So, after the bellman came and got our luggage at the hotel, we took the Monorail back into the park for one last grasp at magic. Because we stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, we rode on the Monorail more times on this visit than I can ever remember. It is very accessible from the wheelchair as they pull out a ramp and clear out one section by folding up some seats. Very ADA friendly! The girls also loved it. They each had their own seat by a window. One watched the California Adventure side and one watched the Disneyland side. This reversed on the return trips!
We hadn't had breakfast yet, and since we had already eaten at the Carnation Cafe a couple of times this trip, we decided to eat at the River Belle Terrace. We shared Mickey pancakes and scrambled eggs. All the while, I was looking at my watch trying to compute how long it would be if we left and had to stop by Oceanside for an hour or two. As it turned out, the girls had not yet ridden on the Mark Twain (or the "Big White Boat" as they call it) with us yet. The day had not heated up too much yet, so we all decided to make a trip around the Rivers of America our last ride of the trip. For me, it was very fitting because it is my favorite ride these days.
But, as always, the sadness of leaving Disneyland ultimately sets in. As I mentioned before, I always leave wanting one more day. Some of that feeling is because I just don't want to leave this speciall world within the real world where we go to escape and enjoy the magic, nostalgia, thrills, and spectacle that was Walt's dream. But part of that feeling is because I usually begin to realize all the things I thought I wanted to do this trip but did not. You would think that with 5+ days, one could do everything one would want to. I suppose with military-like precision and planning, we could have done much more. I know Disney fans that approach their visits this way and recognize the trade off for me. Linda and I favor a leisurely, go-with-the-flow approach. There is less stress this way. And besides, why get all that disappointed about what you did not get to do? Just start planning your next trip!
Below is a list of the rides or attractions we wanted to do but could not seem to find the time on this trip. This will now become the list we will prioritize on our next visit.
World of Color
Soarin' Over California
Disney Animation (Stu & Linda)
Space Mountain (Linda)
Autopia (for the girls)
Fireworks (in sight of Tinkerbell. We saw them from our seats at Fantasmic!))
Hollywood Tower of Terror (Linda)
Toy Story (w/the girls - height?)
Sun Wheel (w/the girls)
Disney Jr Show (w/the girls)
King Tritons Carousel (w/the girls)
On our way home, we did get a chance to visit with my Mom and sister Jenny and the girls and Linda did get to put their toes in the Pacific. They are really good little travelers. With the help of Amy's DVD player with two screens which face the rear seats, we got them home very late but with very little fuss. They made it to preschool the next day, Addy's first day of school. Now we can get back to normal. Until next time ...