While we are pretty bummed that we won’t have our kids on Christmas (and this will be my first Christmas ever without Brooke), I think we successfully had a great early Christmas at Disneyland together. We stuck to one day at Disney (HOW HAVE TICKETS gotten so expensive?!?) so we wanted to pack in as much as we could in our one day. We got there at 7:20 a.m. and left at 10:00 p.m. We packed in a ton of rides, food and of course the parade (my favorite part + Space Mountain).
We woke up nice and early and walked on over to the park.
Actually there was a lot of running that occurred on our way there.
They opened up the gates early before the rides were open which gave us plenty of time for pictures. This was Knox’s first time to Disneyland and he was so beyond excited to see everything there.
Just running around giving high fives to everyone.
A picture with the largest Christmas tree I have ever seen!
Andrew grew up near Disneyland so he went plenty of times growing up but he hasn’t been in ten years.
He was pretty happy to be there too. I might have been the happiest… Disneyland was what we did for family vacations growing up and I have a lot of great memories there.
The first hour it was open we made it to four rides—> ZERO LINES! Splash Mountain, Pirates, the Haunted Mansion and the Pooh bear ride (a few times in a row ha… that one along with Small World is Brooke’s personal favorites).
My hair went right into a ponytail after splash mountain;)
We brought a backpack of snacks for the kids but they did get some treats there too… any guesses what Brooke chose based on her face afterwards haha?!
So Brooke loved some of the roller coasters but Space Mountain was not her thing. We got fast passes for that ride and they let Andrew and I switch off going with Knox so that one of us was with Brooke. This was Knox’s second time in a row on Space Mountain and he could not get enough.
Brooke was much more about the Fantasyland rides.
The kids had strollers for the day but they did get in a lot of walking too. Megan D gave Brooke this Minnie Mouse jacket last year and she was so excited to sport it there. I was just excited to be in a t-shirt again. My favorite type of clothing ha. The temperatures were in the 60s during the afternoon—> perfect for this Utah family. When we were waiting in the beginning to go into the park we were all in t-shirts and the kids had on light jackets (and Andrew was in shorts of course). Most people waiting were in heavy jackets and thought we were crazy for what we were wearing! It felt like summer to us;)
They also got carried often by Andrew in lines. Brooke was pretending she was a dog in the picture below. She can impersonate a dog better than anyone I know. She even uses her foot to scratch her ears when she is pretending and can run so fast across the house on all fours.
Brooke wrapped around me during Thunder Mountain and Knox putting his hands up in the air.
Knox was most excited for the Haunted Mansion! As we got closer to the doors he couldn’t control his excitement. Jack the Skeleton is his absolute favorite and he was all over the place with the Christmas decorations.
Just a picture of the boat where my parents had their very first kiss. They were in high school and had their first date at Disneyland…. they both have different stories about who kissed who but I think I believe my mom’s story about the whole thing;)
Just a few ride pictures:
I somehow beat Andrew twice on the Buzz Lightyear shooting game ride… I take that one very seriously.
Disneyland churros are a must probably because each time you walk by one of their churro stands the smell is so strong and amazing that eventually you just have to buy one.
Another one of the top highlights of the day for Knox:
They went strong all day long but at about 9ish they were both out in about two seconds. Since then it has taken us all a few days to recover but it was totally worth it!
The kids were asleep so Andrew and I ended the night by getting my favorite treat (marshmallows dipped in caramel and then chocolate and he had a caramel apple) and watching the fireworks before carrying them back to the hotel.
And just a tiny little video with a few clips from the day!
We drove home yesterday and made it back (the kids were so excited to see Beretta again) home. Andrew and I will be driving back to Southern California next week to drop Brooke off at her other grandma’s house for the week so our December is full of driving! We need some good books on tape recommendations! My favorite thing to do before a long day in the car is get up early and get out as much energy as possible on a run before sitting for hours and hours. Excited to get out and run this morning too—> Monday runs are my favorite.
Who has a birthday in December?
Anyone running a Christmas themed race? Any Santa runs?
Who else grew up near Disneyland?
Do you know where your parents had their first date? I love stories about this kind of stuff!