We woke up bright and early, put on our Disney shirts, scarfed down breakfast, and waited for our hotel shuttle to take us to DISNEYLAND!!!! Craig and I had been to this fun place before, but the kids have never been. We did plenty of research before we left and looked up what rides we wanted to be sure to go on, who we hoped to see, which way to go throughout the park, etc.
These Texans were not used to such "cool" weather during the summer and actually needed light jackets in the morning. Going from triple digits to 70 degrees was a very welcome change!!!
The Haunted Mansion has always been one of my favorite rides and now it's a favorite for Kaitlyn and Preston.
We headed to the Mark Twain Riverboat and lo and behold, the Captain picked us to join him and help steer the boat!!! The kids even received certificates. Such a cool experience!!!
We saw Goofy from a distance. Understandably, you have to be in line to meet the characters and they don't allow the lines to get too long. We weren't patient enough to stand in the lines because we wanted to go on rides!!!
We rode on so many rides...
...and so many more!!!
On the Astro Blaster ride, you can receive an email with a picture of you and your partner blasting astros!!!
What we learned: 1) The churros are awesome!!! 2) Meals are incredibly expensive. 3) Even though the line at Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin looked short from the outside, it snakes around the inside of the building and you're waiting for an hour!
After a very long day, we were glad to just plop down and patiently wait for the fireworks to close out the night.
Kaitlyn enjoyed a frozen lemonade while waiting.
We arrived back at the hotel after spending 14 hours at the park! The kids did absolutely wonderful. There was no time for complaining because they were taking in every little thing that they could.
For me, the best part of the day was when we were watching the fireworks. As I was watching this spectacular show, I felt so incredibly blessed to finally be able to experience this amazing day with my kids. The joy and amazement on their faces will be etched in my mind forever.
And then they slept soundly because we had another very busy day ahead!
Hotel accomodations in Anaheim were made possible with the help of Heather Newton of Shipsmart Travel Inc.