Fun at Disneyland

Luke finished up kindergarten on Wednesday (how is that possible?) and the summer program doesn’t start until Monday so he’s off of school today and was off yesterday. Tom has been wanting to take him to Disneyland for awhile so we finally went yesterday. Let me just start by saying I am totally exhausted today!

All of the Los Angeles schools got out Wednesday as well so it was pretty crowded. We got there about 9am, when the park opened. After buying tickets we rushed to the Submarine ride (which was recently re-opened with a Nemo theme) but the line was already 3 hours. Luke really wanted to ride it but we opted not to wait in such a long line. We went on the Matterhorn first; he was scared at the beginning but went on it without argument and jumped off at the end saying he loved it and wanted to ride it again. I was so thrilled that he enjoyed it since it’s one of my favorites. After that we went on Space Mountain. He said it was “too loud and too scary” afterwards but again he rode it without complaint. I agree that the music was too loud but it’s such a fun ride. From there we went to Star Tours. I was a little concerned since he gets sick in the car but he was okay. He loves Star Wars so of course he enjoyed it.

We got lunch after that since it was about 11am and it’s a lot easier to eat before everyone else does. He wasn’t feeling too great at this point; he’d been feeling sick the day before and we almost didn’t go but took the gamble yesterday morning and it ended up being a great day. He didn’t eat much at lunch and seemed to be having a tough time so we decided to do some rides that didn’t jerk around a bunch. We headed over to Pirates and then the Haunted Mansion and from there took the boat to the Tom Sawyer Island. They’ve added a bunch of stuff from Pirates and it was so much fun! He really perked up on the Island and I’d say that was a turning point. We got a cold snack and got in line for Splash Mountain. Up to this point we’d had terrific luck with the lines we’d gotten in but this one was awful. It said 50 minutes but was more like an hour and a half. He rode in the front and loved it but we probably would not have ridden it if the actual line time had been posted. After that we rode the Winnie the Pooh ride; it had no wait and was right next to Splash Mountain. Luke declared it to be “slow and boring.” It was really brightly colored and would probably be entertaining in an altered state…but yeah it was boring.

Luke was finally hungry and wanted popcorn so we got him some and waited to take the train from the French Quarter to Tomorrowland. When we got to the Toontown stop we saw his friend, Aidan, and her family in line. It was really funny; there were so many people there that we just couldn’t believe we’d seen someone we knew. We tried to meet up with them later but it didn’t work out.

When we got to Tomorrowland we did Autopia. I let Luke steer and I held down the gas pedal. It was certainly interesting! After that we did the new Buzz Lightyear Astroblaster ride. It was so much fun! It was late afternoon by this point and we headed to Big Thunder Mountain to get fastpasses before dinner. The wait was only 30 minutes so we decided to just ride it. We were through the line and off the ride in only 15 minutes so that was a pleasant surprise. From there we headed to Indiana Jones but saw that there was no line at Pirates so we rode that again. The wait at Indiana Jones was 75 minutes, and they weren’t doing fastpasses anymore, so we didn’t do that one. We got dinner (excellently timed because everyone was in line for the parade) and headed back to Tomorrowland. The wait for Nemo was just under an hour and a half at this point and we almost waited in it but Luke wanted to do the Buzz Lightyear ride again so we did that instead. The line was pretty short so we rode the Matterhorn again after that.

All day Luke had been saying he wanted to stay until fireworks, which were at 8:45. It was about 7:30 when we got off the Matterhorn so we headed back to Adventure Land to try and ride the Jungle Cruise but the line was long so I let Luke pick out a souvenir (he got a couple things from Pirates) and then we got dessert and headed back to Main Street to watch the fireworks.

We were on the freeway heading home by 9:20; I think Luke was asleep before we even got out of the parking structure. There were a few things I wish we’d been able to do but we really had tremendous luck with lines (except for Splash Mountain) and it was an excellent day. We slept in a little bit today and he gets to spend the day with me at work, watching movies and coloring on the white board. I can’t wait to go home and crash this evening!

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5 Responses to “Fun at Disneyland”

  1. Karen Says:

    Congratulations to Luke!! Sounds like you had an awesome time at Disneyland. Tom sounds like a real keeper. 😉

  2. Susan in SoCal Says:

    Glad you had such a great time, Jill. I too can’t believe Luke is now done with kindergarten. Where does time go? Take care!

  3. FaithAnnNB Says:

    That sounds like a fantastic day!!

    I often wish we lived closer to major attractions like that… it would be so much fun to be able to go somewhere like that for the day without having to travel by plane first!

  4. Susan Says:

    It sounds like you all had a lovely time at Disneyland – I agree with you, though – I wouldn’t wait 3 hours in line for a ride!

  5. Margaret Says:

    What a great day! I’m glad you all had such wonderful luck with the lines! Kids grow up way too fast, so enjoy the times you have now. My DS just crossed the next major milestone after Kindergarten! He turned double digits this year! It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready for kindergarten to start!

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