I’ve shared about my family’s favorite staycation destination, aka The Disneyland of Enlightenment, but last week, Grandma treated us to the real deal…the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The following collection of tweets will take you along on our journey to the happiest place on earth.
First things first: the road trip. We, meaning the 4 kids, are getting better and better at this 6-8 hour car ride down what many consider the most boring interstate in all of California, the 5 Freeway (yes, I’m originally from SoCal so I call it, “the” 5).
Have you heard of Playaway books? They are preloaded audio books that you plug earphones directly into and voila…4 quiet kids not asking if we’re there yet! We borrowed a bunch of Playaways from the library before our trip and I do not have enough kind praise for these little gadgets. I would highly recommend for airplane trips, too.
Don’t kids always sleep in when you least expect or want them to?
Wonder of wonders! Miracle of miracles! I took this trafficless L.A. freeway as an omen of awesome vacation memories ahead.
If you’re wondering what I’m referring to above, read all about how I get my kids to cooperate and smile for pictures.
I’m sure they exist, but I didn’t personally encounter a single one. Every worker I encountered was friendly, cheerful, and helpful with my kids. I especially loved how reassuring the Matterhorn operator was when he noticed I was being a worried mom, double-checked my 5 year old’s seat belt, and let me know she’d be fine. You see, the Matterhorn is a bobsled roller coaster where riders have to sit single file. Up until then, I was able to sit next to her on every ride so this was a big step for both of us. Her huge smile after the ride was confirmation that we have a thrill-seeking roller coaster lover on our hands.
There I said it. After having to share countless churros with my FOUR kids (what does that leave me with? Half a bite?), I became slightly obsessed with these tasty strips of fried dough dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Oh you’ll see…I did try to distract myself by changing the subject:
Nice try, Christine. Well, in answer to that tweet, this was the first Disney trip for my 3, 5, 6, and 8 year olds. This was pretty good timing seeing that I wasn’t pregnant or nursing and carrying a baby. While my three year old had a lot of fun and hung in as best she could, I think 5 is really the ideal age to get the most out of both Disneyland and California Adventure. Height-wise, I’d say 40 inches, although I did notice quite a few little ones walking around wearing platform tennis shoes. My youngest is 38 inches tall and couldn’t ride the new Cars ride in Cars Land which was a huge bummer. This was one of the best rides I’ve ever ridden and I do believe it is to my children what Pirates of the Caribbean is to me.
Talk about desperately trying not to think about where the next churro stand is. After a certain point it was lost cause. I became that mother who motivates with the promise of churros and threatens to not buy any at the first sign of a tantrum. I brainstormed ways Disneyland could become an even happier place on earth by offering complimentary churros while waiting in line for rides, or churros. And I tried my darndest to look loving and generous when I was asked for a bite after finally holding a fresh, hot churro to myself for all of three seconds. Also, because homeschooling can happen anytime anywhere, I threw in some churro math:
I was not alone in my love of churros judging by the long lines to get them. I was, however, alone in my authentic pronunciation (I am trying to teach my kids Spanish, you know). So I consulted my twitter friend who also happens to be a professional phonetic translator (among other awesome things):
It wasn’t such a small world anymore knowing how many people had no knowledge of such a delectable treat. Alas, all good things come to an end and we headed back to our churro-free home.
Even Mom It Forward got in on the churro action. Check out the CAPS:
I know you, like Elizabeth at Motherhood: A Descent Into Madness, might’ve been hoping for more Disneyland tips, but this is all I’ve got:
There you have it, folks. So tell me, have you ever had a churro? Taken your kids to Disneyland? Written about such an important topic? Do tell.