My Christmas Tree
When the kids were very little we used to go to Disneyland once or twice a year. It's a very easy place to vacation with children and we made lots of fun family memories. We did get a bit burned out and as the kids got bigger we went less, Steve hasn't been there since Dagny was 6. The kids and I went with some friends when Dagny was 10, and that was the last time she was there. Dane and I have been there most recently, just the two of us went in '10. Going to Disneyland is always a mix of nostalgia and excitement. There are the things that never change that bring back fond memories, and then there's the new stuff that's all exciting because you haven't seen it a million times. The new stuff was pretty great, (World of Color, Toy Story Mania...) but I am a sucker for the nostalgia. Every step we took brought back happy memories of my happy little kids. I think that is the kind of magic that Mr. Walt Disney created.
Too old for Dumbo? Apparently not.
The new Little Mermaid Ride
(if that had been there when Dagny was 3 we would have had to ride it all day)
Haunted Mansion Holiday
Too much fun on the Teacups
Dagny got to ride an otter on the King Triton Carousel in California Adventure
(knowing how much she loves otters you can imagine her glee)
The Grizzly River Run with Grandpa and Sue
Inside the Tower of Terror
Dane's Favorite ride is, and always has been, Splash Mountain
There was a time when meeting characters was the highlight of the day, this time not so much. We saw tons of characters around both parks but only stopped to say hello to a few.
Loved him, best character we have ever met
Dagny and an old friend
Duffy, the Disney Bear
Never heard of him, but isn't he all cute and Christmassy?
On our last day as we were leaving, Dane said, "We Disneyed the Disney out of that place." That was his perfect way of saying that we couldn't have possibly had any more fun. We left completely exhausted and feeling like we had done everything there was to do. Nobody does Christmas like Disney, and nobody does family like Disney, so it was the perfect place for our non-traditional family Christmas.
Captured by pirates on Tom Sawyer's Island
(luckily they escaped and managed to end up with the treasure)
Seriously, there is nothing more delicious than a Tigger Tail
I mean that, it will complete you
You know why Dane isn't in the teacup?
He wouldn't fit, his legs are too long. No Joke.
Steve never stops trying to get that sword out
(he would really like to add it to his collection)
The World of Color
Driving around ToonTown with Grandpa
Lotso-Hugs Bear smells like strawberries
Yes, we are adorable