On our walk over I got a text from good friend Melinda saying "What are you up to?" I texted back that we were walking, on our way to the park. She replied with a "Me too" and not 2 minutes later we saw this...
After over a year of talking and planning, we were actually making this happen - her family and my family in Disneyland together! We knew that with 13 people - her family of 6, both her parents and our family of 5 - there was no way we were going to be able to do everything together, but at the same time we really wanted to enjoy some moments with one another. Well, here we go!
We got through security, lined up together and entered the parks pretty quickly once the gates opened. I grabbed some photos on the way...
...and we chatted through our plans for the day - Peter Pan, Dumbo, Matterhorn and fast passes for
While we were waiting for rope drop I chatted with all the kids, getting them hyped up, telling them that we should get to Peter Pan fast and see if we could be first on the ride. Well, little did I know how much they would take that to heart. As soon as the rope was dropped all 7 kids took off running towards the castle and into Fantasyland.
I yelled for them not to run but by then they were too far away to notice. They were, of course, the first ones through the castle and the first ones on Peter Pan.
I stepped up my speed so I would be somewhat close to them and not lost in the crowd. I looked back and silently hoped the other adults were walking fast too. I saw Brian who waved me forward, telling me to go with the kids. Well, we didn't want to go without everyone else! Thankfully the kids were walking the winding queue line slowly and we were all able to catch up and ride. Score one for the day.
After Peter Pan we walked over to Dumbo and had a very, very short wait for a ride. Melinda and I rode together, the kids each rode with one of Melinda's kids and Brian took our passes and booked it to
to get us fastpasses. Space Mountain
Since we got on Dumbo so quickly we decided to head to
however we noticed that Mr. Toad's queue was almost empty. The kids went on that while I waited for
Brian to join us. After their ride I had
6 of the 7 kids pile on poor Mr. Toad's car for a photo (kid #7 was back on Mr. Toads with one of her grandparents).
We rode the right side of the
queue but couldn't remember which side was supposed to be faster. The best way to find out? Ride them both! It was walk-on on both sides of the ride, so
it made perfect sense to do it now. It
was unanimous that the left side of the Matterhorn
has the much, much, much better version of the ride.
Our fastpass time for Space was rapidly approaching so we thought we'd start to make our way over there. On our way we passed Autopia. We knew Autopia was slow-loading so decided to make a stop there. Who knew it would turn into such a fiasco!