By this time, I was officially a wide-eyed six year old girl walking around what they call The Happiest Place On Earth. A happy place indeed because one would wonder who was even more excited between me and Little Boy, Dear Hubby must have felt like he was in the park with two kids. If I had my way, the fan girl in me would have had photos taken with ALL the mascots that we saw. Sadly, the queue for photo-ops were quite long and standing in long lines are not my boys’ greatest strengths. I didn’t get to enter Sleeping Beauty’s castle as well because I was outnumbered by boys who did not share the same enthusiasm… which, in hindsight, was good news because I was re-assured of their masculinity hehe :). It was never a problem at all because all these things that I missed just gave me very good reasons to go back. In the meantime, this is my half-full perspective through the lens…
THE JUNGLE RIVER CRUISE in Adventure Land
If you have a kid like mine who sometimes thinks he’s a creature of the jungle, then you have to try this mini-cruise. It features jungle animals like zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, etc. and as you go along the river, you’ll see a family of baboons and a safari camp that has been taken over by gorillas. Dramatic waterfalls and what seemed to me like an erupting volcano were part of the attraction too. Total awesomeness for mah boys! 🙂
THE GOLDEN MICKEY SHOW
This show made the same impact on me the way the Disney Parade did. Once the show started, everybody around me became invisible and I just totally zoned out. As each scene brought back episodes from my really fun childhood, I felt tears rolling down my cheeks. I couldn’t believe that these characters from my daydreams and fantasies actually came to life. Oh well, I’m weird this way, haha! 🙂 In between sniffles, I could have sworn my mouth was open in awe the whole time :). Truly breath taking. Each part just gave me chills and the performers were outstanding! And why wouldn’t they be? There were Filipinos in the cast. 🙂 Each segment made me recall all the movies I’ve watched when I was a little girl and seriously, I want to watch them all again.
MY KICK-ASS DISNEY PRINCESS
I don’t know about you, but my all-time favorite Disney princess is MULAN. Well, she’s not exactly a “princess” but more like a heroine. I like the fact that hers wasn’t a damsel-in-distress type of character but someone who’s strong-willed, independent and assertive. When all the other princesses wait around for their Princes Charming, Mulan is busy saving China. Aaand where else in Disney stories would you find a lone Disney princess skinny-dipping with male soldiers! How cool is that?! 🙂
BUZZ LIGHTYEAR ASTRO BLASTERS
I just looove this attraction over at Tomorrow Land where you have to shoot aliens and defeat Emperor Zurg! You get to pretend that you’re Star Command raw recruits and hit the targets with a laser gun — you earn points every time you shoot the targets. I had so much fun but I only got 50,000+ while Dear Hubby got 300,00+ points… while taking pictures! I wanted to do it again and again until I beat him, but I knew it was impossible. At least I got higher scores than Little Boy (competitive much? haha!).
I don’t think this Disney experience would be complete without watching the fireworks. I’ve always been amused with them- always stayed up on New Years to watch them and even had them on our wedding reception. I was fervently praying Little Boy wouldn’t be cranky by the time the show starts at 8PM because aside from it was already close to his bed time, he hates fireworks! “It’s too noisy” he says. And like a six-year old girl begging her dad, I was practically telling him “last na ‘to, promise” (this would be the last).
I surely hope that this wouldn’t be my last visit to Disneyland having left a lot more reasons to come back. I can always dream on. After all, whether you’re eight or thirty-eight, dreams do come true in this magical place.