Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Disney Birthday {day 3 of 3}

California Adventure here we come!
The girls have been beyond excited to meet Lightening McQueen and explore Radiator Springs since they were two and a half! I believe CARS is still Lola's very favorite Disney movie. To be honest the girls really didn't know what else to expect from California Adventure other than Cars Land, man were all of us surprised, this park was so FUN!

Ellie and Lola, now a whole day into their fifth year,  pose in front of the classic Mickey Fun Wheel. 
 First stop, Cars Land!
 I loved this place… once you walked past the Cars Land sign, you felt as if you were in the movie standing on Route 66. The pictures don't do it justice. 



 Lightening McQueen himself. 
The girls were too short to ride the big California Screaming roller coaster, 
so we did the next best thing and rode everything else. 

 Donald!!!
 Ellie was so happy to see this guy!


Back to Cars Land to ride the ride of all rides…
 We got to ride in Lightning McQueen, lucky us!!

 Horrible picture, but had to put it in. 
Ellie is behind me and Lola to my right,… don't ask what I'm doing?

 Okay… Disclaimer: 
Tony and I are huge Bachelor Fans {don't judge it's addicting}, so when we ran into Trista and her family {the first bachelorette} I had to snap a shot! 

Soaring over California was such a cool ride, I had to snap a picture. I had been on it once before, but I guess riding it with the girls made it that much cooler for me. Next time I am transferring Tony onto that ride for sure- he would have loved it. 

Littler Mermaid, Ellie and Tony taking it in the fun.
 The swings!!



We watched the Mickey Mouse Club House stage show and afterwards the girls loved picked up all the confetti that dropped! They still won't let me throw it away. 


 Saving the best for last,  kind of sums up this experience.
 We saved the Mickey's Fun Wheel for last, no particular reason it just worked out that way. And it was a perfect ending to a perfect trip! This was such a fun experience for a whole family. For some reason I am scared to death of ferris wheels. Roller coasters don't scare me, sky diving doesn't scare me… but for some reason ferris wheels do, and this one has sliding carts. CRAZY! Mind you we were on this cart with a 400 lb wheelchair which made our cart slider even more, especially when we were at the very top. Once we were all loaded in, we headed up and up and up, stopping at the very top and sliding around like nobodies business. I was screaming, the girls didn't know whether to laugh or cry, and Tony was cracking up. All of us ended up laughing so much we were crying. Needless to say we made it off the ride safe, with smiles on our faces, and warm memories in our hearts! I believe the girls will say this was among their favorite ride of the trip. 



What a whirlwind weekend full of birthday fun and love. 
I am so glad we saved this trip for the girl's fifth birthday, it could not have been better. The anticipation was fantastic and I believe Disney did not disappoint- the girls had the time of their lives! 
Happy 5th Birthday to my sweet little girls! 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Disney Birthday {day 2 of 3}

 DISNEYLAND!
The day had come, February 17,  2014. The girls turned five this day  and we made the much anticipated entrance to The Magic Kingdom- Disneyland! The girls were up and ready early to start this day. We headed into the park around 8:30 am and started the day off with a bang! 

Ellie and Lola posing in their Mikey #5 birthday shirts at the classic spot.
{note: we opted not to wait in line to take this picture hence why we only got the side on Mikey's face in the shot}
First stop: City Hall to get birthday buttons and a birthday wish from Walt himself.
 Lola is listening to the birthday message on this nifty phone. 
Next stop: The castle 
The girls were in OWE of this real princess castle! 
They simply couldn't believe that they were going to be able to enter this magnificent castle. 



Then off to ride, ride after ride.
Fortunately, because of Tony's situation we didn't have to wait in the enormous lines, which afforded us the opportunity to ride many more rides than we would have otherwise rode on this President's Day Holiday. 
 These girls were brave cookies, I will tell you that! We started the riding off with a bang… Space Mountain! The girls were so excited to ride, but I guess it scared them because they were not as thrilled after- stating that they DID NOT want to ride Space Mountain again until they were at least 16. 
Love this action shot! 
Ellie and Lola have complete opposite reactions. 

 Buzz light year ride… even daddy got to join us!


 Before leaving tomorrow land we watched the Jedi training and Ellie was pretty bummed she didn't get picked for the training… maybe next time! 

Off to Fantasy land, where we rode a ton of rides, Dumbo, Carousel, and Tea Cups to name a few. But the girls' absolute favorite ride in Fantasy land and of the day was THE MATTERHORN! They loved everything about it, especially the hidden abominable snowmen. 
We found Olaf binding on the roof in Fantasy land, but were unwilling to wait the three house to meeting his friends Elsa and Ana. 





After riding Pirates of the Caribbean, we were off to Adventure Land to ride Winnie the Pooh... though we got stuck on the ride and the girls were not too happy about that. But, after about 10 minutes we were on our way though to enjoy the ride!


TUNE TOWN… so cool! 
The girls LOVED this place, I mean how cool is it to visit all the houses of the characters you love, especially Mickey Mouse. 







After a whirlwind day and about 8 hours of non-stop fun we decided to head back to the hotel to rest up before the big birthday dinner surprise.



Nothing like a birthday DINNER with the characters at
 GOOFY's KITCHEN!
This was such a cool evening and a perfect way to celebrate the girls' birthday. Tony and I pretty much despise buffets, but we took one for the team in order to ensure our little ladies were spoiled by Disney fun on their birthday. 


 Loving our dinner guest!

 Minnie Mouse came to our table just in time to sing the girls Happy Birthday 
and bring this a special treat.








 After dinner, we rode the Monorail back into the park to finish out the evening with a few more rides. 
Needless to say, our day was full and fantastic,  and all four of us were pretty tired! 
I was able to snap a classic shot {with no line} on our way out of the park! 
Happy Birthday Lola and Ellie, we hope you had a fantastic day! 
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