Most parents I know share our view that a visit to Disneyland is a necessary evil, conjuring a love/hate relationship worthy of the best Ursula the Sea Witch impersonation. Don’t get me wrong – our family LOVES to visit Disneyland. It’s just that the whole experience is so damn expensive!
Since the girls were born, we’ve been to Disneyland about eleventy-hundred times and met each princess at least four dozen times each.
Read more about the parental yin and yang of what we have come to call The Disneyland Rites of Passage in my recent column for San Diego Magazine: A Family Afar: The Priciest Place on Earth. Ask any parent and they’ll agree that it’s a pilgrimage we must undertake (and really not very painful except for when the bill comes).
But those memories of our girls’ broad smiles as they met their favorite Disney princess for the first time? Priceless.