My wife recently earned her second Master’s degree, so we packed our bags and headed down to LA for the USC celebration. It was the perfect opportunity to take a much-needed vacation. While we were in Southern California, we managed to squeeze in some fun for the kids.

The kids had never been to Disneyland before and were incredibly excited to meet some of their heroes. My son watched Spider-Man perform his show at California Adventure, and my daughter met and walked with Cinderella. We all visited the Star Wars area where we bumped into Chewbacca and Boba Fett and grabbed some colored lightsabers for their collection. We didn’t dive into the $200+ lightsabers for obvious reasons, but we each walked away with our own special picks. Rey Palpatine was out walking around too, but none of the families at the park cared. Star Tours was pretty cool with their new updates to the story flows, but since the new Star Wars content is total garbage, we were stuck watching A-sucka-ton-o navigate around space whales or some nonsense for the second half.

The park was insanely packed, and this was on a Tuesday. I can’t imagine what it would be like on a weekend. If Disney would limit the number of people to less than a third of what was there, it would have been a pleasurable experience. The crowds were so tightly packed that it was practically shoulder to shoulder trying to wander around the park. Every line was at least a 45-minute to an hour wait, so we only had enough time to visit about six rides during our day-long trip. My fitness tracker said we walked over 22 miles in total.

The rest of the trip was spent relaxing as tourists, and we finished the trip in Palm Springs to visit the grandparents. It was a tiring yet much-needed getaway from the daily grind.

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