The Happiest Place on Earth

When I visited Palm Springs last month, I realized how much I missed it. I decided that I needed to make more of an effort to visit my dad more often so early Friday morning, J and I flew down for a long weekend. And it was one of my best ideas yet. J also decided that because we were going to be in Palm Springs, that we should take a trip to Disneyland to see the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge attraction. Like an idiot, I agreed to go to Disneyland for the day and convinced my dad to go with us.

First, I like Star Wars, but I’m not a crazy fan. Second, I don’t really enjoy being around kids for very long. Long story, short, I was really questioning my sanity yesterday morning at 5:30 am when we left Palm Springs. We got to Disneyland at around 7:15 am…along with millions of other idiots. I tried to take some selfies with my dad before he hated me for begging him to come along.

J likes to take candid photos of me and send them to me later. Most of the time, I look like I’m a miserable, raging b*tch, so I liked getting the one above. He also took this one of my dad and me, and it’s one of my favorites ever:

Anyway, we got to Disneyland and immediately set off for Star Wars. Again, with everyone else in the f*cking galaxy and every stroller in North America. The “attraction” was very cool and better than I thought it would be. And for someone who hasn’t really paid attention to the last five or six Star Wars movies, I still recognized most things, which was fun!

We waited in line for about 45 minutes to go on the Star Wars ride, which wasn’t bad. There was a lot to look at and I was reminded how impressive the line system is at Disneyland. They manage to keep you entertained (or thinking that you’re almost there!) and wind you around and around. I’m always amazed. I was afraid that it was going to be a ride that I didn’t like. And I was right. It’s a ride where you sit in a room and the room moves, but you don’t go anywhere. It basically gives me vertigo in about three seconds and I want to throw up. The premise of the ride is that you are part of the group that is piloting the Millennium Falcon. There are two pilots, two gunners, and two engineers. The engineers don’t do anything. The gunners shoot at stuff by pressing buttons and the pilots just crash into everything. My dad and J were pilots and they crashed into everything. I just sat there with my eyes closed and pressed the shooting buttons. And yes, I still felt like throwing up at the end of it.

After that nightmare ended, we went outside and got some Disney photos taken in front of the Millennium Falcon. We bought the MaxPass ticket so all the photos were included and I think that was worth it! I got some great pictures with my dad and J. And the photographers had you do some poses that made you feel like idiots supermodels so that was fun, too.

As we were on our way out, we saw one of my favorite Star Wars characters:

After Star Wars, we used our MaxPass to go on Space Mountain and Splash Mountain (my dad and I got drenched from head to toe…my socks were still wet when we got home). We waited in regular lines for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Pirates of the Caribbean. When we got to the Matterhorn, we saw the single riders line and decided to try it out. We walked right up to the front and got on the ride together! It was awesome. We tried the single riders line again at Indiana Jones and my dad and I rode together and J went separately. Not too bad and it saved us about two hours of standing in line!

Once we finished the rides and had walked about 15,000 steps, we were done. We stopped at Cinderella’s Castle for another Disney photo shoot:

We had a really good time! We got back to Palm Springs around 7:00 pm last night and have done absolutely nothing today. It’s been great. I head back to real life tomorrow, but I’ll be back to Palm Springs soon.

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