I have come to the end of our California trip recap. It has been so much fun looking back over the pictures and remembering all of the special “firsts” that took place on our trip—first time in the Pacific Ocean, first time at Disneyland, first theme park rides. I am still a little in shock that we were given this awesome experience (thank you to Ryan’s boss!!!) and that we have been able to live in such a beautiful part of the country!
So, now the fun part. Disneyland!
I went to Disney World when I was in high school but never thought for a second that I would have the chance to go to Disneyland. People around here are Disneyland nuts. Seriously though! Some people have gone tons of times and just eat the whole experience up! I was excited to go, but definitely not freaking out. Plus, we had no idea how Myra was going to react to the whole experience. I was playing it safe, like always, and going into it with absolutely no expectations.
When we arrived, we took it slow, getting coffee and breakfast before heading into the park. Upon entering, we saw one of those life sized characters and Myra cried…instantly. This made Ryan and me a little nervous about how she would handle rides but we really wanted to give it a shot. Vivian had to eat when we passed by the carousel, so Ryan took Myra on the ride while I fed Vivian. For all of you breastfeeding moms out there, keep nursing in public with confidence! I got some stares here and there but I thought about all of you moms that do it with pride. So I did too! And it was awesome! (I even had to nurse while standing…that was interesting)
We were nervous about Myra’s reaction to her first ride ever but she loved it! The whole time, she sat on the horse and looked around at all the action. When it was over, she said “Mommy ride horse too!” What an inclusive little girl! Behind the carousel was a Dumbo ride and she just couldn’t wait to get on. I guess we have an adventure lover on our hands!
We had heard that the Aladdin show was awesome so we decided to go. This is actually in California Adventure, which is separate from Disneyland. We had a park hopper pass so we were able to go in and and out of each park as much as we wanted. I recommend getting this pass because we were able to see so much more! The park hopper pass costs more, but if you are interested in more rides and shows, then it might be worth it!
After some rain, a struggle to find lunch, and eating a turkey leg and chimichanga (which was Vivian’s favorite) as a family while waiting in line, we were finally seated. The first scene was a little scary for Myra but, once it was over, she was glued to the show. Jasmine had a solo and Myra held her hands together the whole time, just waiting for the applause. When the song was over, she started clapping right away. She loved the fake elephants and camels that danced in the isle and the flying carpet above her head. It was so much fun seeing her interact with a new experience and enjoy it! Meanwhile, Vivian was taking a great nap and Ryan and I were thankful for the chance to sit!
Our hotel was just a few blocks away so we headed back for naps so the girls would be rested for the rest of the day. I am so glad we did that! It definitely made the night much more enjoyable for all of us!
One of Myra’s favorite shows is Winnie the Pooh, so I was ecstatic when I discovered Critter Country with a whole Pooh section! We all went on the Winnie the Pooh ride…even Vivian! We sat in a beehive and road through the story of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It was like a trip to my childhood! Unfortunately, the Hefalumps and Woozles part was a little scary for the girls. But Ryan and I loved it! It’s cool that Vivian got to go on her first ride at Disneyland, too!
A few rides, some dinner, and an ice cream sandwich later, we were lining up to see the parade. Myra, again, couldn’t take her eyes off of all the colors and lights. She would get excited and yell things like “Mickey!” and “Beast!” as they passed by. She definitely made the day so special for Ryan and me…it’s incredible to see things through the eyes of a child. And she was so excited about every little thing!
After the parade, everyone crowded into the streets to see the fireworks. If you know anything about Disney fireworks, you know they are fantastic. But, with it being the 60th anniversary, they stepped it up big time! So, first of all, these were both of our girls first fireworks ever so it was already a big moment for us. Second, it was more than just fireworks. Videos were displaying on the buildings, castle, and the mountain in the park. Music was blasting and special moments of Disney were filling the air. They even made it snow! This time, it wasn’t just Myra that was blown away. Everyone in the crowd had their jaw dropped and was completely amazed at the show. It was incredible!
I thought about trying to get pictures of this amazing moment but, it was too stunning to view through a lens. Instead, I soaked it all in and I know I will never forget it.
If you are taking your toddler to Disneyland, here are a few places I recommend!
- Critter Country – This was perfect for our girls. The rides were simple and fun for all ages but definitely geared toward the younger kids.
- Mickey’s Toontown – It felt like we were in a cartoon! We were able to walk through Mickey’s house, Goofy’s house, and other characters’ homes. This is also where kids can go to get their picture taken with the life-sized characters.
- Fantasy Land – There were lots of kiddie rides in this part of the park. And, of course, the famous castle!
- A Bug’s Land – This is located in California Adventure so you would need a park hopper pass. It has lots of kid-friendly rides and fun things for kids to look at.
- Aladdin show – This is also in California Adventure. It is great for people of all ages!
So, that’s the end of our trip to California. It’s crazy how much we packed into 2 days but it was a lot of fun!
Have you been to Disneyland? What was your favorite part?