I have a soft spot for Disneyland. There is nothing like it…Main Street, the rides, the characters, it is all magical. The only thing that makes it better is taking the girls for the day. Their little faces light up at everything, making the crowds, the lines and the chaos so, so worth it.
We went for the day with my sisters and our collective 9 children. It was unorganized, crazy and a blast. We wandered from land to land, jumping on rides that were musts on kids lists or anything with a short line. We didn't rush, we didn't have a schedule, we just enjoyed it.
Maddie gets excited about nearly everything, but Mickey and Minnie are high up on her list of favorites. As we were walking down Main Street Mickey happened to pop out from backstage. There was immediate marching and squealing and bursting at the seams excitement. She wasn’t sure what to make of him at such a close distance but chanted his name the second he wasn’t poking his nose at her. The icing on the cake was turning around and catching Minnie right as she walked out. Gracie couldn’t believe it, Minnie just happens to be a little bit better than Mickey in her book.
Gracie was mesmerized by so much of the day. While she has been to Disneyland before, this time she seemed to take it all in. The collective thrill from her cousins, her awareness of who’s who among the characters and her understanding of “I’m waiting in a line for something cool, so it’s okay” made the day more enjoyable than I could have imagined. In most pictures with the characters we can only see the back of her head, she wasn’t going to take her eyes off of the princesses. Maddie was not sure what to think of the Evil Queen, especially when she pointed out the apples on her sweaters and all the kids got a little nervous. She did like Snow White's red lipstick and was frustrated I didn't let her get just a little closer. Gracie's only heartbreak was over being just shy of the height requirement for Big Thunder Railroad. There were big tears and promises of a visit next year when she is a little taller. We took her to the rollercoaster in ToonTown- she liked that it was fast, but requested something “super fast, and probably longer and maybe upside down or something!"
We made it through rain, nap time and the crowds. It could have been being there with family, or our kickback attitude, or the excitement of the girls or a combination of it all, but it turned out to be a great, remember it forever kind of day.
And a couple of my favorite instagrams from our day...