Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney California Adventure - this was a really cute, fun ride, but the lines for it were always quite long, even first thing in the morning
In the interest of full disclosure/keeping it real, I should point out that Will appears in no morning pictures because he was too grumpy to get up early with the rest of us and head to the park before the crowds and midday heat and sun hit (never mind that we had gained two hours going from Texas to California). On Wednesday morning when Will balked at waking up, I told him that was fine as long as he kept Vivian, who was also being sleepy and irritable, at the hotel with him. So Robert, Dots and I headed to the parks by ourselves and had the nicest, most relaxing day! Will had planned to bring Vivian to Disneyland around lunch, but she was so content coloring, looking at books and watching her phone in the room that he decided to stay back. This ended up working out really well because the rest of the week Will got up and went with us in the morning, and he and Vivian were both in better spirits.
All said, we had a great week at Disneyland. Our family was able to spend a lot of time together which doesn't happen much anymore, and it was overall a relaxing and fun vacation. I loved the rides, the shows, the characters; I'm ready to go back!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. I couldn't believe how much I loved this ride! I went on it four times
Dots and me in the hotel lobby of the Tower of Terror
I was especially taken by the conceptualization of the 1930's hotel that served as the setting for the ride. The queue line ends in this lobby
Picture from the Tower of Terror. I'm on the middle row, far right, hanging on for dear life with my eyes closed!
I haven't ridden a roller coaster in about 25 years, but I went on California Screamin' and enjoyed it! I look like Cousin It from the Addams Family in this picture, however (behind Robert and to the right of Dots), because I wouldn't let go even for a second to get my hair out of my face
These sisters are from Charlotte, NC and go to camp with Dots! The girls were in California visiting their grandparents and we made plans to meet up with them one day at Disneyland
Wednesday night Will, Dots and I ate at Bubba Gump in the Anaheim Garden Walk near our hotel. Sweet Robert stayed at the hotel with Vivian so we could enjoy a peaceful dinner
Thursday morning - Will and Dots on the Mad Tea Party
October 2000 - Will, Dots and Robert on the tea cups!
Riding the bus down Main Street
Waiting in line at Toy Story Midway Mania
This ride was so cute! We wore 3-D glasses and played arcade shooting games as we rode through. A monitor on the dash showed our score
Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure
Paradise Pier at night just before the World of Color show
Vivian and Robert at the Mike and Sulley to the Rescue ride (from Monsters, Inc.). Vivian really liked this ride - she enjoyed trying to find the baby in each scene as the little taxi car rode around. This was another attraction that had a handicap-accessible car so we could take Vivian straight on in her stroller. I think that made a huge difference in her whole demeanor
Exterior of It's a Small World at night
Earlier in the week when we rode on Small World, Vivian got out of her stroller and sat with me. This time she refused to get in a regular boat, so we waited on a wheelchair-accessible one. Her stroller was loaded into the back and Robert and I sat on a bench some distance in front. We were both terrified Vivian would melt down and try to get out! Fortunately she was mesmerized enough by the ride that she sat contentedly
Outside Soarin' over California - a simulated hang-glider ride that takes you over the sights of California. This was one of my favorite attractions. Vivian looks so happy you'd never know she just completely fell apart, hence the reason she and Robert were waiting in an empty exit hallway! We were able to trade off afterward so Robert could ride. Disney is very accommodating about parents taking turns. In fact I can't say enough good things about how helpful the cast members (Disney employees) were to us throughout our visit
Dots entertaining the other guests while they waited for their Animation Academy cartoon-drawing lesson. Robert, Will, and Dorothy enjoyed this so much that they went back for a second lesson. Unfortunately the first class was on drawing Chip and the second was on Dale!
Our last morning in the parks. Will had flown home early for a fraternity function, so it was just Dots, Vivian, Robert and me. We took turns riding Space Mountain and Star Tours again before heading to Fantasyland one last time. While I shopped for souvenirs, Robert took the girls to see Captain EO, a 1980's movie with Michael Jackson. Inexplicably, Vivian loved it!
We had a hard time convincing Vivian to give back her 3-D glasses after the show
Back on the Casey Junior Train
You might guess that our entire family knows the words to the Casey Jr theme song by heart
Pretty, manicured miniature gardens comprised the landscape between the train tracks and the canals
On the Storybook Land Canal boats. Vivian was fascinated by our passage through the mouth of the whale from Pinocchio
Dots and I loved the miniature scenes constructed along the banks of the canal. Behind her is Cinderella's castle
Dots chose this California tank top as her souvenir of the trip. If this child were to go to college in California, she would never come back home!
After we discovered Napolini in Downtown Disney, we never ate anywhere else for lunch! They have delicious pizza and fresh salads and sandwiches
Clearing security one last time as we journeyed from Downtown Disney back past the park entrances
Heading back to our hotel
Goodbye, Disneyland! We hope to return again soon!
Married for 27 years to Robert, three kids: Will (23), Vivian (20) and Dots (17) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born, currently tutoring math ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, traveling, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, keeping up with old friends ~~~ happy to correspond with other parents about raising a child with special needs
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