Monday, September 14, 2015

Going Back to Cali: Days 7 and 8

For our last full day in California, we did something that I was probably most excited for. Growing up in Southern California it felt like I grew up at Disneyland, and even though we may not live there now, I would love for Elley to have that feeling as well. So I knew we had to go to the Disneyland resort to get that started early.
I decided to go to California Adventures instead of the main park for a few reasons. First, since I've never really been there and was dying to go on The Little Mermaid ride and see Cars Land. Plus it's on my 101 in 1001 list. Also this way, on our next trip when we do go to Disneyland, Elley's a little more aware of what's going on.
Riding Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
We started off the day in A Bug's Land riding Flik's Flyers, Francis' Ladybug Boogie, and Heimlich's Chew Chew Train.
Meeting Anna and Elsa
We then went through Hollywood Land and rode Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! (which I thought was one of the best dark rides I've been on), before our fast pass to meet Anna and Elsa. After meeting our first two princesses, we walked over to Paradise Pier to ride Ariel's Undersea adventure.
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While it wasn't quite lunch time we were starting to get hungry so we stopped for a quick snack at the Pacific Wharf Café (where I had a chocolate croissant). While there Elley passed out from all of the morning's excitement. But we did take advantage of her nap and took a ride on California Screamin' while she was sleeping.
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Next up was a spin on King Triton's Carousel before stopping at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta for lunch, where I had their Chicken Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pasta.
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Our last ride of the day was Mickey's Fun Wheel, but did stop in Cars Land on the way out to meet a tractor and Mater.
Meeting Mater! #babyfirsttriptodisney
I know it sounds like a full day, but we actually left around 2, which goes to show how much we managed to fit in within only a few hours. So while it may not have been a entire day, it was an exhausting one, especially for Elley.
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As for our 8th and final day in California, well that was the day we flew home. As good as Elley was on the flight to California, she was even better on the flight back to Louisiana. Once again she managed to take a nap, but even more impressive I also managed a nap at the same time while holding her. Overall it was definitely a great trip and it's crazy to think that the next time we make it out to California Elley will instead be running around everywhere!


  1. Wow, you guys did pack a lot into that day! I am glad that the day went well for you guys! And it's even better that the flight home went so well!!

  2. I'm glad to hear that Elley's second flight also went well. And when (if) we make it to California, we will definitely have to check our Cars Land. Sam would go nuts!

  3. When I was 15, I flew out to California to visit my friends, since I had lived there from 7 months to 7 years. They all had annual passes, and I was able to buy a 3-day hopper pass for both parks.

    Even though this was July, we managed to get everything in, mostly because one of my friends had a "front of the line" pass. She was in remission from leukemia (sadly, she died last year), and my Crohn's was majorly flaring (during my 10-day trip, I lost 5 lbs--from 82 to 77). She and I both wore out easily, and I threw up often, so being able to skip the lines was great. After 2 days, we were both completely exhausted, and we'd done everything. Her mom managed to sell my pass for 1/3 of its cost so it didn't go to waste.

    That was my last time at Disneyland and California Adventures. I'm taking Dan to Disney World in a few weeks! It will be his first time!