Disneyland without my SLR Camera

I post about Disneyland a ton, only because we have Season Passes and go there rather frequently. We’ve learned how to streamline our little day trips by eating before we go, and getting there at the right time.  For the next few months, I will have a few days off in common with Angry Husband.  For childcare reasons, we’ve always alternated our schedules to be able to take care of Angry Kid.  A few weeks ago, we took a little day trip to Disneyland, which is about fifteen minutes away from our house.

I’m using carrying a big bulky purse with snacks, odds and ends, plus my Digital SLR camera.  I’m that crazy photo girl who lugs around her big SLR just in case the perfect shot comes along.  I decided to ditch my SLR for the day, and only take my iPhone as a camera.  I also took about my Season Pass and handed it to my husband.  I was hands free with no purse, or baggage to carry.

We stopped at the entrance of the park for a photo opp with the Disney Photo Pass folks. Angry Husband HATES having his photo taken. But I somehow forced him into a photo.  They took about five photos and this was the best one.  It was worth the $14.95 for the download, because we RARELY take family photos. I may have edited it a little, to match the photos below.  I gave it a vintage feel.

The Family at Disneyland in January of 2011

Upon entering the park, we walked down Main St.  And the end of Main St. is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  At Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland in California, it is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  At Walt Disney World (Magic Kingdom) and Tokyo Disneyland, it is called Cinderella’s Castle. Just a little trivia for you Disney fanatics.  And I’m not quite sure how everyone gets such great pictures of the castle, because there are always a million people there trying to get pictures.  I usually end up cropping out the people in the photos, like I did here.

A photo of the castle @Disneyland from a few weeks ago.

My son loves going on The Jungle Cruise so we headed for Adventureland for our first ride of the day.  It is always entertaining to see what Tour Guide we are going to get on The Jungle Cruise.  On this day, we had an older gentleman, and wow, he was full of one-liners.  He was HILARIOUS.  You would think that my son has never been here, because every time we go, he sees something new.
Time for The Jungle Cruise.

After leaving The Jungle Cruise, we headed over to Indiana Jones. My son is not quite tall enough for the ride, but he goes over there to check his height every time.  He is about two inches too short.  I told him that he will probably be tall enough when he’s around seven or eight, but he still checks every time.  We wandered around and ended up on the Winnie the Poo ride which is soo silly but my son loves it.

We eventually headed over to Autopia, but I couldn’t help but take a picture of Matterhorn Mountain when I walked by.  I love all of these amazing structures that they have built at Disneyland.

The Matterhorn

My son loves driving the cars around Autopia.  He chose to ride with my husband AGAIN.  Which was fine because I could take in the scenery and drive how I want to.  It was a perfect day at Disneyland.  And I loved just being able to take photos with my iPhone.  I love my SLR but it can get quite heavy when you are lugging it around all day.

Tomorrowland

At the end of the day, which was only a few hours, my husband and I reflected upon this trip to Disneyland.  It was our first time without the stroller as a family. My son usually gets very lazy, and wants to take our jogging stroller, which can hold up to a 100 lbs.  I took the stroller out of my car a few months ago.  We told Angry Kid that he is a big boy and that he has to walk around Disneyland now.  If he gets tired, we will stop and rest, or get a drink.  Wow, seriously amazing, how much faster we got around the park.  I never realized how much it is a pain to get around things with a stroller.  But I sometimes miss that stroller to toss things into. And because I took my iPhone, I didn’t have any photos to download or edit later.  I was able to use my Instagram app on my iPhone to share the photos along the way on my Twitter account, Facebook, and Flickr.

9 comments
Jess
Jess

I love this "hands free" trip to Disneyland! When I'm a local, I'll be less inclined to snap a picture every. five. seconds.

Lisa Stein
Lisa Stein

iphone rules! So easy, and great pictures! The instagram feel goes perfect with retro 50s disney! Funny, that's like your membership children's museum! :-) I gave up on dragging the SLR, downsized to the point and shoot, and now go combat often with iphone!

T
T

hmmm... and now I need to know - exactly how tall IS tall enough for that ride... I've got a shorty cutie patootie 6 year old (who looks about 4) that will throw a FIT if she's not tall enough (even though she isn't likely to actually GO on anything scary) and I want to know what I'm in for when we finally get out there...

Making It Work Mom
Making It Work Mom

Wow! What a milestone Disney with no stroller. Impressive Angry Kid Impressive. We love WDW, but have never been to Disneyland. And I lug my SLR all around the park, but it is so worth it for the great pictures when we get home. Love the family pic, absolutely worth the $14.95

Kriste
Kriste

Very nice pics. I've never been to DL or DW and enjoyed seeing all the pics.

Bridget
Bridget

Looks like a great day! Congrats on your first stroller free day at Disney! Isn't it amazing what a difference that makes? Loved your pics, I lived in Orange County for a few years growing up and went to DL all the time. Now (only b/c it's closer) our family vacations have led us to Florida's DW. Seeing that Matterhorn sure brings back memories!

Melissa
Melissa

I love the family photo and I love the Instagram pictures! I was thinking of taking an SLR in March to Disney World but don't know if I want to lug it around!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

We've never been to WDW, but we will plan for a trip someday. We try and go to Disneyland at least once every few weeks or so.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thanks! I would take your SLR with you. It is a pain to lug around but there are so many great moments that you will be able to capture at WDW. We go to Disneyland like once a week. I have a ton of photos of the rides, and scenary.