We split day 2 between the two parks! We started our morning at Disneyland and hit up the princesses so that our little Cinderella could have a photo with Cinderella! We took Mia on more rides, including Pirates and The Haunted House which totally freaked her out, but she was so brave and tried so hard to act like she wasn't scared. She loves to talk about them now and tell us how scared she and James were :) Eric and I went on a ride together, aka a mini date ;) and Mia got to be in a parade while grandma and papa were watching the kids! I wish I had a video of that! I can imagine how thrilled Mia was! At California Adventure we hit up as many rides as we could and gorged ourselves at the Ghiradelli shop! I took the kids on the Ariel ride countless times (my favorite to do with them!) and our funnest ride that day by far was meeting up with family to do Tower of Terror! The group photo of us during that ride is golden :) It's memories like those that make the exhaustion and money spent well worth the effort to make a trip like this happen!
Our final day at Disney was spent in California Adventure! We accomplished so much that morning! We met the Frozen sisters, Olaf and Sofie, We rode multiple rides including the infamous Cars ride and took Mia to the Frozen sing a long (so much fun when you're the parent of a mini Elsa or Ana, depending on the day ;) ha!). We rode more rides, indulged at Ghiradelli again, met up with the family for the Toy Story ride, then ended the evening with some character meets in Disneyland.
I was super bummed to head back to the hotel early each night. By early, I mean we didn't stay for parades, fireworks or water shows. The kids were tired and Eric was so done (the crowds were seriously insane!) and I would have pushed for it IF we didn't have two more days of vacation left to go... can't wait to recap those! Until then, here are a few of my favorite iPhone photos!
Eric didn't realize the photo size was switched to square, bummer! But I had to share a picture of Mia dressed as Cinderella with Cinderella! Also, I was shocked that she wanted to hold James in the photos! It seems like they aren't supposed to hold babies for liability reasons, but it makes for a cute picture with a princess and my babes!
Disneyland (California Adventure if we are being technical) + baby lovin'... is there a better combo?!
Mia was dying to wear her Elsa dress AND Anna nightgown when she saw the princesses, but I put my foot down and told her to save her nightgown to wear to bed that night, ha ha! She was so thrilled to talk to the sisters and showed off her braid to them as well :) It was so dang cute!
Rides with daddy!
Princess Sofia was on Mia's wishlist of autographs and we crossed her off without having to wait in line and a successful hug at the end! It was so cute to watch how star struck Mia was with the characters!
20 minute dates each time we got to go on a ride together... we'll take it! ha ha!
Pluto was one of the cutest meets with James! My parents got James a stuffed Pluto during our last trip to Disneyland and we keep him in the crib so James often plays with him after waking up. His mind was blown meeting a life size Pluto, ha ha! I swear he knew exactly who it was! He instantly grabbed his ears and tried sticking them in his mouth, then he moved on to poking Puto's eyes and sucking on his nose, ha! I try really hard not to think about the germs James encountered during that meet, but he was going crazy over Pluto :)
My kids are obsessed with Mickey Mouse :) James was fussing in all these pictures until he turned his head and saw Mickey, then he's staring in awe for the rest of the photos, ha!