Last week, I got an email from Heidi asking me about Sunday’s schedule. When I replied that it was pretty open, she asked if I wanted to go to Disneyland. For FREE. Um, yes please! So, my last morning at camp was a casual one. I had some breakfast, packed my bags and said good-bye.
Then it was time to hit the road back to civilization. I made it back to Burbank with time to spare and got to say hi to Tom and the girls. Naturally, we weren’t telling them our destination because they’d have been crushed, so we tried to keep our exit casual. We were meeting some of Heidi’s mom friends, one of whom was the wife of an employee and was able to get us in for free if we were all there at the same time. Heidi and I grabbed a quick lunch and then met them at the entrance. Everyone was really nice and we headed into the park.
I’d never had a chance to ride Splash Mountain, so I was happy that it was open. We’d initially planned to just grab a FastPass, but the time to come back was between 4:30 and 5:30 and that seemed a little late for a ride where we might get wet (caution: foreshadowing). So, we opted to wait in the hour-long line:
The time passed quickly and it gave me a chance to chat with Heidi’s friends. The ride was fun, but we ended up getting SOAKED. Heidi and I were in the front of the car and got hit by two different waves. I think we’re screaming in this picture more in fear of the drenching we were about to receive:
We then rode the Matterhorn which is one of my favorite rides and hit a few other favorites. It’s strange to go to the park and not be trying to maximize our time and hit as many things as possible. But that’s the difference of getting in for free vs. paying a lot of money for a ticket. Then it started to get to be dinner time and we headed over to California Adventure, which serves alcohol (the Mouse does not.) These moms don’t mess around…
I’d also never been to California Adventure:
We finished the ride as the firework show was starting and all of us were getting pretty tired. Heidi and I bid the other ladies farewell and hit up the Disney store on the way out. We had a good time trying on silly hats and looking at souvenirs:
But then it was time to head home. I had an early flight in the morning. Guess it’s time to return to reality. So many thanks to Heidi for inviting me along. It was the perfect end to a wonderful vacation.