Saturday, December 10, 2011

We Went to Disneyland

In October we took a fairly spontaneous trip to Disneyland. We first took the kids right after Payton turned three and Ella was almost two. OVER TWO YEARS AGO! I love Disneyland and want to go every year, so Jason has done a really good job of putting it off. On our last trip the kids were little so they loved seeing the characters, Toon Town, Dumbo, the Carousel, and the Teacups.

The height requirement that opens up pretty much all the rides is 40 inches. Payton is over that so she could ride almost all the rides. Although Ella is not yet 40 inches she would have gone on every fast ride if she could have. I was happy that she was able to go on the Matterhorn. She loved it and rode it at least six times. The highlight for Payton was her first time on Splash Mountain. The girls both loved the Haunted Mansion (It was decorated so cool for Halloween), Autotopia, and Arial's new ride, which is in California Adventure. They still liked the Jungle Cruise, but this time they knew the animals were not real.

Another highlight of the trip was that our old neighbors happened to be at Disneyland at the same time. Their daughters, Isabella and Sofia, are some of Payton and Ella's best friends. We spent one of our days there with them and the girls had a blast. They actually have a season pass to Disneyland and go all the time, so they taught us about using fast passes!

 The girls posing in front of Sword in the Stone.

 Ella driving!

 Goofy's Garden in Toon Town

 Ready for the submarine ride to start.

 The Halloween decor was awesome!

 Swinging around in the Jungle Tree House.

 It's a small world after all.

 Loving her horse on the Carousel.

The girls wore their princess dresses on our first night there. It was really late when we took this picture. They were literally unconscious in the stroller minutes later. I don't think I've ever seen them quite as tired as they were here. 

Can I say again that I love Disneyland and it is so wonderful to experience it all over again with my kids. We had a great trip and we can't wait to go back. Hopefully Ella will have a big growth spurt this year!