the magic of…

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The past three years I have taken an annual trip to Disneyland in the summer. My brother has gone with me once (and is not too excited about going again), my husband has gone with me once (and is not too excited about going again), my sister has gone with me once (and is not too excited about going again), and my niece has gone with me every time (and is ALWAYS EXCITED ABOUT GOING AGAIN). Lucky me, because I’d rather not have to make the visit alone. This year we decided to throw California Adventure into the mix because why not? I have only been one time shortly after the park opened many years ago, and I was curious to revisit. AND BOY AM I GLAD. California Adventure has all of the cuteness and summer fair nostalgia and good food and DRINKS and thrilling rides and less crowds and all of the awesomeness you could hope for. I’m already secretly/not so secretly planning with my niece to go back in December when it’s decorated for Christmas and drag my brother (her dad) and my husband with us (they’d love it).

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If you ever decide to go with me to one of these parks you need to know this: I do not mess around. I get there when it opens at 8am and stay until we’ve seen one of the shows (9 or 10pm). That’s 14 hours of Disney love and joy and fun, and if you ain’t down with it, you ain’t down with me. I do not diddle dalley through the park – I make my plan of action – which rides to hit first, in what order, and when we should grab Fast Passes (Space Mountain is always first). I thoroughly enjoy the experience, but I am not wasting precious time standing in an hour long line. Of course we will stop for food (duh) and yummy treats like Churros and Dole Whip but other than that, we can relax if we HAVE to wait in line or once we’ve hit all of the key rides. I am getting my money’s worth and my fun times’ worth. That’s how I roll.

My niece is 100% on board with me, so we are the perfect Disney buddies. We did all of the Disney rides in 2 hours, hopped over to California Adventure to do the rides on our list, then hopped back and forth between the two. I forced her to go on Tower of Terror and California Screamin’ (her first upside down rollercoaster) and though she was almost in tears (I’m a great aunt, I swear!) she ended up loving both of them (like I knew she would) and we rode each of those twice. My camera (phone) died (sadly) around 7pm, and my charger was back in my car, so I didn’t get any evening pics (oh how I wish). The Mad Tea Party was such a hoppin’ place to be, and even though I hate when people call Alice in Wonderland trippy and say Lewis Carroll must have been on drugs when he wrote it (yada yada yada), I loved what they did. Again, I’ll have to go with my husband when I can responsibly drink and not have to drive a child home afterwards.

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-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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