Unless you really want to know about our personal history of Von Rolls, I suggest skipping this post. I’m writing this more so I can bring it up at #1′s wedding later in life.
The day I had been waiting for since I first found out I was knocked up finally happened — I finally took my children to Disneyland for the first time. Going to Disneyland was a big deal because I have so many memories, both great and weird, of going to Disneyland. There was Grad Night in high school with my two bestest friends. There was that one time I went with my boyfriend and decided that I could most likely marry the guy (which I eventually did). There’s also a vague memory of my mother screaming in horror at the Haunted Mansion — or was that me? But overall, REALLY good times. I’m not one of those freaky Disney people, but I sure do love Disneyland.
I decided to wait to take my boys because I wanted them to really enjoy the experience. Also, there was a slight problem with an attraction that is no longer available. As you may or may not know, #1 is weirdly obsessed with Von Roll Type 101 Skyrides. He’s been into these things since before his third birthday (I know this because his third birthday was Von Roll Skyride-themed — try shopping for that at Party City). Anyway, at some point, he came across a YouTube video of Disneyland featuring the now-gone Disneyland Skyway. I kept trying to tell him the ride wasn’t there anymore but he didn’t believe me. Now you have to understand why this is a big deal.
We are fortunate enough to live in a Von Roll Type 101 skyride paradise. We have the zoo AND Sea World, which both feature world-class skyrides. We used to have zoo passes but we let them go because on our last trip, #1 had the CRAZIEST meltdown all because I wanted to go look at the polar bears and he just wanted to ride on the skyride. I felt it was such a waste to have access the THE WORLD FAMOUS zoo and all the kid would want to do is stare up into the sky and watch the skyride. This was right around the worst part of the recession for us so we ended up finding a parking area where you could see the skyride without having to actually go into the zoo, saving us a pretty penny. (Now, we’re seasoned and we know where you can watch the Sea World skyride without going in there also.)
Anyway, the last thing I wanted for our first Disneyland trip was a meltdown because there was no skyride. I had to wait for the kid to mature and to believe me when I told him the Disneyland Skyway is GONE, PAL. It took a few years to convince him, but he finally got there. When we got to Disneyland, he saw the Matterhorn and said, “But there’s no skyride. It’s gone now.” Very as a matter of fact. I think he was secretly hoping I had been mistaken, but he took it well. My little skyrider is all grown up.
BTW, he found most of the rides at Disneyland to be pretty terrifying. Right now his worst fears include volcanos, lava, fire, and loud noises. It’s amazing — he pretty much got all of that at Disneyland. But we still had a great time, and I can’t wait to take the family again. In 6-8 years.