Disneyland!

Disneyland | Desiree Dabbles

After 2 days of theme parks, you’d think we’d be tired. But we weren’t. We were totally excited to go to Disneyland. My husband and I went there on our honeymoon, but haven’t been back since. It was a lot of fun taking our kids, even if they fuss about what rides we do.

Of course, the first order of business was signing up for Jedi Training Academy. We signed up for the 11am show, so we had a little time to hit some Tomorrowland rides before going. Hyper-Space Mountain for the bigger kids, Astro Orbiter for the little ones, then Buzz Lightyear for the whole family. Finally we they got to become Jedi. My whole family was there, so my kids got to do it with their cousins, it was so fun.

After the show we ate some lunch, then my oldest went on the Matterhorn while the rest of us hit the Teacups. One of my favorite rides has always been the submarine, and I love the Finding Nemo theming (I still miss the mermaids though). After that we went on It’s a Small World (I love that ride too, I even like the song).

Since we were up that way we went to Toon Town. The kids liked being able to climb on everything, and the youngest liked that he could go on the coasters. After toontown we went on Mr Toad’s Wild Ride, because the line was shorter than the others in that area. Then my girls wanted to go on Thunder Mountain Railroad with daddy, but the boys wanted something slower, so I took them to Casey Jr Railroad. We finished up there in time to catch most of the afternoon parade.

We then saw the Tiki Room show and had Dole Whips (my favorite snack at Disneyland). Then we went on Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones. We had a late dinner at the Plaza Inn while watching the Paint the Night parade from the veranda. Then we walked though the shops for the kids to pick a souvenir while the fireworks went on (and I got my silhouette done with my husband as my gift). The kids aren’t really in to fireworks, so this worked out well for us. We finished up just before the fireworks ended, so we beat a lot of the crowd leaving.

I was bummed that Jungle Cruise was closed, and the big boats, which meant Fantasmic wasn’t happening, but really our day was pretty full. I think the longest line we stood in was for Casey Jr Train, everything else was under 10 minutes. Gotta love that! If we ever get a chance to go back I hope it’s in the off-season again.

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