It's no secret that I love going to Disneyland. It's easy to get to for just a few days; flights are fairly affordable if you keep your eyes open for a seat sale; and the kids don't get sick from drinking the water (at least they shouldn't).
However, the fact that Disneyland has something for someone of every age remains my favourite reason for travelling there. At the end of each trip the kids start planning the next one: the ride they are going on first; the ride they're going on because they weren't tall enough this time; or the ride that wasn't open this time, but hopefully will be next time.
This time we headed there with my sister and niece, who is 11. Meaghan loved having an older girl along. They sat together on the plane and then talked lots about a whole lot of things the entire trip. I enjoyed watching the two of them, and seeing Meaghan trying to act more grown up. More than anything, my niece boosted Meaghan's confidence for the rides. Meaghan loves rides, but remains cautious before going on new ones. She likes to know exactly what to expect in almost excruciating detail - at least with me. However, with my niece along, Meaghan only needed to hear the basics of the ride and whether it was fun. Not once did my niece lead Meaghan astray and every single time Meaghan listened, she loved the ride. Consequently this time she braved Space Mountain, Grizzly River Run, Indiana Jones and the Matterhorn. She continued to decline offers of Splash Mountain.
My niece's power didn't impact Eamon, but he sure enjoyed my sister. The power of being an aunt. Although I think she regretted telling him to sneak out of our bedroom and into hers when he woke up. He was so excited to see her in the morning he was out of his bed and into her bed shortly after 4 a.m. She didn't make that morning offer again.
As for rides, Eamon couldn't get enough of the Matterhorn. He may have felt that way about Indiana Jones too, except he wasn't tall enough. He made due with an Indiana Jones t-shirt.
The big draw this trip was the new Carsland area (which is pretty similar to the main street of Radiator Springs from the movie "Cars") and the oh so popular Radiator Springs Racers. Such a great ride. No wonder the line up on the busy days was posted at 180 minutes. Even the FastPasses for the day were gone before noon. I don't know if I'd wait in line 180 minutes, but we sure didn't have a problem getting to the park early to send someone to wait in line for the FastPasses.
|Wait time for Radiator Springs Racers (the new Carsland ride)|
|FastPasses for Radiator Springs Racers|
As expected we've all started planning our next trip. Eamon wants to grow to go on Indiana Jones. Meaghan wants to get on Space Mountain again. I'm wondering who we can go with who'll take her on that ride because I discovered I rather hate it. Kerry is keen for Thunder Mountain Railway to reopen after its refurbishment. Something for everyone.
|Get your kicks on Route 66 in Radiator Springs|