And I am happy about it!
See, we recently
spent a small fortune planned a family vacation. Two days one night seven tickets and very little sleep at Disneyland! But, apparently we missed all the fun. As we travelled the week before the big 60th anniversary party. A party complete with new fireworks show, parade, and even a line of sparkly blue food.
Heck Disneyland even closed early on the day we were there! But here are the top few reasons I was glad we missed all the fanfare.
1) The lines.
If you’ve never been to a Disneyland Resort on a “Busy” day. Then let me start by telling you, you can spend over eight hours at the park and only sit your behind on three or four rides. For the entire day. A good day might get you on five.
Not us, since everyone else was resting their legs for the start of the big party, we got ourselves on Indians Jones (twice), Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Whinnie the Pooh, Pirate Ship Cruise, Circus Train, Dumbo, Story Book Cruise, Star Tours, Small World, Tea Cups, and took pictures with characters! In just the first day.
2) The park closed early.
Now, don’t get me wrong my first thought was not a polite one. We had just dropped quadruple digits on this day and they were closing more than two hours earlier than we had planned. But, since we didn’t discover this until we were headed to dinner, there wasn’t much we could do about it.
It did however turn out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise since in that extra time we discovered in a little corner of the Grand Californian Hotel where kids can sit in mini rocking chairs and watch classic disney cartoons while parents can sit in huge cushy chairs and have a glass of wine. An experience I had never expected from Disneyland, let alone my kids who gladly relaxed for close to two hours in a hotel lobby!
3) No parade.
Now don’t get me wrong, Disneyland has some really great parades. And I would love to share that experience with my kids someday. However, after eight or more hours of walking, waiting, walking, and waiting some more, the last thing my kids want to do is sit on a curb for close to an hour waiting for a parade. And the last thing I want to do is try to corral them and their lack of interest mixed with exhaustion. Again the added benefit is mentioned in #2, wine!
So, things were not exactly what we expected. But, in may ways it worked out better!
Have things ever gone completely backwards for you, but still turned out great?