To say that our day at Disneyland was pretty darn perfect might sound a bit extreme.... but even as we speak it's 5 am and Brad and I are sitting at Grandma's house watching the Disneyland Sing-a-Long. Brad loves everything about it.
But we'll back up. Because we were going the week of Thanksgiving, we knew we had to get to Disneyland before opening. That first hour at Disneyland is the most important. So we woke Dad up at 5:30 to make it out the door by 6 am. Luckily for us we were greeted with a beautiful sunrise.
Something that was so fun about this trip to Disneyland was that Brad remembered Disneyland from the last trip. He was so so so excited from the start. As we went through security Brad was so excited the security guard joked that we didn't even need to bother going into the park. Brad would be happy just going through security and riding the tram. I love that the security guard loves working at Disneyland so much that he is happy to still notice a super excited 2 year old.
We got to the gate about 23 minutes early. Brad was so excited, dancing around, pointing out all the characters' pictures he could see.
We of course ran straight to Fantasyland. I still decided that Peter Pan wasn't worth it. Maybe next trip? So we started easy with Dumbo, Casey Junior Train, and Alice in Wonderland.
We were planning on heading to Brad's favorite, the Toon Town Roller Coaster next but we discovered that Toon Town didn't open until 9 and it was only 8:40 so we went on It's a Small World - Holiday edition. It was a lot more enjoyable and fun when it just wasn't the small world song being blasted over and over for 15 minutes but also Jingle Bells!
We got out at like 8:57 so it was perfect timing to line up for Toon Town. We ran straight to the roller coaster. The delighted squeals from Brad were enough to make the whole trip worth it.
And luckily for us.... there was no one in line when we got finished so we got to ride it again.
And again. And again. We rode it 6 times in a row. And Brad loved every minute of it.
We decided to venture onto Nemo's Submarine. Jason has never been on it and it was a lot more enjoyable than I remembered! Brad was getting so so so sleepy though. We were trying to keep him awake because we had fast passes for Buzz Lightyear in 20 minutes.
You know he's tired when the cement makes for a perfect place to lay down.
After Buzz Brad feel straight to sleep and slept in the stroller for at least 2 hours. During that time Jason and I went and ate at the Hungry Bear Cafe. Jason was mesmerized by what he could see of the cliffs of Star Wars Land while I was SO SO SO bugged about the lack of lids and straws now in Disneyland.
Since Brad was still sleeping we decided to spend the next hour or so people watching on Main Street as we waited for the Christmas Parade. Brad woke up just in time to watch the parade. His cute little wave at all the characters was absolutely darling. But he was still so so sleepy the rest of the day.
We spent the rest of the day going on the roller coaster again and going on the carousel and tea cups in Fantasyland.