We’ve been home from Disneyland for two months. I cannot believe we’ve been back for that long. Evie and I have been reminiscing a lot about our trip, she’s already asking to go back. She’s even already saving all of her money she earns in hopes of going back. Her plan though is next time she wants to go just mommy and her. Which sounds good to me! I also realised that I had yet to do a post featuring my favourite photos and moments. Prepare for a photo heavy post and no, it will not be a true “Wordless Wednesday” post. Here’s a look back at our trip to Disneyland!
When I walk down Main Street and see the castle… I know I’m home!
My parents came with us this time to Disneyland, it was their first time going. I was like a little kid while there because one of my biggest dreams when I was little, was to get to go to Disneyland with my parents. My dream finally came true. I was in Disneyland with my parents, and the bonus was we were experiencing it now with my little family. It made it extra special. I may have cried.
We attempted to meet Tinkerbell several times, I believe it was the third time that we finally met her. Tink kept flying off to Neverland apparently. Going into Pixie Hollow is amazing. It’s so pretty in there, not a detail is missed. Let’s be honest, no details are missed throughout the whole entire park. The giant flowers make for gorgeous photo opportunities. The girls loved wandering through here. It brought back memories to the first time we took Evie, she loved it back then too.
We were hopeful that Addie’s first ride would also be Peter Pan’s Flight, just like Evie, but it was closed for renovations and when it opened later in the day the line was just too long. Her eyes spotted the carousel instantly and her hands went out pointing to it. Her first ride in Disneyland was King Arthur Carrousel. She had a permanent grin on her face and her feet kept twirling. Then she spotted Dumbo and we were off to there.
Evie checking to see if the White Rabbit was home. She kept finding flowers around the park and wanted to save them and bring them all home. How do you explain to a preschooler that travel rules do not allow this? We saved them for the day and then we did manage to convince her that they needed to stay in Disneyland. Meeting characters is always special. We still go through Evie’s book from her first trip on a regular basis. This trip I made her a special scrapbook that she was able to put instant photos into that I took. Addie also had her book for the characters to sign. Seeing the park and that characters through the eyes of a child is magical. We were melting this trip. It was 20 degrees warmer than usual, California was in the midst of a heat wave. It was hard on all of us because temperatures were in the high 30s, and even hit 41C some days. Sadly, this did impact some of our plans. None of us wanted to be in that heat, so instead of spending all day in the park as we had planned we did end up going back to the hotel each day to cool down.
While in the park, we did find multiple ways to keep cool. From special treats and drinks to stopping for a visit in the splash pads in California Adventure. We managed, and no one came home with a sunburn! We also grabbed one of the misting fans that are for sale in the park, it was amazing the difference that made! The girls got a couple special items while we were in Disneyland. Grandad got Evie a bubble wand and it just might be the best bubble machine ever. It plays music and lights up and the number of bubbles that comes out is ridiculous! If you see these on the first day in Disneyland… get one! It kept both of our girls busy and happy in lines and any time we were waiting. We still use it now that we are at home.
I will always remember this moment and I know Evie still does too. Minnie Mouse just came out to head to her spot for visits and autographs when she saw Evie running up to her. She took Evie by the hand and they walked up Buena Vista Street together, waving at everyone passing by. The smile on Evie’s face said it all, she was over the moon happy.
If you are debating about going to Disneyland with a child under one, do it. Don’t hesitate. Addie loved being there as much as we did. She recognised the characters and would reach out to them when she saw them. The tears that would roll down her face when she had to say goodbye told us how she felt. She loved being there with Mickey and Minnie. She was having fun and enjoying Disneyland just as much as we were.
Disneyland knows how to do a firework show! It was absolutely spectacular. It’s worth claiming a spot on Main Street and watching as close to the castle as you can get. This trip, we attended Mickey’s Halloween Party, and while we may not be big Halloween fans this was still a lot of fun. Our girls had the once in a lifetime opportunity to go trick-or-treating in Disneyland!
Oh Disneyland… we will definitely be back. When? I do not know, but I am already looking forward to it!