Saturday, 12 June 2010

LA Adventure day two ~ Disneyland

We are so lucky.  Really lucky.  Because not only were we invited on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to LA, but the people we are travelling with are a great group of people.  Imagine this:  you get 20 strangers together, including 8 children, and everyone gets on well together. Amazing huh? The children have all bonded really well, and an outsider would be pushed to identify which children belong in which family as we all look out for each other and the children walk along holding hands.  Well okay, not the boys but you catch my drift. There's also an Italian family with us who were invited by Xbox in Italy, and although we don't all speak the same language (I'm still dredging my memory for the two years of Italian I did) we all get on brilliantly.

And this is what it's all about for the children - and the adults too.  Disneyland in LA, the original Disney theme park and the one all the others were based on.  It has an almost identical layout to Disneyland Paris, so we had a strange sense of deja vu when we first arrived. We walked through the whole park, and most of the group chose to ride on all of the roller coasters - the scarier the better!  The Teenager also did all of the rides, including the huge California Screaming and I had my heart in my mouth when I saw her trembling as the ride prepared to take off.  But I needn't have worried because when she got off she was exhilarated to have done it! Tall Daughter was happier taking in some of the gentler rides, including the teacups, and meeting a couple of the Disney characters.

Last night we slept the sleep of the dead. After our full day of travelling to get here on Thursday and spending the whole of Friday at Disneyland, by the time we got back to the hotel at 9pm we were so tired we couldn't wait to lie down, and when we did we stayed lying down until 7am this morning. 

Of course, room service made everything better by delivering breakfast this morning: strawberry smoothie, freshly squeezed orange juice, bacon and eggs with fried potatoes, two huge fruit plates, fresh coffee, croissants, toast and jams.  That's the life.

I'm already adjusting to living this fabulous lifestyle.  I may not go home.