Since moving to Utah, I decided that it would be a shame if we didn't hit up Disneyland as often as we could since we only lived an easy days drive away. Q and I both love Disneyland, and it just makes us happy. And ever since we hit up Disneyland in December last year and saw the magic of Disneyland at Christmas time, we just knew that was the time we liked to go. We invited lots of different people to come with us, but in the end it was just Q and I on our first Mommy and Daughter only vacation.
Besides the awful trip down to anaheim, which included stop and go weekend/post thanksgiving traffic from vegas to Barstow making the trip from vegas to anaheim 7.5 hrs instead of like 4.
It was a great trip. WE had so much fun, and Q loved having me all to herself, and being in charge of our days events. We hit up the parks at opening time, and stayed until closing, every day. We hit up every ride, parade, entertainment show, character greeting, and food that we wanted and as many times as we could. We tried out Space Mountain and Radiator Springs racers for the first time and Q loved both!
|the crazy line for the "jingle cruise"...it was deceivingly short from the outside|
We were so tired at the end of each day, that we slept so great and Q enjoyed a full week of sleepovers with Mommy.
I also debut my sketcher's GoWalk shoes, that were so comfortable and allowed me to wear my skinny jeans without looking like a major "mom" in tennis shoes. (what a great find those were...thanks Kim!)
The most stressful part of the whole trip (besides the traffic heading down) was trying to get tickets for the Radiator Springs ride. Holy crap it's intense! First you have to get to the park early and get in line outside, then you have to race to the fastpass line and wait some more. Then when the park officially opens you have to move with the fastpass line and try to watch for "cutters" in order to get your tickets for the ride. I had one such man try to cut in front of Q and I, and we got into a little verbal altercation. But I won, and he ended up cutting in front of people behind me...I am ruthless. But after about an hour of waiting in line, racing with a stroller, and stressing out, I wasn't about to let anyone ruin my chances of getting a ticket.
I was thinking this trip that Q might be a little more interested in rides than character greetings, but she still loved it, and I still had to be on the lookout for the characters so she could collect signatures and pictures. It's kind of stressful, but I do love it, and it makes her so happy. I'm sure the time will come, when she doesn't care about the characters as much...but I hope not.
I mean look at that happy face!
Isn't Disneyland just the most magical place!