We left on Monday afternoon and made the 5.5 hour drive with relative ease. A viewing of Robin Hood and one Disney princess sing a long helped us complete the journey and before we knew it we were at our hotel.
We stayed at an off site hotel(Marriott) but it was literally right across the street from Disneyland and was absolutely perfect. Mom requested a princess room and that was exactly what we got! Of course, Abigail thought it was fabulous.
The day started off pretty cool and shady so we definitely needed jackets, but by the time the park opened the sun was super warm and it was time to shed some layers. (Once the sun set we were glad to have our layers to put back on though!)
Of course we had to take a picture with the iconic Mickey garden entrance to Disney!
So, our original plan was to go to Fantasy Faire and meet the princesses first thing. I had heard this area could get really busy so we headed over there immediately at park opening. Except, the wait time was already 75 minutes and about to be bumped up to 90. Um, no thanks. So we decided to skip meeting princesses for a while and head to Toon Town instead…..which didn’t open until 11. Womp womp. We headed back to do some rides instead and as we were looking at our map, perky as you please, here comes Peter Pan skipping(?) down the road.
He was all by himself and my mom says, “Peter! Can you sign your name?!” and he retorts, “I don’t know. Can I?” Then he tells Abigail he will only do it if she will take a picture with him.
And then proceeded to run away with my daughter. Ha!
But really, it was awesome. He told her to cross her arms for the picture and he spent a good bit of time with her. By the time we were done the massive meet a spotted character line had formed and I couldn’t believe our good luck at snagging him before anyone else!
While waiting for Toon Town to open so we could go meet Mickey and Minnie, we decided to do some rides. First up was the tea cups! Abigail was super excited about this ride and she really, really, really wanted to ride in a purple cup. How amazing that she got one!
The line for this ride wasn’t bad at all either. They can get a lot of people on and off at once so the line moved quickly. It was great!
By the time we FINALLY got away from Storybook ride Toon Town was open and we headed over to Minnie’s house. We had quite the wait to see her but of course, Minnie Mouse is worth it.
Then she got to meet the big man himself and that was all kinds of exciting. She was a little overwhelmed each time she met someone new because she had to remember to ask politely for them to sign her book and hand them her pen and open a new page and say thank you and give them a hug and smile for a picture and just take in this giant character in her face and….it was a lot for her brain to process! But she would squeal with excitement when she first saw them and would chatter away happily after we walked away about how fun it was.
We explored Toon Town a bit more, saw some fun characters walking around, ate lunch here, and Abigail got to do her favorite part of the entire Disney day twice:
She was awesome. She told Abigail “this is how Princesses pose” and I give that a 10 out of 10 performance to both parties.
We rounded the next corner and who should we see? But Cinderella! Call me hormonal, but I could have teared up at her little face and the awesomeness of the two princesses she had just listed as her favorites being the ones right inside. It was perfect.
After we saw the princesses Miss Abigail decided it would be a good time to do some more rides, so we headed over to Dumbo.
I only have one decent picture of this because I took the opportunity sans kid to:
Eat a churro! Everyone told me that I needed to get one so naturally, who was I to say no? I gobbled that thing up by myself while Abigail happily flew on an elephant and was none the wiser for it 😉
Pappy went off in search of Mickey ice cream ears(success!) and it was a perfect afternoon treat while she got to rest and recover a little bit before the parade started.
The last big thing she really, really wanted to do was the Astro Orbiter. She had seen it on a Disneyland sing a long that we have(along with all of the other Disneyland things that we did) and talked about riding “the airplanes” ever since we entered the park.
After this, we rode the train and then headed out of the park. But on our way….
The goof went walking past! So of course we had to stop to get an autograph and a picture together. She loved him and kept talking about “what a nice guy” he was after.
Then we went back to Downtown Disney for her to settle on her souvenir(a new Minnie for the win!) and I came away with a new mug and ornament to put on our tree this year to remind us of our trip and also a “baby’s first Christmas” ornament for Miss Mabel. We grabbed dinner at the Jazz Kitchen where OH MY WORD I had basically the best dinner of my life. By then it was after 8, so we walked back to our hotel, got into our jammies, and this happened:
Out before the lights were even off. To me that looks like a day well spent 🙂
We had the most wonderful and amazing time. It was everything that a day at Disney should be. We were able to do everything that was really important to her and I’m just so happy with how the entire thing went. We absolutely can not wait to go back again- and for sure hope to take Daddy with us next time!