25 Jan Having a Magical Moment at Disneyland
On New Year’s day, we took our one month old son on his first trip to Disneyland. That may have been my first mistake. No, not the taking our one month old son to Disneyland part. That part is actually fairly easy: lots of sleeping and mandatory sit down time every 3-4 hours for feedings. Good stuff. No, I meant the New Year’s day part. The larger our family has gotten over the years the more I have come to realize that holiday trips to the land of Mouse are slightly more stressful. Do NOT get me wrong. I think that Christmas is the most magical time to visit Disneyland as it not only has it’s usual charm and magic, but it has a little extra holiday pixie dust as well. However, doing a constant head count for your children and trying to corral the walkers in between strollers while getting from the Tiki Room to Pirates is a little unnerving. Moving on.
We had spent a surprisingly low key day at both Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland. We were just leaving dinner at the Plaza Inn, where we ate this delectable masterpiece:
Totally off subject, but doesn’t it look amazing!?!? Anywho…
So we were making our way It’s a Small World Holiday so that we could take our son on the ride, like we have taken all of the other kids on their first trips to Disneyland. Well this was my second mistake. I should have gone on any ride that was important to me first so that what happened next wouldn’t have happened. By the time we got there, it was closed for fireworks and wouldn’t re-open until afterword…and for multiple reasons, we had planned on leaving before the fireworks. I was biting my lip hard on this one so that I wouldn’t lose it. I told myself that it was okay, because at least we could get our other tradition taken care of while we were over there. That is taking a family picture off to the left of the attraction with the gorgeous lights in the background. It is the perfect spot because you get the lights and no random people! But nope. Third mistake. Cast members were ushering people back in preparation for the fireworks and not allowing anyone to get to my photo spot. The mistake that I made there was waiting until the end of the night to take a family picture. What on earth was I thinking? Who knows, but either way, the tears were coming and I was on the verge of an all out cry fest at Disneyland. Even though we had had a wonderful day, I was only able to see the fact that two things I wanted to do with my family were not going to happen.
In a last ditch attempt to get the picture I wanted, I approached one of the cast members and calmly asked if there was any way that I could get by them to take a family picture for one second. Her answer was no. Out came the tears. Upon seeing this (which I am sure wasn’t pretty) another cast member whispered something to her and she had us follow her. She escorted us to the Storybook Land Canal boats which were still open and got us our own private boat, I had never experienced some of that “extra” cast member magic until that night. It meant the world to me that we were able to have that special experience on my baby boy’s first trip. That magical moment went a long way to turning my night around. And we even got a family picture…
Okay, so it wasn’t a great picture, but we were all in it and these days, that is good enough! After we got out of the boat, we did find a nice person to take another picture of us with Small World in the background. It wasn’t the exact picture I wanted, but really, it was perfect. A Disney magical moment for sure.
I don’t know if that cast member truly knows how much that boat ride meant to me. Her kindness really was the thing that helped the day to be remembered as the great day that it was and not a disaster.
Have you ever experienced any of that special magic while you were in the parks? Feel free to share your experience with us!