On Tuesday, we went to Disneyland! Evan had the day off work (The Bachelorette) and our Disneyland Annual Passes expired the very next day – so we decided to take advantage of our last chance to go – and we went for it! We left right after Paprika’s violin lesson. She didn’t want to miss it – so we hightailed it to Disneyland the second she got done with her lesson.
We’ve had Annual Passes to Disneyland/California Adventure since 2008 (10 years!) When we used to go back in 2008, the parks would often be empty on weekdays during the off-season and we’d have the whole place to ourselves. It’s changed SO much in ten years. The parks are always packed now – even on rainy days in February/March. The last few times we’ve gone have been less than magical (haha) – so we decided for the first time NOT to renew our passes after this year. (They’ve also almost tripled in price in ten years!)
We gave Ginger (8) the option to stay home – she’s NOT a fan of crowds. Basically, I would have stayed home with her and Ellie (3) and taken them to the library instead. But, Ginger changed her mind last minute and said she wanted to go…so we all went!
Of course, when we got to Disneyland – Ginger regretted the decision almost immediately and was a sulky mess. You can’t win as a parent sometimes! Oh well!
Waiting for It’s A Small World:
Outside Minnie’s House:
After I took that picture (above) at Minnie’s House, we split up the group. I took Ginger (8) and Ellie (3) off on some quiet rides by ourselves, while Evan took Paprika (11) and Violet (6) on some of the faster, more intense rides like Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, etc. Violet is a tall six year old, so she can ride every ride in the park now!
Over the next few hours, we met up and then re-formed groups a few times. Ginger stayed with me, but I was also able to spend time with Violet, Paprika, and Ellie. It actually worked out great, and by that point the crowds had mostly left. Yay!
Ginger and me on the Carousel:
We spent from 8-10 pm at California Adventure, right before they closed. That was the best because we had the park mostly to ourselves, and there were almost no lines. Everyone was over at Disneyland watching the fireworks!
Ginger in the Beauty and the Beast library. When Paprika was a baby, she always thought that portrait of Beast was Evan! Ha!
I brought my Pride Jazzy mobility scooter with us to the park. I can’t walk very far – and Ginger certainly can’t either. It was such a huge help for us to ride the scooter through the park together. Usually, we do about 6-8 miles of walking on a Disneyland day, and that’s about how long my battery on the scooter lasts.
One of the most fun parts of the day was riding on the scooter with Ginger through California Adventure right before they closed. The park was empty and we were flying. Super fun. It improved her mood tremendously. 🙂
Meanwhile, Evan had the other three girls – and they had a blast. Ellie (3) thinks she’s a grown up and wants to ride all the big rides…of course she does!
Violet and Ellie on the Ladybuy Teacups:
Disneyland closes at midnight – but if you get in line for a ride even one second before midnight, you can stay to ride the ride. Ginger and Paprika really wanted to ride Space Mountain together – so Ginger and I hightailed the scooter over to Space Mountain to meet up with them at 11:59.
Of course, right as the girls got in line for Space Mountain – my scooter died! We were at the back of the park (that was now closed) – and there were NO outlets to charge my scooter. Evan tried to put it in neutral and push it – but it would not move. It kept seizing up!
The park employees were NOT helpful – at all. So basically, I was stuck with a scooter that wouldn’t roll and everyone had gone home. We were the last people in the park.
I was able to eek out enough battery power to slowly get to the last cafe open in the park – and I found a power outlet! I was able to charge the scooter enough to get it charged, and we got the girls pastries at 1am while we waited. 🙂
What a memory!
After it was all said and done, Evan and I both agreed that this was the best trip to Disneyland we’ve had in years. So much so that Evan wants to renew our passes again for this year! Ha! I said: we’ll see. I think it’s good to take time off to try new things – and I am glad that the last trip to Disneyland (for awhile anyway) ended on such a high note. We all had a great time – even Ginger. So, that’s a win in my book. 🙂