandpa and Grandma waited for us and didn't even try to do all that walking around the park.
Ewe took advantage of the Lambs ages-she knows she will probably never get the Lambs to ride the Pooh ride again so willingly.

Then we stopped and got pineapple ice cream from the Dole place. We were told by our church members that we had to do that!

Then we planned to go along Main Street and do some things, but by that time at night Abraham Lincoln was closed and everyone was pretty worn out. Lamb 2 was very disappointed about not seeing Lincoln. We decided to not stay for the parade as we would have had to wait about a half an hour.

Then when we left the park we had to walk way down the end of Downtown Disney to get to the Lego store. We let each Lamb build a minifigure for their prize for taking photos with Pooh and Tigger. This took quite a long time to let the Lambs chose. Lamb 1 built Abraham Lincoln, Lamb 2 and 3 just built people with accessories. By then the parade was done and we needed to take the shuttle back to the parking lot before they closed for the night.

After the big lunch at Blue Bayou we went back to the hotel and the Lambs ate leftovers from some of our meals out earlier that week. We all slept well that night. Grandma had her pedometer on and said we walked 8 miles-but we walked some without her so I wouldn't be surprised if we walked 9 or 10 miles.

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