Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Disneyland Sunday

We decided to go back to Disneyland on Sunday, since we are now Season Pass Holders. It was not quite as magical an experience as the first trip. ;-) Little did we know that they decided to shut down the entire park for Miley Cyrus' Sweet 16 party- nevermind the fact that her birthday isn't for another two months. Ugh!

We arrived around 1pm and we were told the park would be closing at 5pm. We figured we had a few hours to enjoy the park, right? Well, that's not how it worked. All of the characters had to leave early to get ready for "Miley's Sweet 16." We got turned away from Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, all the Princesses, and Goofy. Each time we went up to meet them, the Disney worker would tell us that the party in front of us was the last group, and that we had to leave because the character had to go get ready for Miley's party. After getting the rope put in front of us on FIVE separate occasions, I was about to lose my cool- especially because Paprika was so excited about getting to see the characters, and then I kept having to tell her that she couldn't. At one point she started crying because ALL she wanted to do was meet a Disney character. Then, many of the rides were shut down hours early for the same reason. Talk about a let-down!

Everyone in the park was peeved that they had to leave so Miley could shut down the park for her party. There were kids saying things like, "Why can't we shut down Disneyland for my birthday party, mom?" Shutting down the park like that on a SUNDAY afternoon sent the message that this one 15 year old girl is more important than everyone else in the park put together. And if you are going to shut down the park, then really shut it down. Don't tell everyone it's open until 5pm and then close the rides and take the characters away hours before then! It left a bad taste in my mouth.

I'm hoping our next trip to Disneyland is better than this past one. Even so, a bad day at Disneyland is certainly better than many of the days we've had recently. So, to put things in perspective- its wasn't even remotely the worst day ever or anything! It was just so not the exciting, escape-from-reality day we had anticipated!

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