We surprised the kids on Tuesday morning with the fact that we were going to Disneyland. We filmed the reaction but because Sacha does not do well with surprises, he was not an happy jumping up and down reaction. He first declared himself too old for Disneyland, thinking he should go to Disney World instead. Then he wanted to know how far he needed to drive to get there (fair question after 3.5 days in the car) but it was just 2 blocks away. It’s hard not to take his natural reactions personally but I know it comes more from his extreme anxiety rather than just being a brat. However, his anxiety sure brings about some eye-rolling bratty reactions. And his non-traditional reaction was still better than having to listen to “are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet” a million times in the car on the drive down.
The first ride we took the kids on was Autopia, pretty tame and the kids had lots of fun. Alice is a terrible driver. The second ride was Space Mountain. It was intense. Very intense for two little kids and they were pretty gun shy to go on the third ride but we pushed them on and it was a nice tame one and then they were off and running. Their hands down favourite ride was Thunder Mountain Railway, we went on that ride at least 10 times. Sacha pointed out the goat holding a stick of dynamite EVERY TIME.
Out of the three days, we only spent about 6 hours at California Advenutre Park. Alice saw the ferris wheel and demanded to go on it repeatedly as we walked across the park to get to it. She, Andrew and Sacha lined up and when they got right to the front of the line, she looked up and said, I don’t want to go to the TOP of the ferris wheel! and so they turned around and walked away. Oh Well. I was never going to get on that crazy thing. Way to high. Sacha did go on the giant roller coaster that goes upside down. He was very brave. Alice wasn’t tall enough for a lot of rides in that park and there seemed to be a lot of really high ones that I wasn’t going to go on.
This was my fourth trip to Disneyland and there were still a couple rides that I went on for the first time, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones and Star Tours. Sacha was a bit too old for most of the characters. I don’t think he believes they are really who they are dressed up as anymore. But Alice fully believes and she got to meet 6 princesses, two fairies and so many others. She got big hugs from every one of them.
Alice and Andrew left on Thursday to fly back for Alice’s kindergarten observation day. That was a little tough, they had to leave the park at 3pm and wave goodbye to Sacha and me, who did not have to leave.
My feet where worn down to the bone every day. It felt like there was no cushioning left, just bone hitting cement by the end of every day but we almost shut it down on Thursday night, we were there from 9am to 8pm and then I was completely done. It was fun being with just Sacha for a little bit. I probably would have done better at the beginning of the day though, renewed energy and fresh Advil coursing through me.