So I had no idea what I was going to do. Until I got this picture from Aunt Raine. Then there was no question where I was headed.
I was a little worried about spending 10 hours by myself driving. I mean of course I have done it countless times before, but once again, with this alien in my belly, sometimes I have no idea how I will feel. But the one thing I always do know........ my bedtime is before the sun goes down. So I asked Erica what book I should listen to. She gave me a great fun recommendation.
As always it was a party at Raine's house. What else is new. But the main reason for my trip down was one last trip to Disneyland before the baby comes.
It was kinda a bummer trying to decide what rides I would or wouldn't go on. I consulted my dr. (Dr. Craig that is) And he told me what I kinda already figured. There is very little evidence that riding any ride at Disneyland would risk my baby or my health. But after a lot of consideration I decided nothing is worth the risk...... and I didn't go on ANY of my favorite rides. But it was still a wonderful day.
I went to Disneyland with my dear friend Jo. I met Jo at Disneyland training and she still works at Disneyland. Currently at the Plaza Inn but hopefully she'll be moving up soon! Disneyland was a beautiful and packed especially with Utards as ever. I know the days of short lines and room to skip through the park are probably over.... I blame Instagram. But I digressed.
Like any perfect day at Disneyland, as soon as we walked down Mainstreet smelling the delicious aromas they blast into the streets to make you want to eat anything and everything in sight, we headed straight to my favorite location for the best tasting Diet Coke ever, Coke Corner. (I've really tried throughout pregnancy to not drink soda but at DISNEYLAND???? I had to.)
Of course as soon as we got into the park the first thing I needed was my traditional castle photo. Maybe someday I'll decide it's too cliche to take pictures in the castle and find somewhere more hip or creative........but man that castle rocks my world.
I figured we should start in my favorite area of Disneyland, New Orleans Square. So we started with Pirates of the Caribbean. The lines were crazy long, but the great part of this trip was: I couldn't ride many rides that had huge lines so I didn't have to worry about getting onto every typical ride AND I got into Disneyland for FREE!!! Who gets that? So I could not complain in the slightest. The weather was perfectly hot and beautiful.
The two tiny waterfalls gave my stomach such a rush on Pirates that I realized it was probably a really good thing I wasn't going on more "extreme" rides. As Jo and I were walking I ran into my cousin's kids who were at Disneyland with their dad. We went on Jungle Cruise with them and of course got a couple of pictures in front of the castle. The oldest daughter, Taylor, had been in my geography class last year. So it was super fun running into them.
After that Jo and I headed to DCA to try some things neither of us had done before. This summer when I went to Disneyland with Jo she had never been to DCA. It was so fun to show her my favorite parts of the park. But today, we searched for new things neither of us has been to. We started with the Frozen Sing-Along. This attraction is ABSOLUTELY genius. I'm not the biggest Frozen fan around but man it was so stinkin' fun! It included characters and a little show, singing your guts out as loud as you can, and even some magical snow falling at the end.
Next we grabbed some dinner at the Fisherman's Wharf. We shared a pesto turkey sandwich and a chicken salad bread bowl. Honestly, not my favorite meal at Disneyland ever. Kinda sad we didn't hold out for something better, but oh well.
We decided we needed to hit up the ferris wheel next because who waits in line for the ferris wheel??? It was pretty darn magical as the sun was setting to watch Disneyland and DCA become golden. Man I love this place.
After we watched the DCA parade....... not my favorite because I must admit I am not a huge Pixar fan. (Who dares say that, I don't know) But we decided to sit and watch it. And I'll admit having a comfortable easy seat to watch a parade rather than the insane mad house of Disneyland was pretty fantastic.
But we did leave early to make it to the Aladdin show. I had been to the Aladdin show once before back in 2011 with Lars. I remember it being great, but somehow I absolutely forgot that the Genie is AMAZING. Hilarious through and through. It was awesome.
As it was getting dark, like every other guest at the Disneyland Resort, it's like this magnet to return to Disneyland. To the magic. The park was insanely crowded. But we couldn't leave without ice cream from Main Street! And of course a walk through Fantasy land.
I absolutely love walking through Snow Whites wishing well area to enter Fantasyland.... especially at night. I feel like that is where all the magic is. I was hoping to get on Peter Pan. I haven't been on it since it was renovated this summer. But alas the line was over an hour long and my lower back was starting to kill me from all the walking. (Don't worry we still got in 9 miles of walking) So instead we stopped at the Mad Hatter...
We walked through Fantasy land past the Matterhorn into Tomorrowland to take the train back to the entrance.
It was a different day than most at Disneyland. Less running, thrills, and excitement but it still was a glorious day of different adventures and wonderful memories.