Cast: Bean(me), 20. Bear(dh), 20. Background: Bear and Bean met in high school and fell in love. Senior year, Bear asked Bean to marry him, and she said yes. Then Bear joined the military. Bean and Bear got married, packed up a truck, and moved from Michigan to Arizona. Bean and Bear have been in AZ for 2 years now. Plot: So, Bear came home from work the other day with little papers in his hand. These papers were given to him by his CO, and were about a special military deal Disneyland was offering. We talked, and made lists, and checked money, and hemmed and hawed in general. I'm a HUGE disney fan...Bear not so much. We've never taken a vacation alone together. Though we've both been to the World several times, niether of us has even been to DLR. We finally decided we're gonna go for it. Booked the kennel for the dog, booked the kennel for us (super 8 disneyland drive) and put in for leave. We're leaving on May 29th, and coming back home on June 1st. Yup, Memorial Day Weekend. I've been told to fear the crowds, but enjoy the weather. I am hopeful. DAY ONE, Friday May 29th, 2009- Got up early. Did a last minute check of our bags. Clothes are all there, sunscreen, camera, phones, laptop and various chargers. Check. Dog has her toy, bowls, and food. Cooler has a few drinks each and some snacks. Bear is dressed and ready, dog is ready, i'm ready...let's go. Get everything in the car and drive the dog to the kennel. It's raining. She's mad. Drop her off, give her goodbye pets, and hit the road. According to google maps, we're in for a 7ish hour drive. We head for the highway. The rain is letting up. I pop open a soda for Bear. WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO DISNEYLAND!!!! I put in the mix cd of Disney songs I made and start getting very excited. We drive. And drive. See some pretty scenery...and some not so pretty. Finally, after driving for what seemed like days, we arrive in Anaheim. Get a little bit turned around on Ball road, but eventually find our hotel. The Super 8 Disneyland Drive is a nice hotel. Not fabulous, but safe and clean and comfy. We check in, and they tell us that, for whatever reason, the price that was quoted on our printout isn't right, it's going to be more. Not a great start. Grumble a little, but pay and bring all our stuff up to the room. Unpack enough to freshen ourselves up a bit, then head back to the car and to the parks! I see the signs...there's Mickey!!!! OMG I'M IN FRIGGIN DISNEYLAND!!!!! Pay to get into the garage, park, head to the tram. Wait for a few minutes, then it comes and we get on. The first thing I see when we stop moving is the World of Disney Store, and I actually started to cry. I'm so excited, and just can't believe we're really here. We go to the counter to turn in our ticket vouchers, then head in. It's about 4:30 PM. We grab a map and start walking down main street. See a giant envelope, decide to go see what THAT's all about. Then we decide we should sit down and actually look at the map and the schedule. We walk over to an empty curb and sit. We see that Celebrate! A Street Party will be starting shorty, and realize we just sat down on a curb, right on main street. we decide we should sit here and keep our fabulous seats. Get entertained by the adorable little girl that sat next to us. Then, the parade starts. THE MUSIC! THE DANCING! THE COLORS! THE DISNEY!!!!! i'm so amped!!! The floats stop and it starts getting energetic. The float stopped right in front of us, with Pinocchio and Geppeto, and a few others. I loved this parade sooooo much, it was a wonderful kickoff to our trip. After the parade is gone and the crowd has dispersed a bit, we decide to go look around, get a feel for the place so that tomorrow can be more productive. We head to Fantasyland. Do the castle walkthru. Get on snow white. Road pretty much all the dark rides, actually. Except peter pan, which was closed and walled off. Walk around everywhere, try on silly hats and realize Bear can rock dreads. Walk around some more, and then run into a wall of people and CM's telling us we have to go another way. Time for the fireworks. We scramble thru the crowd and rush toward the first open space on main street to watch. Get stuck wayyy in the back, and (of course) behind the two tallest people in the park! Watch what we can see of the show, and then Bear starts feeling very sick from having not eaten, practically all day. He gets a burger at the Tomorrowland Terrace so he doesn't die on day one. I listen to the band play. Walk around just a bit more, grab a box of popcorn and head to the room. Upload all the pics from my memory card onto my laptop, then CRASH.