We visited the happiest place on earth in early February and we had a great time! My little sis came with us too which was a lot of fun and we were also joined by Sean's mom and sisters and the Swaffield family (old family friends). We stayed at the Disneyland Paradise Pier hotel which was awesome and very near the parks which was great. It was great to enjoy a few days of California sunshine (though we are enjoying such a beautiful spring so it didn't feel too different!).
Some thoughts about Disneyland ... things I want to remember, pros, cons, advice, however you want to take it...
1. It doesn't matter what ages your kids are... it doesn't matter what age YOU are... there is FUN for everyone!
2. Three and Five (and ten and eleven and twelve) year-olds think the hotel pool is just as cool as Disneyland.
3. There is A LOT of walking (glad I wasn't any further along pregnancy-wise than I was!).
4. On that note... if you go to Disneyland pregnant and are 22 weeks along, you will not look pregnant in the photos. Just fat. Tell yourself it doesn't matter and that in one year from now you will back at the photos and think you looked SO cute. Also remind yourself that by then you will DEFINITELY have your pre-baby body back. Just tell yourself that. It's better that way.
5. Rent a stroller... it was the best $70 we spent. They delivered it to our hotel and picked it up. We didn't have to drag it through the airport. A-mazing. And we could pile all of our crap on it as we walked through the parks.
6. Everything is expensive. Expect it. Plan for it. Enough said.
7. Downtown Disney is awesome.
8. The old part of Disneyland where the parade takes place is my favorite. Very nostalgic.
9. The parade is wonderful.
10. If you go in February, the crowds are definitely better. BUT several of the big rides are closed- all of the water rides and the castle was actually being remodeled :(
11. FROZEN is all the rage.
12. If you have little girls, the Bippity Boppity Boutique is SUPER cute and fun for them.
13. Watching little girls hug the characters - pluto, goofy, princesses, etc. is ridiculously cute!
14. Mara wore her pink sunglasses the majority of the trip.
15. Kennedy had three missing teeth and hugged every single character she met.
16. Kennedy gave a little wave to every character in the parade.
17. Mara ate her own weight in macaroni and cheese. #addicted
18. I wish I could have had a cold beer every afternoon... and a cocktail every evening. #nexttime
19. We made great memories with my little sister and Sean's little sisters who are all slowly turning into a pre-teens on us. Time goes fast, I will always be glad for this trip with them.
20. We celebrated Kennedy's 6th birthday on this trip!
21. Balloon animals are all the rage at Disney restaurants.
Until next time Disney... can't wait to go back in a few years with our little guy in tow TOO!
Now for the pics (in no particular order and in large quantity and taken with my phone, point and shoot and fancy camera!) Enjoy!