Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dreams come true

I don't even know where to begin blogging about our Disneyland trip, which pretty much explains why I'm so late getting it posted. The trip itself came together very quickly. We found a sweet deal on tickets at Costco, a little rebate deal on a hotel...and that was all Kim and I needed to plan a kind of last minute trip to Disneyland for the holidays. I think the hardest part was keeping it a secret from the girls.  So on Sunday Dec. 2, I woke Q up, got her ready, and put her in the car for a surprise trip. I put on a movie as her "clue". It was Cinderella...and she freaked out..DISNEYLAND HERE WE COME!

*Sidenote: I knew my car had maybe a year left until it would either need a massive fix or I would have to get rid of it. I knew that I hated driving in winter conditions, and that my car was no longer healthy enough for that...I had NO IDEA...that with 45 minutes of the roadtrip my car would start to decline at a rapid rate, and finally come to it's death 3 hours into what was to be a glorious trip. The transmission was toast, and with about $3000 could be car is only worth that fully functioning. So while I was thoroughly enjoying my time at Disneyland half of my brain was trying to figure out a solution. On breaks from the park I was making phonecalls, emailing, and researching options on my phone. I know that I would have had a couple more options when it came to the outcome of said death if the car was closer to home, but since it met it's end far from home, I felt I only had one option. I left the car at the repair place, got a check for a few bucks, and prepared myself for a new car purchase. Kim and Aaron were fantastic through all of this. I'm sure they didn't want to have to cart me and Q around in their car to California and back, but they were good sports!

OKay now onto the good stuff....

Disneyland during the holidays is even more magical than usual!!  There was christmas music constantly playing, the park was decorated head to toe in festive decorations, and even some of characters had on their holiday best. The parade was knew, the fireworks show was new, the haunted mansion had a "nightmare before christmas" theme (one of Q's favorite movies), and they had snow falling over Main Street after the fireworks show! MAGICal.

Q was so excited to see Jack and Sally...she loves that Movie. 

Q and Elsie were at such great ages for our trip this time! Although they still enjoyed seeing and greeting the characters,

aaron got a little tired of waiting for characters...

they loved the rides even more, and were thrilled that they were big enough to ride some of the "big kid" rides with us. In fact, Space Mountain was the only ride we had to rider swap on. Even though the girls met the height requirement, we thought it would be pushing it to see if they liked it. We didnt want a bad experience to ruin the rest of their time there.  I had measured Q multiple times at home with multiple pairs of shoes to make sure she reached the 40" requirement of the big kid rides, so imagine my shock and Q's utter dismay when we were turned away at Thunder Mountain for Q being too short...and by too short I mean 1/2 cm too short. Q sobbed as we watch Elsie, Kim, and Aaron get on the wildest ride in the wilderness. But I wouldn't be defeated. After much brainstorming with Kim, and some friends on facebook, we folded a couple pairs of her socks into her shoes, and then tied them on...and behold she was tall enough! She loved Thunder Mountain (or the Rango ride as she liked to call it cause it was the old west), and Soarin over California!! It was so much fun!!!

The first character we met was Merida, and Q decided she needed to show Merida had to dance...she got a few laughs and thus a trend was born.

Q took it upon herself to try and get every character she met to "booty shake" with her. I was actually surprised how many characters did it, and loved it. I'm sure other people waiting in line were not as thrilled as us,with the time the characters were taking with Q, but she was in heaven...and therefore, so was I.

Here are two of my favorite videos...Mickey actually went over to Donald and had him join the Booty Shake party. 


We were excited to check out the new Cars Land, and it did not disappoint. It looked exactly like the street from the movie. a perfect replica of Radiator Springs. We hit up a couple of the new rides, but werent able to try out the Radiator Racers. The fast pass line was like two hours long at the beginning of the day, causing all the fast passes for the whole day to be sold out with the first couple of hours in the morning, and the stand by line was never shorter than 85 minutes. Um, yeah with two littler kids...that wasn't happening. We will just have to plan another trip down, after the "newness" has worn off, and hit it up then.

As always the parades, picture spots, treats, entertainment, fireworks, etc were a welcome break from the hustle and bustle and were thoroughly enjoyed by all of us!
Tarzan Tree House

Amazing Lego Display 

Q was enjoying participating in the Phineas and Ferb parade....Elsie was not. 

Pineapple Dole Whip...I crave this daily. 

We love Disneyland, and this trip was one for the books!

plus I got a new mini-van out of it....


Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh man! What a trip! I KNEW we were kindred spirits - Disneyland is purely magical and I love your enthusiasm for it.

So glad you got the car and height problem figured out. Both critical.

Kim said...

So happy we pulled it off!!! There's nothing like Disneyland. Just makes me so happy.

melanie said...

I literally DREAM about pulling off a surprise like this. So awesome you guys made it happen. Loved every singe photo and those videos are priceless. Even the car issue didn't turn out half bad since you have a sweet new ride now. Awesome memories.

Colleen said...

I LOVE Disneyland! Your pictures make me so nostalgic! What a sweet, special trip for Q and Elsie and the booty shake is pure awesomeness.

Ike and Linh Earl said...

Looks like a fun and magical trip and I love all of Q's micky mouse shirts!! Very cute!! I'll live closer to Disney World if you guys are ever down for a trip to Flordia!!

Krystin D said...

Oh my gosh... I WANT to go to Disneyland with you!