Daily Update: DisneyLand!
Hey There! Did you miss me this weekend? I know I sure missed you. Okay, I’m lying. I didn’t miss anyone. I was at Disneyland and boy are my arms tired. Wait, I mean my legs. My legs are tired. I feel like I walked several miles in a short period of time.
The wife and I took my favorite daughter, her boyfriend, and three of her friends to Disneyland. We had gotten one day park hopper passes which sounded like a great idea at the time. We’d be able to see sights and ride rides at two different parks. Oh my. Disneyland is 160 acres. California Adventure is 64 acres. We rode all the major rides save Splash Mountain. We rode the new Cars ride, we rode all the roller coasters, we hit the big attractions. We had gone from DL over to CA and started riding rides there, had lunch, then went back DL to ride Thunder Mountain (it was down at one point so we decided to come back to it). It was down again and so was Indiana Jones so we went back to CA to ride the Cars ride. After that 2 hour wait (our longest of the day by far) we went back to Thunder Mountain and it was open then rode Indiana Jones.
Needless to say we covered a LOT of ground on Saturday. My knees and hips were causing me to limp and I don’t recall ever being in that much pain. The wife and I used to go to Magic Mountain multiple times a year with a season pass and we’d run through the park, ride every roller coaster at least 5 times, and still have energy to go back the next day. And the next. We’d hit every three day weekend starting on Friday after work (we’d drive up), Stay until Midnight, then stay over night and go back on Saturday morning and be in line waiting for the parking lot to open at 7am. We’d do that again on Sunday, and again on Monday, then finally go home Monday afternoon. We were crazy like that.
Yesterday let me know a few things. 1) I’m not as young as I used to be and 2) Disneyland is far bigger than I imagined 3) I’m getting old 4) I’m out of shape.
Yes, it was an eye opener. Even the kids were wiped out by the time we left the park. Sunday we went back to downtown Disney and did some shopping. I got some Christmas shopping done and we had a great lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. We didn’t get home until around 6pm Sunday after dropping off all the kids. Some quick unpacking and it was time to just relax. I wrote 1000 words, I read a few short stories, I was asleep by 8:30. Oh my was it a great weekend.
This week I will be starting my 2012 postmortem. My body and brain need a day to recover, methinks. I’ll also be starting the Jack Kane edits in earnest. I’ve got writing to finish, stories to submit, and covers requests to prepare for next year. There’s a lot to do before the end of 2012 and even more to do once 2013 gets here. I hope you’ll stick around for the ride.