Sunday, June 29, 2014


Friday morning we took Bill and Mary to the airport and met John and Todd, whose flight from Seattle was arriving at just about the time Bill and Mary needed to check in--as is often said, timing is everything!  Spent Saturday chilling at the RV park--John was excited to meet Sophie and have the chance to enjoy the pool.  Grilled hot dogs for him and Todd that evening, and roasted veggies for us.  Had to improvise on the s'mores after dinner, since they don't allow any campfires, but the portable grill did a fine job of roasting the marshmallows!

Saturday morning we headed off to the Magic Kingdom, and what a day we had!  The RV park is very close to Disney and we are able to take a shuttle from the parking lot.  This is John's first trip to Disneyland and he was excited to beat the band!  It was a bit overwhelming for him to try to decide what to go see first, so we enjoyed just strolling down Main Street for a while, scoping out the sights. The weather couldn't have been any nicer, with a couple hours of overcast keeping it cool.  Though later the sun came out it never was unbearably hot.  Trisha, Todd and I were recalling our times at Disneyworld in Orlando when he was a child and remembering the sweltering heat--this was much better.

After a fun-filled morning, we took the shuttle back to the RV for lunch--really nice to have that option, to stay away from the crowds and be comfortable in the carhouse!  It was also convenient so we could let Sophie out to run around, too.  After lunch John wanted to go to the pool, and he was glad that there were a number of kids there.  Several kids were speaking what we thought was probably Dutch, and, while there was not too much actual language communication, kids can find a way to use the universal language of laughter to communicate just fine.

Late afternoon found us on the shuttle back to the park for some more rides and fun.  Probably the attraction we all enjoyed the most of the day was the Star Wars Tour, a simulator ride where you're strapped into your seats as the unit moves around while you're watching the screen through 3D glasses, hurtling through space with C3PO, R2D2 and all the other Star Wars characters.  I love simulator rides, as they make you feel like you're really there.  Anyway, found a place for supper that offered veggie burgers for Trisha and me, along with pizza and hamburgers for John and Todd.  I had found a site called the vegan's guide to Disneyland, and was happy to learn that a number of eateries within the park are now offering several decent alternatives to the usual amusement park fare.

After a few more rides, we shuttled back to the campground, just in time to make another round of s'mores, settle into our lawn chairs at our campsite to watch the nightly Disney fireworks show.  Every night at 9:30 they do two fireworks shows--one by the riverfront and a larger one that's much higher in the sky--that last about 15 minutes.  While we were still in the park we saw the crowds of folks building by the riverfront an hour and a half before the show--amused by the fact that people would come that early and just sit there on the concrete for that long.  Since the fireworks are up in the air, hardly seems much different whether you're on the front row or not.  But the wonderful thing about this RV campground is that since it's so close to Disney, we have the perfect seats to watch the show, right outside the RV!  And it's just a wonderful, festive atmosphere with our RV neighbors all sitting in lawn chairs at their campsites--much more comfortable than being in the Disney park itself. I think it took John about a minute and a half to fall asleep after such a busy day!

John's smoothie mustache at breakfast!  He loves it when I use frozen blueberries.

John and Walt Disney statue

Hey. I'm breaking out of jail!

Love their flowers

Evening parade
John in his 3D glasses, getting ready for the Star Wars ride

Try as he might, John just couldn't pull the sword out of the stone!

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