After planning our trip to Disneyland for almost 2 years, and finally taking my 7-year-old as promised, I must say Disneyland was a BUST!
I can’t tell you if the problem was that we went on Thanksgiving day, or the fact that we built this trip up in her little mind for 2 years or what, but after 4 hours “inside” Disneyland, my kid was hating life and ready to leave.
This might get wordy…
- We arrived at the gates to park around 8:30am and after driving to our final parking destination, which took 45 minutes, and then another 40 to board the tram, and then almost an hour waiting in line to get through the gates, our whole family was exhausted! We had heard Thanksgiving weekend was a decent time to go but those rumors were WAY off. Each ride had a wait time of an hour no matter where we went so of course, my 7 year old didn’t want to wait and frankly, neither did we.
What capped the day off for my daughter was the fact that in each instance she approached a Disney character, she was shrugged off. My daughter wanted her photo with “Alice in Wonderland”, “Peter Pan” and “Goofy”. Each of these characters pushed her away and gave the “bye bye” hand gesture to her as if they had something better to do. Maybe they did? But this was the last straw for my daughter who only rode the tea cup ride and storyland and was then ready to go after we grabbed something to eat… BTW…cost us almost $90 for 5 people to eat.
I share the sentiment of my daughter, as does the rest of my family who went in saying that we will never again go to Disneyland as it’s a waste of time and money. My daughter got more enjoyment out of walking along the ocean at Huntington Beach which only cost me $4 to park.
Maybe we caught the place on a bad day but I can’t ever remember Disneyland being this way in all the times I’ve gone. Granted, I haven’t been in 15 years, but still…thanks to this, I will probably never go back.