Roberta and I had the privilege of hosting Clawdeen for a couple of days while she was making her way home to you. She would have been on her way a bit sooner, but when I mentioned that we were going to Disneyland for my birthday the next day, she said that she had never been there. So I asked her if she would like come with us. Not surprisingly, she said “yes!”
So early the next morning we made the 2 hour drive from El Cajon to Anaheim. Clawdeen was very excited.
Once we arrived, the first thing Clawdeen noticed was how many people were there. She thought it was fun how everyone was getting their pictures by the flower garden shaped like Mickey Mouse, and she wanted her photo taken there too.
As we walked down Main Street, Clawdeen asked if we could look through the candy store as it had so many interesting things. She really liked the marshmallow treats that were decorated like Mickey and Minnie.
But she also liked the flavored Mickey Mouse suckers too.
At the end of Main Street, there is a small plaza with statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, surrounded by small statues of other Disney characters. Clawdeen wanted to get her photo taken with Walt and Mickey, but you can’t climb on the statue, so we had to take one from the railing.
However, you can get right next to the smaller statutes that surround the plaza.
Clawdeen said she wanted to find Rapunzel because that is a favorite of Delilah’s. After a bit of searching, we found Rapunzel’s tower…
…and then we found Rapunzel.
After that, Clawdeen wanted to see what other characters we could spot. Since we were so close, we traveled to Pixie Hollow. Since we had to wait in line, we got to spend some time in the pixie forest.
When we arrived at the hollow, we were happy to find out that we were going to see Tinkerbell. We told Tinkerbell about how Clawdeen got lost and her journey home… Tinkerbell was so happy she cried pixie tears.
After we met Tinkerbell, Clawdeen wanted to rest. We told her the best way to take a break at Disneyland is to ride a slow ride, so we headed over to It’s a Small World.
We managed to get seats in the front of the boat…
…so Clawdeen was able to get a really good view of the ride.
After the ride was over, Clawdeen saw the train as it was passing by and wanted to see if we could get a photo with it. I was hoping to get more of the outside of It’s a Small World, but Clawdeen was happy with the results.
We asked Clawdeen if she would like to ride on the spinning Tea Cups.
She was a bit scared, but said she would be willing to try. She said that she felt brave because my daughter Kathryn and her friend Garron would be riding with us.
I know it does not look like we are moving. But if you look straight up, this is what those hanging lamps look like….
We asked Clawdeen if she would like to go and see Disney’s California Adventure and she said she would. The first ride we went to was Radiator Springs Racers. We had gotten fast passes earlier in the day so we did not have to wait in line.
The ride gets very fast, because you are racing another car around a track, but the first part is a drive through the town of Radiator Springs from the movie Cars.
Clawdeen wanted to ride some of the other rides in California Adventure, like the California Screamin’ roller coaster and the Sky Swings. But she wasn’t tall enough yet.
Walking through the park, we saw more of the Disney characters. We saw Minnie Mouse…
… and we saw Stitch, from the movie Lilo and Stitch.
After we saw Sully…
… Clawdeen wanted to get her picture taken in front of the Monsters University building. She said that is where she is going to go to college after she gets out of Monster High.
It was starting to get dark, so we watched the lights on the rides and buildings turn on.
Clawdeen thought that made them look magical.
It was getting late and we needed to drive home. Clawdeen asked about the rides that she did not get to try this trip. I explained that Disneyland and California Adventure are so big, that if you want to try everything, you either have to rush so fast that you don’t get to look around, or you have to stay 2 or 3 days. But I told her that if she comes back, Roberta and I would be happy to play tour guide to her and Delilah, and we will go on those rides with her.
By Michael Hayden