I visited Disneyland all day yesterday. It was my second visit to the park and my girlfriend’s first. We spent the entire day between the two parks.
Every night, there is a fantastic fireworks display. It’s easy to see how Disney can afford to put on this show every night. I don’t want to think about how much money we spent on food, drinks, presents for our families, on top of the tickets. We’re only two people — most families had four or five including young children.
There are some ways we could have saved money, but Disney makes that difficult. For example, we could have brought our own food, but we would have had to eat outside the parks in a special picnic area. We also could have been more prepared; I ended up buying a hat to protect my head from getting sunburned as well as sun block to protect our skin.
The heat also gave me a headache halfway through the day and I purchased two caplets of Advil for $1.08. While that struck us as expensive at the time, later on that evening while shopping for milk, we saw the same packet for $1.50 in a convenience store. I could have guessed I might get a headache some time during the day, and we could have brought already-purchased medicine to take care of that.
On the positive side, my girlfriend did meet her chilhood hero, Donald Duck. She met him about twenty years ago, and (with some coaching) Donald remembered her.