with disneyland closed for over a year due to the 'rona, the old lady and i had talked about how we weren't really sure when we'd be ready to return even after they were finally given the all-clear to open safely. the thought of being in those large crowds, even outside...ugh.
yeah, that didn't last long. they reopened on april 30th - and we bought tickets and reserved for two weeks later. and because there are no more annual passes and we were paying for day tickets, we ended up buying two-day passes because the price difference was so minimal it seemed silly not to. and then because we'd heard that there were no trams running between the parking structure and the main gate, we decided to make a whole trip out of it and booked the best western across the street from one of the pedestrian entrances to the resort.
except that the joke was on us, because when we checked into the hotel the desk clerk told me that we were only allowed to park there till 3:00 the next day and there was no option to pay extra to leave the car there. so annoying. but i'd seen that there was another hotel offering parking for non-guests and it happened to be just a few doors down from where we were staying. it was first-come, first-served and rumor had it that the lot was usually completely full by 7:30. so the old lady and i decided to get up crazy early - like at 6am - so that we could move the car and secure parking for the day.
by the time we got back to our hotel, the bean was already up and ready to go. we stopped in to check out the hotel's free breakfast situation, but all they had to offer was a pile of pre-packaged danishes, cups of oatmeal and cold cereal. we ended up at denny's instead, and then we headed across the street to start our journey "home."
it was a chilly, drizzly day - but we weren't complaining. so much better than heat, right?