This year we decided, for the first time as a family, to spend Christmas away from home.
Maybe because we had some nostalgia for bringing Riley to Disneyland during the holidays before, we thought it a good idea to go there again this year. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been there, and we’ve never been there Christmas Day.
If you’ve never been to Disneyland for the holidays, it’s unique. Around 9 PM every night, “snow” falls from the sky to the strains of “When You Wish Upon a Star.” While this sounds unbelievably cheesy, it’s a bit of magic. Seeing a child react to this moment brings out innocence, hope, love, family and all that is good in the world. What can I say, I teared up the first couple of years it happened.
With our son being 15, we thought, “this might be the last chance” for another shot of Disney magic.
I researched the Disney insider site “Touring Plans” that maintains a historical attendance database to learn that Christmas Day is NOT the busiest day of the holidays.
So we went for it.
And guess what? We had a great time!
But we did learn a few things.
When we told people we were going to Disneyland for Christmas, a typical reaction was, “Wow, that’s going to be SO CROWDED!”
In the future, can you just say, “Wow, you’re a real idiot, aren’t you!” Which, if you don’t know, is how that comment comes across. A better reply, “Sounds great! Have a wonderful time!”
No worries, we’re not offended. Plus, I’ve made those types of ridiculous comments for decades.
It turns out that Disney does a pretty good job with crowds. Imagine that? With the new MaxPass app we were able to go on everything we wanted to with very little waiting.
The MaxPass was another $10 per person, per day. In the land of the $5.00 bottle of Diet Coke, well worth it.
The big lesson learned this year was this: Henceforth, we shall spend all coming Christmas holidays at home!
Home is the place to be, at least for us, on Christmas.