Notes from the Porch: the second week of california- michelle's visit - part two

May 14, 2013

Thank you for all of your prayers for the MOHS surgery yesterday. The Lord's presence was very strong and I look forward to sharing more with you in the next couple of days. Tonight as I am writing this and not feeling so wonderful it was such a fun thing to relive a very special time at Disneyland last Saturday. As I shared in yesterday's post Michelle and I had a ton of fun and relaxation on Friday. Saturday morning, as I mentioned before, was spent at Disneyland due to the sweet generosity of a friend.
I have to admit that I was very surprised at the vast differences between Disneyland and Disneyworld. I had been to Disneyland when I was in 8th grade but had forgotten how truly different the two parks are. (Now granted we only spent time in 1/5 of the park due to my energy levels but still there are lots of differences in the two parks!)

One of the first differences that I noticed was the size of the Disneyland castle is much smaller than Cinderella's castle in  Disneyworld. Despite this it is so quaint and the park had such an old-fashioned feel that I quickly fell in love with Disneyland.
The park was laid out where things were much closer together than at Disneyworld which for those of us with limited energy is a blessing! One of the other things that I noticed was that Disneyland's rides were similar to Disneyworld but they were much much longer. For example the Peter Pan ride (always a favorite *smiles*) was close to 6 minutes long at Disneyland while it was only approximately 2 minutes in Disneyworld. It was a delight to sail into Neverland for such a long time in Disneyland!
We also experienced Snow White, Pinocchio, and Sleeping Beauty's rides before heading over to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. While Disneyworld no longer has this ride I am so happy that Disneyland still does! It is just such a fun and classic ride. Both Michelle and I had such a delightful time laughing through this ride!{One of the many blessings of the day was that the longest we had to wait in line was 20 minutes! The lines were incredibly short! Such a blessing!}
Another difference between Disneyland and Disneyworld was the ride "It's a Small World" and yes, it was longer at Disneyland too. Who knew that it could possibly be longer? *smiles*
Michelle and I got a kick out of this sign and giggled as it looks like the adult is falling out of the small world boat - not the child!
After we rode a few rides we ate the most delicious lunch surrounded by beautiful flowers. {And yes, this was the meal where I discovered my intense love for fish tacos! *giggles*} I am convinced that even if I lived in California full-time I would never get used to all of the beautiful flowers!
After lunch we rode the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and were surprised with the major difference between the ride in Disneyland and the ride in Disneyworld. While Disneyworld's ride is wonderful, the ride at Disneyland is exceptionally long with two flume ride drops. We were not expecting either of them and yes, we did get wet!! hahaha
 As we left the park we saw a few minutes of the Disneyland parade which was adorable.
To those of you that made our trip to Disneyland possible I want to say a heartfelt thank you. While it may look like we didn't get to "do alot" our time at Disneyland was filled with tons of laughter and the perfect medicine of forgetting that I was sick for several hours. Thank you so much for your generosity and for thinking of something so incredibly special.

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