Where will I be two months from today?! Thats right, THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!!!!
For those who don't know by now, we're taking our first family trip to Disneyland- ever! We'll be there during the last week of October, just in time for all of the Halloween fun. We're booked at the Disneyland Hotel, ordered up Donald's 3 Days of Dining meal/voucher plan with it's 2 Character breakfast experiences and already have our tickets for Mickey's Halloween Treat for October 30th, the perfect cap to our trip before we leave back home on the 31st.
This is a huge deal for us. It will be the first time my kids have ever seen an "amusement park" (we might as well start at the top, eh?), it will be the first time they've ever been on an airplane and the first time they've ever seen an Ocean. I had one brief, afternoon visit to Disneyland as a child and my husband spent two days there as a young child and we've both been eager to go back ever since! It's a wonderful blessing for us to be able to do this for our kids this year. I'm grateful to the Powers That Be who let Travelocity advertise $97 roundtrip airfare from NE to LAX during the month of June! I bit the bullet and whipped out the charge card. That's the only reason we're going. In July the airfare for the same flights doubled and it's been going up ever since.
Our daughter will be almost 16 when we go and our sons are 13 and 8, great ages to be able to experience such a great place. You should have seen their faces when the DH and I broke the news to them. Priceless! We are all getting more and more excited as the dates draws nearer. I read everybody's trip reports and keep thinking that before too much more time goes by, my own trip report will be here for all of you to read. You'll read it, won't you? ;-)
I was originally a bit sad that the park hours for October were pretty short for the days we'll be attending, (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). My husband and I are determined that our kids will spend a few hours at the ocean- having not ever seen one. This meant that one of our three days at the park would have to be cut in half to allow time for that side trip. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Delta/Travelocity suddenly changed our flight times significantly, so that instead of arriving at LAX at 8:30PM, we'll now be arriving at 10:30AM, basically giving us a whole extra day to enjoy things- meaning we could spend that first afternoon at the beach and the evening at Downtown Disney without interrupting our 3 days at the park! After a very early morning, lots of flying time and time change adjustment, that might be the perfect way to spend that first day, so we can be relaxed and well rested for our DL days to follow.
As if all that wasn't good enough, I just printed out Disneyland's October calendar (about time it came out!) and noticed that they've increased park hours this October compared to last October! Last year, they were open 9-11 on Sunday. This year? 8-midnight! Monday last year, 10-8. This year? 9-9! DCA has also increased their hours from last year. It might not seem like such a big thing, but that's 4 extra hours in the park for us, and considering this could be a once in a lifetime family trip- that is HUGE!
We're all trying to think up costumes for Mickey's Halloween Treat. DH is going as Captain Kirk from Star Trek. Our youngest is thinking about going as Darth Vader (he's obsessed with Star Wars). DD is thinking about going as Alice In Wonderland, but isn't decided. I had considered the same thing, thinking I could be futuristic Alice the "fluffy" middle aged woman, ha ha! Seriously, I don't have a clue what to "be". My mind is a blank.
Ahhhh, I'm bummed that IASW and Alice in Wonderland will be closed during our visit. IASW is one of the rides I remember most from my oh so brief childhood visit. POTC, Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Haunted Mansion and Innerspace are the other rides we went on back then. It'll be fun to see the modern versions of the still existing rides. My youngest is very excited about Jedi Training Academy and Buzz Lightyear, as well as the Cars stuff. The oldest son is all about the big rides and POTC. He wants thrills and chills, ha ha! My daughter loves Jack Skellington and can't wait to see the themed Haunted Mansion. We've all got our special "must see" things that we're looking forward to. The kids are expecially sad that we'll be pulling them out of school for 4 days to take this trip. Yep. They're really bummed. ;-)
If you've read all of this, bless your heart. I'm bubbling over in my excitement and while most people understand the kids being excited, they don't "get it" with me. I knew you guys would.
Like I said, I'm so excited! Can ya tell?