Disneyland, Day 1

For the first time ever, we actually purchased tickets to Disneyland. We took advantage of the SoCal Resident prices, the young ages of the girls, and packed food and drink to minimize the impact to our wallet and it worked out well. We prepaid for access to a park (Disneyland or California Adventure) for three days prior to the end of May and used our first day last Sunday. The last time Vivian went to Disneyland, she was 20 months old. And this was Lillian’s very first time to Disneyland!

Disneyland!

Disneyland!

Unfortunately, a bunch of the rides that we wanted to take Vivian on were closed (Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland Railroad, and “it’s a small world”). But, she really enjoyed the rides that we did take her on and we all had a lot of fun.

The first thing that we did when we finally got into the park was walk through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Vivian has been enthralled with Sleeping Beauty lately and she’s seen the movie a few times. She even got to see Sleeping Beauty walking through the park and afterwards, she couldn’t stop talking about seeing her in her pink dress.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

We spent the first half of our day in Fantasyland, riding the Storybook Land Canal Boats (Lil’s first and only ride of the day), King Arthur Carrousel (this was Viv’s first Disneyland ride when she was 1 month old, which may be why she loves carousels so much!), and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

King Arthur Carrousel

King Arthur Carrousel

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

After a churro snack, we left Fantasyland and walked to Mickey’s Toontown.

Churro!

Churro!

Vivian had a BLAST in Mickey’s Toontown. She leved every part of it – Gaget’s Go Coaster (her first roller coaster!), Chip n’ Dale Treehouse, Donald’s Boat, Goofy’s Playhouse, and the lollipops that she got to share with Dan!

Lollipops in Line

Lollipops in Line

After Mickey’s Toontown, we quickly visited Tomorrowland and took Vivian on Autopia for the first time. She steered the car while I pressed the gas pedal and even I was surprised at how well she “drove” the car.

2 Going on 16

2 Going on 16

From there, we boarded the Disneyland Monorail back to the Downtown Disney District to begin our walk back to our car. We’d had a very fun day and didn’t want to overstay our welcome.

As we were walking, the Downtown Disney Live! band was playing and Vivian was mesmerized. She LOVES to sing and dance and so we had to stop to join in on the impromptu dance party.

By the time we made it back to our house, both girls were fast asleep – the sure sign of a fun day!

Our Sleeping Beauties

Our Sleeping Beauties

About Carrie

I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.
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3 Responses to Disneyland, Day 1

  1. Diane says:

    Sounds like a cool day and a day with a lot of firsts. Thanks to Dan waving frantically from the second to last car on the roller coaster I was able to follow Vivian through that ride. Did Vivian get her driver’s license from Autopia?

  2. Robin says:

    What fun! That is sad that the Jungle cruise and Pirates were closed, but I guess that’s the perk of a three-day pass… you can always go back I don’t remember that roller coaster at all, but that is awesome that the girls had so much fun. It sounds like a really good day!

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