The Disneyland Post
(the one with people in it, anyway)

Well, we got into Anaheim Wednesday afternoon and spent Wednesday evening, Thursday, Friday, and most of Saturday at The Happiest Place on Earth. We met up with some good friends and family, always a highlight.

Inez went on Indiana Jones for the first time. She had been talking about how she was going to go on it the next time we went since she is finally tall enough. However, when we got there and she was faced with the reality of actually going on the ride, she freaked out. Being the wonderful mother that I am, I made her go on it anyway. Which meant that I had to carry a frightened and crying six-year-old child through the line. Even though we had fast-passes, it was still a loooong way to carry her. And for the record, she kept her head down, eyes closed and ears plugged through the whole ride. But don’t worry about her. She also cried on Haunted Mansion and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. We like to make our children experience scary things. We feel it builds character.

Gwen was tall enough to ride on most of the “big” rides. She rode the three Mountains (Splash, Space, and Thunder), Star Tours, Soarin’ Over California (my favorite) and Tower of Terror. Dave and I were amazed at Gwen’s fearlessness. Especially considering the fact that Inez wouldn’t go on any of those besides Soarin’ and Space Mtn. Gwen not only wanted to try these rides for her first time, but she would ask to go on them again. All of them. Including Tower of Terror. I am even a little nervous to ride that one!

We also got into Vinylmation. They are three inch figurines that you buy to keep or trade. We each got one to bring home as a souvenir from this trip. We had a lot of fun trading them and trying to find the ones we really wanted. We really hope we don’t end up like those crazy pin trading people (no offense to the pin traders out there).

Look at this face. She is nearly bursting with excitement as we prepare to enter the gates for the first time, which is always a moment that I love too.

The morning of our first full day.  Excitement is in the air.

Inez was all about posing for pictures during this trip.

This was our mellow, happy, teething baby enjoying Disneyland for her first time.

We met up with our good friends, the Whites.

Our girls got along really well and were cute with one another.

I love how the girl’s hair looks at the end of a day, kind of waif-ish. (No offense Melissa)

One of Gwen’s meltdowns.

I had to bribe the girls to sit here so that I could take their pictures in this spot. This was Gwen’s pose.

Inez was a bit more cooperative. I love this spot in California Adventure, right in the entrance of A Bug’s Land. They always have great flowers and even fruit trees and vegetables growing. It’s pretty cool.

We took a break for a tigger’s tail…

…and a little ham.

Best friend sisters.

“My name is Tigger and I eat small children!”

That picture makes us laugh so hard.
This is a much better pose.

Inez claimed to be “too old” to take pictures with the Winnie the Pooh characters. While that may be true, I asked her to take a picture with them anyway and she obliged. She came around and even smiled.

Inez named her horse “Whinny.”

Gwen then felt the need to name her horse as well. There was a spot of brown on it, so she named it “Chocolate Milk.”

We had just exited Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Inez was not happy that we made her go on it. That is why she is not smiling here…

…and still had a sour look on her face at the next ride. Seriously, how can kids ever justify feeling anything but pure glee when they are at Disneyland? It baffles me. IT’S DISNEYLAND!

The Teacups are one of my favorite spots. I love the atmosphere around that ride. I love that it’s an open ride you can see right into and that the music flows throughout the area. It’s a very nostalgic spot for me.
I’m weird, I know.

It was such a fun trip. I love that as our girls get older, each trip to Disneyland is a little different. I just hope that they will never be too cool for Disneyland. I hope that they always love it, and that it will be a place where we can go to as a family to have fun and make great memories.

So, now it’s time to make the next count-down chain because I’m already ready to go back.

  1. Ann

    We’re counting down until next Spring. We were planning on this Spring, but we had the baby instead. Can’t wait.

  2. Anonymous

    my kids ask to look at these over and over. we miss it too!

  3. jana

    anonymous is really me.

  4. Liz

    Looks like you had fun and I love the little figures much better than pins but probably harder to display on a hat or jacket or whatever. What, you just carry them around in a backpack and then ask people if they have some in their bag that they want to trade?

  5. Melissa

    No offense on the hair, I just wish I thought it looked “waifish” and not “rag-a-muffin-ish” (esp. Annie’s). We are thinking of going on a Disney cruise next year, wanna come?

  6. James W.

    Laughing at the Tigger eating small children picture. The woman in the background is like, “…(sigh), there goes Tigger eating another poor child’s head…”.

  7. Denice

    Thx for sharing your disney w me! did u seriously lug ur nice camera around along w ur 3 daughters?

  8. Holly

    Denice, I did take my camera, but isn’t really nice—it’s an old Canon Rebel. And I only had my 50mm prime lens, so it wasn’t even heavy!

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