Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Our First Trip

Our first trip of the year to Disneyland California was also to celebrate Allison's 6th Birthday.  She got her birthday button at the ticket booth and began a full day of hearing "Happy Birthday Princess!"  Our 9 year old experienced an annual pass for her 4th birthday but Allison was only a baby and knew only what she had seen on the Disney Channel.  This would be the first trip for our four year old son.  We got into the park around 9 after some rain and some of our coldest California weather.  Although we knew this was going to be a full day trip, we were not interested in spending all day in hour long lines and planned to skip over things if necessary.  The weather was enough to keep the morning crowds away and we started walking right onto the rides right away.  Other than Luigi's Tires and Toy Story Mania, the wait for everything else was less than 20 minutes.  We bounced back and forth between the two parks, but mainly to get back to the Market House on Main Street and get free coffee refills when it got cold and dark.  It put us back in perfect time to hit the holiday fireworks show.  We had never been to the park during the holidays and the ambiance was amazing.  The castle is breathtaking at night and everything looks so perfect with holiday cheer.  The day was perfect, we made a huge dent in our checklist for the year and the kids cannot wait to get back.

Here's what we managed to squeeze into this trip.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Casey Jr. Circus Train
Chip N Dale Treehouse
Donald's Boat
Gadget's Go Coaster
Goofy's Playhouse
Haunted Mansion Holiday
Holiday Fireworks Show
Holiday Parade
Indiana Jones Adventure
It's a Small World Holiday
Jungle Cruise
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Matterhorn Bobsleds
Pirates of the Caribbean
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Splash Mountain

California Adventure
California Screamin'
King Triton's Carousel
The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Luigi's Flying Tires
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Soarin' Over California
Toy Story Mania

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

We're Going to Disneyland!

This year, Santa brought us Disneyland Annual Passes and we all agree this is the best gift ever!  We were all excited for our first trip and I started looking around on Pinterest and at various websites for tips and fun stuff.  There are some really cool blogs out there dedicated to Disneyland and lots of moms blogging tips for packing.  Some of them were great and some of them were straight up stupid :X  I decided to blog our Disney journey over the next year.  I want to share what works, what doesn't work and our fun!