happiest place on earth (and warm in december)

A partial summary of our trip to CA. And there are a lot of pictures, just to warn you.

Napping in the car on the way down. Why is it that our kids always fall asleep 30 minutes before we need to stop?

Upon our arrival to the hotel, we made our way over to Downtown Disney and the CA letters in front of California Adventure.

We also stopped in at the Lego store and thought this was pretty cool, among other creations.

Before entering the park on the first day, which is always such an exciting moment.

Our first look at the snowy Sleeping Beauty Castle as we walked down Main Street.

We hit Fantasyland the first day with Early Entry.

When we woke up for our second day, Dave wondered why his muscles were sore. I would say the above picture is a good reason.

Gwen sizing up the Dumbo attraction, it being our first ride. She had this expression for many of the rides—really unsure about them.

Still deciding…

I think she likes it.

We headed over to Peter Pan after Dumbo and Gwen kept her eye on the Queen the whole time we were in line. Every time she’d open the curtains, Gwen would point her out.

It’s a Small World with the holiday layover.

I love the Santa Tiki.

And we always make a quick stop at the White Rabbit’s door on our way out of Alice.

Then we visited the new Pixie Hollow. I think I loved it as much as the girls did.

The got to meet Silvermist Fairy

And Tinkerbell of course.

Gwenie was obsessed with her door.

We met up with the Cobbs, as usual, which we love to do since they know the ins and outs of the parks. Carol and the girls won us someDream Fast Passes and even though the crowds were manageable, they were nice to have. Inez had so much fun with Bridget and Caitlin. At one point they were doing the “cha-cha” (which was actually a conga line) while they were waiting for us adults. I’m so glad that my girls get along so well with their cousins!

Inez was so excited when we saw Jasmine, as she’s Nezzie’s favorite Princess. Gwen was more interested in her jewelry. And when I gave Inez the Jasmine crown she is wearing in this picture, she actually told me that she was worried that if Aladdin saw her he might think she was Jasmine, so she didn’t want to wear it around him.

Both days at the parks, we got really lucky and just kept running into different characters.
Chip and Dale

While it may appear that Goofy is checking Gwen’s diaper, it was just an awkward hug.

The Wicked Queen from Snow White. Gwen was especially nervous, just look at her hands.

Mary Poppins and Bert

Pooh Bear and Tigger

And Gwen seemed to want the attention instead of letting Nez have a turn.

Santa and Mrs. Claus

We went to the Princess Fantasy Faire for the first time, but did NOT wait in the hour line to see the princesses. The girls were satisfied with hearing Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine come out for storytelling, and so were we! Inez was ecstatic when Jasmine came out to tell her story during which Inez was sitting front and center. It got even better when Jasmine actually winked at her.

The holiday overlay that they do on Haunted Mansion. I think we prefer it to the normal Haunted Mansion.

One of our favorite rides is Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. Dave and I are in constant competition to beat one another. The funny thing about it is that I always beat Dave. ALWAYS. Here’s an example of our scores (and my personal best).


More playtime on the letters.

Our traditional Lesue family picture on the L.

We also discovered a few helpers at the popcorn carts.
Oogie Boogie, near Haunted Mansion

The Abominable Snowman, near Matterhorn.
(Bonus points for whoever knows the name the cast members have given the abominable snowman in the ride.)

And Santa, near the Castle.

We also saw a few parades. This was the beginning of the Pixar Play Parade that they have going on at California Adventure. Being big Pixar fans, we loved that parade.

This was Gwen acting like a baby/crazy before the Parade started. She put on quite a show for everyone waiting.

The Cobb girls at the Christmas parade.

Inez watching the Christmas parade. I love that facial expression.

And on our way out, the Castle lights.

  1. Liz

    Looks like a fun trip. I am a little worried about Tinker Bell though, she doesn’t look very good. I think that is one character that should just be left as a cartoon drawing.

  2. Karissa and Mik

    its ok gwen some of the characters creep me out too. i love the christmas letters!

  3. Katrina

    It’s a Small World was closed when we went. I was really sad, because it’s one of my faves. Great pictures!

  4. Holly

    katrina, they did an overhaul on small world. they had to make the canals deeper because of how much more people weigh now as opposed to when it first opened back in the 60s. they also changed some stuff inside too. if you love that ride normally, you would really love it with the holiday layover. it’s really cute.

  5. Jana

    i so cant wait to see disneyland full of christmas cheer.

    the girls look cute, especially gwen as she is taking it all in.

    oh, and i believe the swiss monsters name is harold? (i think thats it anyway. i know it starts with an h. so there you go).

  6. denice

    so fun. wish i had been there. maybe next year.

  7. Joe

    Great pictures–I love Gwen’s expressions the most.

    The monster is named Harold, but when I was a kid we used to call him Rambis.

  8. Holly

    The monster’s name is indeed Harold. Nice job on the Disney trivia Jana and Joe!

  9. Bandit Jack

    i really like your pictures! ive never been to disneyland, only disney world. looks like fun!

  10. Carol Cobb

    We had so much fun with you guys and are glad you had a good trip! I still have yet to post about Disneyland-hopefully I can get back to my blog soon:)

  11. Melissa

    Hello! You guys were in CA! Thanks for telling us! We went to Disneyland last week, it’s way cool. Glad you guys had a good trip =).

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