Monday, July 11, 2011

Disneyland! Seth's Birthday: Part 2

We did SO much in one day!  We got there at noon ready to go (Anaheim is where to Steve was born and is only about 30 - 45 minutes from where his Dad lives now.)

(If you are not interested in a play-by-play of a day at Disneyland, please feel free to look at the photos and skip the lengthy text!)

Our Tour Guide...he loved the map!!

First Ride, Seth's Choice: Alice in Wonderland  (His favorite ride of the day)

We started in Fantasyland and rode Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan's Flight (My favorite!), Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Dumbo and Pinocchio's Daring Journey.

We skipped the Tea Cups (the kids didn't ask and we didn't bring it up...they spin in constant circles, enough said) and Snow White's Scary Adventures (we have enough middle of the night adventures and sleeping issues in this house already).

Peter Pan 


Seth modeling his Birthday Button. We went to Disneyland City Hall to get one, and he was probably told "Happy Birthday!" 50 times throughout the day by Cast Members (everyone that works at Disneyland is called a Cast Member instead of an employee :-) He loved it!

We had packed lunches and brought them in a backpack.  We found a place to eaThen we headed to New Orleans Square and rode Pirates of the Caribbean. We got all the way to the front of the line, and Caleb had to go to the bathroom.  The Cast Members were so nice, they let Steve and Seth wait for us there while I took Caleb to go to the bathroom.  Then they let us come right back to the front of the line when we were done.

We skipped the Haunted Mansion (see reason above why we skipped Snow White's Scary Adventures).

Mark Twain Riverboat

We took a ride on the Riverboat, then headed to Critter Country and rode the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  We had to skip Splash Mountain because we didn't all meet the height requirements (and honestly, walking around in soaking wet clothes wasn't high on my list of fun things to do that day!)

Headed to Adventureland and visited Tarzan's Treehouse (ran through that one 3 times, good workout with all the stairs!), and went on the Jungle Cruise (one of Caleb's top three of the day!).

We had to skip Indiana Jones because neither of the boys met the height requirements.  If Seth had, one of us would have taken him on it.

Walked back to Fantasyland and rode the Matterhorn Bobsleds (really fast ride, Seth loved it, glad Caleb isn't scarred from that one!) and then went to Mickey's Toon Town.

Meeting Mickey at his house!

Steve and the boys on Donald Duck's Boat

Toon Town!

Seth and I waited in line to meet Mickey Mouse at his house, then we all went to Chip 'n Dale's Treehouse, Gadget's Go Coaster, Donald's Boat. Seth and I went on Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin while Steve and Caleb hung out at this cool fountain area.

Next up was It's a Small World, then we walked to Tomorrowland and had dinner at the Terrace.

In Tomorrowland, we went on Finding Nemo and Autotopia, and these were definitely Caleb's favorite rides of the day.

Finding Nemo!

Autotopia...Caleb was so happy driving!

We also rode Buzz Lightyear and the Astro Orbitor flying rockets.  We skipped Space Mountain (we thought about it for Seth, but decided not to) and Star Wars Star Tours (our boys aren't into it).

Astro Orbitor

Mad Tea Party (just because it looked really cool at night, not because we rode on it!)

We watched the fireworks show, then rode on the Storybook Land Canal Boats.  

We also took another ride on Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.  By this time, Caleb and Steve were done for the day and it was almost 11pm.

So Seth and I went on the last ride of the the day...King Arthur's Carousel

Leaving the park after 11pm with smiles on our faces!  A Magical day at Disneyland!


Stacy said...

Oh how I would LOVE to take our kids there someday :)

Anonymous said...

great pictures. the boys look like they had a blast. so glad you guys got to do disney! and look beautiful! loves me some horvaths.

Karah said...

Ohhh how fun! I haven't been since Ryan was a baby (although the kids have been with my parents).

The pictures are great - I'm glad you guys were able to go!! What a fun, memorable birthday for Seth!

And just fyi - Indiana Jones scared Ryan more than ANY OTHER RIDE when my parents took him 2 years ago - like he was in complete hysterics. So probably a good thing you guys didn't go on that one. LOL

Jen said...

What a great gift! This totally makes me want to go back. Glad y'all had such a great time!