...Ryan and I were together at the magic that is Disney. This time, it was Disneyland, after 4 previous trips to Disneyworld.
If you happen to be reading this and DON'T know the story of why Disney forever holds a special little place in my heart, you might find it under the about me section, you can scroll back to other Disney posts, or you can ask me, lol. Most people know, so I won't get into that here.
Seeing that I've been pregnant the past two times we've been there, (AND Henry was finally tall enough for most of the "fun rides"), it was awesome to actually go on all the rides again!
If you haven't been to Disneyland, there are two parks (well, and Downtown Disney with the shopping), and they are literally right there next to each other, you can walk out of one and walk to the other (California Adventure).
There were plenty of things to see, do and ride between the two places so we made the most of our time there in three days. And it was awesome. Enjoy.
Daddy decides to start off the Disney portion of our vacation by taking Henry on Tower of Terror (can you believe he's tall enough for such a ride?!?). Ryan didn't tell him anything about what was going to happen. You can see Henry is very excited and oblivious.
Turns out that being that this was Henry's first "big ride" experience, he hadn't yet ever felt that "butterfly" feeling of your stomach jumping up in your throat. He was also not a fan of "being in the air" in his seat.
I don't believe he cried, but we literally heard multiple times the entire trip, "Mommy, I didn't like that ride, not one tiny tiny bit. I will never go on that ride ever again. It was the baddest thing ever." and other versions of that sentiment.
While the boys went on the ride, Grandma, Grandpa, the girls and I checked out the Frozen Fun land thing (while simultanesouly waiting for our buzzer to go off to see Olaf. How convienent!).
Well, before that, we caught Doc McStuffins. Time for your check up, time for your check up! (You're welcome!)
And, much like the real snow we saw for a few days in Texas, Norah also was not a fan of fake snow.
We waited patiently and not so patiently for our turn with Olaf.
Olaf was Henry's favorite character.
We were able to snag fastpasses to see Elsa and Anna by lunch time. Claire wasn't too sure what she thought about characters at this point, so she spent time pushing Norah closer, as you can see.
Norah's Frozen obsession came to life!
Obviously, one of Claire's favorite rides was the Little Mermaid ride. Not so popular, which was nice. No wait, and we went on it lots of times.
More rides and fun....
A quick peek at ARIEL!!
The Cars ride was AMAZING. Definitely recommend. Henry didn't like it as much as we thought he would since he was no longer a fan of the butterfly feeling after Tower of Terror.
Blurry selfies, because they are awesome. We love being in the pictures with the kids.
And we ended the first night at Mickey's fun wheel and the Toy Story Mania ride. Did you know that if you have to jump out of line because both kids have to pee halfway into your 30 minute wait, if you beg and plead with a cast member you get a special pass to jump back into the front?? I didn't either.
Started off day two by heading to Space Mountain. It had been 10 years since I'd been on some of these rides. Look at how excited the boys are! Henry was willing to do this one again, but we never got around to it.
Never do I get as competitive with a score as I do with this ride and the Toy Story ride. Must hit all the things!
I always have a goal to get an awesome castle shot. Somehow it just never happens.
Day 2 it was time to go see Minnie Mouse with the girls while everyone else went on Star Tours.
And Mickey too, of course.
Norah wasn't necessarily afraid of any of the characters (except Goofy), but was much more interested and obsessed with holding her pen and autograph book. For the first few characters, she'd happily give it up and take it back from them, but after a while, all she wanted to do was scream "cowa! cowa! (color, color).
Another princess citing!
The boys went off to the character dining experience at Goofy's Kitchen while us girls had our princess dinner.
H-man has fun with selfies, apparently.
We got all dressed up in our beautiful princess dress made by https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleSeahorseShop Someone hold me back before I go back and buy every version of the princesses she makes. These were too perfect.
The girls turned heads and stopped people in their tracks with their cuteness while I took these.
This was magical. I mean. This face says it all.
What wasn't magical was the fact that Norah went ape shit over we don't know what. Didn't want to sit in her high chair, didn't want to eat, didn't want to be put down and screamed a majority of the time. We only got one picture of her with the princesses and she was otherwise unhappy. A big bummer, and I totally wasn't expecting it, but what can you do?!
Belle has always been my favorite and this was the first time I'd met her too!
Oh hey, look! Norah was there!
I was bound and determined to get some good castle in the background shots. Bummed Henry wasn't in on these, but there's always next time.
A little teacup action to end the night.
You can see who was going strong and who gave it up.
Started off the day with the Nemo submarine ride!
Because we needed a castle selfie.
Waited in a super short line for the famous Dole Whip. Yum. Want some now!
More teacups. I was the only willing adult.
Attempting castle pics again, in slightly wrong light, lol.
Snow White was FABULOUS! Another princess I'd never met.
One of my favorite pictures from the whole trip.
Last dinner out for pizza. Norah is a cheeseball. Reminds me of Henry.
Lots of love for this guy and everything he means to me.
Final castle pictures at what looks like high noon!
Jasmine! So excited to meet Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie!!
Ryan does NOT know how to take a selfie. Aladdin laughed at us.
Another shot at Doc since Henry missed her the first time.
And Claire could not leave without seeing Sophia (or "fia" as Norah calls her).
Goodbye from Disney! Such a big, big thank you to Grandpa and Grandma for the chance at all these awesome memories! Beach photos up next!
And in case you haven't seen the other many multiple times I've shared this gem, see it here::
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