we took indie to Disneyland this past week and boy did we have fun. half way through the first day we had this conversation as we were just wandering around trying to figure out Disneyland
eric: I just can’t figure out if everyone else knows what they’re doing and we just suck at this kind of thing or if everyone is just as confused and just standing in lines…
me: I think we just suck at this kind of thing. also, Disneyland was probably not the place for me to be like “oh hey, on this vacation, I’m not going to over plan and we’re just going to show up and let life happen…”
eric: yeah, probably Disneyland was not the place to do that
so we did what I always do at Disney parks, we found the Dumbo ride and rode. true story from my childhood: I made my dear sweet mother ride the dumbo ride over and over and over again at Disneyland and I rode nothing else. I’m pretty sure she didn’t either. I probably owe her a decent Disney vacation.
Good news, on day two, we got our act together and hit up some rides at California Adventures. But we did do some other things at Disneyland the first day. We attempted to see Mickey Mouse and get a picture because Indie loves him. I walked that child all the way through Mickey’s house and stood in line for him to decide nope, today was not the day he would be having his picture taken with Mickey. Such my child. Also, his favourite thing at Disney were the random ducks wandering around. So we could have just gone to a park in Portland and fed bread to ducks.
okay random series of pictures. I didn’t categorize by event, day, etc. it’ll be a fun adventure for you, you’ll just never know the exciting turn that will happen next! kind of like what happens when you don’t plan for Disney… all the sudden you’re like where the hell are we? is that sky real or is it such a perfect blue that it’s so confusing to see against this cartoony landscape? (true story, both Eric and I questioned the realness of the sky in Mickey’s toon town).
so we cleaned up indie from this ice cream adventure with a napkin soaked in diet coke. parenting win!
this is the only picture of indie I got with the infamous mouse. I was like that’s it, you’re going to sit here in your stroller by this statue and I’m taking a picture! I know what my parents felt like when they took pictures of me with my head in the bushes because I was “shy.” Another parenting win.
this is how responsible mothers dress to take their children to Disneyland. what did you expect? I didn’t even plan on what we were going to do once we got there. Yet another parenting win.
teaching the importance of taking selfies. this was on my fave ride ever, dumbo! Definite parenting win.
the carousel. we got on this ride but never actually got to ride it because they suddenly needed to shut it down. suspicious… mainly because on a bench behind us was a bag when we got on and the girl running the ride was like “is that yours?” and we’re like “no” and she was like “don’t touch it” and came back to look at it again and then they were like ride shut down. so we think they were treating it like a bomb threat and since we’re paranoid, we of course started seeing unattended bags everywhere and were like let’s go… clearly sane and for sure a parenting win. it’s always a good idea to plant the idea of paranoia in your four year because just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you (my parents taught me that. retro parenting win).
on Mickey’s big ferris wheel. OMG he LOVED it! He told me and the adorable Japanese tourists that had the extreme pleasure of being in the same cart as us not to worry because if we fell in the water, daddy would save us all. he also saw the roller coaster and informed me that he really wanted to go on the coaster, especially the one that went upside down. and upon me telling him that he wasn’t big enough yet, he informed me that he would like to be bigger. this is a big step for him since he has been insisting that he would like to stay smaller for a couple of months now.
the bear, his spirit animal according to the spirit cave at Disney.
the view from our patio on the 17th floor. Eric was like no thank you. Indie and I went out to play for about 10 minutes. I told Indie to be careful because we were really high up and he needed to stay back from the fence. he told me not to worry, if he fell, I could just catch him with a fishing pole and reel him back up. I think he needs to watch fewer cartoons….
family selfie again! there you go mom, two family portraits to choose from! and yes, indie and I got ears. we occasionally wear them and are mickey mouse and Minnie mouse.
on the humpback whale for the ill fated carousel ride. he was just happy to get to sit on the whale.
and this was the last picture I took that day. indie was like, look I stand on Mickey!
all in all, we managed to survive. and not have too many griswald-esque moments, but we’re probably not the people to ask about tips and tricks for Disney.