in what is apparently becoming a yearly tradition, joe and i made another christmas trip to disneyland. i feel very strongly that disneyland is at it's most magical when it's christmastime.
we took a lot of photos, you've been warned. (for a less overwhelming experience, read this on a desktop :)
the park was very full and the line for pirates of the caribbean was the longest i'd ever waited for that ride. but, it was very worth it to get off of our feet for a while on a long and leisurely boat ride. we rode haunted mansion holiday, big thunder mountain railroad, space mountain, ya know, all the most important ones.
cars land is the most magical place, especially at night when it's all lit up. we sat there just soaking it all in and people watching (because that's what the cool kids do) and we saw some man pushing a stroller with a sleeping baby inside, but the stroller was a homemade buggy in the shape of a boat from the jungle cruise! complete with a spinning propeller, guard rails, and a canopy! hilarity ensued.
also, never underestimate the tow-mater ride. that thing is a hoot.
as only a few of my friends and family members know, i love the tlc tv show sister wives. it creeps in out in the most intriguing way possible and i can't stop watching it. (i also like my five wives but that one creeps me out even more.) so, i just about peed myself yesterday when i walked right past and even bumped shoulders with meri, cody's first wife, and her daughter in california adventure. naturally, i then tweeted to everyone i know "sister wives spotting sister wives spotting" with that emoji that's blue in the face, gasping, and looks like he's just seen a ghost.
by the way, if you're not following me on twitter, you missed a disney play-by-play yesterday that can only be described as obnoxiously funny. my username is jslo5.
i rode california screamin' for the second time and i opened my eyes for half the time. i'm getting better! i actually enjoyed it and decided that i like this ride now. i like this ride and i will ride it now. that's what i declared yesterday. heh heh.
mitchell, a really good friend of both joe and i, is a trumpeting toy soldier in the disneyland a christmas fantasy parade. i've known mitch since middle school when we both played in the same community orchestra, then we both ended up going to CSUN for music, where we met joe. he's easily the best trumpet player i know and one of our dearest friends. he found us along the parade route and gave us a special salute that made us squeal like little girls. it's so exciting seeing our friends do their thing!
appropriate cuz college.
in the words of joe: "never buy us these things."
if you haven't had a disneyland turkey leg, you haven't lived. joe had his first one on this trip. he gets it now.
in our opinion, world of color is better than the fireworks. it's all around more awe-inspiring. but, at christmastime, do the fireworks for the snow. the snow is the most magical thing about disneyland at christmas. it turns even the most frustrated parents and grumpy old men into children with magic in their eyes. for someone who has never had a white christmas, this makes me yearn for one.
and did you know that the snow smells like cinnamon?!
couldn't help it.
the one and only time we will disneyland as an engaged couple. the next time we go, whenever that may be, we will be martones. it's kind of crazy to think some day we will bring our kids here and share the disney magic with them. they will come and meet their favorite disney characters, eat delicious foods, ride memory-making attractions, experience shows, and see the fireworks too.
i hope you're having a magical christmas season and that childlike wonder fills your hearts.