Friday, January 11, 2013
After work, Misty and I stuck around and had some Chicken Soup that a friend’s husband had made, and left at work for anyone to enjoy. Then, we were off to Disneyland.
We got there at about 6:30 PM, and stayed until about 9:30 PM. Before we went, so we could have a list of rides to go on, I made one. Friday evening, we went on the Pirates of the Caribbean, and then we rode the Winnie the Pooh ride. Next to the New Orleans Square, we had a Churro and drank hot chocolate. We watched Captain EO. We got FastPass tickets for, and then rode, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. After that we went on the Jungle Cruise. By that time, we were tired and we went back home.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
We were excited to get out of the house, for our last day to use our Premium Disneyland Annual Passes. California Adventure opened up at 8 AM. We had decided that we were going to let our passes expire, because we needed to save up for Misty’s schooling. Also, we were going to the park more than we were attending the temple. It just was becoming both too expensive, and lower on our list of priorities. We have loved going to Disneyland, not always, but most of the time. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s high quality entertainment. Although, that’s mostly all it has been, and we felt it was time for us to move on to something different, and more in line with our priorities.
After going to bed the night before at around 11 PM, I woke up at about 5:45 AM. We had eggs, hash browns, and toast, and then headed off to the park. We got there at about 7:45 AM. We had never been there so early!
The first ride we went on was the Radiator Springs Racers. Then, we went on Toy Story Mania. After that, not particularly in order: we went on Soaring over California; shared a Roast Beef and Cheddar sandwich, Orange Mango Smoothie, and Potato Chips, in the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café; watched Turtle Talk with Crush; learned how to draw Tigger, in Disney Animation; watched the live performance of Aladdin; had a piece of chocolate in the Ghiradelli shop; ate Mexican food on Paradise Pier; and rode Littlest Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
By that time, we had had enough of California Adventure, so we went over to Disneyland. There, we took some pictures in front Mickey at the Train Station; and then, as we were entering the park, I heard the sound of music!
It was Voices of Liberty, an A Cappella group, singing patriotic songs at the entrance of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. We attended their concert, and then watched Abe Lincoln. It was pretty moving. I enjoyed looking at the pictures of the past, and the gallery.
We walked along Main Street, and eventually made it to the Plaza Inn, where we shared a Cobb Salad and had breadsticks and hot chocolate. There were free refills of the hot chocolate. Misty was content to kickback, and I went walking.
I went to Innoventions, and then to shops in Tomorrowland, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Frontierland, and on Main Street. We still had about $50 left on our Disney Rewards Card, and a couple of 20% coupon off a purchase of $50 or more, from when we last renewed our passes; and I was looking for a place to spend our money. We ended up buying a couple of Mickey Fleece Throws. Also, Misty wanted to spend her Christmas money, so she bought a Winnie the Pooh pillow and a Disneyland purse.
We finally left the park at about 7:45 PM. So, we had spent 12 hours that day, and 3 hours the previous day, for a total of 15 hours during the whole weekend. Which had been the most time we had ever spent at the park. We were tired. Fortunately, both days, I had maneuvered past the parking garage workers, and had secured parking spots right next to the escalators, so we didn’t have very far to walk.
We were both exhausted and excited, so when we got home, we watched an episode of Last Man Standing, and a couple of episodes of Reba. By that time, I was falling asleep, and we went to bed at about 9:30 PM.
We have felt sad that we will not be going back to Disneyland as much as we have been in the past. We have some wonderful memories of our times in the park. We loved just walking down the street, or resting on a park bench. It has been a lot of fun.
Although, the crowds were also kind of getting to us. We didn’t like bumping into so many people. So, crowded days are not in our future of when we want to return.
The prices of tickets were becoming astronomical, and we could have the same amount of fun, for a lot less money, on a regular basis, elsewhere. We will always want to return to the park, just not so regularly. This reminds me of when I was growing up. We would go to Disneyland only when guests were coming from out-of-town, so that might be when we go again too.