02 October 2014

The Happiest Place On Earth, We Are Coming For You!

I'm one of those people, that really truly does think that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. And nothing you can say can convince me otherwise. I was extremely fortunate as a kid, to have had the opportunity to go Disneyland and Disneyworld quite often (for not being a California or Florida resident). Some of my fondest memories as a small kid are of It's A Small World, The Haunted Mansion, and The Pirates of the Caribbean. Then when I was a wee bit older, The Matterhorn, Space Mountain, and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad topped my list of favorite attractions.

This will probably sound ridiculous, but before I ever had children, I dreamt of taking them to Disneyland. Seeing the awe and amazement in their faces when they experienced the thrill and excitement that can only be found in, well, the happiest place on earth, of course. I realize a lot of my love for Disneyland are the memories and nostalgia attached to it. And really, it can't be explained or understood, unless you have also experienced Disney as a child. My Husband can attest to that, who I think experienced a bit of a let down when he went with my to Disneyland for the first time in his late twenties. But like I said, it's nostalgic for me, so nothing compares. 

I hope to pass some of those memories onto my kids because.... WE'RE GOING TO DISNEYLAND!! Like, in a month! :-) My sister-in-law and her family just recently moved to Southern California (and we miss them fiercely), but the plus side, is that we get to go visit! So not only do we get to take the kids to SoCal to see their family, we are close enough to Disneyland that I mean, how can we not go?! 

A little part of me probably has an unrealistic expectation of what our experience will be while we're there. I would be lying if I said that I wasn't envisioning complete and utter joy, giggles and all-things-rainbows-and-unicorns. But let's face it, we're going with Two and Four Year Olds, and one they they are not -- is patient. Which is also one of the reasons we are going in October/November, it's supposed to be a slower time for the theme parks, so hopefully we won't need to deal with super long lines. We'll see!!

I can't believe I just wrote a whole post on my excitement for Disnleyland! My Husband just sat down next to me and said "What are you writing about?" to which I replied "Disneyland!" And he said "But we haven't even gone yet!!" lol. So that should tell you how stoked I am!

Also while we're in California, we'll be spending a couple days at the beach, and one day at Universal Studios. Oh and did I mention that w'ell be there over Halloween? My boys will absolutely love going trick-or-treating with their cousins!... I think in all actuality, that will probably be the highlight of our trip! :)

Can it be the end of October yet!? 


Kelly Mock said...

So fun!!! Can't wait til my girlie is old enough to go!

Kiara Buechler said...

I went to a Disney park for my first time in my twenties, and I couldn't have been more impressed. Not just by the fun, but the operation of the park itself (I guess like when I go to a Seahawks game and spend half the time watching the photographers and reporters on the sidelines). Have so much fun, then come back with a list of all the rides we have to take D on when we go,

Nicole White said...

I am totally in the same boat with you. It blows my mind when people don't get it. Hubby and I are headed to Disney World for our 4th anniversary in 3 weeks!

Anonymous said...

So jealous! I love Disneyland too! I can't wait to take my son (he's 3). I've heard Halloween is such a fun time to go. My sister in law took our niece last Halloween (she was 3 at the time) and they had SO much fun. Can't wait for the follow up post! :)

Andrea Becher said...

I cried watching my daughters eyes light up walking down main street...yep, I am totally crazy. My husband just laughed at me, but I have such great memories as a kid too and I loved being able to pass that on to my kids (before we moved to WA). :)

April Lynn said...

Nope. Not unrealistic. I'm so glad I was wearing sunglasses at Disney world. So embarrassing but I was straight up blotting tears while watching a show in front of the castle. My husband was holding my 3 year old and she was amazed. It goes right up here with some of the top moments in life. Thank God he didn't catch on to me being a nutcase.

He did say afterwards that there was no amount of money would have been too much for that experience with out daughter. I can't wait for my boy (one years old) to big enough to go and enjoy it.