The best part about summer is that Disneyland is so much easier. The weather was great, the crowds were good and the park was as magical as ever. This trip report will bring you princesses, tears, and terrifying ending!
We started on the Thursday bright and early. It was my niece's 5th birthday so we had all things princess planned. Our first stop was an autograph book (princess of course). We picked up the one that allows for pictures next to the autographs which I loved. I can't wait to get my own and fill it up with pictures on my next trip in Oct. Here is Goofy and Chip doing what they do best.
After characters we headed to Fantasyland. The only two rides my niece would go on was the carousel and Dumbo. I'd never been on the carousel before. She was too afraid to go on Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Snow White, Fantasmic, Fireworks, Nemo, Buzz Lightyear, and meeting Tinkerbelle. During our time in Fantasyland, we got a great surprise. The Disneyland band on the Carousel with Peter Pan, Alice and the Mad Hatter. I'm sure this is some regular occurance but I'd never seen it before. What a delight!! Here are my hard earned pics of the band and my picture celebrating my first carousel ride.
My niece was allowed to pick one "prize" for her trip. The Emporium stuff animal shelves were like girl heaven. She was in awe of the choices. She picked a baby minnie with a blanket. The next day her auntie spoiled her with a princess tea set. Luckily a lot of people who love her gave her the gift of Disneyland with me, so I had plenty of money with which to spoil her royally. Thanks to all who helped make the magic happen.
Speaking of royalty... our next spot before the eating with the princesses would be to get all ready for the big event. We loved the Bippity Boppity Boutique! For 54 bucks the treated her like a princess--no joke. Royal photographers to capture it all and Fairy Godmothers in training. The hair lasted FOREVER. In fact on Sunday when her mom came to pick her up, she was still rocking the princess hair. She also got make-up, nail polish, a ring, a bag, birthday sash and tiara (not a crappy plastic one but a nice tiara). I was very impressed and felt the cost was worth it. She'll never forget becoming a princess at Disneyland!!
Next was Ariel's Grotto. Certainly expensive but I think worth it. We took most of the leftovers with us and fed the rest of our group. As you can see by the pictures, she couldn't wait. I thought Belle was not only beautiful but also spent quality time. She was in character to max and was as delightful as can be. I liked her as much as I liked Belle in the movie! And that's saying something. Meeting Cinderella was also a high point. The food was good (really good) and the dessert tray was ridiculous. I saved the white chocolate conch shell, but you'll have wait until the ending of the trip report to find out to it. I love these pictures. the one of Cinderella is one of my favorites from this or any trip.
Eventually, I got to meet Tink. OUr first attempt was met with lots of crying. The big grass was too scary. She just needed a nap. We took a nap and came back to the park in time for Celebrate! I really liked it. better than my niece. It was fun for sure. No, it isn't POD. But I enjoyed it and I'm pretty sure that is the point.
The next day was my daughter's birthday. Her dad who lives in the LA area came and spent the day with her at the park. Apparently they went on California Screamin 5 times. 3 of those in a row! She had this crazy plan and by golly they did it all. We met up for fireworks and then again at the end of the night. We took one picture of my girl on her birthday with her parents. We split when she was 3 months so there aren't any pictures of the 3 of us together. She was really happy. And I love how the emporium looks in the background.
At the end of our last night we met up with Mickey Mouse at 11 o'clock. I've never seen MM out so late. I'm glad he had the late shift while we were there.
All inall, it was a good trip. Oh the tragic ending. I'll post the drama in a moment.
Why do people like to pose with letters?