Friday, May 14, 2010

Disney 2010

Alright, here is the complete documentation of our first trip to Disneyland.  Warning: it is thorough and probably more information than even the grandparents care about.  Feel free to scan the pictures.  My real-time tweets from the park are regular type and timestamped and the thoughts I am adding now are in italics.  
I have never been to Disneyland before, so I started my preparation by reading: The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. I thought it was really interesting and really helpful to make me not worry so much.  Having been there now, I don't think I'll need a book again.  

We didn't tell Amos we were "going to see Mickey Mouse" until we were packing on Monday.  Its a good thing too, because it was more than he could handle.  He was one very excited little dude all day, and as he went to bed he said "wake-up go see Mickey Mouse."  

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesday morning the first thing Amos said when Eric got him out of bed was "go see Mickey Mouse." 

I just told Amos, "you need to be nice or we won't see Mickey mouse." I am my mother.

Amos has been talking about Mickey since 8 am this morning. Like, barely stopping for breaths.

We flew to LAX and then took a shuttle to our hotel.  After checking in, we decided we felt up to Disney, so we headed over to the park.  We thought the kids might need a break after traveling all day, but after changing clothes they were ready to go...  

 Our first ride: Dumbo.  Maggie was so cute pointing and jabbering, so we all got in line.  Amos panicked after about a second, so the boys got out of line.  They went and got a treat while Maggie and I waited in line.  Just as we were to the front of the line, Amos decided he did want to come after all.  So, we passed him through the line and Amos, Maggie, and I got to ride while Eric took pictures.

Maggie is the braver Horne child.

After 'it's's a small world' Amos is on board with "rides"

We rode "It's a Small World" 3 times.  I am sure it is the only ride they both really enjoyed.  They loved being in the boat and they loved all of the different things to look at.

Peter pan is about to take flight!

Amos pre-Peter pan: "think that's fun"

Amos thought the idea of getting into a ship and taking flight seemed fun.

Post Peter pan: "no rides"

Actually doing it, a little scary.  I never realized how dark and scary almost all of the rides at Disney would seem to little guys.

Hi of the day: it's a small world.

Heading back to the hotel. Phew.

The park had shortened hours (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) while we were there.  I was initially disappointed by this, but we couldn't have lasted much longer.

And that was "hit" of the day

Kids have Mickey mouse suckers and they are happy.

Kids are still bouncing off the walls-Mickey is better than caffeine.

Day 1: Maggie wins MVP

I take that back. We're all in bed ready to sleep except for Maggie who is running around like a maniac.
And, she's asleep. Like one second later.

Up at 2 am with allergies, just took a benadryl. Please work, please work, please work.

And, Amos just fell out of bed.

Both of the kids fell out of bed the first night.  No one slept very well at all.  Thankfully, the second night, Eric had the great idea to make the kids their own bed on the floor.  They loved it and everyone slept much better.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We're up and at 'em. Thank heavens for a late open day.

It just occurred to me why Eric wanted to go to frontierland so bad-to buy Amos one of those toy guns.

First ride of the day: nemo.

Nemo = too scary

Autotopia is next. Hopefully we can't go wrong with cars.

Turns out toontown is our speed.

So exhausted! Frozen lemonade is helping.

Eric is pushing Maggie around in the stroller trying to get her to sleep.
It worked!

Haunted mansion went well...they're getting the hang of this.

We've done everything once. Now it's a small world until we drop.
That was the plan, until an unexpected crowd showed up in Fantasyland...

Tomorrowland is closed :(
The closure of Tomorrowland caused everywhere else to get waaay crowded.  

Eric is eating popcorn.
So, we stopped for a snack.

Ooh drama at d land. They found an unattended backpack in tomorrowland.
The closure of Tomorrowland was really interesting.  At first, all of the regular cast members (i.e. park workers) were lined up across the entrance blocking anyone from entering.  When asked what was going on they would say ambiguous things like "oh, these things happen from time to time."  We didn't find out what was really happening until someone asked a cast member emptying a trash can and he said, "oh, they found a package or a bomb, I think."  Nice.  Soon news helicopters started to hover above and people in the park started talking on their cellphones to people watching the news at home and everyone knew what was happening.  Eventually though, the cast members were removed and what looked like Disney management came and took their places.  Then the answers got really ambiguous "I'm not sure"/"We don't know."  It didn't last very long, but it was kind of neat to see.  I took one picture of everyone lined up blocking the entrance, its hard to see, but there you have it:

We're back in tomorrowland. Just saw buzz lightyear.

The nice thing about the closure was they cleared out all of the lines.  When Tomorrowland reopened we were able to walk right up to Buzz Lightyear.

It's almost parade time. We're gonna make it.

Parade. Check. Tiki room. Check.

Maggie went wild for the tiki room!

Headed to the hotel for bed. Good day!

We came, we saw, we conquered.
Being able to take a (free) shuttle back to our hotel at the end of a long day was priceless. 30 minutes after the park closed I was in my room, in my bed, eating room service =) 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lax is hectic.

Amos an Maggie were TERRORS on the airplane.

Seriously, they could not have been any worse today.

1 pregnant lady, 2 toddlers, 2 days at Disney=Eric is a saint.

Home safe. I've had a long, hot bath and now I am hiding from Amos.


Andrea said...

awesome post. i loved reading it with the tweets.
glad you guys had a good time.

Adam & Samantha said...

I LOVE disneyland! I can't wait to take my family there one day. Little kids and disneyland must be so fun, (albeit exhausting).

Nancy said...

Great post! Loved seeing Amos & Maggie in Disneyland, and reading about your adventures. Hope to be there with them someday.

Bruce said...

Never too much information for grandparents.

Anonymous said...

Looks like SO much fun!! We were just there in February, but I can't wait to go back with kids of our own!