Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Happiest Thanksgiving on Earth

We had a very untraditional Thanksgiving this year. We decided to give thanks in the Happiest Place on Earth...Disneyland! Well, I thought it was untraditional until I was surrounded by crowds of people celebrating in the very same manner. I suppose it was just untraditional in comparison to how we have always spent this holiday. It was worth missing the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Besides, there is always Christmas dinner! I was surprised by the number of people forgoing their turkey feast with family and friends to ride Splash Mountain and sing "Yo Ho Yo Ho" along with the Scurvy Pirates. I'm not sure why I was surprised, I had the same idea.

It was awesome! Of course it was crowded, but not like a July day with 90-120 minute waits in line. There were people, but we didn't wait longer than 30 minutes for the most popular rides. Most waits were only like 15-20 minutes. The weather was beautiful; a sunny 80 degree SoCal day. It was also incredible to see the Christmas decorations and holiday transformations of some popular rides.

David wasn't even scared on the rides. He loved the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, Casey Jr.'s Railroad, and the infamous Mad Tea Party Tea Cups. Thankfully the car sickness David exprienced on Interstate 5 on our way did not repeat itself on the Tea Cups! And to make an already wonderful day even better, my dear mom, who accompanied us on our trip, took David back to the hotel before dinner time while Andrew and I were able to do Disneyland kid-free for a few hours.

We wouldn't hesitate to go back on Thanksgiving Day and we plan to take David back to Disneyland many more times as he gets older. Heck, we may even be back before the new year. Yep, thanks to mom forgetting the free admission tickets she received as a gift and dad not letting her make the 30-45 minute round trip to go back and get them.

We finished up our fabulous Thanksgiving holiday with a trip to the San Diego Zoo. It was another gorgeous day in Southern California. I have much to be thankful for: safe travels, a wonderful mother, a loving husband, a very special son, and an absolutely great holiday. Happy Thankgiving and enjoy some pics....

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