Halloween at Disneyland

We had SUCH a marvelous trip. Marvy, I tell you! Despite our boys not really knowing what Disneyland and it's magical wonder is all about (Cole actually said "Thank you" after we told them we were going), it was a fantastic trip.

We left Sunday evening and arrived at my sister's house in Vegas LATE. Oy. We woke up to the sounds of the cousins playing. I'm so glad they had some time before they headed off to school. We spent the morning chatting with Scott and Andrea, Cody helped Scott with his scout which gave Andrea and I ample time to catch up and talk all things Halloween, I love the Leavers. Before we left town we grabbed lunch at 5 Guys and hit the road. We arrived at our hotel and the boys ran straight to the window to see our impressive view.
The hotel was so comfy, mmm those beds. I slept like a dream! I woke up to hear Cole climb out of bed and check the window, to make sure Disneyland was still there.
After breakfast it was time to hit the park! It was sprinkling a little, luckily the Leavers lended us their ponchos which totally saved us and kept us dry. Walking down main street brought back SO many memories, it was amazing! How I love Disneyland. We started on 'Storybook Land', then hit 'Buzz Lightyear' and 'Star Tours'. Being with child I wasn't allowed to ride many of the fun coasters, but I didn't mind waiting and sitting. The kids were over the moon which is truly the best part. I got to meet up with my darling Bethany and her family and she gave me some great tips (NO pics of us, Bethany!! What?!?). We agreed to meet up later at the Haunted Mansion which I couldn't wait to see.

Cody took the boys on Splash Mountain...hilarious.
They rode 'Thunder Mountain' and we grabbed lunch and fed the ducks. Finally? Haunted Mansion time. Ooooh! How glorious does this place look!??

I was nerding out, have you been at Halloween? In the ballroom you can smell gingerbread, it's all decked out 'Nightmare Before Christmas' (one of the kid's favorite movies). I was trying so hard to get my kids all into the fantastic surroundings, but they were sort of scared at first...not really 'getting' why I love this ride so much. All in good time!

We hit some more rides, 'Jungle Cruise' and 'Indiana Jones' and for the evening's end, Cody took them on the 'Matterhorn'. And they LOVED it! The park closed a wee bit early, so we grabbed some snacks at Target for the next day and ate dinner. We watched fireworks from our hotel room and then to bed.

The next morning we woke up earlier to hit the park when it opened. We got all ready and the stroller loaded (strollers rule - no matter what age your children), headed outside only to find it was raining. Not pouring, but that annoying sprinkling/spitting rain. Ugh. We put on our ponchos in hopes it would lighten up...it didn't. Since California Adventure didn't open until 10:00, we went on some of the little rides at the front of Disneyland; 'Peter Pan', 'Snow White', 'Toad's Wild Ride', etc. The lines were super short and they were inside - yay dry! After riding the Carousel we made our way to California Adventure. It was still raining and miserable. Our first ride? 'Soarin' Over California'.
If you get the chance, go. on. this. ride. I fully got misty-eyed, words cannot describe how utterly amazing it is. My favorite was watching my kids faces...awesome. We went on the 'Toy Story' ride which was JUST as cool, the kids loved that one. Since it was raining and freezy, we found an italian restaurant and loaded up on warm pasta. We did our best to dry out before facing the storm once more.
Cody was brave and went on 'Tower of Terror'. Pass! While the kids and I found a dry place to wait, I had to give them snaps for being such troopers. They never complained about being wet or trudging through the rain. I know they would have preferred blue skies and sunshine, but they were great. I, on the other hand, was ready to call it a day.
We decided to hit 'Soarin' one more time before going back to Disneyland for a few more rides. While California Adventure is fun, I must say it does lack the magic that Disneyland has, right? Our first ride was the train that circles the entire park. It was nice to just sit and dry out a bit. I SO did not remember that ride! All those scenes in the mountains? Fantastic. And hey! We met Tigger!

We did Haunted Mansion again, then Cole wanted to ride 'Splash Moutain' even though we were already soaked. Cache opted to hit Haunted Mansion again with me (win!) and finally he seemed to really love it. "I can smell the gingerbread!" "That ghost is my favorite..." I love him.
And Cody and Cole rode 'Splash Mountain' two more times. Love them.

The BEST part of all? We came out and it had stopped raining. YAY!! We got some churros and rode 'It's a Small World'. Say what you will, that ride is awesome. The song? Yeah, it gets annoying, but the whole thing is just wonderful. We took the kids to 'Toon Town' and it blew their mind.
And they met Mickey!!
In all my years, I never saw Mickey there. Ever.
Mmmm, ginormous sucker time.
I was so happy that the weather had cleared up, the evening was so pretty with all the lights on.

Cody took them on the 'Matterhorn' one more time and then we watched the parade. Cache about flipped when we saw Mickey and Minnie in their Halloween garb for pictures.
Where was Cole? Falling apart.
Poor dude, we put him in the stroller and raced back to our hotel in hopes to catch 'World of Color' from our room. We were hauling! We opened our door, opened the drapes, turned the TV on to the right channel JUST as the announcer said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to 'World of Color!'" Cody said, "No way did we time that perfectly...". We sat quietly in the dark and watched the show.

Cole missed it.
We tucked the boys in bed and Cody and I ordered pizza. We watched a movie and just relaxed in our warm beds, it felt so good to be dry!

Such a great trip. I felt very 'parent-y', if that makes sense. So often Cody and I feel too young and inexperienced to have kids and show them this world. But here we are - going on this fantastic family vacation with our little boys. I LOVE our family. It was so much fun and our kids are always talking about it. I'm going to do whatever we can to go next year...


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Heidi said...

GAH. I can hardly wait to be a mommy! I almost cried at the end of this--thanks for sharing your adventures. :)

Rosey said...

Ah!!!! I am squealing with so much delight at this post!!! First of all... Haunted mansion at Halloween/Christmas is out of this world perfection! Second I don't care what anyone says either Small World? Love it. Cry every time. Third of all next year when you go I want to go too!! Done. And we really should do Mickey's trick-or-treat party and dress up and get oodles and oodles of candy!!!! It's SO fun!! Ok that's all.

Mindi said...

Loved the Halloween Mansion too, it's so cool they incorporate scents too! The gingerbread made me squeal lol but I have to admit, my favorite thin is seeing kids passed out in their strollers, and Cole pretty much takes the cake on that one!!