Thanksgiving at Disneyland 2008

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Last day at Disney so we figured we ought to beat the crowds and get to the park when it opened. So we packed up everyone so we could be over there by 8 AM sharp. When we arrived, the park was practically empty as compared to prior days. A nice change! So we quickly made our way to the things that we hadn’t had the patience to stand in line for in prior days. First stop — Tinker Bell! She has a movie that just came out so she is on the hot list for everyone. So we waited through the line at Pixie Hollow and then got to meet the fairy ourselves!

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As we got in line for the Princess meet-and-greet, Sydney said she didn’t want to do this. What? What? What? She explained to Kim that princesses are not as cool as they used to be. So Kim and Sydney ducked out of line and headed over to Space Mountain! I figured this would be an experience of terror but Kim had her convinced it would be great fun. About 30 minutes later, they returned with Sydney running up to me. Tears in her eyes — tears of joy! Dad, that was the best ride EVAR! Ah, my little girl is growing up. She went on and on about how fun the ride was. About this time we were next in line to go in to see the princesses. Sydney shoved Reagan aside and went in first. Guess she still likes them a little bit. Ariel was first up!

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Next was Belle. She wasn’t very talkative so we moved on quickly.

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Finally, there was one more princess — well, a mouse dressed up like one. Kind of a bummer since the kids already saw her and wanted one of the original 6. But they enjoyed the visit in any case.

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Just outside the Princess area was the Princess beauty salon. I had told the girls that I would treat them to this. They really weren’t that into the idea. Kim wasn’t either for the price. But I thought it was a “must do” event so we got right in. Your turn!

Disneyland
Disneyland

When she got out of the chair, you would have thought she was modeling her wedding dress. So excited to look at her new hair-do and model it for the camera. She explained to Kim how she wanted her hair like this every day for school. Kim just looked at me like “thanks a lot”. But she got over that quickly as she took the pictures and enjoyed seeing her daughter with her beautiful hair.

Disneyland
Disneyland
Disneyland

I thought we were done and started to walk out when Kim mentioned “I think she needs a dress”. Oh man, who is the big spender now? So we looked around and Sydney settled on a Rosetta (fairy from the new Tinker Bell movie) dress with wings and all. She then went on to model it for us.

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I am not sure what is going on here but we said smile and Sydney’s eyes started to bug out! Too many photographs.

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While Reagan was taking a brief nap, Sydney met up with a bunch of characters including Jessie and Woody from Toy Story, Mrs. Santa Claus, Chip and Dale, and more. A lot of quick interactions but Sydney wasn’t really talking to them. I asked, “Why didn’t you talk to Woody?”. To which Sydney replied, “Dad, that isn’t really Woody. It is just some guy in a costume. Geez.” Crap. The magic is gone. Oh well.

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We walked by Its a Small World and there was virtually no line. So we grabbed our things and jumped in the boat for the big holiday themed ride around the world.

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Plenty of holiday decorations everywhere. But the best part — new music! Got some Jingle Bells in there and other holiday songs to break up the regular soundtrack.

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The kids were in the front row of the boat pointing and shouting at everything as we passed by. Space Mountain might have been fun, but this ride sure gets them talking.

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Ok, so I took the opportunity to capture some of the ride on video for the kids to watch later on. They love watching these videos after the vacation and saying “Remember when we …”. So you can enjoy too!

I captured a variety of moments with the girls on our last day. Hopefully, it will serve as a great reminder in years to come of the experience of the vacation and how much fun our girls had.

We left Disney around 9:30 PM as the fireworks got started. People had camped out for hours to watch them. For us, it was a chance to cut through the crowd and get out before the mass exodus. As we got on the tram, the fireworks were going off and we had a good view of them the whole way to the car. As we got off the tram and walked to the car, I was reflecting on how we do Thanksgiving our way. No turkey for us. So now for 4 years in a row (she only has 5 on the planet), Sydney has enjoyed vacationing on Thanksgiving. I think of Thanksgiving as a day were we are always together doing something a little more adventurous. And for that, I am thankful.

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