Last week was we had a crazy good time. We got out of the heat of Phoenix for a lesser heat. It's was only in the upper 80's in Anaheim, so not too bad. Our last day, Friday, July 1st, was beautiful with highs in the 70's. You can't imagine what a treat it was to be out in that weather in the summer.
We haven't been to Disneyland in 6-7 years and a lot has changed. It's also Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Celebration so there is a ton of stuff going on. Fun rides, great shows and so much delicious (but expensive) food!
It turns out my favorite rides were the water rides. Splash Mountain at Disneyland and Grizzly River Run at California Adventure.
I don't have pictures of either ride, turns out I'm terrible at remembering to take pictures. But here are a few to give you an idea of what the rides look like if you've never been.
This is Splash Mountain. We got pretty wet. I did have my husband sitting in front of me so I was lulled into a false sense of security, thinking he would block much of the water. (He's 6'1). Nope. The water comes high enough over the sides that everyone got plenty wet.
The second picture is of the boys when they went on by themselves later in the evening. Clearly, they were having a great time. lol They did enjoy the ride but are not crazy about getting their picture taken, even by Disney. I went ahead and bought the download since it's next to impossible to get a picture of either of them. Nick is the one in front, looking bored. And Ryan is behind him with the hair flying. He hates getting his haircut!
This is my all time favorite ride! The boys and I went on Grizzly River Run two times in a row. We were waiting to use our Fastpasses and since the line wasn't too long, we decided to go on while we waited. We got utterly and completely soaked. It was awesome! Then we waited about 15 minutes and went on again with our passes. Got soaked again but it was hard to tell since we were still wet from the first time. There are two big drops and the boat thing you sit in spins around so you never know if you will be going down facing forward or backwards. Every time I was facing backwards. But it was a blast! The only downside is walking around after with pants, capri's in my case, soaking wet. Right down to your undies. :) Whenever I go on this ride, when I exit, I always look longingly to the Grand Californian Hotel, near the ride's exit, and wish we were staying there. Someday maybe but it's incredibly expensive. I checked. $1500 a night for a two bedroom suite. A standard room goes for about $500 so I guess we could have gotten two standard rooms. Not! Way out of our price range.
I did get some reading done, but not much. The only book I finished was an audio book, Amber Kizer's A Matter of Days. Pretty good Young Adult dystopian. I won't promise a review since I need to get back into reviewing and have a bunch of books I want to review. I will say the narrator was good, Alex McKenna.
We were home for a day and then I went to Flagstaff, by myself for the Fourth of July holiday. I got to spend some time with my daughter, who lives there, and enjoy the cool mountain weather. It's beautiful up there!
What has everyone been up to? Any vacations yet this summer or planned? The boys start school in four weeks, yes, they start very early. So we will be busy soon getting ready for that.