2015 is off to a fantastic start. While most were celebrating the end of the year I went to bed early. It wasn’t because I didn’t feel festive but because I had planned to spend New Year’s Day at Disneyland. So while the rest of the world was sound asleep my family and I were waking up EARLY and getting ready to head to the parks. Our day was very entertaining and not just because of the rides and attractions.
We live 45 minutes from the park but made it there in record time since there wasn’t any traffic on the freeways. The line of cars at the parking garage was a different story and made me wonder just how fast the park was going to fill up. After parking we headed over to the tram. Our tram driver was very tired and under shot the wheelchair ramp for the handicapped car. Then he overshot the ramp when we arrived in Downtown Disney, this resulted in having to go for another ride so he could get it right. This doesn’t happen often which makes it easy for me to keep my sense of humor, so I asked the driver if he could find a hill to take at a high speed which made the driver laugh. The next mishap happened while in the Haunted Mansion. I require the moving walkway to be stopped for me to get in and out of my Doom buggy. The cast members remembered to mark my ride vehicle but when it came time for me to exit they forgot to stop the track. My daughter waved down the cast members and by the time they did stop the ride we were already well on our way into it again. So we were offered to ride it again. Who says no to riding a ride two times in a row? Not this gal!! Later in the day our dinner order was messed up, but again this rarely happens so we were able to handle this in stride as well.
For the first time in what feels like forever, Southern California is experiencing real winter weather. We had to scrape ice off our windshield before we could leave our driveway. It felt like Elsa had lost control over her powers and froze us over. My daughter and I have been getting into dressing up in character or movie themed outfits, but our grand ideas had to be put on hold this time as dressing in many layers for warmth became more important. I wore gloves that have the fingertips cut out and still struggled to maneuver my wheelchair myself. The only time my fingertips were warm was when I had a hot cup of cocoa or coffee in them. For days prior I debated on whether or not I would ride Splash Mountain or The Grizzly River Run. The night before I had decided that I would pass as it was just too darn cold. Thankfully I brought along my trusty poncho and a pair of flip flops just in case. Knowing this would be my last chance to ride Splash Mountain before it closed for refurbishment got the best of me and yes I rode them both! Temperatures were in the high 30’s while we on the rides and holy moly it was cold!!! My husband and I have declared these two rides to be the Disney version of the Polar Bear Plunge!
This New Year’s day brought about some new traditions. The first is the Disney Polar Plunge. The second tradition is that we will end 2015 by riding the first ride we rode this day, which ended up being Space Mountain. I have a love/hate relationship with this ride. I love the thrill but hate not being able to see the track. Because I can’t see the track I can’t prepare my muscles for each turn or dip and have to hold on for dear life. This results in muscles spasms throughout my torso and arms. But even with the additional pain I continue to ride it.
Along with starting new traditions I forced myself to try a ride that I had been avoiding for years, Goofy’s Sky School. Goofy’s Sky School is located in California Adventure and is a small roller coaster with many turns and as I later learned many dips. Be sure to read my post about this ride to learn more about it. Surprisingly my daughter also decided to give it a whirl. While I may ride it again, she has declared that as her first and last time. I am just proud of her for putting her fears aside and giving it a try.
I wasn’t sure what to expect crowd wise as I had heard that it could be jam packed or dead. Even though there appeared to be a lot of people there at opening we never had more than a 5 minute wait for any ride until noon. It was then that the wait times grew to an hour or more for most rides, and yes this included Splash Mountain!! Since we covered most of the fast rides in Disneyland that we wanted to go on by then we decided to hop over to California Adventure. Again the crowds were not too bad until late afternoon. By 5:30pm the sun had set and the artic temps started to return. Pleased with all that we had ridden that day and filled with joy from the rides, attractions, and people that I had met we were ready to call it a day. My muscles hate me and the only time I have left my bed is to sit in my recliner, but the memories made that day were totally worth it!
How did you spend your New Year’s Eve and/or day? I hope your pain was manageable and that you were able to find reasons to smile! By the way, have you read my New Year’s challenge? I hope you will join me in actively looking for reasons to smile!
May 2015 be filled with Pixie Dust and gentle hugs!!