After his heartbreaking bad luck in the first round of the Jeopardy Decades tournament, Shane was pickedv to be the alternate for the next round of the tournament. Should any of the lovely friends and competitors who had made it through to the next round be unable to play, Shane would be on hand to take their place. The chances of this happening were very slim, and since the show's producers had
specially invited Declan to attend, we decided to make a family trip out of it, and celebrate Declan's sixth birthday on the road. Great idea, but I accidentally booked Declan and I on flights a day too early, before we had our Jeopardy-sponsored hotel room and a day before Shane was to arrive. We decided that this would be a good time for Declan and I to go to Disneyland, as we could stay out in Anaheim for the night and save the price of admission
for Shane's ticket. At $100/day per adult, that's not nothing. We flew out to LA at 6 am and went straight from the airport to Disneyland.
Since it was his birthday week, the staff gave Declan a birthday button, which meant that every Disney employee, er. cast member was contractually obligated to stop whatever work they were doing to wish Declan a happy birthday as we walked by. First on our agenda was to hit Space Mountain. At our first Disneyworld trip in the fall of 2012, Declan wasn't tall enough to go on Space Mountain. We had been milking this as a reason to eat veg for the last year and a half, and finally now he was tall enough to make the cut.
|Before Space Mountain - so excited!|
|During Space Mountain- so terrified!|
|After Space Mountain- just glad to be alive.|
After learning some light saber basics, Declan got to go up on stage and confront Darth Vader mano a mano.
He also opte to go back and battle Darth Maul. I thought this very brave, as Darth Maul looked scary as all get out, and they generally only had the big kids go up against him.