It was our last day in the parks! The original plan was to spend some time in each park, getting to things we hadn’t done during the week, and repeating favorites. But I think by the end of the week, we knew we would just spend the day in Disneyland. There were shows that we wanted to watch that were only performed on Friday. And we had finished up California Adventure very nicely the day before.
Breakfast for me. Strawberry waffles! T was not quite as thrilled as I was with the breakfast food that week. But he had always found things he would be satisfied with and learned to add salsa or ketchup to his plate to add flavor.
We left the hotel at 7:50 for a 9am Disneyland opening. There were quite a few people checking out of the hotel that morning and heading out.
12 minutes later, we were at the security checkpoint with no lines! We did have a minor issue at security. P (20mos) was holding a mini mylar balloon and it ends up you can’t bring them into the parks. So we had to sneak the balloon away from the baby so the security could throw it away. I believe we just took the balloon off the stick and let him keep waving around the stick. P wasn’t happy when he noticed the balloon was gone, but I don’t remember a big tantrum.
We managed to get our favorite spot in the front of the middle line again!
At 8:25, this is what the lines looked like behind us:
When we were let in the park, we headed straight for the castle! We would attempt Peter Pan first thing. During our trip, the rope drop for Fantasyland was right up under the castle. I believe normally it is farther back. Maybe the change had to do with the walls that were up along Main Street?
While waiting, I blew up another balloon for P and stuck a Mickey sticker on it. Happy baby!
N (7) studied her map in her trip journal.
At 8:50, this was the crowd behind us:
We were getting antsy and couldn’t wait for the rope to drop!
At 9am, we were let through. It was mayhem! Lol. Everyone rushed forward toward Peter Pan. Our group got separated, but we got back together and were on Peter Pan very quickly.
The ride is too short, but very sweet! We were off by 9:10. The girls asked S what he thought about it. He likes Captain Hook.
Next, we met Tinkerbell at Pixie Hollow! I think we had wanted to do Alice next, but it was shut down. And N especially wanted to meet Tinkerbell. I think we were Tink’s first group. There was no one behind us and she spent plenty of time chatting. She was so cute! She recognized that our kids’ names have a theme and complimented them.
While she visited with the kids, I enjoyed some of the details.
By the time we left Pixie Hollow (it was still only 9:20), Alice was back up and running. It was posted as a 5 minute wait, but took closer to 10.
I was trying to get a photo of the Caterpillar’s tiny shoes on the mushroom. My darn fingers got in the way.
I love the part of the ride where you come outside. I took a photo from the top.
And T (Dad) took a photo of us from down below. I guess he had stayed off with P.
After the ride, the kids visited the White Rabbit’s house.
Then a photo op at the teacup. P crying. Lol. Not too good.
At 9:38, T and the kids rode Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The app said it was a 5 minute wait, but it was slow to load and it also was 10 minutes. I stayed off with P.
P and I hung around and took photos of Fantasyland.
And then I saw Gaston!! He was asking everyone where Belle was.
When the family came out, we got a quick pic of S on the Toady. The kids thought the ride was crazy. N didn’t like it. She doesn’t really like Mr. Toad in general anyway. E (14) liked traveling through the different scenes. J (12) thought it was funny that Toad runs into things. S liked it fine.
Then we went to follow Gaston. “This way to Belle Land!” Gaston shouted.
We followed him for a while, with him admiring himself and calling out for Belle.
He stopped in the courtyard outside the Royal Hall. And he held a competition for a Pro”pose”al. It was very funny. He chose some kids, posed them, then had us cheer to vote for the best pose that he should use to win over Belle. J got to help in the competition.
I took the chance to get a photo of the Royal Theater times for later in the day.
Off to the side, Aladdin was greeting! E asked about Genie and Aladdin said its hard to get him back from Hawaii.
We decided to head to Toontown so the little ones could play a while and J could meet Goofy. J had really wanted to meet him 5 years ago and somehow he missed it while some of us got to meet him.
Isn’t this pretzel stand near Small World adorable?
We saw Pluto first, but he was heading out so we didn’t get posed photos.
Then to Goofy’s house!
And J met Goofy!
Goofy loved J’s shirt, of course.
I asked Goofy to sign our photo frame mat, and he tried to use his ear.
P was curious about Goofy’s hands and Goofy gave him some time to touch him.
Then the kids played at Goofy’s house.
At 10:32, S rode his first roller coaster! Gadget’s Go Coaster. The app said 5 minute wait, the sign out front said 30 minutes. It was 8 minutes. S didn’t like it; he said it was too fast. But he wasn’t traumatized or anything.
We spent a few minutes at Donald’s Boat, then N wanted to go through Chip and Dale’s Treehouse. So I took her, but that one is disappointing.
P liked playing with his Mickey Mouse socks.
Next, we got a real meeting with Pluto!
N showed him the Pluto on her shirt.
S loved Pluto!!
As we left, Pluto patted S’s head and gave him a high-five.
And P was craning his next to keep watching Pluto as we left.
We fooled around with a Toontown postal box.
As we came out of Toontown, we got some Disneyland popcorn. It smelled delicious! It didn’t taste very good. Lol.
But we caught a bit of the Disneyland Band and they were awesome!
Then we got in line at the Royal Theater for the 11:30 showing of Beauty and the Beast.
Our cheering lady, Lily, said she was working here 5 years ago when we were here last. She was great.
While we were waiting, we realized that N had left her hydration pack somewhere in Toontown! T left to look for it. During the show, I texted him to remind him what color it was and ideas of where she may have taken it off, but he didn’t see the texts.
The show was great! Super funny and well done.
Our favorite part was when the one guy played the parts of Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs Potts, and changed his hats and voice so quickly.
During the show, T returned and stood in the back. He had finally found the hydration pack (in Goofy’s house). He had thought it was a different color, and the Cast Members he’d talked to hadn’t found it, and it had taken him a while, and he wasn’t in the best mood.
But, after the show, we got to meet Belle!
P was smitten! Hard. For at least half an hour, that baby boy stayed in a daze, with a little twitterpated smile. And when we showed him the photo of Belle on my phone, he got the same dopey smile every time. It was so cute!
After the show, we had a restroom break in Frontierland. And E and I realized we had both left our hydration packs at the theater! For heaven’s sake! E quickly ran back and got them and we decided not to tell Dad. lol. I don’t know where he was at the time.
We headed to
Tom Sawyer Island Pirate’s Lair. The park was getting busy! The crowds that hasn’t existed all week had showed up. Yuck. I didn’t like it.
On Tom Sawyer Island, T and I found a quiet, shaded place to sit with P while the other kids ran around and explored.
A view of the Star Wars construction:
The boys found a pirate ship and S did not like the voice talking in there. But they liked exploring the caves, especially the “treasure cave.” N was so excited to be given a wanted poster of Jack Sparrow! She still treasures it.
This photo of us heading back to the raft gives you a feeling of the crowds coming in.
When we finally got back to the mainland, it was nearly 2pm and we were ready for lunch. T thought the French Market sounded good, so that was our next stop.