Tuesday, April 28, 2009

California Adventure

Wednesday: We got up and got ready for a day of fun. I packed lunches and snacks and we all loaded into the car after a hotel breakfast. I was positively giddy about going to the parks. We got there right as the park opened and parked on level Mickey 1A, so we were obviously pretty cool.

We rode the tram into the park and BG loved it. After going through all the security checkpoints and taking a few pics on the giant letters, we made it into the park.

Our first stop was the Hollywood section. As we walked in, people were gathering in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so we followed the crowd and went into the show. They dimmed the lights and started the show. BG was in awe watching Mickey and the gang. They did little segments from the shows Micky Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh. BG was intrigued and a bit overwhelmed with everything, the loud music, excited kids, characters, and props falling from the sky (bubbles, leaves). She has never seen any of those TV shows and we walked out thinking we are either really great parents because she doesn't watch much TV or horrible parents because she had no idea what was going on.

Next we went on the Monster's Inc ride. She has seen that movie but was still overwhelmed by all of it. Then we went into the Muppets 3D movie. She didn't really know what to think of that and was a little freaked out by it. She didn't want to keep her glasses on.

We worked our way over to Bugs Land. We had just recently bought A Bugs Life and we watched it for the first time in the car on the trip down. We first tried to see the "It's Tough to Be a Bug" movie, but it was too scary for her and we ended up walking out. We had to convince her that it was just pretend and nothing was going to hurt her. Poor little thing.

I talked her into trying the little flying cartons in Bugs Land. The look on her face was so funny yet sad. She was nervous about flying up in the air and spinning around but we kept telling her it was fun. Next, JM took her on the spinning ladybug ride. (As parents we have agreed that he will take all kids on anything resembling teacups and I will do all roller coasters.) She really liked those. By this point she was getting the hang of things and enjoying the rides so we went back to the flying cartons.

We made our way around Bugs Land and did the little train and all the other things. We stopped for a snack and waited for my sister and her boys to join up with us. She was getting pretty tired but refused to nap.

We made our way around the rest of the park and did the Toy Story ride. That was a lot of fun.
We headed off to dinner and crashed by the time we got back to our hotel. The next day we got up and did Disneyland.


ukyankoz said...

Cuteness! And I don't blame her about the bug movie - they do that thing where you think you feel bugs on your feet and under your bum - it creeps me out too!

So glad you guys are having a good time!!

Jillene said...

WHOO HOO!! What's not to love about Disneyland and California Adventure?!

Jessica G. said...

We haven't taken the kiddos to Disneyland yet and I wonder how much they would get out of it, being so young. Thanks for letting us know how BG reacted!

rychelle said...

toy story is by far my favorite ride!

too bad we couldn't meet up while you passed through vegas. i would have warned you about peggy sues.

Mary said...

It's tough to be a bug is my FAVORITE!! Hopefully one day she will muster the strength to try again :o)

Julie and Carlos said...

Yay Yay Yay!!! I'm so happy to see the pics! I only have a couple... but I'll post mine soon. I don't even know if we got a pic of us all together. How can I be related to mom?
I had such a great time and I miss you already! Can't wait to see you again!
BTW - how did you manage to make Gavin look so misshapen in that photo? He is such a cute boy you must have done it on purpose. Tisk Tisk.

The Whitings in Philly said...

what a fun trip. that's great that you got to do Disneyland AND the wedding...always the best when a wedding is an excuse for a vacation. BG's hair is getting so long! she's darling.