This last Monday, we took a mini-vacation a few hours south to Disneyland. I say that this was our first Disneyland trip even though Jesse and I have been there dozens of times (going to college 20 minutes away from Anaheim meant that we used to purchase seasonal passes every year and visit the park 2-3x/month!).
But visiting with our kids for the first time felt like a WHOLE new experience. Seeing the park through their eyes was fantastic. I was worried that the boys would be too overwhelmed and not enjoy themselves, but they had a blast, especially our 3 year old, Gregory. He was a little daredevil! He was only an inch or two away from being able to ride Splash Mountain and the Matterhorn, but he went on everything else. Star Tours was probably his favorite– he went twice in a row! He couldn’t stop talking about the “monster who bit the ship!”.
He also really enjoyed the light show at the end of the night and couldn’t stop talking about “the dragon who breathed FIRE and then Mickey killed him dead!” There were a few times where he looked a little queasy and/or overstimulated (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, for instance), but when asked if he was scared, he said, “No, it was just too close!”
For a little blast from the past, here was my first trip to Disneyland for my 4th birthday. See anything wrong with this? Yup, we have NO idea who the guy in the background was, or why my parents’ “stranger danger” button seems to have been broken when taking this picture.
And now, 24 years later….!