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Spring Break-Disneyland!

We traveled to California for Spring Break and went to Disneyland first.  This was our kid’s 4th time to Disneyland, and I think it was one of our best visits!  It wasn’t overly crowded like at Christmas, (we went in 2012), and the weather was perfect!  We went on 24 rides from opening to closing!  We started at California Adventure, and at about 3 p.m. went to Disneyland.  Enjoy our day through pictures!

On the bus to get to the park, planning out their day!

family picture!

our first ride-Toy Story Mania!

James and Asher shooting away in the Toy Story Mania ride!

Ella and my cousin, Diane on Jumpin’ Jellyfish!

Rilyn and Asher’s favorite ride, Tower of Terror, so they say…

Rilyn in line in the Tower…

Then our good friend, who we ran into from Texas, had his GoPro, and took this video of us! I love how I am super joyful and Rilyn and Asher are so, well…NOT! LOL

Ella and my cousin on Luigi’s Flying Tires!

This was Ella’s 2nd time on Radiator Springs, but she did NOT want to go! (She hates fast rides.) Here is her “I’m not so sure” face. (We went on the single rider line (ages 7 and up) to make the wait go faster. 🙂

Here is Ella after the ride telling Diane how much she LOVED the ride! LOL

Me and the girls waiting for daddy and Asher in front of Radiator Springs. They had to wait in the LONG line (almost 2 hours)-ugh

James and Asher in the blue car coming down the lane…WINNING!

Time for Disneyland!

Thunder Mountain and It’s a Small World were closed for repair when we were there, which is so sad, because that is Rilyn and Ella’s favorite rides. 😦

Rilyn in line at the Matterhorn

Asher in line at the Matterhorn! That is such his personality!

Rilyn loving the Matterhorn!

Rilyn looking around on the Jungle Cruise (with her 2nd cousin, Makayla)

Asher and James on Tarzan’s treehouse! Can you find them?

That’s me and Ella and I’m trying to get a picture of the ghost that sits in our dune buggy on the Haunted Mansion!

We always go to Disneyland with my extended family! My family with my aunt and cousins and their kids!

Star Tours!


The kids snuck in line on the Autopia at 9:55 p.m. Asher was content to stay in the stroller at that point, but the girls were still going strong! We left the park at 10:30 p.m. (it closed at 10!)  What a day!!  We LOVE Disneyland!!


Disneyland 2012

The night before Disneyland…

On Monday we went to Disneyland to see it at Christmas time.  We made a couple mistakes.  1.)  We had only 1 day to go to two parks.  2.)  We went at Christmas time.  We will never again go at Christmas!  It was the most crowded I have ever seen, and I grew up going to Disneyland a couple times a year!  We went on a Monday, when school was still in session, but it didn’t help!  I felt like we didn’t get to go on hardly any rides, especially at Disneyland.  And the kids didn’t get any character’s autographs this time.

This is our kids third time to Disneyland, and this time we really wanted to ride the new Cars ride.
Disneyland opens before California Adventure (where the Cars ride was), so we went on one ride there first-Astroblasters!

Then in the drizzly weather, we walked to California Adventure!

Main Street

We walked straight to Cars land and the new ride.

2 HOURS LATER we finally get on! The kids were NOT HAPPY about the wait, and I could not blame them! (The ride was not working for 30 minutes of our wait.)

We thought the ride was fun!! We were not expecting the fast race at the end though, and Ella, who does NOT like fast rides, was NOT happy afterward!

the ride is beautifully done

Then we headed to the Ariel ride, which is Ella’s favorite!


We bribed Rilyn (with more money added to her souvenir allowance!) if she went on the Tower of Terror! We were pleased to see that Asher just made the height requirement too!

Here is the picture that they take during the ride! I love Rilyn and Asher’s face! Rilyn is not holding a stranger’s hand. That is my cousin’s wife. 🙂  Asher said after the ride that he almost threw up, but he loved it!

we are in the back row

Then we went to Dancin’ with Disney (characters). Basically, it’s a live DJ spinning tunes with about 7 characters dancing around. Pretty good idea! My girls danced with Cruella de Vil.

Then we headed to Rilyn’s favorite ride-Soaring over California. This was Asher’s first time, and he loved it too!

cotton candy!

After the ride, we headed back to Disneyland to watch the Christmas parade!

Sleeping Beauty and the rest of the princesses
Pinnochio float

Tarzan’s Treehouse had no line, so we let the kids run up and down the tree a couple times!

can you see James and the kids way up there?

It started getting dark at 5 as we went on Pirates of the Caribbean. The kids turned on their light-up Disney shirts. Their Oma found them at Walgreens!

Asher picking his nose…
Pirates of the Caribbean

Next, we went on Thunder Mountain which is Rilyn’s favorite ride at Disneyland. Ella did not go on because she told me “speed is her enemy.” Last year she went on Thunder Mountain, and it is definitely worth a look back if you haven’t seen the hilarious pictures!

Sadly, we did not get to go on Small World this trip. The line was over an hour long and then when we went back to go on it, the ride closed early because of fireworks! 😦

Small World is beautiful at night at Christmas time!

We went to Toon Town while Asher rode Thunder again with James.


The girls love Minnie’s house!

Minnie’s kitchen

Finally, at 9 p.m. our kids were D.O.N.E and we had to leave the park. The castle looked beautiful at night!

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May 2023