Unbeknownst to us, Disney had started taking pictures of each ticket holder at the gate. Not a big deal, except for the fact that the system is faulty and as a result the lines to get into the parks at the beginning of the day were horrible. Despite being forty five minutes early for the rope drop, we only made it in the gates about five minutes prior. Annoying. Especially since they had to take everyone's picture more than once because "the picture didn't save." I think Storey had her picture taken 4 different times.
Here we are (waiting in line....still) in our matching Disney attraction shirts (made with iron ons of the vintage and not so vintage attraction posters that Disney has around the park). Poor Megan, I accidentally ironed hers on upside down. She said she liked it better that way. I have weird/nice sister in laws.
Besides that, we really didn't have to wait in many lines. Partly because we are diligent about getting Fast Passes, partly because it's a slow time of year, and partly because we use the Guest Assistance pass when Fast Pass isn't available. Zak says it's the number one perk of autism. I say that no one else has to do the kind of behind the scenes prep work to make Disney run smoothly (like watching the rides a billion times and rehearsing each moment with Jak), so I have EARNED that pass.
The kids like to help me decide the "first ride at Disneyland!" Because of its location and the non existent line at the beginning of the day, Ariel always wins by default, but the one that we are most excited about (and that I chose to be the real official first ride) is Toy Story Mania. I think everyone in our party is a little obsessed. In fact, we got to have a long conversation with a crew member while she was helping us the last day and we asked for Toy Story Mania insider secrets. It was awesome.
Somehow Kiefer always beats us all, but we have fun trying to get a high score.
After Toy Story Mania, we spent the rest of the day hitting up as many rides as possible and stopping to meet characters. Well, Storey stopped to meet the characters and the rest of us watched/took pictures. Jakson was only interested in meeting the Toy Story characters this year. Whatever.