Our First Disneyland Trip–Day 2
We woke up and got our fanny packs on with our water, snacks, wipes and sun tan lotion. The fanny pack plan worked okay with the older girls but not so much with Reagan. My girls were really so well behaved at Disneyland and I was so proud of them.
On our way to the park we stopped at the Lego store and were blown away, I have girls that are big LEGO girls and they took dozens of pictures of what they wanted for Christmas.
Our first day at Disneyland had a few hiccups. I sure wish that I wouldn’t get mad and annoyed in the moment and just learn to laugh. I spend so much time prepping, making sure that everything goes perfect, that I can’t sometimes roll with the punches.
So when we showed up for early hour one of the tickets on my account was flagged. Even though I bought them all online in the same order months ahead of time. So we had to sit and wait to see what was wrong. Then I had used the Travel Tours apps to plan our what rides we wanted to go and what path to take. We started following the plans and the first…I beleive 3 or 4 rides after standing in line had malfunctions and closed down when we got to the front of the line. Then we tried to run to a different part of the park—and I guess that different parts of the park open at different times. So I took all my plans and smushed them in a big ball, snapped at everyone, and had a tizzy fit.
So we decided to ride Space Mountain, I put Reagan up on the height requirement and the top of her head made it! But then when we went to walk in they told me that she wasn’t tall enough. So my mom grabbed her and went to another ride when the girls and I decided to still ride it. It had extra effects for Halloween that were quite scary, bloody demons and such. So since I have girls that don’t like roller coasters and get spooked very easily it did not go well. They were FURIOUS and in tears when we got off the ride and wanted to be done with Disneyland. Because with all the bad luck, the heat, etc. it took forever to get on a ride. And THIS was their first ride. I looked at their faces…
….and started hysterically laughing. Then I found my mom and she suggested we just go to Fantasyland and ride all the slower storybook type rides. My mom is better at rolling with the punches and keeping up a good attitude. So we went there and I got back to myself after riding a couple of rides.
The girls loved all of the rides in that section: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Tea Party and Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough. But Peter Pan’s Flight was a favorite by far. Cameron has been a fan of Alice in Wonderland since she was a toddler. And I’m sure you know, Alice & Mad Hatter rush through Fantasyland sometimes. I grabbed Cameron and rushed up to them so Alice could look down at her and say hello. IT WAS SO COOL!
For dinner we ate in the New Orleans district at Cafe Orleans, boy oh boy it was yummy. My mom and I were starting to get tired so we drank a LOT of coke. We are not coke drinkers so by the end of lunch we were giddy and silly and ready to go.
The lunch gave these girls an escape from the heat and a pick me up as well.
We sat in the EXTREME HEAT to watch the Disneyland parade. We had really great seats so it was worth the heat. Look at how red their faces were, so so sunny.
We hit seeing the princesses at the perfect time. We got to see tons of them and the wait was only about 10 minutes. Cameron was so cute and told each princess about her cousin Lydia and had them sign autographs for her too.
We spent 12 hours at the park and were pretty pooped! We did one last ride–a ride that I knew would push them and that they probably wouldn’t like too much. But I am a mean mom and made them ride SPLASH MOUNTAIN. I bought Reagan high heels at a Disney shop and she wore them so she would for sure meet the height requirement. I myself am terribly frightened of roller coasters. This one is the longest trip up and has 3 dips. After the first dip I started screaming, great job girls we did it, we did the ride! Abby with as much vengeance and hatred as I have ever seen come out of one of my children turned and said, “WE AREN’T DONE YET.” And the pictures, oh these pictures of us on this ride, will be a treasured gem forever.
Here is what we decided we our favorites from day one:
Favorite Park: Fantasyland
Favorite Food: Mickey Mouse Beignets
Favorite Rides: Peter Pan’s Flight, Adventures of Winnie the Pooh & It’s a Small World
Favorite Characters: Alice
Here is a video of our first day in Disneyland: