So, let's just jump into it, shall we? Wednesday morning the alarm went off @ 2:30 am, the cab arrived at 4:00 am, and by 6:30 am, Cora, The Daughter, and I were on a plane heading for LAX and Disneyland to meet up with most of her family for Thanksgiving.
The flight went smoothly, there was no real issue with holiday travel crowds at all. Now, the Super Shuttle people getting us to our hotel seemed like they were making it up as they went along, but eventually a van zipped at 70 mph to our hotel, where it turned out that our hotel room was ready early!
And we were in the Disneyland park by lunchtime. The castle was decorated for the winter, but the weather was far from wintery.
In fact, it felt a lot like Halloween around the Haunted Mansion. Since "A Nightmare Before Christmas" is The Daughter's favorite movie, we made many, many, many passes through its haunted halls.
We tracked down a couple of cute kids from Cora's family, and got them to pose with Jack Skellington.
And we got nice little video of Jack chatting with the family.
We hung out with the family the rest of the day, riding rides and hearing about their cruise the week before. The Daughter was so psyched to see them all, but she REALLY missed Boy-Cousin and Grandma the most.
As night rolled in, the lights came on, and our get up and go, got up and went. So, we trudged back across the street to the hotel and passed out.
- This is my third "Disney" visit and my third Disney park. First was Euro (now Paris), then came Disney World, and now Disneyland. World is my favorite park, but this was my favorite trip.
- This was The Daughter's third Disney visit, all to Disneyland. She has never seen the Haunted Mansion in its traditional form. Always decked out for Nightmare Before Christmas. And she likes it that way.
- We met up with Cora's mom, sister, brother-in-law, their three kids, her brother and his girlfriend. We were scattered across various hotels.
- I saw far more Jack Skellington T-shirts than Mickey Mouse T-shirts. I think Disney is seriously going to need to consider making a permanent Nightmare attraction, probably in California Adventure, maybe by the Tower of Terror.