There’s a reason why Disneyland is called “The Happiest Place on Earth”. We had the the BEST time. It was 3 full days of exhilarating, non-stop fun! Of course the night before our trip both Violet and Simon woke up sick with fevers… At this point i’m pretty sure we’re cursed and i’ve given up all hope to traveling anywhere with healthy kids But that being said, we made the best of it and Violet (as long as we kept the Motrin flowing) was in good spirits and was able to enjoy herself. She was definitely overwhelmed the 1st day, but once she realized the Disneyland is amazing she couldn’t wait for more!
We spent A LOT of time in Fantasyland. Grandma made sure she got the full princess experience:
After riding on Peter Pan, Dumbo, the Carousel, Casey jr. Circus Train, Touring Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Teacups, and the Storybook Boat; we convinced her to venture out and explore new areas. Here’s a quick glimpse into Fantasyland or “princess place” as Violet now refers to it fondly
Dumbo was a big hit. My mom was such a good sport and rode it with her over and over again.
Violet was so confused by “It’s a Small World”. Can you tell? Thankfully for the rest of us she only wanted to go once. Unfortunately once was enough to have the song playing in my head for the rest of the trip.
Oh the Teacups! She loved them. By the 3rd time I’d had enough. Violet could’ve gone all day long.
The carousel was another favorite! We rode this one at least 15 times
Here are some more pics from our adventures in the Magic Kingdom:
Riding the Disneyland Railroad train around the park. It was our first day. Can you tell how skeptical Violet is?
Riding in the Autopia cars or the “race cars” as Violet calls them. This was one of my most favorite rides growing up so it was so fun to be able to do it with Violet. I basically let het steer the whole time and let me tell you, I felt like I need to get my back re-aligned afterwards But she was so precious. I love that the only part of Violet that’s visible is her tiara.
My parents were good sports and offered to stay with our sleeping kids while we went back to the park with my sister and enjoyed some of the bigger rides at night like: Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Indian Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Splash Mountain. And a few in California Adventure too: Tower of terror, River Ride, and California Screamin’ (which, by the way, was the MOST terrifying experience of my life to date!) I’ve decided that I definitely earned the “good sport” award when it came to these crazy roller coaster and stomach churning rides that make you want to puke
We spent a little time in Frontierland and rode the Mark Twain as a family. It was one of the few places Simon could get out and crawl around. There was a newer Winnie the Pooh ride that I took Violet on as well. Afterwards she made it clear that she in fact did NOT like the “Heffalumps part”.
We also spent some time in the California Adventure Park. It has some great rides including The Little Mermaid and Violet’s favorite King Triton’s Carousel:
We wandered over the the “Bugs Land” area of California Adventure which has lots of fun stuff for little kids including bumpers cars, a water play area, and spinning mushroom tops.
On our last evening in the park we watched the daily 5pm parade that rolls down main street. Violet was in heaven. She got to see Minnie, Mickey, all her princesses as well as “Wendy” from Peter Pan, her favorite character(she thought Mary Poppins was Wendy and we didn’t have the heart to correct her).
The parade was the perfect way to end our vacation. We had such an amazing time! Every bone in my body ached when we got home so I know we walked ourselves silly. I’m already looking forward to the next time.
A huge shout out goes to our boy Simon. He was The. Best. Baby. Ever. Seriously. At one point I forgot he was with us He was perfectly happy to nap and stroll around for hours and hours everyday. I only wish I could say that he continued this blissful behavior on our flights. Sadly no. He was a wild man and discovered that his ear piercing scream really does turn heads. And not in a good way!
I love this one. Look at her face. She was one happy girl!
Happy 3rd birthday Violet. We hope your trip was as memorable and magical as it was for us!