We got back last night around 6:30 from the girls' first trip to Disneyland. We drove down to Ventura on Saturday and stayed with our friend Alissa at her new house. Alissa's boyfriend is a firefighter and was nice enough to give us a private tour of his station. I'll try to post pics from the tour later this week. Thanks Nick!
Headed down to Disneyland first thing Sunday morning. We pulled up to McDonald's for a quick breakfast and Matea asked if we were at Disneyland. Yeah, no concept at all of how big and amazing the real deal would actually be. We got to the park late morning and had a little bit of rain but nothing heavy. Our first rides were the tea cups, Dumbo, and the carousel. We ate at the rain forest cafe that night and the girls picked out Disney Princess tshirts from the Disney store and baby character dolls. We headed back to Disneyland from about 6:30-9:30 and were able to walk on most of the rides. We didn't even have to wait for the big attractions like Autopia and the Finding Nemo Submarine!
Monday brought rain. Lots and lots of rain. We came prepared though and proudly sported our plastic ponchos. Matea slept through the worst of it and Bella didn't complain at all since we bought her some hot chocolate. We went to the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire where we got to meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella up close. Totally worth the short wait in line to have private time with each princess. We were able to go on lots of rides and then headed back to the hotel room to order pizza and dry our socks and shoes. That night we had dinner with the princesses at Ariel's Grotto. Absolutely worth the money. Bella was unbelievably sweet with Belle, her favorite princess and mama even started to get a little teary eyed because the moment was so special. We did rides around California Adventure and then headed back to Disneyland for a few hours to do some of the rides that had been more crowded during the day.
On Tuesday we got into Fantasyland an hour early so we were able to walk right onto most of the rides again. Then we went over to meet Tinkerbelle and see Pixie Hollow. Since it was our last day, Bella decided to try out some of the big kid rides. She went on Splash Mountain, The Matterhorn, and Space Mountain! I couldn't believe it! The girl who was freaked out by Pirates of the Carribbean wanted to go on the scariest rides.
We had a really great trip. The longest we ever waited in line was 15 minutes. And you know how Disneyland is filled with kids melting down and freaking out everywhere? Totally didn't happen to us. Both girls were angels the entire time and never really complained about anything and more importantly, didn't fight. I'm going to ask Bella to get a part time job so we can start saving to go again some day.
There are too many pictures to post here but you can check them out at