Evan came home unexpectedly from work last week because there was a major crash on the servers at work (The Bachelor). It shut down everything, so there was no way he could edit the show. What did we do? We jumped in the car and went to Disneyland!
We are Annual Passholders to Disneyland and California Adventure, so we can go as often as we like (as long as it’s not a blackout day). We’ve been passholders since 2008 – so almost 10 years! We used to go all the time, when the park was relatively empty. Being homeschoolers and Evan having an unusual job gives us that flexibility.
BUT – in the last two years (I’d say) – Disneyland and California Adventure have both become crazy crowded, even on the usually slow days. Paprika (11), Violet (6), and Ellie (2) love it no matter how crowded it gets.
But Ginger (8)? Not so much…
The past few times we’ve gone to Disneyland, Ginger has begged NOT to go. She doesn’t like the crowds, and would rather “do something peaceful.” Every time, we tell her to just come and that once she’s there, she’ll have a great time.
But – pretty much every time now, she spends her time warding off panic attacks from the crushing crowds. Evan will end up taking the three sisters on all the rides (and having a great time), and I end up taking Ginger to the quietest places in the park and keeping her happy. Still, she says she’d rather stay home, have a warm bath, read a good book, and bake some cookies.
This time, I took Ginger to the Grand Californian Hotel (very fancy hotel near Disneyland) – so we could hang out in the lobby, look at the decorations, and listen to the live Christmas music.
Shortly after we arrived in the lobby, it ended up getting PACKED with people – so we fled and found a quiet place to sit in rocking chairs for awhile. Ginger really liked that.
Then I found an uncrowded restaurant (after much trial and error) – and we had a snack together.
Then, around 10pm (past her bedtime) – I figured the park had probably cleared out a bit…so I took her back to Disneyland to try some rides. Disneyland is open until midnight right now – so of course Evan and the sisters wanted to stay until they shut down the very last ride.
Once we got past Main Street, around 10:30 – the crowds were much better and Ginger rode the Carousel twice.
Here we are on the Dumbo ride, by which point things were going pretty well, all things considered!
I promised Ginger that after this trip, I wouldn’t make her go to Disneyland anymore – and that I would stay home with her while Evan took her sisters. She was very relieved! So I think this was my last trip to Disneyland for awhile – Perhaps in five years or so, she’ll change her mind. We shall see. 🙂 Until then, I’m content to wait – I have been many times in ten years, and Evan loves going, so he can take the sisters! End of an era – but perhaps a new tradition is ready to take its place. 🙂