Amusement Park Madness, Or is it?


Has the question ever crossed your mind, should I take the kids to an amusement park? Or do you second guess that thought? Is it going to be fun for me? The kids will love it though. These questions cross my mind all the time. Having a family of six, you can’t help but to wonder about these questions all the time your kid wants to go somewhere fun. The real part comes when you start thinking will I have fun at these places?

Growing up in sunny Southern California, I had readily access to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Magic Mountain to name a few. I can say I lived in Disneyland as a kid. It was so affordable for my mom to take me. Growing up in a single parent home, my mom tried to always make sure she gave me some of the experiences I really wanted.

As a mother myself now, I find myself doing what the core of every parent does for their child/ren, give them what you didn’t have and more.

I will not lie to you, I LOVE Disneyland. I really do. It brings me a nostalgia from my childhood. I have taken my children to Disneyland. However, I don’t take them as frequent as I used to go. I know some parents that have annual passes for their self and their children. I am not on that boat. I will say I don’t want to be on that boat. LoL.

A family of six for annual passes at Disneyland, is not worth the money in my book. Especially, since I have a relative that blesses the children with passes every once in a while.

Honestly, I can’t deal with the hectic crowd Disney now attracts. It drives me crazy. I worry about my children getting lost, everyone staying together. In the huge crowd it entices the emotion you get. My kids complain for the long wait times. Even with the fast past, my kids are impatient at amusement parks. Who can blame them. We make it an exciting thing to do. Not frequently going all year-long.

My husband and I decided to take the advice of a frequent annual pass holder and attend Disneyland on a weekday, in her opinion, did not have a lot of traffic “inside” the park. I must say she was right. We did not go on what you know will be a busy day.

I am so glad that I took a friend’s advice. It was busy, but not as busy as it usually is when we attend an amusement park like Disneyland. My kids were all able to get on rides they wanted to. No complaints from the kids. Just plain excitement.

Ronnie and kids-disneyland
From Left to Right: Matthew (6), Omari (9) , Jasmine (5) , Ronnie, & Zoey (3). Disneyland May 2016

Towards the end of our night. At dinner on Main Street, a couple was scolding their child with frantic emotions still at rise, their young son ran off down the crowded street. Praise God they were able to find him. The tears in the mothers eyes said a mouthful. It is the scariest things for a parent to have to go through.

Hence, the feeling that a once a year ticket is enough for me.

Peace, Love, & Knowledge