Monday, May 13, 2013

Disneyland: Parade

Our last installment of our Disneyland adventure was my favorite experience. Right now it's Mickey's Soundsational Parade. The music was awesome and would change with each float. The dancers were awesome and the costumes were very colorful and fun. We saw so many characters during it, so it was definitely worth it. I had considered skipping it, but I'm SO glad we didn't. Whitney LOVED seeing the princesses again, especially Rapunzel. I took over a hundred pictures of just the parade, (I know I have problems) but I tried really hard to narrow it down for you. You're basically going to feel like you're there :-)
We got there pretty early to get good spots. Lindsey killed the time by dancing in the streets to the pre-parade music:

 Psyched for the parade!
Here comes Mickey:

 Mickey played the drums and it was awesome!
 Goofy and Chip and Dale:
 Here comes Aladdin:

Don't forget Abu:
 Under the sea:

 Three Amigos:
Since we had missed Rapunzel earlier, we were all thrilled for this next float:
 So excited:
 Rapunzel's tower:

Princesses on the back too:
Jungle time:

 Simba was cool to see and the roars were very realistic:

 Next up was one of my favorites:
 Princess and the Frog!
 "How many rings, you got on your finger, we don't care! Nah we don't care!" I love that song so it was exciting to have that playing as it went passed:

Hook and his Pirates:
 Peter Pan:
 I love Tinker Bell interacting with Peter Pan:
 Last up is Mary Poppins:

 The castle at Twilight:
Sadly there were no fireworks the night we went, but the castle looks cool in the dark:

 And our day ended how it started:
We had such a blast and feel so so fortunate that we were able to go. I still can't believe we went. I hope you've enjoyed our many pictures of the adventure! What is the last thing you crossed off your bucket list?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Disneyland: Rides

Most of our experiences with the rides at Disneyland were like this:
Admired from afar haha. I did all this research before we went about how to use fast passes and the stroller swap for the rides the girls can't go on. Well, we didn't quite get that far. When you wait in line for 15-30 minutes for everything you do, the time adds up and you can't do too much. If you are going on vacation, I'd definitely recommend going multiple days if you want to see all the rides. I wasn't planning on riding too many rides, so I wasn't disappointed at all. We talked about what was most important before we went and we did all of it, so just know what you're priorities are before you go.
Here's waiting to ride Dumbo:

She loves this ride:
There's a ride similar to this at SeaWorld, so she was a pro at making Dumbo go up and down.
I really liked the view while we were on the ride:

Later on, we went to It's a Small World to let our feet rest:

Luckily I didn't get sick of the song and it was fun to see everything, even if the puppets are borderline creepy:
(It's weird lighting to try to take pictures)
It's not technically a ride but we went to see the Beauty and the Beast show. Here they are waiting in line:

Live music:

It was hilarious and entertaining

Yes, Lumière made an appearance:
We walked through Sleeping Beauty's storybook:

We didn't play too much in toon town, but we let the girls run around a bit. Whitney liked Mickey's car:

Playing in Goofy's yard:
There was no wait for the Buzz Lightyear ride so we headed over there next. Here's Buzz giving instructions on how to defeat Zurg:
Ready to blast some aliens:
Lindsey wasn't quite sure what to think:
Ty was very intense:
After the parade (next post) we had just enough time to hit the Peter Pan ride. The line was way too long earlier in the day and it wasn't a priority, but I was happy we got to do it. The ride was literally like a minute long, but the scenery you "fly" through was so cool!
Nana in the bedroom:
You probably aren't supposed to have flash photography in the ride but it looked to cool to not snap a quick pic:
We didn't do the famous teacups. I know, I know we are terrible parents. They have the same type of ride at SeaWorld so the wait didn't seem worth it, not to mention, it makes me a bit sick. Maybe when our kids are older, we'll hit up Splash Mountain and other exciting things, but what made the day special was seeing the girls' reactions to everything. I'll finish up our Disneyland posts soon with the parade!! Enjoy your day!