lol, Great trip report.
Your daughter appears to be a fine writer, although her prize winning story was a tad bit on the depressing side for early on a bright Saturday morning! ;) Her mystery story about the Diamond Doll was a lot of fun though! Tell her to keep up the excellent work!
Did your daughter get anything else because it was her birthday? Like free fastpasses or something?
I am also suprised that Disneyland has blackout dates for its Season Pass holders. To me that sound extremly odd since WDW and Great America (the ones that my brothers have) do not.
The other thing that struck me is your dislike for Indy. I really wouldn't compare it to Spiderman, but rather, Dinosaur at AK. Still, I am a bigger fan of Dinosaur. Indy invented the technology, Dinosaur made it better!
I love the pictures. I'm looking forward to the upcoming trips.
Looks like the B'day girl inherited her Dad's skill with the word, pretty good prize. I am waiting for the blockout to lift to return to DL.
Have a great trip, and I will be looking forward to the reports.
Disneyland has four levels of Annual Passes, not just one. I bought the cheapest level, which is blocked out all weekends, holidays and weekdays in summer. (I bought it to do the Tuesday park visit reports during the off season.) The upgrade the to second level adds Sundays during the school year.
As for Dinosaur, I'm not a big fan of that ride, either, though my biggest problem with it at the time I rode was the light level, which made seeing anything difficult. The story there made more sense, though I preferred the old "Countdown to Extinction" name.
Actually, I think you are wrong about Natalie. She's a far, far better writer than I ever will be. She took what she got from her mother and me, and amplified it.
If she got the best of both worlds, should we be looking out for a future songstress? Having adult kids of my own, it is great when they outdo the parents and leave them in the dust.
I miss roadtrips!
Please, someone, make this happen! That would be an uniquely awesome attraction.
On the topic of Natalie, her favorite musical instrument is the iPod. Neither of the kids has any desire to listen to, much less play, the violin, much to Mom's chagrin.
Completely agree with your Indy criticisms. It was very underwhelming and overhyped.