Wednesday, May 22, 2013


We were all so excited.  Armed with loads of blog, word of mouth, and website tips, we were set with a plan and there ready to roll a half hour before the park opened.  Everyone was just jumping up and down (Brian and myself included).
 Our first stop was Space Mountain.  Please don't judge me for what I'm about to say.  I knew the boys would probably all hate it.  But I still decided we needed to do it first.  It's my favorite!  And I honestly thought they should at least give it a try.  Which they did.  And then they all hated me for a good half hour after.  I knew they wouldn't like it, but I didn't realize how sick it would make Brian.  Oops.  And following it up with Star Tours was probably not our best bet.  That made Brian even sicker.  Ethan loved it.  Lucas kept asking every 30 seconds if it was over yet.
 After that, we headed to some rides that I knew they'd like.  The Buzz Lightyear ride was a favorite.  They loved shooting Zurg.  I loved spinning around (though I didn't figure out I could until round 2).

 We made our way systematically through the park - basing our schedule on the next, nearest Fastpass ride and winding our way around.  The boys did all love Splash Mountain, though not getting wet.  Lucas was shaking he was so scared.  And Ethan sat in the front, so he got it pretty bad - and was not happy about that.
 Pirates was a big hit.  Lucas just kept asking, "Not real, right?  They're just robots, right?"  And he seemed to do okay as long as he could ask me that frequently.
Ethan kept talking about getting an autograph book, so we finally decided to grab one and they met a few characters.  They treasured those autographs, though I refused to stand in any long lines to get them.

 After hitting most of the big rides (the ones we were going to do anyway, as the boys had put a few off limits after the Space Mountain fiasco), we stopped for the world famous corn dogs.  Which were very good.  We also sent our Auntie Jess a birthday message from her very favorite place (Disneyland).  We'd always said we would go with them for the boys' first trip (they are their godparents), but the timing didn't work out this time.  Next time McConnels!!
 As much as the boys (Brian included) had no interest in seeing the princesses, they all really wanted to see the castle.  They loved Fantasyland - with all it's cute rides.  I think we could have spent a whole day just in there.  The funniest part was Mr. Toad - the boys had said they were driving, so we had fun teasing them when it was over that they were horrible drivers.
 We had a rule on the trip.  If you asked the boys what would happen if they bickered or didn't listen, they'd tell you, "We'll spend our whole trip at Starbucks."  It was effective.  They were awesome.  We never had to wait in any really long lines, but the few that were around 20 minutes or so were a bit trying - and they made it no problem.

 Mickey's house was awesome - mostly because it was super cute and AIR CONDITIONED.  The boys loved meeting Mickey - loved the magic in their eyes!
 It was so nice and cool in there, we went in for a second time and just turned around before the autograph part.  Lucas loved hanging out in Pluto's bed.
 Next up was the Jedi Training Academy.  I was so nervous.  They only pick some of the kids from the crowd and I knew how much the boys were wanting to be chosen.  I was literally sick to my stomach.
 But it was fine, because the head Jedi - or whatever you call him - took both boys up and suited them up.  It was so cute.  Lucas was so nervous.  Ethan, so determined.
 When Darth Vader popped up, I was sure Lucas would be running back to us.
 And then when Darth Maul ran out - I thought it was for sure over!  But he handled it fine (though he did opt out of proving to Darth Vader that he wouldn't go to the Dark Side.  I'm hoping he was just scared and not leaving his options open).
 Ethan ran right up to take on Darth Vader, who said, "The force is great with this one."
 He remembered his training and proved himself.

 At the end, they received certificates for their Jedi training and the boys were thrilled.  Beyond thrilled.
 The rides kept coming throughout the evening.  Brian can't go on any spinning rides, and it seems there are a lot of spinning rides - teacups being my favorite!
 Autopia may be my favorite from the day.  I did the gas while Ethan steered, and it was hilarious.  He could not go straight to save his life and we kept banging into the sides over and over.  We laughed so hard it hurt. I kept comparing him to Mr. Toad.  And I told him that I am resigning from teaching him how to drive.  Can't handle the stress!
 For dinner we headed back to Big Thunder Ranch for some family style barbeque and a dinner show.
 So.Much.Food.  But it was so good!  We made a good dent, and then headed out for some more fun.
 Our last ride of the day was ride #3 on Buzz.  The boys were so tired by this point, but we snuck in a last ride.  And Ethan got to level 4 with his points, so he was thrilled!
 After seeing the lines for the parking trams, we headed to Downtown Disney.  It had changed (and grown) so much in 9 years!  But our favorite, the Lego store was still there.  We were amazed at all the huge lego structures.
It was truly a magical day.  The boys crashed as soon as the car started moving - though they woke up long enough to fill Kyle and Kerry in on their day back at the condo.  They were so happy.  I don't think you could have wiped those smiles off their faces if you tried!

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