A couple months ago (it wasn’t even that long ago, actually) I decided I wanted to take my three little girls to Disneyland. I didn’t want to buy four plane tickets and I don’t mind driving, so that’s what we were gonna do: drive to Disneyland. I knew if I mentioned it to my mom, she’d wanna climb aboard the Disney train so I obviously mentioned it to my mom. Yep, they were on board. So we took a Wednesday through Sunday trip to Disneyland. That lasted a day longer than expected, but whatcha gonna do?
We drove to Redding, stayed the night, then drove the next day to Disneyland, The Happiest Place on Earth.
But really. It is. I love Disneyland I think more than any place in the world because everything is just so damn magical. Yeah, it’s super expensive, but it’s so worth it. My mom and Karen might be the only people who agree with me, but I’m sticking to it.
We stayed at The Disneyland Hotel and our view was of the pool and in the distance you could see The Matterhorn and Space Mountain. I was pleased.
I only took my camera into the park once because it’s too much pressure to get good pictures of everything, so you’ll only get a glimpse of everything we did. But I’m sure you’re fine with that.
We went on the Cars ride, Ariel, the carousel, saw the live Frozen show (dude, it’s a must-see), rode Soarin’ and saw Playhouse Disney Live. We got free face painting, met some characters, and ate at Ariel’s Grotto (meh, only worth it to see the princesses!) and Carthay Circle (yum) — all in California Adventures.
The weather was pretty fantastic which was pretty lucky because it was really stormy just days before we got there. But good weather = swimming, even if it’s not 80 degrees. So swimming we went.
Did you know they brought back the Main Street Electrical Parade? Oh, no? You’re dead to me.
Just kidding. But they did, they brought it back and what that means is that if one wants a front-row seat (and one does, believe me), one must start saving seats at 4:00pm. For an 8:30pm parade. Disney parades are serious business. Ask Karen.
Lots and lots of treats and bribes were purchased and consumed.
By 6:00 we were ready to go on some rides so we headed to Toon Town where we played at Goofy’s House (a really great spot if you have toddlers and need some down time) and visited Minnie and Mickey’s houses and even got to meet Mickey Mouse. Then we had ourselves a tea party and rode the tea cups. Disneyland, I love you.
And then, the parade.
We did other things in Disneyland, too. We ate so many treats, we rode Dumbo and Pinnochio, the carousel, Splash Mountain, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates, we saw lots of our Disney friends, saw fireworks, and just had a really lovely time. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
I’m realllllly easy-going on vacation which is a bit of a surprise to me, actually. I go in with no expectations because otherwise I would be stressed and disappointed. So what we get to see and do is great and anything we didn’t will be saved for next time. And if I had anticipated not receiving very specific and incredible kids’ outfits in time even though it was promised (I mean, this is my life — I plan Disney outfits), Francesca being pretty awful a lot of the time, breaking down in Winnemucca and staying at a hotel that had a casino attached and eating KFC for dinner and wearing the same clothes for a day too long, I might have had second thoughts. But it all happened, and it was fine and we laughed and laughed and the kids were amazingly good, and we listened to some really good 48 hours podcasts (because why not mix a little murder in with Disney magic, huh?) and had the very best time. I might already be planning our next Disney vacation.