Our first full day in Disneyland was a big'un! We left the hotel room at 6:30 for breakfast (thank you, Lord, for letting us work on Texas time!), and didn't get back again until 10:00. It was a doozy of a day, but worth every second!
Let me just cut in and say that Jack? Was OBSESSED with Dumbo. He just couldn't get enough. We seriously must have ridden it four or five times, and every time we would walk by, he'd start yelling, "Duhbo! Duhhhhhbbbbooooo!" Cutest thing ever. He still talks about it nonstop :)
Y'all know that Ava is the bravest girl of all time, right? Well, despite being a thrill junkie, there were a few twists and turns in the acid trip that is Mr. Toad's Wild Ride that had Ava in tears, quite to our surprise, and so it was the perfect time for our scheduled appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I just want to toot my own horn for a second here. I once made it out of my subdivision without realizing I had forgotten to put shoes on, and yet? I remembered to call sixty days in advance to make this reservation for Ava! WINNING.
Y'all. It was such a special part of our trip! We made our appointment for 10a.m., which I would highly recommend, since that way your little princess gets to stay in character all day. We also brought our own dress - a Rapunzel dress Ava received for her third birthday that was really beautiful and detailed - which helped to save a lot. Considering the prices of alternative things you could purchase at Disney, I feel like this experience was the absolute best way that we could spend the money. It was worth every single cent. Later that night, as we were walking back to the hotel, Ava was still over the moon about her princess transformation, and while recounting the experience, from the hairdo to the manicure to the make-up and all the things she was sent home with (she got to keep all the make-up and hair things and nail polish that they used on her, as well as a sash, the hair jewels, and a special cinched backpack with the BBB logo - such great keepsakes!), she said, "I didn't even know they were going to do all that! They just kept making me feel more special!" Awwww!
Once her royal highness Princess Ava was all styled out, we were off to meet the Princesses in the Royal Hall at Fantasy Faire. This was an awesome order to do this in, since they would see her all dolled up and bow to her and address her as their peer princess - it was such a special experience. She really and truly felt like she was a Disney princess for a day - a huge thank you to the characters that made this such a magical time! THANK YOU!
We then spent the day hanging out around Frontierland and Critter Country, meeting with some of the characters that like to frequent that corner of Disneyland. We got some serious signatures this day! We also were so fortunate to have one of our best friends, who just so happens to live in L.A. now, join us in the park for the afternoon! The kids were so happy to see Uncle Tyler, and this mama was, too!
Next up was a trip to Toontown, and though there were many highlights, here's my personal favorite:
We were actually the second to last family allowed in to meet Mickey before he had to dash from his house to Fantasmic! Whew! It would've been so upsetting to be the one to just miss getting let in!
We finished the night watching the 'Paint the Night' parade and the Disney Forever Diamond Celebration fireworks - an absolute must-see if you go this year! Ava, unfortunately, fell asleep literally seconds before the parade began. Whomp, whomp.
How's that for getting my steps in?
Stay tuned for our foray into California Adventures tomorrow!