Is it illegal to leave Disneyland early? I mean to leave and never come back, like half-way through the day? What it you don’t have a lot of money?
I’m sure you’ve heard “You’d better eat that food. There are starving children in China”. However, not everyone subscribes to that way of thinking. This is the way of thinking I’m working on reversing. By the time we made it to Disneyland, even after the semi-restful weekend we were exhausted still (and I personally believe were “amusement parked out”). I’d read plenty of blogs and talked to people about their “hints” about Disney. Well, suffice it to say, I still didn’t do enough research (keep in mind as I was planning this trip, I was also trying to survive life, so not all the planning was complete). We did everything “wrong” at Disney and went home at lunchtime for a few hours (I had gone to great lengths planning to drop my dog off at their Doggy Day care, and apparently got that wrong, too so he was at the RV and I wanted to check on him). We missed our bus…. 3 times. In the end I was actually happy about it, though because that meant less time at Disneyland.
I didn’t love Disney. Almost everything had gone “wrong”. We had stayed positive (I know it doesn’t sound like it, but it’s true) throughout the day because I knew it would be a tough day. Although positive, that doesn’t stop everything from going wrong and being tired.
Also, for some strange reason, this was the day thoughts of Adam haunted me endlessly. Probably because I would have preferred suffering through Disney with him rather than without him. He would have HATED Disneyland.
At the end of the day, I just wanted to leave. I was so tired, I was in a fog. I really didn’t want to come back the next day and see the “other park” (California Adventure). Apparently you can’t return tickets to Disney so we had to suffer through a second day. Not completely kidding, not completely not. I mean it was Disney, so of course we’d enjoy it. We had to leave on Wednesday for home so it was now or never. It wasn’t completely awful or anything, it was just a lot and I would have rather gotten a refund on tickets, and the kids weren’t exactly ecstatic about another day at Disney either.
So on day 2, we got in super early so we could accomplish as much as we could in the first few hours. By noon my head was killing me so much that at one point I crashed somewhere by myself, not knowing where the kids were, and they didn’t know where I was, and they didn’t even have a phone…. I was ok with that.
We rode one last ride together and left around 3:30. I felt badly about that, but not that badly. I love to tell people about the time I bought a $12 Margarita and was so happy when it spilled all over me because that meant I didn’t have to drink it anymore… that’s kind of how I felt about this. Three out of four of us were ok with leaving and we went home again to the dog and to real food (we’d been eating granola bars and goldfish crackers all day).
We relaxed for a couple hours, cleaned up the RV, did some laundry, got a bit of rest and yes, got back on the shuttle to Disneyland….
When we arrived at Disneyland, we immediately left, crossed the street, got some ice cream and came home.
Not overdoing it
The kids in China will be starving either way
There seems to be a theme I’m learning on this trip…
PS There were plenty of blessings and I don’t disregard those. I realize there is a string of negativity in my posts, that’s just how I’m processing. Believe me, I’ve never been so blessed in my life as I have been over this last year and if you spend time with me you’ll see that. Just not if you spend time with my writing!