I happened to snap it while we were waiting in line, right before the magical moment happened. The other pictures I included reinforce the "magical" feel of Disneyland (especially for a five-year-old): seeing Disneyland for the first time and meeting some of his favorite characters.
Weather, landscape, customs, languages, architecture (I have a layout that's just about the cobblestones in San Gimgiano, Italy), even scents and the color of the light: all of the differences are potentials for layouts.
- transportation entertainment. How do you keep your kids (or yourself!) entertained while you're traveling?
- the journey, not just the destination. What fun things happened while you were getting to your vacation spot?
- reading material. I don't know about you...but for me, picking the right book(s) is an essential part of any trip. What did you read and how did it influence your thoughts about the trip?
- a dining experience. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant or unique. Just memorable. (For us, it isn't Disneyland if we don't have a churro and a Dole Whip; toss in a turkey leg for my boys, too.) Even snacks sometimes create fun memories—remember that poppy seed muffin?
- a list of pictures you wish you'd taken. This is one of my favorite things to do because imaginary pictures can be taken my anyone and from any perspective. Or sometimes it's just impossible to take photos (I wish I had a picture or two of our white water rafting trip down the Snake River last summer, but I didn't dare bring my camera).
- unexpected "adventures." Maybe you took a wrong turn somewhere. Maybe you ended up stranded on the side of the road. Maybe you took your little kids to a "light show" in Vegas that turned out to mostly be a skin show. (Not that that's happened to me before...) You can't plan everything on a trip, and sometimes the unexpected adventures turn out to be the funnest part!
- the accommodations. Was your hotel much nicer than you expected—or, much ickier? Do you stay at the same resort for every trip or try different places? What about the pool, the gym, the grounds? The pillows???
- things you forgot. What did you have to hunt down at a store somewhere because you left it at home?
- how the trip changed you. Perhaps you learned something about yourself or your traveling companions. Maybe you saw something that changed your perspective on life. Or did something brave you never thought you would. Travel has the enormous potential to bring us personal insights. What are yours?
I hope you've found some ideas to help me with your vacation photos. Happy scrapping!