Friday, June 7, 2013

Disneyland 2013

 ***Picture overload!***

I thought about splitting our Disneyland trip into 2 posts but I figured I'd rather just take the time and do it all right now.

Boss' parents took the whole family to Disneyland last weekend and it was so much fun!
Spidey in the hotel. He was doing Spiderman fingers.
 Petey, all ready for the first day at the park. Boss' parents got everyone shirts and on the first day, the adults all matched and the grandkids all matched.
 The first thing we did was head to Cars Land in California Adventure. There was hardly a line in front of Lightning Mcqueen so we stopped to say hi to him.
 As you can see, it scared Spidey when Lightning Mcqueen started moving a little bit. So funny to watch.
 Next, we got in line for the most popular ride at California Adventures...Radiator Springs Racers.
 Somehow, Petey convinced 2 of her uncles to give her shoulder rides. Unfortunatly, the 3 youngest kids weren't tall enough to ride so they went and did some other fun stuff in Cars Land.
 This was Petey's first ride of the trip and she was excited, after waiting an hour in line.

Radiator Springs was a really fun ride. I loved it as much as my girly did!

I was determined on this trip to show Boss that I'm not as wimpy as I seem so I chose to go on Tower of Terror while Nana and Papa took the kids to A Bugs Life. Needless to say, I cried through the whole thing and thought I was going to die. Petey had been asking if she could ride it and after I experienced that, I said HECK NO! We'll come back to the end of that story later...

After a couple more little rides at Bugs Life, we headed to eat lunch.
 Three of the grandkiddos, eating lunch and watching exciting things happening everywhere.
 After lunch, the brave people went to ride California Screamin and we found Woody so the kids could meet him. Spidey was a little nervous at first and described Woody as a "tricky guy" but once he watched other kids interacting with Woody, he decided it was ok.
 We got the kids these autograph books so they could get as many autographs as possible from all the characters we saw.
 All of the grandkids with Woody. Can you tell Spidey ended up loving him? He could stop giggling and smiling at him.
 The carousel was fun for the kids but it was just another carousel to me. :)

 The kids loved watching Mr Potato Head telling jokes and talking. He was pretty funny.
 Nana, Aunt Darylle and Uncle John took my kids on the ferris wheel that slide around at certain angles because Boss and I both refused. :) The kids loved it and had so much fun.
 Aunt Juli and Aunt Katie went on the Jumping Jellyfish after Petey and I had done it a few times. It wasn't too scary but it did go up pretty high.
 After the cute Little Mermaid ride, we came outside to see Goofy conducting a water show. It was so fun. Petey ran as close as she could get and Goofy pointed to her and waved.

After that, we headed to Soarin' Over California but the little kids weren't tall enough for that either so we kept them outside and waited for the others to go ride it.
 Luckily, as soon as they came out, Minnie had just come out to sign books and give hugs. Of course, Miss Petey was so excited. She loves Minnie.
 Miss B was sleeping so only 4 of the grandkids met Minnie.

The Grizzly River run was next on the list and not even Petey was tall enough for that one. She was crushed and had a meltdown for a little bit before we found this splash zone where she could watch her daddy come down and get wet! I honestly expected for the splash zone to get them a tiny bit wet...not drenched.
 Boy was I wrong!
 REALLY wrong!
 Petey found a nice spot in the sun and layed out for a while. I also took this really funny video of the kids getting hit by a couple of big splashes.

Next was the parade, which the kiddos loved.

 As we were heading out the park to finish our day off in Disneyland, we saw Mickey so the kids got in line to get their books signed.
 Please excuse the U of A sweater Petey has on. We are die hard ASU fans but her Aunt Stacy lent it to her because she was freezing after getting wet at Grizzly River Run.

At Disneyland, we started with Pirates of the Carribean. Petey loved it. Spider was scared of all the skeletons and kept asking to get off.
 Then we did the Jungle Cruise and all of the kids loved it.

We headed over to the other side of the park so Papa could ride Star Wars. The older girls wanted to do it so I went with Petey. Oh my goodness, I'm getting nauseous just thinking about that ride! I am surprised I didn't throw up because I felt sick within 10 seconds of the simulator starting. While we did that, Boss took Spidey to ride the Buzz Lightyear ride, which ended up being his favorite!
 I was a nice wifey and let Boss stay with his brothers while I took the kids back to the hotel around 9pm. Aunt Darylle was nice enough to lend the kids her new towel because they were cold. I was so thankful to Darylle and Katie for helping me get the kids back to the hotel with almost no problems. I was nervous about it since Papa had bought them pillow pets and I had tons of other stuff to carry.
 The kids zonked out within minutes of being in the hotel. Here is Petey on her new Marie {from Aristocats} pillow pet Papa bought her.
 Spidey, zonked out on Perry the Platypus.

The next morning, I told Boss I would be taking Petey on Space Mountain because it is one of my favorite rides at Disneyland. We got there when the park open and we wait maybe 10 minutes to get on the ride. It was awesome. I was a little nervous about Petey but she insisted she wanted to do a bigger rollercoaster. I tried to hold her hand when the ride started and she told me to let go of her so she could put her hands up in the air. I couldn't believe it. She does NOT get that from me. After seeing the way she loved Space Mountain, I considered letting her do Tower of Terror. More on that soon...
 Petey really wanted to ride Buzz Lightyear since Spidey had loved it so much so I took both kids on it while Boss rode Space Mountain again.
 Next we did the Finding Nemo submarine, which gave me more motion sickness. Not my favorite ride but the kids had fun and liked it a lot.
 Papa really wanted to go on the monorail but I wanted to take Petey to Autopia so we split off for a bit. She drove for a little bit and decided she couldn't do it so I had to reach over to her side of the car and steer the wheel for her. My back hurt when that ride was over. :)

After the monorail, Boss and I took the kids to Toon Town. I was pretty adamant about getting over there since we didn't do Toon Town at all the last time we were at Disneyland.
 We saw Goofy,
 rode Roger Rabbit's ride {which was WAY too creepy for Spidey},
 tried out our muscles,

 got stuck in jail,
 met Pluto,

 and rode the Gadget Go Coaster, which both of the kids loved!

We made our way over to Splash Mountain so the bigger girls could ride it. Both of them loved it and I'm glad we did it. That's always been one of my favorites.

Boss really wanted to take Petey on Space Mountain so they went and did that while Spidey and I rode Winnie the Pooh and this Astro ride.
 Spidey says this was his favorite ride.
 It looks wimpy but it was really high and went faster than I expected. I just hunkered down as far as I could and let my boy take us up as high as he wanted.

So back to the story I've been telling throughout this whole thing. With all of the fast rides Petey was loving, Boss and I decided we would let her do Tower of Terror. I was worried about her reaction but wanted to be there if she was super scared so I ended up going on the ride again. It was less intense since I knew what to expect but even though I didn't cry, I still didn't like it. Before, during, and after the ride, Petey was the happiest little girl. She kept her hands up the entire time and laughed through the whole thing. I was dumbfounded. She just seems like my little baby girl. I can't imagine her being that brave but she was.
 After Tower of Terror, we rode some little rides around the park before we decided to head home. Boss had to work the next morning and we didn't want to get home too late.

Tweny minutes into our drive, the kids looked like this...

 They were exhausted.
 The next day, I had them pose with the souvenir we let them pick out. Petey chose Ariel and says she is her favorite princess because she is a mermaid. She was kind of mad when we got Ariel out and under her mermaid tail were legs. Apparently, she didn't want her to have legs at all. :)
Petey has been playing with his cars ever since we got home. He loves them so much.

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