S: Disneyland, Anaheim, CA * July 14th through 18th, 2011
FC: July 14th through 18th, 2011
1: Made For Addyson and Mikaela With Love. ~Mom~ | Published in 2011
2: On Our Way Dad and Papa were headed to Canada to fish, so Nana decided to take the girls on a trip to Disneyland. | Mikaela and Nibbles | July 14, 2011
3: Nana brought along some fish sticky notes, courtesy of Papa, for the girls to color. They each colored some and then we made the fish swim along the windows at the Red Carpet Club. | Addyson LOVED the fish
4: Flying After we were in the air about 20 minutes, the plane hit a small patch of turbulence. Mikaela screamed "We're Going Down!!" She hates to fly.
5: We stayed at the Residence Inn and the kids were first drawn to the pool. After getting settled in our room, we all headed back to the lobby to buy bus passes to head to the parks. | Finally Made it to Anaheim | July 14, 2011
6: Catching | We took Disney buses from our hotel to the parks via stop #7 | a | Bus
7: First Stop: | The girls LOVED seeing Sleeping Beauty's Castle! | July 14, 2011
8: Parade | Just after arriving, the parade started. The girls LOVED seeing all of their favorite characters. What a fun way to start our trip! | A
9: July 14, 2011 | Our first attraction was Sleeping Beauty's Castle. You can walk through it and read her story. Addyson and Mikaela thought it was neat to see where Sleeping Beauty lives. | Castle | The
10: We all walked to Downtown Disney and spent a little time playing with Legos before having dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. We were seated next to a gorilla that shook a tree every 20 minutes, which scared Mikaela. | Addyson and Mikaela also pressed their first pennies of the trip! | July 14, 2011
11: Downtown Disney
12: First Ride | After dinner, we rode the monorail into Disneyland, where we rode Car Toon Spin and It's a Small World.
13: July 14, 2011
14: After our day of travel and half day in Disneyland, Addyson and Mikaela were exhausted. They slept really well that night. We took advantage of the breakfast buffet at our hotel the next morning. | So Sleepy | July 14 and 15, 2011
15: After breakfast we all had plenty of energy and were all truly excited to get to spend another day in the most magical place on Earth! | Back to the Parks | July 15, 2011
16: Ready for Disney
17: July 15, 2011 | Rides | The parks didn't get very busy until about noon, so we walked right on the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and Winnie the Pooh!
18: Addyson was 40.5 inches tall, finally tall enough to ride some of the bigger rides. Big Thunder Mountain was her first one and she LOVED it! | Addyson's First Big | July 15, 2011
19: This picture was taken just after her first ride. She just couldn't stop smiling! Mom and Dad are SO excited that she loves roller coasters!
20: After riding the roller coaster with Addyson, it was Mikaela's turn to pick a ride. She wanted to ride on a green | with Nana! | July 15, 2011
21: Mikaela chose King Arthur's Carousel Next. | Nana LOVES carousels and even rode next to the girls! We had three horses right in a row! | Up and Down
22: Time 'Fer Some Grub | July 15, 2011
23: We ate lunch at the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ in Frontierland. They served fantastic family style BBQ meals and even had some singin' and dancin' for the kiddos! | Yeehaw!
24: Both Addyson and Mikaela LOVE the tea cups. Addyson likes to spin fast, so she rode with Nana. Mom and Mikaela just enjoyed the ride. Mikaela screamed "AHH" the entire time! | July 15, 2011 | Perfect Day for a Tea Party
25: This 55 minute wait was the longest line we stood in our entire trip. The girls got ansy, so Mom bought a strawberry lemonade slush to pass the time. | Just Keep Swimming | July 15, 2011
26: Storybook Land | July 15, 2011 | and the | Disneyland Railroad | Storybook Land | and the | Disneyland Railroad
27: they gave her this awesome sticker! | When we got on, Mom was worried that it was going to be too fast and too dark for her. But Addyson LOVED Space Mountain and now compares all other rides to it! When people ask her about our trip, this is the first thing she recalls! | When we told the ride attendent it was Addyson's first ride, | July 15, 2011
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29: Addyson and Mikaela got to pick out their Mickey Ears for the trip. Addyson settled on a Tinkerbell hat and Mikaela liked the Minnie Mouse ear hat. We then had their names added to the backs and they both wore them the rest of the evening!
30: July 15, 2011
31: More Magical Moments | More Magical Moments
32: Our First | Greeting | We walked in to Disneyland this morning and found Mary Poppins and Bert standing there! | Mary Poppins LOVED the girls' skirts, so they all got to do some twirling together! Even Bert twirled a time or two! | July 16, 2011
33: No stop at Disneyland is complete without a quick tour of the fire department. Addyson and Mikaela even climbed up into the truck and got to ring the bell! | Calling all Fire Fighters | Calling all Fire Fighters | July 16, 2011
34: July 16, 2011 | A CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE | A CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE | Mikaela was such a trooper while waiting for us to ride Soarin'. She told Mom "Rides take awhile sometimes, Mom." What a girl!
35: As soon as the park opened, we sprinted to ride Soarin'. It was Addyson's first time, and she loved smelling the oranges and the pine trees. After Mom and Addyson had finished their flight, Nana and Addyson went using a rider swap ticket. This was Nana's favorite ride of the trip! | The Little Mermaid ride had just opened one month earlier. It was a fascinating display of animatronics and video. We all thoroughly enjoyed it!
37: It was finally time to dine with the princesses! And, since it was Ariel's Grotto, we got to meet Ariel first. | July 16, 2011 | Under the Sea
38: Meeting Ariel's Princess Friends | We were the first group of the day to get a table for lunch. Therefore, we had the best seat in the house and not only saw the princesses come out, but got to meet them first, too! All of our favorites were there. Addyson met Cinderella, Mikaela met Belle, and Nana met Snow White! And the food was AMAZING! | July 16, 2011
40: July 16, 2011 | The girls got goofy with their glasses! | 3
41: After lunch, we shrunk to the size of toys to play Toy Story's 4D Midway Mania. We ended our stay in Paradise Pier with a ride on King Triton's Carousel.
42: July 16, 2011 | Our next stop was the Hyperion theater to see the Aladdin production. What a stage show this was, complete with Aladdin and Jasmine flying over the audience on a magic carpet and giant elephants walking through the crowd! We all loved it!
43: 1 | Hollywood Studios | After the Aladdin show, we went to Hollywood Studios to ride Monsters, Inc. and see Muppet Vision 3D. | 5 | July 16, 2011
44: We took a stroll over to Bug's Land, where we shrunk to the size of bugs to ride these crazy ladybugs. They looked like the tea cups but went MUCH faster. Everyone but Mom LOVED them! | July 16, 2011
45: After becoming thoroughly dizzy on the ladybugs, Addyson and Mikaela wanted to spin some more on Flik's Flyers. We all sat in an animal cracker box and flew 'round and 'round in the air! | Mikaela did NOT want her picture taken!
46: Riding in the caterpillar was a highlight of everyone's trip. When we rode through the watermelon, it dripped on us, and when we rode through a box of animal crackers, it smelled sweet like cookies! Then, Addyson got to drive her very own flea at the flea circus. How fun! | July 16, 2011 | More Bug Fun | More Bug Fun
47: We met a lot of nice people in line for Heimlich's Chew Chew Train. They even took our first group photo of the trip!
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49: Meeting the fairies was definitely on Addyson and Mikaela's bucket list for this trip. They were so excited when we got in line and we didn't have to wait long. But it didn't matter, there was SO much to see in Pixie Hollow...fairies everywhere! | July 17, 2011 | Meeting the fairies was definitely on Addyson and Mikaela's bucket list for this trip. They were so excited when we got in line and we didn't have to wait long. But it didn't matter, there was SO much to see in Pixie Hollow...fairies everywhere! | July 17, 2011
50: Terrence | Terrence is Tinkerbell's best friend and is in charge of the distribution of Pixie Dust! | July 17, 2011
51: Tinkerbell & Vidia | Vidia is the fast flying fairy. | Tinkerbell! The girls were tickled to meet her!
52: We stepped out of Pixie Hollow to find none other than Peter Pan! | Neverland is Around the Corner | He was so gracious with the girls and held quite a conversation. | Every time we met a character and Mom asked the girls to smile, Mikaela would say "Cheeseburger!" Peter Pan thought it was hilarious! | July 17, 2011 | There was no line for Pan, so we got to meet him right away.
53: On July 17th, 1955, Disneyland was officially unveiled to the public via a special televised press event. We got to be there to celebrate it's birthday! | Disneyland's 56th Birthday
54: Curiouser and Curiouser | July 17, 2011 | The girls had to ride the tea cups again! And since Mom didn't want to go, they went fast for Addyson and then spun slow for Mikaela!
55: The line to meet Rapunzel was always terribly long (think 90 minutes or more). So, Mom got in line 45 minutes before they opened. Nana took Addyson and Mikaela and rode Dumbo and the Carousel. The girls didn't have to stand in the heat and meeting Rapunzel was a major highlight of the trip! | When Addyson got excited or nervous to meet a character, she would play with her hair! It was so cute! | July 17, 2011
56: After searching and searching, we happened upon meeting Jessie by chance. She was in Frontierland and we had to jump in line immediately. Both girls thought she was very tall! | Yodel-Le-He-Ho | Yodel-Le-He-Ho | July 17, 2011 | July 17, 2011
57: This ride has always been one we've had to ride more than once. All four of us were able to catch things we didn't see the first time on this ride! | It's A Doll World | July 17, 2011 | It's a world of laughter a world of tears. It's a world of hopes and a world of fears. There's so much that we share that it's time we're aware, | it's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all. It's a small, small, world. | There is just one moon and one golden sun. And a smile means friendship to everyone. Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide, | it's a small world after all!
58: Our stop at Fantasy Faire was nothing short of magical! We got to listen to Snow White tell her story, got to sit on an actual princess throne, and then even found some magical penny machines to remember our trip! | July 17, 2011 | Princess Fantasy Faire
59: Ice Cream Time | Mikaela had mint chocolate chip and Addyson had cookies and cream! Yum! | Ice Cream Time | Mikaela had mint chocolate chip and Addyson had cookies and cream! Yum! | July 17, 2011 | July 17, 2011
60: Collecting Souven-EARS | After we all had played hard for the past few days, it was time to shop! There were definitely no shortage of places to do so at Disneyland. All four of us got matching Mickey necklaces and the girls got matching Mickey Mouse tiaras! | July 17, 2011
61: More Character Dining | This was the most stressful dinner of the whole trip! But everyone was excited to meet Goofy! | Disneyland Hotel July 17, 2011
62: After we met Goofy, we walked to our table and it was our turn to meet Pluto. We hadn't even said goodbye to Pluto and it was our turn to meet Dale. As Dale walked away, Cinderella came by. That's right, three characters and Mom and Nana hadn't even sat their bags down! Not 10 minutes later, Princess Aurora and Chip came by. Finally, the girls' favorite, Minnie Mouse! | Crazy Characters | July 17, 2011
64: EXHAUSTED | July 17, 2011 All of the commotion wore out Mikaela so much that she fell asleep at the dinner table!
65: July 17, 2011 | After dinner, we headed back to Disneyland to ride the Disneyland Railroad around the park. We caught a glimpse of Mickey Mouse on our way off and got in line immediately, as we hadn't yet met him. What an awesome way to end an amazing trip.
66: Now It's Time to Say Goodbye... | It's become a tradition of ours to make the last thing we do saying goodbye to the castle. | July 17, 2011 | back to the hotel, Addyson was so upset we were leaving that she broke down in tears. | As soon as we got on the bus to head
67: We had a fantastic trip! Mikaela was SO tired that she fell asleep on the plane! When we arrived at DIA, we met Dad and Papa who just flew in from Canada. | July 18, 2011 | Flying Home