Our first Day at Disneyland

Trip Start Feb 26, 2008
Trip End Mar 13, 2008

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

We have arrived to the land of "Would you like fries, fat and cheese with that"?
Tuesday 26th
We come through customs and proceed to the shuttle pick up area.  Never really sure if we are in the right spot.  We are waiting for the Disney Express Shuttle and thankfully have timed it beautifully with our flight and only have 15 minutes to wait.
The weather is beautiful and is a perfect day of about 23 degrees.  We arrive to our hotel, after about 40 minutes.  We proceed to check in and as it is 9.30am our room is not available.  Not what I wanted to hear after a 14 hour flight expected.
Disneyland has just opened so we have little choice but to head over there after we store our bags with the hotel.
Our hotel is a matter of minutes from the entry to Disney and we are there in no time.  When we first make it to the entry, I can't believe the crowds lined up at the gates but everything moves quickly and we are in in a matter of minutes.  As we get past the gates, I take one look at the entry and burst into tears. I am here after over 35 or so years of dreaming as a little girl, snuggled into her jammies on a Sunday night, watching The World of Disney on TV and wishing with all my might that I could be one of those kids whizzing around on the teacups and saucers.  Well this little kid has made it finally...........
We go under the bridge and pop out facing the castle, again my eyes well up and Drew takes one look at me and gives me a cuddle, he knows what this moment meant to me.  This theme happens many times throughout the day, so he gets used to me blubbering pretty quickly.
We don't have a map and are totally lost, so we start to wander and head onto each ride as they come.  The wait time is next to nothing and we soon discover that the park is really crowded at all.
We go on one ride and as we come out of the building, who is standing off to the side?  Why it's Mickey and Minnie and there is only one little girl getting her picture taken.  I squeal with delight and grab Andrew and race over.  I cuddle into Mickey and Minnie and after the photo I am crying again.  Ok, no full on bawling, just teary.
Our day is spent with going on nearly all of the rides and grabbing a bite to eat  in between.  Now talking about food, here goes.  Firstly can I just say, all of my friends and loved ones know that I am carrying a little too much weight to what I am normally like but in this great land, I am skinny. The amount of overweight people here is amazing and when you see the food you soon understand that these people don't have a chance.  Everything is so greasy, fried and a huge portion.  We bought a Corn Dog (a hot dog on a stick, that has been deep fried in a cornmeal batter) and you have to buy chips with it.  You can not purchase it as a corndog on its own, but you have to add extra greasy food to the already heart stopping calorie content.
We have found every meal to be like this.  We have now been here for over 24 hours and I am yet to find anything we consider normal on the menu.  We actually went to MacDonalds for dinner tonight as I feel it is the most reasonable portioned and least greasy food that we have been able to find.
Our day at Disney was enjoyable.  We came back to our hotel at about 2.30pm as we were starting to tire and thankfully our room was ready.  We raced up and I had a well deserved shower, whilst Drew promptly fell asleep.
After our nanna nap we headed back to Disney until it closed and then struggle with our body clocks and tried to get a good night's sleep.
Tomorrow off to Universal Studios.
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