Friday, June 09, 2006

Disneyland Resort Rocks!
Howdy all! We've been back from the magic of Disneyland for almost a week now. It was a totally fabulous trip! We were so pleased with the entire Disney Resort, which for those that haven't been in some time, is quite a switch from our last trip 8 years ago. It now consists of two parks (Disneyland and California Adventure), three Disney hotels and a shopping district that includes establishments such as the Rainforest Cafe and the House of Blues. We were dropped off by shuttle bus in front of Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel (where we stayed - we weren't just randomly dropped off!) and never left the resort for 6 nights until the bus picked us up again to take us to the airport. It was great to not have to go onto any "real" streets, see traffic, people's homes or businesses not related to the resort, and to just be lost in the ultra-clean world of Disney's team of creators. Disney calls its employees "Cast Members" and this is a reminder to all that Disneyland is one big show and there is a lot going on behind the scenes to create the grand illusion that guests see. It is worth the effort and the expense. This is not to say that all was perfect or that we did not experience the melt-downs of an overly tired 15-month-old or an overly excited and exhausted 4-year-old, but all in all, the kids (and adults!) did remarkably well and a truly, truly great time!

I will probably do a more detailed update, but for a little more info and a great photo montage, see my partner's blog at:

If you have any specific questions about the Disneyland Resort, feel free to ask me, as it is one of my favorite topics. I used to run a Disney vacation web site, but then law school came along...Anyway, we'd go back today if I had the vacation time, and we had the money! We've told our son, and ourselves, that we can go back in three years, when I graduate from law school. He'll be 7 and his sister 4 - great ages for Disneyland. Heck - any age is a great age for Disneyland!


Zuska said...

How fun!! We went for my younger daughter's 6th birthday, and had such a wonderful!!! time. They were 6 and 7, and we said we'd go back in 3 years, but then decided we'd go for my oldest daughter's 10th birthday (which is more like 2.5 years), and so we're going in September!! We're very excited. The girls will be 8 and 10, and this time, they ARE going on Splash Mountain. They are tall enough, old enough, and I am NOT sitting out of my favorite ride again!!

so there.

Plus --- it may be the last time we go. I'm not sure they'll want to do that anymore, once they're older, and we also have always hoped to do other things as they're able. Road trips, perhaps trips to Europe, etc.

Rose said...

Disneyland is one place I've always wanted to go. It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

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