Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Disneyland, Day 1

With two and a half days at the two parks, we had time to spread out the rides and shows. I used a Disney trip-planning software program and a book I've had good luck with before to plot out the best order for the rides. The trick at any Disney park is to reduce the amount of time you spend waiting in line, usually achieved by being at the gate well before the park opens and being willing to use the afternoons for shows and/or naps.

In the morning, we fit in (Steve sometimes watched from the sidelines):
Peter Pan's Flight
Matterhorn Bobsleds (Katie's first real roller coaster, which she declared "awesome")
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Then we headed to Disney's California Adventure, the adjacent park. We watched the stage show Aladdin, then Steve rolled off to the hotel for a nap. The kids and I braved Monsters Inc. Then Katie fell asleep in her stroller.

Cooper hit A Bug's Land and rode some small rides by himself. The operators insisted an adult go with him on the bumper cars, but I couldn't abandon Katie and her stroller, so a cast member was Cooper's passenger.

Katie woke up while we were in line for Playhouse Disney Live, an interactive stage show with dancing, clapping, bubbles and falling streamers. We then picked up Steve from the hotel and returned to Disneyland for the afternoon parade, Splash Mountain (just Cooper and me) and a cruise through Pirates of the Caribbean.

We were all wiped out and ready for bed by the time we returned. Katie wasn't feeling completely better yet (and wouldn't for the entire trip) but managed to stay cheerful if not sometimes quiet (for her, at least).

For the day's photos, click here.

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