Spring Break 2012: Disneyland – Day 1

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After becoming infatuated with princesses, the big day arrived! We made it to Disneyland. We kept telling Kayla for weeks about all the people she would see. But when she repeated the list back to us, it grew to include Dora, SpongeBob, Mario, Yoshi, and anybody else she had ever seen in a cartoon. I didn’t want to explain licensing restrictions to her just yet and kill her buzz.

The weather for today was the worst of the week and we got a later start on the day. But the park was pretty empty. We took Kayla to the first ride we passed which was Alice in Wonderland. She sat up front with Reagan. We were all excited to see what she thought of Alice. She knows Alice and reads a little book about her from time to time. So, how was it? “SCARY!”, she says. Oops. This might be a long day.

The big girls wanted to go and ride some “must be taller than 40 inches” stuff so I let Kim take them and we headed off for some quality time. With our autograph book nearby, we headed over to the goat petting zoo. Its a weird little off-shoot and nobody was back there. Kayla wasn’t too sure about these goats that were as tall as she was. Just as we exited the pen, Jessie from Toy Story comes running up to us. There was no one around! She was doing her meet-n-greet time and she made us the first customers. She grabbed Kayla by the hand and walked her along the goat pen showing her things. They did all kinds of stuff. It was kind of one of those moments that you should record on video but I decided to enjoy the moment myself instead with them.

Disneyland - Day 1

Disneyland - Day 1

Disneyland - Day 1

Next, we went off and got the girls some FastPasses while they were on yet another ride. Then we got in the line to see Rapunzel of Tangled fame. Apparently, she is new there and takes hours on some days. We jetted through the line in about 20 minutes. Just as we were ready to step into her chambers, the whole family shows up and goes in too! Cheaters.

Disneyland - Day 1

Disneyland - Day 1

Disneyland - Day 1

I then took Kayla over to the Princess Faire area but she was asleep. The line moved slow and Kayla got a good nap in. Just as it was our turn to step in side to meet the “pretties” (as Kayla calls them), I woke her up. Coming out of a daze and then seeing your most bestest favorite princess, Ariel, in the flesh was quite a shock. Almost seemed like she was too out of it to know if it was real or a dream. Interestingly, it was the same Ariel from the last time we came here years go.

Disneyland - Day 1

Then it was on to Belle. Kayla perked up a bit but was cold. I had taken off her jacket to get the better photo op.

Disneyland - Day 1

Lastly, was Tianna from the Princess and the Frog movie. Kayla watches that one too so she asked where Frog was.

Disneyland - Day 1

At this point, it was pouring rain outside. Puddles were forming so big that you couldn’t keep your shoes dry. People were exiting the park and things were closing down due to weather. But we were close to Toontown and I wondered if the Big Cheese was hanging out back there despite the rain. So we ran back there and jumped into Mickey’s house. Pretty much nobody was there. Had it to ourselves until we rounded a corner and Pluto was there laying in a chair resting. He jumped up and greeted us like any good dog would!

Disneyland - Day 1

Then Goofy was around the corner. Another quick photo-op. We are moving right through this autograph book page by page now.

Disneyland - Day 1

2 minutes later we were there with the head of the place, Mickey Mouse. Drenched and wet but trying to smile and be happy I guess.

Disneyland - Day 1

Minnie was at home next door. Surprising they have separate houses next to each other. Marital issues? Are they married? I just don’t know.

Disneyland - Day 1

With rides closing due to rain, there were limited options. We were soaked and the indoor rides didn’t seem so fun in wet clothes with air conditioning blowing at you. So we opted to leave the park and head back to the hotel. Its only a few blocks but we grabbed a cab just to get out of the rain a bit. Back at the hotel, everyone dried off and we put our shoes on top of the heater to get them dried out. We have more to see tomorrow!