Disneyland has become a negotiating chip in our family. The kids agree to go on my hiking adventures and I agree to take them to amusement parks in return. That, coupled with the fact we felt like we should show Lara a good time, compelled us to spend spring break in SoCal at Disneyland and Universal Studios. 

The drive down was rather uneventful. We broke the trip up by spending one night in St. George on a Saturday night. The next morning we did a walk around St. George Temple before embarking on the final drive to Anaheim.


During breakfast on Monday, which our children love because we allow them to have sugar cereal, we prioritized the day. We identified our top 6 rides and how we could hit them in the most efficient way possible. Despite the fact that the park was crazy busy, our mission was accomplished by 1:00 in the afternoon. It was fantastic! I think the family’s favorite rides were Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Indiana Jones. 


We were pretty dang tired by the afternoon and headed back to the hotel for some relaxing by the pool. It was great to recover before we enjoyed a great family dinner together at the Sheraton restaraunt. We were so hungry we all over ate and after dinner we waddled our way back to the park for a few more rides and the electric parade. By the time our heads hit the pillow that night, we were toasted and ready for sleep before we hit California Adventure the next day.

I awoke at 4:30 in the morning to drive to the base of the Angeles Crest to ride up Mount Baldy on my road bike. I’m training for Leadville and had to keep training. For the record, it was an awesome ride, but almost any canyon ride in Utah is better than Mount Baldy. That said, this ride was steep! There were long stretches of 9-12% grades that almost did me in. 


While I was riding, the Melissa and the kids were enjoying California Screaming and Soarin’ Around the World. The kids had a blast and I could feel their enthusiasm as they told me all about it. We caught up around 11:00, just in time for us to go on The Grizzly River Run as a family.

After another afternoon recovering at the hotel, we went back to the park for the new Cars ride, which didn’t disappoint. Everyone loved it! They did a pretty good job replicating a microcosm of the Utah landscape. However, I think everyone agreed that the highlight of the day was The World of Color water and lights show. It was truly spectacular and I think I’m a pretty hard sell. My expectations weren’t that high, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.