Disneyland was simply ahhh-mazing! It was the perfect balance of rides for Emma Grace, who preferred to stay away from the fast, jerky rides, and Joshua, who couldn’t get enough of the fastest, scariest rides there! Sometimes we rode rides together and sometimes we split up and met back later. You can do that when you’re at a theme park for 4 days!
We happened to arrive the day after the 55th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland. I have no doubt in my mind that Mr. Walt Disney would be very pleased with how the park has expanded over the years, still maintaining that standard of excellence he displayed when it first opened.
You never had any doubt in your mind that you were in Disneyland. And if you did, all you had to do was look around and you were sure to find something that reminded you.
Aside from all the fun rides, one of the highlights was the Jedi Training Academy. Joshua is at that age where he loves Star Wars. We came upon the show one day and watched part of it. Joshua said he wanted to do it, so we planned ahead and arrived about 30 minutes early to a show the next day. The young padawans are randomly picked from the audience so there was no guarantee that he would get picked, but he did! He took his training very seriously.
When it came time for him to fight Darth Vader, he performed the moves with little difficulty causing his trainer to say, “Luke Skywalker couldn’t have done better than that!”
The kids were almost always all smiles, and by the end of the day, we reluctantly dragged our exhausted bodies back to the hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep so we could turn around and do it all again the next day!