Warning- this is kinda like a journal entry with lots of boring informational stuff, and I say the word "ride" about 15 times. Feel free to skip.
We had complimentary tickets to burn and family in town, so on Wednesday Asher and I went to Disneyland for the second time in his life. We rode down with my Mom, for which I am very grateful. I fell sound asleep on the way home, which wouldn't have turned out so well if I had been driving. Also, we got to save on gas.
Lori and little Will came along, as did Kristy and her whole family. Dan's sister Amy was already there with Eric and the kids, so it was a day full of family and fun.
Asher and I and the rest of the Mills clan went on Pirates of the Caribbean (the drops kinda scared him, mostly because Reanne was screaming-- I could only tell because I was holding him so tight and I felt his little heart fluttering), Haunted Mansion, the Winnie the Pooh Ride, and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters. Then I pushed our stroller over to California Adventure and we met up with the Footes. Amy & Eric let me ride the bee/swings ride with their daughters while they watched Asher in a play area, then we did a few rides in the Bug's Life area, which Asher didn't seem to care for. We met up with my family and pulled some semi-dishonest moves to get fast passes to Soarin' Over California. We took turns watching kids while others enjoyed the ride. I think that is my favorite ride in CA Adventure. It is so relaxing, it reminds me of getting a facial. I can't wait til Asher's old enough to go on it, because I think it is the kind of ride that he would love.
We went over to the main park again and thoroughly enjoyed "It's a Small World." I am not saying this in jest. They actually recently redid this attraction, and I love it. Asher loved it too. It was fun to spot all the Disney characters they added to different parts of the ride. We then went on the Jungle Cruise where Asher enjoyed spotting elephants, and the Tiki Room where we all felt like we had ADD.
By the end of the day, we were all pretty tired, but I did not pass up the opportunity to wait in a long line for a churro before I exited the park. I don't know how Disneyland makes churros, but they are seriously so good there. There must be a little bit of pixie dust in the sugar or something.
Below is a picture from our first Disney experience, because I don't have any from this trip, and I think this shot is pretty classic. (Pooh's Adventures are a little too psychedelic for young children, I think.)
Note to self: At this age Asher likes rides where he can just sit and watch cool stuff. He is not too fond of the rides that jostle you around. I think it is mostly because he can't see out of the sides of anything to know what is going on. He never cried, you could just tell from his face.
P.S. The most fun he seemed to have all day was playing in a short water fountain by the parking structure with Reanne before we entered the park. They splashed and ran and had a great time. Go figure.