D is for Disney

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Rob here again to write about Disneyland; the best place on earth. We spent two wonderful days in Disneyland earlier this year as part of our California Adventure Trip. We did one half of the park each day and being there for two days allowed us to slow down a bit and check out some of the other fun things that Disneyland has to offer. As I’ve mentioned previously we planned this trip to coincide with days where the crowds are anticipated to be very small. It was very true that the lines were small; however, we were still taken aback at how crowded Tomorrow Land feels despite the smaller crowd base (for a moment we thought the statistics had failed us; however, the wait times remained short all day).

The mantra for the trip continued to be “ride everything interesting and ride our favorites as many times as wanted.” The girls rode Winnie the Pooh about 7 times and Nate rode splash mountain about 4 times. We hit star tours 3 or so times as well. Great, great, great fun. A family favorite is Pirates of the Caribbean and that only had about 5 minute waits. Such fun.

Similar to the last post I don’t really want to tell the story of the entire day. Instead I’ll just comment on a few things that we didn’t do last year because we didn’t have the time. First up was Tom Sawyers Island. That place is totally fun. Here are several pictures from the island. As well as Julie laying down and nursing a bad headache. Julie came down with some kind of cold that wasn’t debilitating but still gave her sinus pressure, multiple headaches, and just kind of took some of the enjoyment out of the trip for her. Poor Julie.

A couple of fun stories to go with these pictures. Cara loved the treasure pile and didn’t want to leave it. Also, I lost Cara in the caves for a few minutes (great parenting moment from Rob). Also, Nate and Madi just had a blast climbing all over the rocks and caves. This place is well worth it for little kids if you have the time.

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Nate and Madi had a fun time collecting pins although they were not too certain about the “trading” thing and kept their pins mostly to themselves. Their grandparents are into pins (during the SLC Olympics they bought millions) and needless to say (as evidenced in the photo below) the kids made out like bandits and still enjoy their pins to this day.

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A cute shot of the girls in the afternoon sun.

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Handsome Dr. Jones! Thanks for the hat dad!

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One of the family chilling in a teacup!

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My parents with the kids on the teacup ride. I think my parents really had a blast experiencing Disneyland again with little kids and we had a lot of fun spending time with them as well. What fun.

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A cute one of Nate in Toon Town.

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Another fun part of Disneyland that we didn’t hit last year are the princess plays. We saw Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel. The girls that both of the plays were so funny and enjoyed seeing the princesses. Our girls are not much into meet and greet situations and prefer to observe the princess from a distances so the plays were ideal. Here is a picture of us waiting for one of the plays to start. Cara was actually much more difficult this year that she was last year. She was very easy last time and to be honest we were quite surprised at how difficult she was. Because of this and Julie’s headaches they both went back to the hotel each day for a mid-day nap.

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We also had a great time on Autopia. 

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What a great time we had in Disneyland. Thanks for planning and pulling off a great trip (Julie)!!

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