Thanks to the luck of the draw - I married well and can look forward to an annual trip to the Disneyland Resort. We are from Canada. This year was my 13th trip so as long as we go ever year I can always keep the right number in my head (2013). Anyhow, I just had to write some of my memories of this trip inparticular.
I have finally settled down and don't have to rush around and keep an agenda like I used to think I had to do. When you love Disneyland as much as I do, and you grow up understanding what a priviledge it is to go there - you tend to act like you may never get the chance to go back. In the past I never knew if I would get the opportunity so I treated each time like I had to do it all. It can wear you out that way and my family never quite responded to DL like I had hoped they would. But this time was different. We just enjoyed each experience - whether it was on a ride or having a treat or watching a show - just paced ourselves according to what we felt like doing and not over thinking the whole thing.
I finally noticed all of the awesome detail that went into the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. My kids are 11 and 13 now but I have to believe that for any young fans of that movie, that ride delivers a great experience.
The matterhorn - just as rough as ever, even with new sleds, but we will always give it a go. I love the history of it.
Totally enjoyed DCA this time. It felt so "empty" or "souless" to me in the past but I think they finally nailed it in the retheming and continuous updates that they have done over the years. Everytime I step into Soarin I get this overwhelming feeling that Walt would really have approved of that one. The queue, the ride, the experience always puts a smile on my face and the crowd always applauds afterwards.
Sampled a couple of sundaes at Ghiradelli's - yummo!!!
Carsland was well-done as well. We got 2 goes on RSR. I realized that those sharp turns don't sit well with me so that ride will be an occasional one but nevertheless we all enjoyed the line and ride. It felt alot like BTMRR in the queue.
We happened to be on Main Street, USA, when the band came down and started the ceremony of taking down the flag. Wow. Very emotional and we were so happy to have seen that. Even being Canadian - I have a great love for the USA and feel just as patriotic as you do.
I just love the Monorail. Always have. I just stare at it everytime it goes by. I always think it seems so grand and yet somewhat under utilized, it just feels that way to me.
We ate at the Big Thunder BBQ for the first time ever. We weren't expecting such a fun experience. We loved the music and the interaction. I always miss my dad who has passed on so when we were listening to those great old songs I just felt his memory so strong. Oh, and the food was excellent.
Each year I think I feel more adoration and love for Disneyland. The older I get perhaps. It just gives me such a boost and I go home and back to my life and I take those good feelings with me. The place truly has the magic for me and I think my family are starting to see it as something more than the place we go for fun on our vacation. I hope to give them that appreciation for something so beautiful and of such high quality. You don't see that kind of beauty and quality in many other places.
Anyhow, thank you for listening to me singing the praises of the dear old place.
I also wondered if anyone knows what the "Agrifuture" sign you see on the train is supposed to represent?? I have never heard that word/term/name before.