I swore I had NO prior knowledge of the Japanese earthquake or the resulting tsunami.
I have been planning this vacation with DA" BOYZ since before last Thanksgiving. If you read the previous blogs about my travel plans run a muck than you know just what I have been through.
So Wednesday the two older boys got out of school early for spring break. My daughter and son-in-law though this would be a great time to finish my quest and they would take time off work so the whole family could join in.
So we made arrangements, through AAA, to stay at a Disney Good Neighbor Resort directly across the street from the theme park. The cost was about a third of the price for staying on site. The only downside, if you want to call it that, is no invite to the Disney caricature breakfasts and no early entry into the park.
Along with the price reduction the upside is we receive special AAA discounts to Downtown Disney shopping and dining. We also got a reduction in the rental of the SUV we're using. So all in all we are doing fine.
As I said Wednesday when DA'BOYZ got home from school they were told we are taking a road trip and they had to pack just those thing they truly need. By 4:00PM MST we were off. We stopped at about 8:00pm for dinner, where I shot back some post to my SP-Teammate. Then off we go.
The 3 boys were in the wayback watching some DVD's. Now I don't wish to give the impression my G-son are mentally slow. They maybe, I just don't want to give that impression. You see the DVD's they were watching were TOY STORY, a travelogue on how to visit DISNEYLAND effectively, and some DISNEY cartoons. They never got the HINT.
They each nodded off before getting to ANAHIEM. We got to our hotel (whos name I am not mentioning) to find out they had over booked.
It's just past midnight Thursday morning with three adults, the boys (9, 7, & 4 yoa), and a boot full of ludage with no place to stay.
The Night Manager was sorry and promised to get us accommodations quickly. Now normally that means your hotel will find you an overnight at some flea bag flop so that the next morning your hotel has your rooms ready and you appreciate your stay even more. Not this guy about 45 mins, to an hour after arriving the DISNEYLAND SHUTTLE bus arrives to take us to the resort? After telling the DISNEYLAND Hostess we have the SUV she smiled and said with a SILLY SYMPHONY chirp in her voice, "OH? OK! Than here is a parking lot pass, place it on your dashboard and follow me right in."
With the help on a team of Disney bell"persons" the boot was emptied, the kids were carried to their beds, the old folk (& I) checked us in to the eleventh floor of the Paradise Pier hotel. Overlooking Sleeping Beauty's Castle. WE HAVE A WINNER.
When the boys woke up yesterday morning first of they were disoriented being in a bed and not the SUV. The drapes were drawn tight. The 7 year old, as usual, was the first to wake up. On his way to awaken his mother and find out where he was he walks through the sitting room. I was dozing on the sofa. First a shriek than, "Oh no we ain't," he screams, "That's DISNEYLAND." Within a minute the 9 year old was at the bedroom window. MORE SCREAMS.
The pee-wee was awaken to the noise and he starts to cry. He doesn't like to be awakened by anyone. Wait till Kindergarten starts in September.
We had breakfast in DOWNTOWN DISNEY. Than off to a full day at the park.
The old folk and I decided since we are going to be here for a week we would only do one or two "Land's" per day so we started with FantasyLand and TomorrowLand with a brief stop in to what use to be call TOON TOWN. It's now Mickey's something.
By 8pm the two youngest were dozing so back to our room to watch the evening fireworks. Great start.
When you are in the Disney experience you have not knowledge or concept of news or reality. So it wasn't until this morning that we found out about the Japanese earthquake or the tsunami advisory coming our way.
Instead of having breakfast in the hotel we decided to hurry to the park (Frontier and Adventure Lands) and grab and go food on the run. Horrid nutritionally. Necessary for today's complex life events.
Even with a grab and go meal I was still able to measure my Kcal intake, limit my Carbs., and limit my salt with little complications. The hotels dining service knows, from my registration, that I am diabetic so they made up a diabetic lunch for me & had it delivered to the Pirate's of the Carribian restaurant for me. Also, as i'm on insulin the Guest Services refrigerated my meds, & a security staffer delivered it to the restaurant. I went into the Men's room about 5 mins. ago for my injection. When finished the security guard took my insulated medication bag back to the security station in New Orleans Square. If I need it during the day all I have to do is approach any castmember, show them my lanyard badge, * they will take me to the station. THAT'S COOL CARING. I don't give a damn what anyone thinks DISNEY PARKS think ahead.
NOW WHAT??? It can only happen to me. The tsunami advisory is threatening Southern California. I don't hope any ill for the coastal town. Morro Bay is expecting wave heights of almost 4 feet. Santa Monica, where we were going to go to visit distant family members, is expecting just over 3 feet. And Ventura, which isn't that far from Anaheim, is expecting 2.9 feet. Now Anaheim does have some foothills to the North-West which should protect us. HOWEVER should there be a back flow from the South-West the flooding would be trapped in this part of Orange County like in a bath tub, with no drain.
Well here comes lunch, and the drugs are kicking in, so signing off till tomorrow, or if the boys hit the racks early tonight I might post again. Weather permitting.
The Jungle Ride
Capt'n Jack and hotel floor friends.
Columbia Tall Ship
The Haunted House
Mickey's Mardi Gras
So far the boys room, but wait till tonight. THAT'S MY ROOM YOU LITTLE RUGGERS.
Haunted House Gowalla Badge
Jungle Cruse Badge
Tom Sawyer Island Badge