I have been home from my vacation for about 3 weeks. I took my 13 year old grandson to Disneyland. Sean and I had been to Disney World together, but this was his first time at Disneyland. We vacationed with another family, who had 3 children, and those three children have been to Disneyland before.
Sean will be graduating from 8th grade in June, and I have told him that he can pick the next Disney destination. (Overseas, is not in my budget). I was surprised, when he chose Disneyland. When I asked him why, he replied "I have been to Disney World before, and so has mom, and he wants to show his mom Disneyland.
From conversations we have had, since we have returned, I have assumed the following:
He didn't like standing for Fantasmic, and says WDW's version is better.
He wants to stay in a Disney hotel next time, preferably, the Grand Californian.
He liked being able to walk from Disneyland Park to DCA to Downtown Disney.
He didn't care for the Lilo and Stitch Breakfast at all.
He ducked out of the MiceChat Meet very early, because he doesn't like meeting strangers.
He loves riding in limousines, and has already requested one for our next trip.
He felt safe touring the park alone with the other two kids, almost his same age.
He didn't like the walk back to the Hilton Anaheim, and was glad when I purchased an ART pass.
He finally decided that he wasn't going to ride Tower Of Terror, even if he did already buy the pin.
He wasn't that impressed with Block Party Bash.
Almost all the pins he bought had Stitch on them.
He rode Indiana Jones more than once, and said "grandma, you wouldn't like it".
Even though he's a bit of a picky eater, we found many good food choices at the many different places we ate at.
Even though he thinks Dumbo is a kid ride, he rode it "for his grandma".
He talked me onto "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad", and didn't make fun of me not liking it.
He called me, on his cell phone, often to just ask, "grandma, where are you?" I think he wanted to make sure that I was having a good time.
Even though the hotel swimming pool didn't have a slide, he was glad he got to swim everyday.
He agreed to finally put his pass and money in a wallet, because he knew that I was right about that being the safest way to carry them in his pocket.
Even though he doesn't like his picture taken, he smiled a lot anyway. He even humored his grandmother, and posed for some Disneyland Photographer Photos.
Even though before the vacation started, he said he would see me in the room, he actually spent more time with me than I thought he would.
He still enjoys getting character autographs.
He remembered to call his parents everyday, when he wasn't so involved having fun.
He still doesn't like to give me a straight answer about anything. When I asked him how he liked Disneyland, he replied, O.K.
Well I had a great vacation, and I think that Sean did too. Since he wants to bring mom back, I think perhaps a June trip for 2007 is in the early planning stages. The Disneyland Hotel is probably in my budget.
How do your kids react to their Disney vacations? Are they more excited than my grandson? Or are they reserved, and quiet? Perhaps they are somewhere in between.