What of my “conditions” for going to California was to take Max to Disneyland. Going to California was not a vacation as we really didn’t do much else other than Disney, and eat Mexican and In n’ Out Burgers. Max was super excited to go to “Mickey Mouse’s House” and was bouncing off the walls for weeks. He had no idea what Mickey’s house was all about, although we did watch some videos of Disneyland before going to California. I also gave him my old copy of DL in 2009 to look at and memorize.
We left Riverside a bit later than planned, making it to Disneyland for noon. I wanted to go early and leave early, hoping to go to Cheesecake Factory afterwards for dinner. But things took too long in the morning and we couldn’t get away until 10am. So no Cheesecake Factory for me 🙁 Max fell asleep in the car and woke up in the “Toy Story” Parking Lot. We had to ride a shuttle bus to the park and were there shortly. No issues with parking this time. The last time we were at the park was on Boxing Day in 2009 – never do that!
As soon as we got to the gates, I told Max that we were at Mickey Mouse’s house and he started dancing and spinning around in circles yelling “we are here! Yay! Thanks Mommy!!”. We had purchased our tickets in advance and went right to the gate. Max immediately saw the Train at the Train Station and wanted us to hurry up and get going. But as soon as we went under the railway, we saw our first character of the day – Goofy! Max waited very patiently – all while waving at Goofy. When it was his turn, he went right up to Goofy and gave him a hug. Goofy hugged him back and wiggled him, which made Max giggle and yell “he likes me!”. We took a few pictures and then went on the train.
We took the train to Mickey’s Toontown. We had lunch there, grabbed a Fastpass to Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon spin and went walking through some of the playgrounds they have there. We then went into the line for Gadget’s Go Coaster. That was our longest wait of the day, but Max absolutely loved it. He had a smile on his face the entire time and wanted to go on the ride again. After that, we noticed we were close to Mickey Mouse’s house and went to line up to meet Mickey. I’m guessing not many know about this, as the line was super short. We were in and out in less than 30 minutes. The line is pretty cool as you get to walk through Mickey’s house and then at the last section, watch some cartoons while they lead you in with a group. Max was the first in line to meet Mickey and he was super excited. We took some more pictures and when leaving, Max yelled “That was awesome!!!!”. We then went on Roger Rabbit’s ride and then went to Fantasy Land
Fantasy Land was busy. Max was angry that we did not go in the super long line for It’s a Small World. I guess I shouldn’t have shown him the video. Opps. We purchased Mickey Ear’s and then lined up for Dumbo. Dumbo’s line wasn’t too bad – but Max wasn’t cooperating too much. We made it on the ride and he had fun. The carousal was next as there was zero line up for it. Max decided to “wave to all the people” during the entire ride. We then went to the castle, which made Max made because people were walking through “his castle”.
The parade was happening at that point, so we hurried to Tomorrowland to grab another FastPass for Autopia. The FastPass was easy to get and we had another hour to kill. We went on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters and saw that magic ball thing that spins. Then we went to Autopia and Max drove a car with P, while I drove on my own.
After that, it was getting late, so we quickly went to Adventure Land to go on Jungle Cruise. It has been a long time since I’ve been on that ride! The line up was pretty long, but the ride was great! After that, we packed it in and went back to Main Street. While I was looking in the shops, P and Max saw Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse, again. We then found out that the one character Max kept asking to see, Donald Duck, was about to make an appearance. The doors opened and there he was – and Max and a few kids chased him down the road (ok – followed him). Max was trying to get Donald’s attention and yelled “Hey! Donald! I’m talking to you!!”. He waited his turn and then got to hug Donald.
With that, and a tub of popcorn that was promised, our Disneyland adventure was over. We were pretty beat by that point and so was Max. He was asleep in all of 5 minutes. He was so tired that he cried and cried and cried when we got to the hotel and promptly fell asleep in his day clothes on the bed. Let’s just say that waking him up at 4:30am was no easy feat the next day.
Going to Disney with a kid is a whole different ballgame – especially when they still take an occasional nap. Our friends graciously let us use their stroller for the trip, which saved us. But, even if we go back in the summer, I think we would need another short day, or get a hotel and have a break. I also need to prioritize getting a Dole Whip!
Have a great Tuesday!