On Tuesday, we made a day trip to Disneyland and California Adventure on the spur of the moment. We were literally getting in the car to go to the Zoo, and I figured out that it was going to cost us a lot more to go to the Zoo for the day than to Disneyland, since we are Annual Passholders and all we’d have to pay for is parking.
So, change of plans – haha – we drove to Disneyland for the day!
Mr. M always wants to go to Disneyland around the time when Dancing With The Stars does their Disney song week, which was last week. He works all week on Disney-themed stuff at DWTS, so it’s fresh on his mind.
It was Ellie’s first trip to Disneyland (she’s 2 months old!) – out of the womb, that is. I think the last time I went, I was about 5 months pregnant with her – which was right around when I stopped being able to walk very well because of SPD. Thankfully, I am doing SO much better now!
I even have a new baby carrier that is so much more comfortable than the Baby Bjorn (Praise all that is good!) – so I was able to “wear” her for the entire trip to Disneyland…about eight hours! I still had her covered up in my super loud nursing cover most of the time. I got that nursing cover when I was pregnant with Paprika – so it’s almost nine years old!
Ellie snuggled close to my chest and she was as happy as she could be. Barely made a peep!
Me and the girls – even baby Ellie (although you can’t really see her – haha):
The did a major makeover to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle – Everyone thought it was because it’s becoming Elsa’s Castle! But my friend Corey told me that no – it’s for the 60th Anniversary Celebration. Anyhoo – we thought it was looking pretty sharp:
We stopped to see our brick (of course!) right at the entrance to Disneyland. I am pretty sure you can’t get bricks put in anymore – so I am so glad that we did that when we had the chance:
We rode a bunch of rides twice, like the Carousel:
And It’s A Small World:
Ellie was awake for the whole ride and she LOVED it!
We got tickets to the Frozen Sing Along and managed to get in the first and second rows! I’m that homeschool/geeky mom who bought the Frozen Soundtrack in Spanish to listen to in the car (for the girls to practice pronunciation -and also because I was so worn out with the English version after the gazillionth time listening).
Needless to say: Let It Go is Libre Soy (I am FREE!) in Spanish – and so that’s how I wanted to sing along:
You can tell we were all just so enthused. This was during the final rendition of Libre Soy, aka Let It Go. Hahaha:
I don’t know quite what Ellie thought of the Sing Along… 🙂
The girls got to meet Elsa and Anna for the very first time! Every other time we’ve gone to Disneyland, we haven’t been able to get an audience – but this time, we scored! We got to go in and have lots of one on one time with the Princesses. They told Paprika and Ginger how they like to play Hide and Snow Peek – which is like Hide and Go Seek with snow.
I’m just telling you this was a HUGE moment for these girls, especially Paprika (8). Does not get any better than this! Ginger (5) was SO excited to meet Anna – she identifies with her so much, and just loves her to pieces.
We met Goofy – again! 🙂
Several times during the day, Ginger (5) said she didn’t think Disneyland was the Happiest Place on Earth because the happiest place is where you feel safe, and loved and no one ever cries. And she noted that there were a lot of crying kids at Disneyland. Hahaha.
She said: Do you know what the happiest place in the world is? Home. Our home.
Whenever I ask Ginger what the best part of a trip is, she always says: Going home. She’s said that since she was three years old!
Usually, Paprika is the one who wants to stay until they shut down the rides on us…but this time, she said:
I think it’s time to go home, have a warm dinner, and curl up under the covers and read a book until bedtime. Doesn’t that sound so nice?
Well, we stayed until the parks almost closed – then went home, had a warm dinner, and we read aloud Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets until the wee hours – and we finished the whole book before lights out!
What a full day, and indeed – I agree with Ginger – Disneyland is awesome but home truly is the happiest place on Earth. 🙂