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Eleanor’s Fourth Birthday Part Two – Disneyland

Posted by: Maggie

The day after Eleanor’s party, we took our second annual trip to Disneyland! We realize that after baby number 2 arrives we won’t be doing Disneyland for her birthday anymore. We’ll have to choose a different time of the year to do an annual family trip, since it’s so crazy expensive to go more than once a year.

We got there earlier than we did last year so we had more time to see more of the park.

Despite this face, she did such a good job waiting in lines this year! At this age, a year makes such a difference, we were so proud! Last year she was whining, and climbing all over the place. It was sooooo hard to get her to just stay with us while we waited. This year she did so much better. Very little complaining, very little trying to escape! But still plenty of chatting with everyone around us. I don’t know where this kid came from, neither Josh or I are a quarter as social as she is!

We visited Pixie Hollow again this year. It was her favorite part of the day last time so we were sure to visit again. It did not disappoint. She had a great time chatting with Silvermist.

And we happened to come right at the Fairy shift change so we got to visit with Terrence (Tinkerbell’s best friend) as well.

And of course we got to see Tinkerbell too!

Eleanor didn’t want to let her go. All the Fairies thought she was pretty hilarious, talking a mile a minute and asking if she could have some Pixie dust too, and asking if Tink would come and visit her at home.

We also got to visit my favorite, It’s a Small World, decorated holiday-style!

This year we visited with the Princesses too! We skipped this last year, but she loves meeting the Fairies so much that we were sure to let her meet the Princesses this year. But, the lines were so long (we waited a little over an hour) that she was kind of rushed from Princess to Princess. Instead of having time to chat with the Princesses, she just got a quick photo opp.  It wasn’t nearly as fun!

We headed to New Orleans Square for the evening, where we rode Pirates of the Caribbean and got some Vegetarian Gumbo for dinner!

It was dark (and freezing) by the time we had dinner, so we just caught two more rides and got some night shots of Sleeping Beauty’s castle and Main Street.

Luckily, I also found a nice Mom to take our photo after I offered to grab one of her with her family. That’s the key to getting someone to take your photo for you. I always stop when I see a mom taking a photo of Dad and the kids and offer to take a photo of the whole family. I definitely know what it’s like to have photos of everyone but me!

And that was our long exhausting day! We actually left much earlier than last year, 8:30 rather than 11:30, which was fine because we were all exhausted! Especially pregnant me! I am surprised that I made it the whole day. I was soooo tired and my feet and back were killing me!

But we had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go back, after I get this baby out of me!

One more birthday celebration to go!

Eleanor’s Third Birthday: Part One – Disneyland

Posted by: Maggie

Here’s the post you’ve all been waiting for!

For Eleanor’s birthday we decided to take her to Disneyland for the first time! We thought this was the perfect age for her to really enjoy it! We were right! She loved it!

I want to start by saying that I love Disneyland! Love it! Before we had Eleanor I would go every year for my birthday, but I haven’t been since the birthday before I got pregnant. Hopefully I don’t sound too terribly cheesy when I say that Disneyland is beautiful and magical and makes me feel full of wonder like being a little kid again. Disneyland is like eternal Christmas for me!  So I was very excited to finally get to share all of that beauty and magic and wonder with Eleanor.

We started the day by letting her open one present early, a Tinkerbell shirt to wear to Disneyland.

We didn’t want to sit in traffic, so we didn’t rush getting out of the house. We left at around 10:30 and arrived at about 11:30am.

We spent the first 45 minutes wandering around main street, listening to the Barbershop Quartet sing Christmas songs, checking out the Christmas Tree (Eleanor didn’t like it, she said it was too big to be a Christmas Tree), and buying and applying $15 sunblock since we forgot ours.

Then we went to have lunch at Pizza Port in Tomorrowland and finally got on some rides. We started with Buzz Lightyear and Finding Nemo and then headed over to Pixie Hollow. This was Eleanor’s favorite part of the day! After a very long wait in line we got to meet Vidia (a sassy fast flying fairy from the Tinkerbell movie) and Tinkerbell!

The actress playing Vidia was fantastic! She complained that Eleanor had Tink on her shirt and told Eleanor to tell Tink that Vidia was prettier than her. So funny!

Then on to meet Tink! Eleanor loved her. She was speechless and only giggled at her. They were very cute together!

Then on to the teacups, Eleanor loved it. She kept telling me to spin us faster and then didn’t want to get off.

Then on to more Fantasyland rides. Eleanor had so much fun on the rides and kept saying how scary they were and how much she wanted to ride again.  We, of course, had to ride the Carousel. Eleanor adores Carousels. But who doesn’t? They are so pretty.

While I was taking photos of her riding I said, “Oh look Eleanor a mirror, I can be in the picture too!” She replied, “No! I don’t want you in my picture!” And then made this face:

Aren’t three-year-olds just darling?!

After our carousel ride, we headed to the front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle for some gorgeous photos of the castle decorated for the holidays, just as the sun had set. So, so beautiful!

I’m glad we waited until dark to visit Small World. Perfect for seeing the Christmas lights.

By the time we got off, we were starving and it was suddenly freezing cold out. So we hopped on the train and rode through the park to New Orleans Square for dinner. I don’t think I’ve ridden the train since I was little and I completely forgot about the Dinosaur land it rides through. Thanks for the tip Andrew!

I then spent the next 45 minutes waiting in line, freezing, waiting to get some soup for dinner. It was pretty crowded that day, and I guess everyone decided it was dinner time at the same time and everyone wanted soup. Meanwhile, Josh and Eleanor went to get us some fast passes for Haunted Mansion and then wandered around for a bit.

The vegetarian gumbo and clam chowder in bread bowls were pretty much worth the wait!

After dinner we jumped on Pirates, which had a very short line, because the fireworks were going off.

We were a little concerned that it would be too scary for Eleanor because of the big drop at the beginning, but she loved it. She kept asking to go back on the ride with the big slide where people screamed.

Afterwards we hit the haunted mansion, which was decorated Nightmare before Christmas style. I’ve never been at Christmas before, so I was excited to see it.

It was okay. Kinda cool, but I prefer the regular Haunted Mansion.

By then it was very late and time to go. I always ride on Jungle Cruise as my last ride of the day. It’s fun in the dark and the boat captain always seems to be a little funnier at the end of the day. BUT the line was so long I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never seen such a long line for that ride. So we headed to Main Street to call it a day, but of course, we had told Eleanor we would go on one more ride and she wasn’t about to let that go. Luckily, we walked by the Tiki Room and decided to check it out.

Neither Josh nor I have ever been in before. It was actually sorta fun. It’s a 15 minute theatre show with a fountain, and some singing and joke telling birds. Eleanor seemed to like it. She always loves singing.

After the show, we finally headed back toward Main Street to leave.

We made a quick stop in the candy store for some Salt Water Taffy for me and Josh and candy corn for Eleanor, and then wandered into the main store to let Eleanor pick out one souvenir. She chose a Minnie Mouse doll whose skirt twirls and lights up. Shockingly, as of writing this, she has not yet broken it.

We left the park at about 11:30pm! I could not believe it! We knew Eleanor was going to skip her nap, so we assumed that we would leave when she started melting down in the evening, but I guess Disneyland is just too exciting and magical a place. We had very few bouts of crankiness and she was pretty much full of energy until she got in the car and fell asleep before we got out of the parking garage.