OK I figured out the pics onward we go. We stopped for lunch/dinner.
Mount Shasta National Park
After 18 hours of driving and many many potty breaks we make it to LA! Wait where's Disneyland? It took us about an hour to finally get to Disneyland after we hit LA! and then !!!!
Ok so we get there at 5am on the 23rd and I run in hoping for a room, but I called at 3am and they couldn't guarantee me one. So we were going to unload our stuff rest in the lobby then catch breakfast and pray for an early check in at 11am. but thanks to Sandy our Favorite front desk clerk...
We got the last ready room, a birthday button for Alex, bags of goodies, and Sandy told me she was going to leave a special package for Alex, Amorita, and John.
It was signed photos of The Princesses for Alex. Ariel for Pita, and Buzz & Woody for John.
So we head gratefully head up to our room take a shower and head to Disneyland about 7:15 am.
We decided to take the monorail in because we had tickets for Mickey's Morning Madness.
John needed to take a nap.
Toon Town was fun the kids had a blast! And we got our first button. Later I'll put a pic of the collection of free buttons we received. We bought hats rode some rides. Then we went back to the hotel took a dip in the pool, then a little nap, and ran into Goofy in the lobby. Then we headed to White water Shack for those nachos I've heard so much about. They did not disappoint we went back for lunch the next day! They were so good I forgot to take a picture until half way through.
Then we headed to DCA and its a Bug Land till our dinner a Ariel's Grotto.
I have tons more pics but I just put the kids Favorite princess up. John was in LOVE with Bell and yelled her name across the room. After dinner we were pooped and couldn't do anymore. So we headed back to the room. And a couple minutes later we received a call the we had an amenity.
We had a great first day. So great that we decided to go on Amorita's & John's 6th Birthdays. About every two years from now and we'll be staying at the Disneyland Hotel again. Ok I'm tired after we got home my daughter came down with something and of course now my son and I have it too! I'll finish this tomorrow. Good night!
Man I got tired out just reading about the hours you were keeping, but it sure looks like everybody had a good time. Great pictures and Sandy must be a really special Hotel Cast Member. That was very nice of her. Cool stuff.
OK bare with me I'm sick so this may take awhile. But moving on looking at our pics always perks me up! So we have early entry on Saturday and of course our first picture is in front of the castle!
If you can stay at one of the hotels I definitely recommend it! The cost was worth it to have early entry, because the wait in line was usually less then a minute and we got to ride at least 5 times. Although we only did 2 dark rides because my girls were too scared. so we had to promise no more dark rides. We spent a lot of the morning riding Dumbo and Teacups.
They let our birthday girl Alex ride by herself! She was very excited!After a potty break we stood in line for the Casey train ride. The park had opened by this time and we were getting hungry. Since the kids loved Ariel's Grotto we decided to go the Minnie's Breakfast. So I called Disney Dinning and made a reservation for an hour later. Meanwhile we got a car on the train that fit our kids perfectly!
So after our train ride we took a ride on the horse drawn cart. Where we met Maria who was awesome! She ran ahead a couple times to take pics of the family.
After the ride Maria asked one of the guys that drives the fire truck to wait for us so my son could ride on it. We didn't even ask her she just thought the kids would enjoy it. We love Maria too!!!
So then we headed off to breakfast with Minnie. I'm so glad we made a reservation or else there would have been a long wait. Here are just a couple of pics. One side note. We had to fight for Pooh, everyone kept stealing him before he came to the balcony. It was a little frustrating. But in the end we finally saw him and it made my son's day.
After breakfast we met up with some friends of ours. They are Jen and Donnie Amorita's god parents.
Then off to bugs land! I think the ride was too fast for him!!!
We can't hear, see, speak Disney because I'm broke!!! Well I thought it was funny.
John got to actually touch Mater and Lightning McQueen! Again he was in Heaven!!! And when they say a mob they mean a mob of people!
The Ferris wheel was so much fun, especially when you don't expect a big swing!
Because we love our friends so much we had to take them to get some nachos. Not that we wanted any it was just for them. Then we headed to the Aladdin and show. Wouldn't you know it as soon as we convince my daughter the show isn't scary a hand pops out of the curtain gesturing the actors back stage. The lights come up and we are told to exit the theater. Man we had used our preferredseating. They told us we couldn't get our tickets back, but to come to the next show and explain what happened and we'd get our seating. I was a little mad,(more because a lot of the people working there said" I don't know can't help you") but my friends and husband said let it go. Look there's Mr. Incredible.
Amorita wouldn't get near him. Then we went back to the hotel to take a dip. Say good by to our friends and go to bed. Here's our hotel room and the fire works from our balcony. Amorita and John had crashed before the fire works.
Our last day
A little packing and off to Goofy's Kitchen
A B-day celebration just $5 more.
John is holding his hat because Hook knocked Alex's off.
By Mickey we're off to the park..
Here are our lanyards and pins. Our last day we found out about pin trading!
These are all the free buttons the kids got. Also the pins we traded for. We bought the Jake pin, the parade pin, and the McQueen pin. 4 came with our package and 2 were given to the girls by cast members. We stopped two men with lanyards to see if they had princess pins. They had alot. One guy said happy birthday to Alex and gave her another pin and the other guy said "we can do that?!" and gave Amorita another princess pin! Again AWOSOME TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!
We head over to the MiceChat Meet to meet everyone and see my God Parents Jr. and Debbie and the kids.
This is my Minnie Me Tina. She is just like I was when I was her age hence Minnie Me.
Here's one of about 20 pics Alex took of my nino(god father) posing with a map.
We go to ride some more rides while everyone goes to eat. Then we meet up with nina,god mother, and Pezzlightyear and the Pezzlings. The girls had fun with Sara and the Pezzlings! We go to Aladdin's Oasis. It was a great show.
We did a little more pin trading and ran into Marry Poppins
We ran into the Parade of Dreams and got the perfect spot where they stopped and danced in front of us.
Then on to DCA where we got VIP seating for Aladdin after a visit at guest services.
The reason we headed to DCA
John said I had an owey
Nina and Miguel after Aladdin
A pic Alex took
The end I'm tired hope you all enjoy. I don't think we'll ever be able to top our first family vacation thanks to everyones advice, especially Nina & Nino, and of course the Cast Members at Disneyland!!! Thanks for everything!!!!!!!!
Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things...