Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What I Learned at Disneyland: Monday

Happy Birthday Mom!  Monday was my mom's birthday and we celebrated by getting up early again and making our way in between the parks to the Disneyland Hotel where we had Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen.  It is definitely something you want to do, especially if you want to meet some of the characters for pictures and autographs!  We saw Goofy, Chip and Dale, Rafiki, Cinderella, Pluto, Baloo, and Princess Aurora.  Nothing beats having the characters come to you while you eat instead of standing in the hot sun at the park! 

Our Awesome Awkward Family Photo
We explored a little bit of Downtown Disney again and then hopped on the Monorail and the kids got to ride in the very front with the conductor. They said it was awesome. :)  We decided to head over to Adventure Land where we rode on the Jungle Cruise and climbed Tarzan's Treehouse.  Then we scooted are way into the New Orleans Square area and enjoyed ourselves in the Haunted Mansion.  That ride broke down for a little while when we were about half way through but it was nice and cool.  As soon as we got out of the house, the Winnie the Pooh ride opened and we got right to the front. 

Waiting for our table at Goofy's Kitchen

After that we waited and waited for Splash Mountain.  Evie was very brave and we survived the plunge!  I would have bought the picture but you could barely see her.  I rode in the back, then Evie and then Dave.  Then it was break time for her.  My mom took the kids back to the hotel for lunch and pool time.  Dave and I went to Indiana Jones Adventure.  It was awesome until leaving.  Then I realized I had lost our park admission cards.  Then I cried but luckily they were in the jeep we were riding and the cast members saved our vacation!  Then I needed a break.  We headed back for lunch and naps. 
Evie with Dale, Cinderella, Pluto, and Rafiki while at Goofy's Kitchen.

Feeling better we walked back to Disneyland in time to catch Mickey's Soundsational Parade.
Then we FINALLY got to ride It's a Small World and I was not disappointed.  Zipped over to Toontown for a quick trip on Gaget's Go Coaster and then back to catch the Memories show on It's a Small World. Then we were able to squeeze in Peter Pan's Flight, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and another spin on King Arthur's Carrousel before we got "kicked" out for the night.

So the things I learned on Monday were that you can't get across the area between the parks until the parks are going to open.  Having reservations across the way doesn't matter but the staff at the restaurant were awesome and we didn't miss out on breakfast!  And have your husband or someone with secure pockets keep hold of your admission cards.  If they are not found, you get to buy them again. Ouch! Oh, and don't let your banana get to the bottom of your mesh backpack. It won't survive! :)
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