Monday, August 5, 2013

Never the Same

We've hit a major life time development. Bradley is 40 inches- with shoes on.
This makes him eligible to ride the first tier of "big kid" rides in Disneyland. We've been measuring Brad once a week for a month now, so he knew what was going on. And we knew he was looking forward to going on the big kid rides, but we didn't anticipate how thrilling it would be for Brian and I to accompany him on these rides!

In other equally exciting news, Luke is big enough to go on the more intense Disney rides like Dumbo, rockets, and Rodger Rabbit! AND I don't have to feed him every 2-3 hours so we BOTH were able to go on more than three rides this last trip!

Our Disney day began as usual - for those that weren't aware, our family has the Year-Round Disney Pass and we only live 1.5 hours away from Anaheim- Bradley was convinced we needed to go on Pirates first. However, we were in our Disney stride and had a very smooth departure from our house and got there right around opening. So lines were really really low! We decided it was time to take Luke on Dumbo!!! He seemed rather amused although not altogether sure it was as excited as the rest of the family.

Then we took a real departure from our Disney routine and went to Toon Town. Yea I know I'm really surprised too. Toon Town opens an hour after the rest of the park, so we waited a few minutes and then Bradley and I ran to Gadget's Go Coaster! Which is Brad's second fave ride. It was really fun to hang around and play with all the little kid stuff and not have a million little kids all over everything. Luke and I also took a trip to meet Minnie while Brad and Dad took another spin on the roller coaster. Minnie's house is so cute! Then we all went to Rodger Rabbit's ride. Luke was not very excited about the spinning because he had to sit on the seat not in my lap. But Bradley loved the crazy spinning cars.

THEN of course we went on Pirates, hung out in the Pirate Store and then on Haunted Manson. After that
Brian had the wild idea to go to Splash Mountain and measure Brad. We got two thumbs up, and since it was still before 10 am, the line wasn't even 10 min long. My fave ride=I get to take him on it.

We lifted Brad up to show him the big drop and see what his reaction was. Of course he was like, YEA let's go do that!! We got in line and Bradley started holding his nose. He was under the impression we would be going under the water. It took lots of convincing that he didn't need to hold his nose, and we settled on I would tell him when the big drop was coming. I'm not sure he trusts me very much... an issue for another day I guess. After we were in and going they pull you up a big slope and then go down just a little hill. Brad immediately began telling me NO he wanted to go on the BIG ONE. Then we rounded the bend and he saw it and started getting really excited- see pic above where he won't look at the camera. ;)

You can watch the movie for yourself.

Clearly we have an adrenaline junky on our hands. Because there was a second Splash Mountain ride, and much begging for a third. Then we told him about other rides he could go on like... Star Tours!

Of all things Bradley was unimpressed with the line but LOVED sitting in the space ship!

Next up we'll try Space Mountain and Radiator Racer Springs! Brian thinks Tower of Terror would be okay, but I think we should wait. We'll see how it all works out!

For the Grandparents: Luke's First Ride on Dumbo!