April 12th, 2009


We're back!

Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it, and happy spring and bunnies and chocolate to everyone else!

We got back late on Friday night, and have been unpacking and tidying up ever since. I've even caught up with my f-list now! Luckily, most of you were on vacation too. ;)

The kids had a wonderful time at Disneyland, as always, though it's hard to watch a little of the magic slip away as they get older (especially for Lauren, as a 'tween, who wants to be "above it all" when it comes to the younger kids' rides). We went on almost everything at least once, and most of our favorites twice or more. Space Mountain is back to being the ride it used to be, and the kids loved it—a big improvement over the Red Hot Chili Peppers version two years ago, which was more like a mine-shaft ride than the original space theme.

It was a very hard trip for HalfshellHusband. We didn't get a diagnosis for his leg problem (which means no treatment either), and the person running the desk at Disney's City Hall said that they'd changed their policy on handicapped/disabled access, and were no longer issuing passes. I think she was wrong—I saw a couple of people using them later. Her advice was to rent a wheelchair and go with that, but he didn't want to do it and I wasn't about to push him. It's a thorny situation: it hurts him to stand OR sit for long periods of time, as well as to walk (this was true even when the problem was just the massively arthritic hip). So he doesn't want to get trapped in long lines or in a chair, because both of them become excruciating.

Basically, he spent the trip popping pain-killers ala Gregory House and sitting out some of the rides when he'd had enough of standing. Meanwhile (and this is aggravating), we saw tons of malingerers in wheelchairs—mostly teenagers, but in one case also a couple of families traveling together where at one point the able-bodied tween traded places in the chair with the able-bodied mother. When people dishonor the policy, it just makes it worse for those who really need it.

If "ultra-tall" canes were easier to come by, he might have one of those by now and that might help things. Though he wants one with flames painted on it. ;)

My feet and back went south every day we were there. Lines are bad for me too, and judging from the number of people I chatted with on the bus and at the park who also had back/foot problems... Disney really needs to install more benches. Even when you're not in line, there often is no place to sit.

Luckily, we didn't get rained on, despite multiple days of weather warnings (though it rained at home and we missed it—mwah-ha-ha-ha!). The place was crowded though—much more than usual. I suspect it's the economy, and that people who used to go to Hawaii or Mexico for Spring Break decided on a less-expensive vacation this year. Who knows? This IS our expensive vacation!

There were SO many cute little kids wandering around (HSH saw a pair in full bee suits at one point). Part of what's fun about Disneyland is the tiny visitors, even when your own aren't tiny anymore...