When I was a girl I got to go to Disneyland once a year when my mom’s company would rent the park for a few hours on a Friday night. Those Disneyland nights were magical and going to Fantasyland and flying with Peter Pan and Dumbo put me on cloud nine and kept me there the rest of the year. Last week I was able to share my love of the little flying elephant with my son on his first Dumbo ride. Moments like that are what I dream about as a new(ish) mommy. The world is full of firsts again.
I love Disneyland in the Fall. The summer crowds have dissipated, the park is dressed in festive harvest themed decor. We’ll make a few trips to the park before Halloween, but this year we decided that the kids were a good age to try something new – Mickey’s Halloween Party. On Tuesday and Friday nights throughout October, the park closes early for this event. A separate ticket is required to attend and I was a bit hesitant to shell out the extra cash when we’ve already invested so much in our Annual Passports. We decided to splurge in hopes that it would be worth the added expense. We were not disappointed and are very likely to go again in the future.
Here are a few of the evening’s highlights:
Mickey’s Halloween Party allows you visit the park in costume (the only time you can do so as an adult), meet and take pictures with characters that can be hard to find otherwise, take in the exclusive Halloween Screams fireworks show, trick or treat in the park (and not feel like you are too old, even if you are over 30). There is so much to do you’ll find yourself wishing it was more than 5 hours long!
I’d love to designate one day each week and make it our Disneyland day - in a perfect world where there were no blackout days, no super hot days, no traffic, gas prices were much lower and the thought of taking all three kids anywhere by myself wasn’t an overwhelming prospect. My oldest son is spending a few days with Grandma and Grandpa, so I thought I’d try my luck with two.
A couple weeks back, I happened upon this challenge from Magical Days With the Mouse. A Gowalla trip designed just for the littlest Disneyland explorers. This gave us a plan for the day, 12 spots to visit and enjoy. One thing I learned on our trip yesterday – wrangling two two year olds and taking pictures in the process is no easy feat! There were few great photos, but plenty of great memories.
We can’t get through the turnstiles without getting everyone a map. Our day began in Fantasyland.
King Arthur Carrousel
Casey Jr. Circus Train
When someone wants to sit in the pink cage (“Pink! Pink! Piiink!!”) and someone else wants to sit in the orange one, someone is bound to be a little unhappy. Fortunately the pout wouldn’t last long.
it’s a small world
Around the park on the Disneyland Railroad
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Making new friends at Big Thunder Ranch
Playing a tune at Goofy’s Playhouse
Goofing around on the Monorail
Cooling off at Princess Dot Puddle Park
Look at that yummy cupcake! Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
There goes Sulley! Monsters to the Rescue
Nope, still not seeing the resemblance…
Down the rock slide at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Over and over and over again.
Whew, what a day!
Think there isn’t much a two year old can do at Disneyland? Think again!
Over Spring Break, we finally ponied up for Disneyland Annual Passports. It seems almost mean that we didn’t make it to the Happiest Place on Earth until after Jake’s 5th birthday. I guess I thought he’d be too young to appreciate it, then the twins came along and I thought they’d be too young to appreciate it. I think I was wrong, but at any rate we’ve enjoyed the three visits we’ve made so far. I’m amazed that there is so much we haven’t seen after three days at the park.
Now I’ve discovered a world of Disneyland related blogs and I’ve become just a little obsessed with the place. The history, the details, the magic. It’s safe to say we’ll be getting our money’s worth out of the passes.