Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mamatography 2013 Week Nine: Disneyland!

I am taking part in the Mamatography 2013 Challenge with Momma Jorje and Diary of a First Child to take a photo every day of our day-to-day life and post once a week.

This week, we visited our most favorite place on Earth: The Disneyland Resort. It had been three years since our whole immediate family went to Disneyland together, and Aidyn inched his way up to the required 46" to ride the looming Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

Day One:

Here is a less than bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed Mouseketeer Aidyn, having woken up at 2am and filled his own fun pack, as he waits patiently for us to head out the door.

Here's one of Grandma, Aidyn and Duffy the bear, waiting in line to get into the park just after 10am.

To celebrate his new growth (in height and mettle), we headed straight for Indiana Jones. Here is Aidyn and his dad snaking up to the entrance of the temple.

We were very careful not to step on diamond-shaped stones. We saw what happens when you do that!

Aidyn, his Granny, and I, near the projection room, where Aidyn is vowing not to look into the eyes of Mara...

Aidyn was the lucky driver for this adventure!

If he "survived" the ride, we promised him an Indiana Jones fedora...
Here's our proud adventurer, flanked by Grandma and Daddy.

Next, we headed over to Tomorrowland to ride Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.

Beautiful cacti and aloe plants outside the Rancho Del Zocalo restaurant in Frontierland.

After a second round of both Indiana Jones and Star Tours, as well as a ride on Matterhorn and Pirates of the Caribbean, we plopped ourselves on a bench in the plaza, people-watched, looked at these beautiful flowers and called it an early day.

Day Two:

The first thing we did on Day Two was see a young Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in Disney California Adventure. They had updated the entrance to resemble 1920s Los Angeles, as Walt would have experienced the area when he first came to Southern California.

We rode all of our DCA favorites: Goofy's Sky School (about five times!), Jumpin' Jellyfish, and Toy Story Midway Mania before relaxing for the Aladdin show. The show was amazing as always, and the Genie was a riot:

Genie (on his lamp-turned-phone): "Hey, you have your own reality show, you're famous for no reason, and now you're pregnant with Kanye's baby! Those are your three wishes! (hangs up)

A pretty pansy in Disneyland.

After our second day was nearly coming to a close, we thought the turbulent and wild Space Mountain roller coaster would be the perfect thrill ride to rejuvenate us.

How wrong we were (sorry for the camera glare!), though the lady behind us was clearly thrilled.

Duffy and Celebration Bear, ready to crash out in the hotel.

Day Three:

Aidyn Jones in front of Toad Hall for a ride on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
The beautiful Matterhorn Mountain, as seen from the Storybook Land Canals queue.

Gorgeous purple tulips in Fantasyland.

Aidyn, bravely sitting in the new individual Matterhorn Bobsleds seat.

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  1. I love these photos Paula - what an exciting week, although I can't believe you were sleeping on Space Mountain!

  2. Thank you, Jodi! We weren't actually sleeping-- when they take photos at the end of the ride, my husband and I usually do a thumbs-up pose. This time we wanted to do something different for fun. No one could possibly fall asleep on that crazy coaster!