Thursday, June 12, 2014

Disneyland 2014

The finale to wedding weekend was a trip to Disneyland! I've gone more times than one could count on a hand, but let me tell you, the magic is real. 
It was Matt and Valerie's wedding anniversary and they got celebration pins! 
Dumbo. My FAV-orite "no height restriction" ride. 
We did not shut the parks down. We are old(er), we love our sleep. We hoofed it back to our hotel (three city blocks ish away from the entrance) got checked in and moments after entering the room saw the fireworks going off through the balcony door. Matt put on the Frozen iTunes Radio channel and we had ourselves a fireworks show. It was perfect. 
We figured out a system for playing Pinochle in line! It was a great way to pass the time! People would walk by and say "What a great idea!" Let it be known it helps to have a skilled dealer. One person holds out two hands to be dealt cards into on behalf of themself and the dealer. The person leading the card holds their palm out with the card. Then whoever takes the trick takes the cards and stores them in their pocket. Take more than one deck. We did lose one. 
The animation academy is so neat! It's so fun to learn the techniques behind the characters. 
We learned to draw Olaf from the movie Frozen!
Another favorite "no height restriction" ride for us that is a must do is the Whinnie the Pooh ride. 
We had an afternoon cool off on Splash Mountain. 
These three left looking like they had rather large accidents. 
We got ourselves some "big ol' pickles."
We ended with the Magical World of Color. Please, if you go to California Adventures, do not miss this. It is worth an hour of waiting to get good seats. It is a high caliber show. 
We just had a great time. You'd think that at some point the magic might wear off. It doesn't. Each time there's something new to see, something I missed in times before, or something that I'm so fond of it tickles my heart!

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