Sunday, November 11, 2012

Disneyland: Take Two

After Paul's month-long business trip (no kidding, 30 days around the entire globe... working), we decided a mini-vacation was in order. A quick trip to Southern California for two days at Disneyland fit the bill. We all missed having everyone around in our family for the month that Paul was gone, so there was nothing like Disneyland to celebrate having our family back together. Really together. Maybe a little too together. Errr, just kidding!

Disneyland: take two  actually was pretty great. In fact, it was better than our first trip of 2012 back in May. I think the whole holiday thing that both amusement parks do kind of took over and made us feel festive and thankful and Christmas-y all rolled into one. There were decorations everywhere. It was impossible not to catch a little of that holiday spirit. So we caught it and had a good time. The crowds were at a minimum, the weather was nice, and we all were in pretty darned good moods for those two short, sweet days.


Our first visit to the new Cars Land.

The kids with a tractor that was not tipped at all during this photo op!

Sammy on Tow Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, the best ride at California Adventure in my opinion.

Annabel loved this ride, too!

The kids met Lightning McQueen. He actually talks and stuff. Pretty exciting, especially for Sammy.

In front of the statue of Stanley and a hub cap tree. The decorations for Cars Land were really creative!

Sammy finally was tall enough to do the Redwood Creek's zip line! He is such a thrill seeker! Totally up his alley.

Lucy doing the rock climbing for the first time at the Redwood Creek Trail

She did it!

The kids met with Santa. This was our only picture with Santa during the entire 2012 season. I dropped the ball with the other Santa photo opportunities. This will do, I suppose, despite the sunny exposure.

Lucy met Marie, the kitten from Aristocats. It was during a dance party with a bunch of characters. Kind of odd to walk into a dance hall with a bunch of characters dancing around with mobs of kids. Fun, but strange all rolled into one!

We watched the Pixar Pals parade for the first time ever.

Lucy waving hi to the Crush, the sea turtle.

Day two was spent at Disneyland. Such a large Christmas tree!





Trying to pull out the sword.




 
Annabel's favorite: It's a Small World all decked out for the holidays. I must admit it was spectacular!

 
Mama, It won't open!

Meeting Merida and her bear cub brothers.

Watching the Christmas parade.
 
A float with Donald, Daisy and Pluto.

Reindeer and Santa!

The kids back at the hotel with souvenirs: Disney baby animals.