I drove the first leg of the trip and we made it all the way to Redding, CA before getting out for a big break. We stopped at the worlds worst water park ever! Lets just say there is a reason that it cost under $50 for our whole family to go! In the end it was worth the money though because all the girls had a great time, they got to play and get their wiggles out and run around for a couple hours. Kenzi went down the big slides that she was allowed to go on and LOVED being the BIG girl and being allowed to go off and do things on her own while we stayed in the kiddie wade pool with Lilly and Amelia. Poor Seth has the worst luck though and dislocated his toe while at the water park, not to mention scraped it up pretty good. That did not make for a happy Seth! Seth took over after Redding and drove through the night to make it all the way to Santa Ana to pick up my Dad at the airport. The upside was we missed LA traffic. The downside: Dad's plane didn't arrive until after 12:30pm and we arrived around 5am. That's a long stretch of time to wait! We let the kids sleep, we tried to nap ourselves in a parking lot and then when the girls were all awake we went on our way to find an Ihop to get some breakfast. (As a side note, the food wasn't that great...my syrups are WAY better...the service was mediocre at best and then we were treated like criminals for changing our kids poopy diaper in the car which was still parked in the parking lot AFTER paying for our meal! The security guard literally stood behind the car, arms folded, attempting to peer into our bags as I searched for extra diapers, and this was after he asked if we had been customers! He stared us down until we left. Talk about RUDE!)
We finally got my Dad after circling the airport about 10 times and headed for the hotel. The lady at the front desk was also incredibly rude, and not just to us but to my Dad as well! (Not a smart idea as they are elite members so they hold a bit more weight than we do!). We had been told there was basically NO way that they would be able to get us in early because it was a Presidential room and those take a long time to clean...well I guess she got to eat her words because we were in our room before 1:30pm (check in time is 4pm). The room was incredible! We had a 3 bed, 3 bath Presidential suite on floor 14 out of 14. The only thing higher was the roof! Our bathroom had a dual headed shower and a jacuzzi tub. That could have been a vacation in and of itself!
We rode around in the horse drawn buggy while Seth went to City Hall (yes, they have their own city hall!) to take care of some business. Can I just say that this is the ONE area where him having osteoarthritis is a good thing? Otherwise it sucks, but in this case, it saved us HOURS in line every single day! Once we were in we of course had to ride some rides!
King Arther's Carousel was a hit for all of them! (Well, for the girls at least!)
We also had to go on the river boat! I mean really, who wouldn't want to ride on a boat that cool looking? Amelia fell asleep shortly after this as we waited in line for Pirates of the Caribbean. Kenzi LOVED the ride...Amelia woke up ON the ride, and Lilly FREAKED from the ride! So yeah, it was a mild success, but what are you gonna do? After that was a much needed lunch break. To save money we brought in water bottles (some frozen) and pre made sandwiches...along with a bunch of snacks!
After lunch we headed over to Splash Mountain. We actually got Kenzi to go on it! (Never after that, but hey, she tried it!) Once we were out we stopped in to say hi to Tigger and Eyore. I love Eyore! He's my favorite.
The girls BEGGED to "drive" the cars and had a GREAT time on this one! Meanwhile, Amelia and I walked around in circles and listened to a fun band that was playing on a stage near by. The girls had just about had it though so we decided to call it a day.
Seth and I in line to ride Space Mountain. I must say, after all these years...still a favorite ride of mine! I will do more parts to the series, so tune in, there was FAR more fun to be had and even more to share! Thanks for reading!