Yesterday, we went to Disneyland! I knew it would be our last chance to visit while it’s still decorated for Halloween. Always such a fun season to visit. Right when we entered the park, we saw Snow White standing by herself! She had just arrived and no one had noticed her yet – so we ran up and the girls had a nice long conversation with her. Paprika had JUST been saying that she hoped to see Snow White. Talk about magical!
I always love visiting our brick for our twins, Vivian and Annemarie. It’s right at the entrance of Disneyland (I can’t believe we got such an amazing spot!) I don’t think they sell the bricks anymore – so I am so grateful we have one. It’s our little reminder of our family and one reason Disneyland is so special to us! 🙂
Paprika wanted to meet a lot of characters this trip – so we did! Here we are meeting Mickey Mouse – of course, she has met him before. Remember?! Haha.
Violet (2) loved meeting most of the characters – but she seems to like the human ones (like Snow White!) the best. I think it has something to do with the fact that the animal characters aren’t allowed to speak to you. So you talk to them and they just gesture with their hands. It’s a little overwhelming. The princesses get down on the child’s level and talk to them – much less intimidating!
Even so, Violet was happier to meet Mickey than Paprika was at this age! Haha!
This was the first time Paprika met Mickey, six years ago (November 2008). Good times! 😉
Ginger (5) likes to ride the rides, and is not really interested in meeting characters at all!
On this trip, we spent a good amount of time in the Animation Building at California Adventure. This is the zoetrope they have on display with the Toy Story characters…
Paprika (8) took an animation class and learned to sketch one of the characters from Big Hero 6 (a new movie coming out):
We spent the rest of the time in the park at the Animation Building – and really spent a lot of time at all the exhibits. Paprika LOVES to draw and has talked extensively about wanting to be an animator – although her first ambition is still (of course!) to be a best-selling children’s author/illustrator.
So – in a VERY fortuitous turn of events, the most random (perhaps God orchestrated) thing happened. We left the park at closing time, along with probably 50,000 other people – since both Disneyland and California Adventure closed at the same time. The crowd to get on the tram was CRUSHING – I mean, out of control crazy. Like, scary.
I knew there was no way we could get on the tram with that crowd, so we went and got a bottle of water and waited…waited…waited…
Then when things calmed down, we went back over to the tram – it was still a super long line. To pass the time, we started looking at Paprika’s animation drawings, and looking at the pictures on my phone I’d taken of the animation exhibits. I noticed a young woman looking at Paprika’s drawings and smiling – and then Paprika noticed that she was wearing a jacket that said “Frozen Crew” on it.
Paprika asked her about it – and it turns out the woman is an animator for Disney and worked on Frozen and Big Hero 6! 🙂 What a coincidence, right?!
We had about 20 more minutes to wait in line and then about 15 minutes of time from boarding the tram to the parking garage – so Paprika talked to her for over half an hour about the process of becoming an animator, what it’s like to animate for Disney, etc. Paprika was SO inspired! Oh, and the weird thing was – this lady was from Indiana (of all places -where I grew up!)
We may never see that woman (Katie) again – but that’s not the point! You can watch so many videos and read books, but meeting someone who does what you want to do – and seeing that it’s possible – well, how cool is that?!
If we had left the park earlier or not gotten the bottle of water, we never would have met her. What are the chances that out of the thousands of people in line, we would stand next to her?! Crazy! It was such a cool cap on a perfect day.
So, that was our day at Disneyland. Just when I think the Annual Passes are not worth it, and maybe we should not go to Disneyland so much – we have a day like this one. Just perfect!
Paprika even danced with Goofy! 🙂
Yesterday was a happy day I hope I’ll always remember. 🙂