In January, my husband found some great deals on a flight from Salt Lake to Long Beach, so we decided to do something we'd talked about for awhile...take the family to Disneyland! The cheap airline tickets were just the incentive we needed, so we took it! Oh, and the best part? We didn't tell our kids! I seriously felt like a kid on Christmas morning--so much excitement about what lay ahead. (The bonus to the kids not knowing? They didn't ask us 10 million times how long before we left..!)
A few days before our trip, I packed the suitcases and hid them in the garage. Then the night before, my husband put the suitcases in the back of his truck. We told the kids on the morning we were leaving, that Dad had a meeting in Salt Lake right after school and we were going to go down with him, so we were picking them up from school--we wanted them to be somewhat prepared for traveling by bringing a book, a snack or two and a device.
Well, we got in the truck and they didn't even think anything of our little trip. Finally, as we neared the airport, I pulled out my phone to record us telling them, expecting there to be excitement. Well, we told them...and they didn't believe us! Some of the comments...."There's a Disneyland in Utah?" "You're lying to us." "We didn't pack anything, we can't go!". So, that excited reaction I was hoping for never happened, but they finally got excited when we were at the airport at least!
The next morning, we went to Disneyland, full of excitement and happiness! The boys enjoyed it a lot! And though I really had planned to take a lot of fun pictures with my camera, I ended up enjoying the time with my family, taking mostly iPhone shots, and only used my camera occasionally, mostly after dark. And I was trying out my Lensbaby lenses for most of the time, taking my people shots with my phone, and experimenting with my camera. I wish I'd taken more "real" shots with my camera, but oh well, I enjoyed being present...because it may be awhile before we do Disney again.
On our 2nd day, we went to the California Adventure part of Disney. My boys really loved Cars Land and the roller coaster. I think the Cars Racing may be my favorite ride ever! I only took my camera out a little bit in the day, most of it was in the evening--the lights were just magical! I even practiced some in-camera double exposures! (Be warned, these are not spectacular images...mostly just for fun ones.)
We split our last day of parks, hitting our favorite rides in California Adventure first, then around 11 we headed to Disneyland for the rest of the day. We got to see the fireworks and enjoyed our favorite rides again! I didn't even pull my camera out until the end of the day...after dark again. I feel bad now that I didn't use it more. And I mostly used my Lensbaby or did multiple exposures...so yes, more experimenting with my camera...which did make for some fun pictures, but definitely not normal!
Our Disney experience was a lot of fun! The boys enjoyed it more than they thought they would...and they were so glad that we're not liars! ;)
My friend, Anna, took her four kids to Disney World just a couple of weeks before we went. It's kind of fun seeing the differences, yet the almost same experience we had as her kids are close in age to mine. Click on over to see Anna's blog, who is a Topsail Beach Candid Childhood Photographer in North Carolina.