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Disneyland Day 1

January 16, 2013

We had 3-day park hopper tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure which seemed like a such a luxury.  I’ve never been to Disneyland more than one day in any given trip, but then it’s been 15 years since DH and I were there last and California Adventure didn’t even exist at that point.  Since we were there during the week in January this time, the parks were only open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. rather than 8 a.m.-midnight.  We were so worn out after the first day that it was probably a good thing we weren’t there until midnight!

The whole parking garage and riding the tram in to the parks was entirely new to us as well.  That in itself was exciting for the boys.  They had no idea what was coming!

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Here’s the requisite Disneyland train station shot.  Obviously we forgot our sunglasses.

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Poppa is a pro at Disneyland after taking numerous high school choir groups there and knew just where to go when and where to get fast passes and we had a fabulous time riding all the rides, although E was disappointed when he didn’t get to go with us.  In fact every single time we saw the Matterhorn, he would point to it, then to me, and say ” ‘out me,” meaning I rode that ride without him.  I was just thrilled that he was putting more words together to communicate.

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It was kind of weird to see Christmas decorations still up, but I really enjoyed some of the ones in New Orleans Square.

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New Orleans Square Christmas decorations

There was good entertainment to be had there as well.  I love New Orleans Dixieland jazz.

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This is our one encounter with characters.  My kids are just not that enamored of Disney characters.  I am so glad that we didn’t spend hours waiting in line to meet all the princesses or even Mickey Mouse and get autographs from all like I saw so many other families doing.  There was virtually no wait for Tigger and Pooh at one point that first morning so I took E through the (well, basically non-existent) line to meet them.  He clung to me and wouldn’t have a thing to do with them.  So we didn’t have to try any other characters and saved ourselves a lot of hassle.

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Apparently the Swiss Family Robinson tree is now the Tarzan treehouse.  We enjoyed playing in that while A and DH were riding Indiana Jones after swapping toddler-watching duties.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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E wanted to ride the Tomorrowland rockets.  I’ve never ridden those rockets, but after the Jedi Training Academy and lunch, we rode them while the others were in Star Tours. He was so happy and exclaimed at everything.  It really is a different experience seeing Disneyland through the eyes of your children.

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He really enjoyed the carousel as well.

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We’re debating about which is worse: “it’s a small world” by itself, or joined with “Jingle Bells” and played over and over and over and over again.  Probably the latter, but it was fun to see the many different additions inside for the holidays.  The outside lights were also pretty at night.

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Monday was a bit of a trial period. We weren’t quite sure what to wear to stay warm enough, or just how many snacks we needed to have on hand to quell hungry tummies so certain children wouldn’t get too grumpy when waiting for rides or getting tired of walking.  A well-timed package of fruit snacks can do wonders, we found!  Tuesday went a little smoother as we moved on to California Adventure.

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