Friday, January 14, 2011

The Happiest Place On Earth

Is it just me, or is that a pretty bold claim -- to be the "Happiest Place on Earth?"   Because really, have you ever been to Disneyland during the summer?  Is is really the happiest place when you are pushing a stroller through a crowd so thick it takes 30 minutes to get from the Pirate's of Caribbean to the Haunted House?  And standing in line for 2 hours for a 5 minute ride --- is that fun????  I say "Nay."

But, some days, like today, Disneyland is a happy place.   I actually convinced Claire to break free from her teenager Rat King and come with me -- a miracle to be sure.   What made it even better were blue skies, warm temperatures and no crowds.  No crowds!!!  (That hasn't happened to me since 1988 when I went with Mark Iba in the pouring rain.) Claire and I actually took our time and strolled around.  Strolled!!!!  

It was so nice to remember all the things I love about Disneyland, besides riding on rides . . .

The smell of Churros wafting through air. 

The colors.

The boat captain's comedy routine on the Jungle Ride -- if you get a good captain.

The landscaping.

Dreaming of living in a house like the ones in New Orleans square.

Watching the 1960 surfing movie while eating pineapple whips at the Tiki Room entrance.

Knowing how to work the Fast Pass system to your best advantage.

The step-by-step hand washing instructions in all the rest rooms. 

And, best of all, having a whole day to laugh with my daughter.

Disneyland, sometimes you really are, the happiest place on Earth.

Post Script:  We are trying to plan a trip to France this summer.  When I asked my kids what they wanted to do if we traveled there, they both said "Euro Disney!!"  Are they kidding me?????  That's the last thing I want to do in France.  We have a Disneyland in our own back yard for heaven's sake!!


Puttin' Down Roots said...

How fun for a day off of school!!! You had way more fun than I did today! I'm glad you had a mother/daughter day. And I completely 100% agree, sometimes that is not the Happiest Place on Earth. I guess you get spoiled when you have a pass!

Eunice said...

Sounds like a great day. Tom would be jealous.

So, no more birds in the Tiki Room!?! And where on earth did you learn about Rat Kings!?! Those things are just gross! Eeeewwwww!

Jenni said...

would you believe that i have NEVER been? i know right? we plan on going sometime this year...

i am so glad that you got to spend a day with just your girl! that was probably enough to make it the happiest place on earth for sure!

dandee said...

What a happy day! You're so lucky to live so close to such a fun place!

I'm sure this day will be a treasured memory for the both of you.

crystal b. said...

Kathy, the whips and the movie are outside the Tiki Room. The birds are still there. Love singing along in there, do you?? The Rat King ... I think I heard about it on some tv show several years ago. It reminds me of teenagers whose lives are so intertwined they become come giant teenager. Daunting -- that Rat King. Hummm, I might have to do a post about that, huh.

christa @ enSTYLEpedia said...

This is so sweet. I grew up going to Disneyland and we took a family trip to DisneyWorld a few years ago when my oldest turned 5, we'll be going again next year when my middle daughter turns 5. How great you got to go with your teenage daughter. And there really is nothing like the smell of churros at disney. and a frozen banana...drool.

Biz said...

Disney is the best place on earth IF you have a fast pass!
My husband and I went on the Disney Land & Sea Honeymoon. 3 days at the parks & 4 days on the cruise ship. I don't have kids yet, but I'm hoping someday we can go again...just the 2 of us.