Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Grandma Camp: Lagoon
For several years now, my mom has been trying, with no success, to convince us all to go to Lagoon with her. We haven't done, using young kids, the hot summer, and general disdain for the place as our reasons for not going. This year though, the kids are finally really big enough to go on nearly all the rides, walk instead of be carried or strollered around, and so we all relented.
July 13 was the day for Lagoon. Grandpa Karl opted out, he's allowed to do that sort of thing, but Ross and James came with us and it was a lot of fun. It was also extra great that Ross came because, you see, he enjoys riding rides. I do not enjoy riding rides, instead opting for food and people observation, and perfecting my pack mule skills. I am an excellent pack mule.
As soon as we arrived we headed to kiddie land. Now, I haven't been to lagoon since I was 15 years old. As Elliott did that math last night, he realized that I haven't been 15 for a very long time. Lagoon was nothing like I remembered it to be. It was clean and fun. They have a really fantastic kids ride section, all new, and the kids had a great time.
We arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and after about an hour of kids rides, Ross, James, Elliott and Wyatt headed out to ride the roller coasters while the rest of us stayed in kiddie land to drive cars and fly helicopters and ride in boats. After a little while Ross called to say that they were bringing Wyatt back to us. Ross coaxed him onto two wild rides and he'd had enough. When his dad left, and Wyatt was with the women folk, he told us that the old white roller coaster was, "TERRIFYING!" The kid rode Space Mountain at Disneyland when he was 4, but he's gotten much smarter now.
We rode the train. We rode Tidal Wave as a whole family. Quinn wasn't a fan. In fact, it took Quinn about an hour before he was brave enough to ride anything, but once he figured out he was safe, he even let some of the kids who ran the rides help him in and out of rides. That was a big move for mister stranger danger.
We ate dinner in Pioneer Village at the end of the night and then it was time for the wet rides. No one really got wet on the old log flume, but they got drenched on Rattle Snake Rapids. Completely soaking wet. The big boys wanted to go again (Haley, Molly, Quinn, my Mom and I opted out of the super wet stuff) but their dad was too wet and said no. I did bring dry shorts for them to put on for the ride home, good thing too, because when we finally left, they were still pretty wet.
I was really impressed with Lagoon. It's small enough that you don't die running from one end of the park to the other, and we lucked out and happened to be there on a day that it just wasn't crowded. I imagine that there are days when the lines are Disney lines, but yesterday, we just walked on to everything.
The kids were all super good. Jack is a daredevil and wants to ride everything and he took good care of his twinner, Quinner, who is afraid of air. They held hands and jabbered and giggled and crashed bumper cars into each other. I hope that they are always best good friends.
I'm glad we went. I'm glad that I have such a fantastic mom, who is the best grandma out there, doing wonderful and fun things with her grand kids to give them experiences!
And, they had dole whip. We ate dinner at an Arby's inside the park, but they had dole whip. And, it was delicious.