On October 19-22 we were in Disneyland and it was so magical and perfect and if we’re being honest I may be shedding a nostalgic tear or two because I miss it so much and there was no better feeling than seeing my son take in the entire vacation and just love it. Oh, Disneyland – thank you for truly being the happiest place on earth. I love you forever and always.
I was debating how I wanted to go about blogging about this trip. I’m going to do some how-to posts and some posts offering Disney advice and expertise, but for the first post I just wanted to sort of journal our experience. We took so many great pictures and we have so many happy stories that I just wanted to share. If this isn’t your jam I won’t be offended if you don’t read. Or if you just want to look at the pictures I get it. But if you care to get a little taste of the most magical week of my year (because this was by far my favorite Disneyland trip thus far) then keep on reading.
On our first day we had Mickey’s Halloween Party (i wrote a small post about what the party is here) and it was so much fun. I think I’ve kind of become the Scrooge of Halloween at home because I’m constantly comparing Halloween at home to Halloween at Disneyland – and it can’t be beat. It just can’t, guys. We went to Disneyland with my family and there were seven of us total, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White. We all had our own character (wild man – grumpy, H – dopey, me – happy, my mom – bashful, my dad – doc, my sisters – sleepy and sneezy) and if I do say so myself, we looked awesome (thanks to my mom and sister for making the costumes) We had a lot of compliments on our costumes, we had complete strangers ask to take our pictures and whenever anyone saw The Captain dressed as Dopey they’d all melt and I sure can’t blame them. CUTEST Dopey ever ever ever.
Disneyland does not mess around with treats when you Trick-or-Treat. Each stop dumps handfuls of candy into your bag and there are tons of stops. Its a sugar-lovers paradise. During the Halloween Party there is a special parade and special firework show and also a special Cadaver Dans (Dapper Dans) show among other special things you can only see during the party. My favorite was the parade. We didn’t go to the Halloween party last year (i was giant pregnant) but the year before I wasn’t super impressed with the parade. It was really short and just underwhelming which really pains me to say, but its true. However this year was incredible! Disney went above and beyond. It was spooky, it was entertaining, it was exciting and it was perfect. I’ve watched it on YouTube approximately 1,000 times since returning home and I don’t regret a second of it.
H was awesome on this whole trip. He stuck to his sleep schedule really well and still napped good in the park. Some of my favorite pictures from the four days in Disneyland were the ones of him sleeping on someone in the family. I can only assume that he was having really magical dreams. He was so good and well-tempered. He was happy, he went with the flow, he pointed and squealed at everything and he genuinely enjoyed himself. I am so grateful for my sweet Disney-lovin’ baby boy! He’s a good boy and has set the bar pretty high for our future kids.
On our second day my bangs were bad – so please disregard them.
Wild Man was really excited to take The Captain on Pirates of the Caribbean. Towards the beginning of the ride there are two drops in the dark. He did not like them! His little arms would spread out wide as he’d startle and he’d make this little whimper and then hold onto Wild Man’s arms tightly. It was sad he was scared but also totally sweet.
H also found a new found love for Carousels. We went on King Arthur’s Carousel in Disneyland and King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea and he was crazy for them. He loved holding onto the pole, patting the horse/sea creature he rode and you couldn’t wipe the big smile or look of complete curiosity and amusement off his face.
On this day we ate at Carnation Cafe (a restaurant on Main Street in DL) and my day was completely made because we were seated under the gazebo! It was so magical. On top of that the food was phenomenal – I highly recommend the chicken-fried chicken, fun fact it was Walt Disney’s favorite – and the Soundsational Parade went by while we ate our dessert and it was a great view. When H saw his BFF Mickey Mouse on top of a float he was so excited and stared at him for as long as he could. I bawled. It was a really perfect experience.
We found out H hates Toy Story Mania and also 3D glasses. However Wild Man and I killed it on that ride and both got our high scores!
Something else noteworthy was that my youngest sister rode Jingles on King Arthur’s Carousel. It was Walt’s wives favorite horse. To learn more, please go watch Saving Mr. Banks.
We started our third morning off with breakfast with Minnie Mouse and some of her friends at Plaza Inn. Here we saw Minnie, Chip and Dale, Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh and Captain Hook. This was H’s first real encounter with characters and he did not disappoint. Oh my gosh! He was so in love with them because I’m pretty sure he viewed them as giant stuffed animals that moved (and gave him lots of kisses). He was flirting with Minnie, snuggling with Pooh and Eeyore and laughing with Chip and Dale and sleeping while Captain Hook stopped by our table. It was so much fun and there was so. much. magic!
Captain Hook tried to steal my wedding ring and seemed very disappointed that I was married. Sorry, Hook, shoulda found me sooner. Jk, I’d never marry Captain Hook because he actually secretly terrifies me.
I took a picture with Wild Man in front of Matterhorn this day because I had to give him a special shoutout. He was not particularly a Disney fan before he met me. I am so lucky to have married a guy who found out me and my family were insane Disney crazed humans and decided to embrace the lifestyle and take it head on. I can say with 100% certainty now that he too, is a crazy Disney guy.
We ate at Cove Bar in California Adventure and the food was delicious. I had the Cotton Candy Lemonade to drink and our table shared the lobster nachos and the steak nachos. So good and I so recommend this place.
Oh and you’ll see that giant Mickey Pumpkin a few pictures down. THAT IS CAKE! Its in the lobby of the Grand Californian and is a site to behold. Its so perfect – also where do I sign up to eat it all?
Our last day was my favorite day I think. Wild Man, H and I wore our Haunted Mansion shirts and were looking pretty cute (if i do say so myself) and it was a really perfect day.
We rode Tower of Terror for the last time ever because unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be to Disneyland again before January 2nd when it closes to transform to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. That ride is so good. I’m still completely heartbroken that its closing down, so lets not talk about that. After dark Tower of Terror changes a bit and the entire ride is pitch dark…thats all I’m going to say because I’m not going to give away anything, but it was incredible! So clever. There was also a cute photo spot outside of Tower of Terror that we took advantage of, hence all the pictures of us outside of ToT.
Wild Man’s brother and his wife celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Disneyland and they were there the same time as us! They live in San Francisco and we miss them dearly so we knew we had to meet up with them. We all had lunch together at Cafe Orleans (POMMES FRITES!) and it was so fun! Too bad H was tired and really ready for a nap and pretty fussy during the whole meal. It was such good company and fun to get off our feet and socialize for a while all together.
We went to Pooh Corner to meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore and it was the best. We were there with my family and Wild Man’s brother and wife and there was just something about the experience that was perfect and so magical. My sister-in-law is a crazy Winnie the Pooh fan and H is recently a huge Pooh fan, too, so that probably had something to do with it. We got some really fun, happy pictures from it.
Wild Man and I rode Big Thunder Mountain with his brother and wife and we got stuck on the train for 20-ish minutes and were escorted off. Our train apparently didn’t hit its mark and stopped the whole ride so they shut it down. It was fun to sit and then be able to walk the track for a little while and we’d basically finished the ride by the time it shut down so we didn’t miss anything.
Its always a bummer to be done with a Disneyland Vacation, but the memories we made will hopefully be enough to hold me over until next time!!
Congratulations to making it to the end of this post — if you did! haha