“Mom, mom! Do you know this is the place where dreams come true?” , my five year old asked me as we walked in the gates of Disney’s California Adventure.
“So I’ve heard, Jared” I responded. I had to laugh, because Disneyland has not always been the place where my dreams came true. I have plenty of fond recollections of tantrums, soggy shoes, long lines, and rude crowds. Still, just for this evening I did have a dream. I was dreaming for a perfect birthday visit for Jared’s fifth birthday.
Since Jared’s birthday fell on a school day our time was limited. We arrived at about 3:30 p.m. I stopped by the ticket booth and picked up Jared’s birthday fun card worth around $60. (Since we are members we received the cost of admission in Disney cash for Jared’s birthday visit.)
Jared chose a light up Buzz Light Year as his birthday present. This simple toy turned out to be a perfect way to keep Jared occupied in line.
It was a short visit, but we had a delicious dinner at California Adventure and hit most of the roller coasters appropriate for the 5-10 set. Jared was so excited to finally be old enough to ride the Indiana Jones ride! The Nightmare before Chrismas was also a highlight of the evening.
We used our $60 gift card to purchase some matching Micky Santa hats that will keep our heads warm and merry all season long!
Happy Holidays from the Smith Family to your family. I hope that all your holiday travels are merry and stress free (ha ha). I’m busy planning a pre Christmas trek to Lake Tahoe. Outfitting three San Diego kids for skiing can be rather expensive-I highly recommend Play It Again Sports.
If you would like to start the new year off with a visit to Legoland including a stay at the lovely Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, please check out the Family Adventure contribution to Passports With Purpose here.