We were staying in a hotel just across the street so we could walk to the parks. That morning after waiting a long time to get through security I realized I had forgotten my cell phone. Lindsey offered to go back and get it while I waited in another rather long line to get our tickets for the parks. By then the kiddos were kind of done being patient, especially Asher who is not used to me wanting to stop and take a ton of pictures and also obviously waiting in line to get a picture with Mickey or Minnie. We were able to see Mickey, and even though Asher was in no mood I was still happy to have our moment with the iconic mouse.
Thankfully the kiddos slept in a little longer on Saturday since they had very tired little bodies. But it didn't take them long to get excited about leaving for a fun-filled day at Disneyland. We got a later start in the park, but the park was open until midnight and we stayed past midnight so it was a very long, busy, fun, tiring day.
Just like the last time I was there on Halloween, I was totally charmed by the decor. It is so cute and fun. I love how clever they are with the character Jack-O-Lanterns. Of course my favorite is the Mickey one, it is so cute. We saw and met Minnie first thing.
After we ate lunch, it was time for us to use our fast passes for Indiana Jones. Stella was nervous of course, and I didn't blame her. She had never been on a ride like that before, but she thought it was awesome and I was so proud. While we were in the area we hopped on the Jungle Cruise because the line was short and Stella didn't remember going on it as a baby. Asher wasn't having it though, he played Pokemon Go during the entire "tour." I got a kick out of it though, it is so silly and I liked it more than I remembered liking it.
Stella realized before we left that she had never been to Toon Town. She had of course, but she didn't remember. So we hung out there for a bit. We rode the roller coaster and went on Roger Rabbit. The moment we arrived in Toon Town was the moment where I realized that I was more thirsty than I had ever been in my life. And I couldn't find a food cart. I finally (after complaining to the kids over and over again) got some water at the concession stand. I had to go back again because the two glasses they gave me the first time just weren't enough. Anyway, while we were there Toon Town was calm and quiet and it was a nice place to just chill for a bit before returning to the chaos.
There was a lot of talk about "hidden Mickeys" and it was around this time that we were talking about it enough that Asher and Stella began finding them everywhere, which is to say, they were just finding rocks and stuff like that and calling them hidden Mickeys.
We then rode the Teacups, and it was fun because I have never been on them at night. Then we headed over to Autopia because Stella loves to drive the cars. After that we found a spot to watch the fireworks, which for me was a must-do event. They weren't that great though, especially compared to the 60th anniversary ones last year. But it was still fun to see them and we didn't wait too long for them so it all worked out.
We got to ride Indiana Jones again and then I was suddenly starving. We split up while Asher and Lindsey rode Space Mountain and I spent forever trying to find a food place that was still open at 10:00.
We were running out of time, so Stella and I headed to Alice in Wonderland which is one of her favorites. Asher and Lindsey met us there. As we were nearing the end of the ride we suddenly stopped, and then they announced that the ride was broken. Unfortunately we were stuck at the one spot where you can't get out and walk, and had to wait for the ride to move again. We didn't know this until the end and I wish they would have told us, because it was pretty annoying for them to keep coming by and saying that we would get out in a few minutes and then we would never see them again. There was a nice kid close by, who turned out to also be a nice Mormon boy and he promised us that he would get us on a ride, because by now we are thinking we won't make it on anything else. I said: "Peter Pan? You can get us on that?" And he said yes. Peter Pan is the only ride in the park that you have to wait even if you are in a wheelchair and we got in front of those people too AND we had a pass to get in front at any other ride in the park. We all fit on one Peter Pan ship and it was MAGICAL. I was feeling the Disney love my friends, I was feeling it.
We hurried to use our pass on Big Thunder, but it was down so we decided to go on The Haunted Mansion one more time. I enjoyed it even more that time and was just happy to be enjoying the moment with my little Stella.
By the time it was time to walk out and go home we were SO TIRED. Each step was an exercise in strength and endurance. I was barely able to get back to our hotel and was sore for days. We packed it in! We've never done Disney in such a hardcore way. I knew that was how it was going to be with the Cutlers and it was great, but dang it I couldn't do much for days.
Anyway, there was some whining, there were some grumpy moments, there were some headaches, there were moments of hunger and of dehydration. But it is funny--almost a month later I am sitting here and all I remember is the joy and the magic. I kept thinking about how each year Stella and I have these amazing Disney memories and I am so grateful for each and every one.