I didn't know it before, but I know it now. Going to Disneyland on Mother's Day (May 12th) is the best gift I could ever give myself. I am not quiet about how I don't like Mother's Day. I think it is a depressing holiday and just scamming off to my favorite place was divine.
We got going pretty early, but not crazy early, and started our long walk to the park. We found a sneaky way in through the big fancy Disney hotel so that helped, but it was still a good jaunt. When we got there we got in line for cute Mother's Day pictures and they were giving away carnations to all the moms. There was a little festive vibe in the air and it made it even more fun.
When we walked in we saw Mickey so of course we waiting in a short line to say hi. When we all got in for a picture the photographer asked why we all had ears, but my mom didn't. And then I said something that I don't think my mom will ever forgive me for saying in a sassy voice: "She doesn't like to wear ears." Saying this seemed innocent enough, but it made MICKEY CRY! I know, he looked over all shocked and wiped tears away from his eyes. My mom brings up this story all the time about how I made her feel like she made Mickey cry.
We made our way over to Small World so Vivi could see her friends and she loved every second. Then we made our way through the back way to Frontierland and stopped for a ice cream treat. We rode Indiana Jones once and Big Thunder twice. I am not sure what my mom and Vivi did to keep busy then. I think Vivi fell asleep. We were already seeing signs that our little pumpkin was not feeling great, even though she was acting basically normal. She doesn't usually need a nap at Disney but she was out. We then went and got dinner by the Haunted Mansion and she kept sleeping. When she woke up she was CRANKY. So I started to feed her come chicken and it perked her up a bit. I was hopeful that she was going to be fine, but she only got worse.
We then headed over to Winnie The Pooh and the Haunted Mansion.
Stella got to go on the Matterhorn for the first time. The last time I rode it I decided I never needed to go on it again because it was so bumpy, but they had just finished working on the track so I gave it a try and it was pretty fun. Meanwhile, my mom had Vivi and they found a dance party with Mickey and Pluto and such and she danced it up. By the time I got there though, it was kind of over so I didn't get any great pictures.
One of my other main motivations for coming on this trip, was because they were offering a ticket special where you could get three days for $200. Which was such a good deal, and too good to pass up in my mind. So when I found the cheap flights to go with the cheap tickets...it seemed only logical that I spend a ton of money on a hotel and food and a car to go to get a "deal" at Disney. Can you pick up on my nutzo logic?
Anyway, we had a magical first day and it was great knowing we would be back in two days for Vivi's birthday. Everything felt relaxed and fun. My mom could not get over how delightful Disneyland was and she was a quick convert to the west coast mouse. It was a great day.