Thursday, May 12, 2011

Thursdays with Mel... A Magical Morning at Disneyland, Just my girl & me!

We only had a few hours to spend at Disneyland on the first day of our vacation. We had dinner plans in Malibu that night - tough life, I know. So instead of running around the park like the Disney-deprived family we were, we decided to spilt up and focus on what each child wanted to do. The boys all went one way, and the girls went the other, just like a junior high dance in the 1980s. 
My daughter initially had no interest in the Matterhorn or Space Mountain. What she wanted was a ride with lots of horsies! She had her eye on King Arthur Carrousel from the moment we stepped through Sleeping Beauty Castle.
She rode this carrousel several times during the week, and every time, she chose this special horse!

After the carrousel, we rode Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Dumbo and one of my new favorites, the Storybook Land Canal Boats. After that we rounded the corner and rode “it’s a small world” (Yep, it is correctly written with no capitalization - who knew?!). 

Monstro the Whale before he swallows you up on your way to Storybook Land...

The shocker of the morning came when my darling princess decided to skip both Pixie Hollow & The Princess Fantasy Faire, in favor of heading to Mickey’s Toontown. We rode on Gadget’s Go Coaster (similar to the late but great Goofy’s Barnstormer from WDW.), and we then proceeded to Mickey’s House to meet the main mouse. 

The outside sign said there would be a 5 minute wait... Whoa! Just 5 minutes til Mickey! I was in! Turns out, all of those minutes were spent walking through the house, and there was NO wait at all to see Mickey. I was floored, as there was no one behind us either. We had Mickey all to ourselves! Priceless.
Alas, shortly after that picture was taken, we met back up with my husband and boys, and our magical Mother-Daughter had passed. We meandered through Main Street and listened to the Dapper Dans for a few minutes. It really was a wonderful morning at the parks.
Hey: Over on the Disney Lifestyle Blog, I have favorite shots & character moments from our Disneyland trip posted. Tomorrow stop by for the Fabulous Fashioista Friday Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Extravaganza when I reveal my daughter’s magical makeover!


  1. I love those magical Mommy/Daughter moments (at Disney or not)! That sounds like so much fun!! Can't wait to see the BBB pictures!!

  2. BBB was amazing. I can't seem to use that word enough. But I highly recommend one-on-one time at the parks with each child. It really helps you see Disney through their eyes.