That night, we headed to Santa Ana to stay with Dill's mother's best friend, Terry Lynn. Boy, was that a TREAT. She and her husband have a gorgeous home in the Santa Ana hills. They were amazing hosts, giving us two bedrooms to use (including a Pack-n-Play) and full use of their extra refrigerator. I can't tell you how grateful we were not to have to pay for a hotel at any point in this trip. What a blessing! Plus it's way more fun to stay with friends and family. And handy when you fall into the ocean and need to dry your shirt and pants in their dryer. Not that I would know anything about that.
We'd been told it saves quite a bit of money to do two single-park passes rather than two park hoppers, so that's what we did. The first day was all about the Magic Kingdom. It was superb but it was HOT. Dill's mom texted me at some point to tell me it was 96 degrees at Disneyland and 90 in Phoenix. I believe it. I thought Bubby and I were going to die waiting in the hour-long line for Rapunzel in the blistering sun. But we survived.
Anyway, enough talking about it -- let's see some PICTURES!
Later in the day, Dill's sister Rebecca and her husband Walter took the kids so we could have some grown-up fun. And by that, I mean ride Star Tours and Space Mountain. What did you think? Come on; we're Mormons. We don't do kinky stuff at Disneyland!
Anyway, Rebecca and Walter had the camera so they took some awesome pics of their adventures, which included a parade and the tea cups. I don't do the tea cups. Blech. But my kids happen to love it, so on they went.
Now, let me tell you about the horrific nature of Space Mountain during Halloween time. As if it isn't terrifying enough on its own during the rest of the year, they add "Ghost Galaxy" to the name, put these giant flaming skeleton demons all over the ride and change the music to some freaky ode to death and horror. All I know is, I somehow survived it but suffered a massive headache for the rest of the day. So basically, unless you're into that kind of thing, DON'T RIDE SPACE MOUNTAIN: GHOST GALAXY. And don't say I didn't warn you.