Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Vacation - Disneyland Part 1

Day two of our Christmas vacation took us to Disneyland. Neither Yohn nor I and obviously not the kids had ever been. We've been told several times we'd missed out, but in truth I'm not much of a theme park person. They're a lot more fun when you like rides and I don't. But still, Disneyland was a lot fun, just a little too crowded cuz' it was Christmastime.

The kids all insisted on having their pictures takin inside of Tarzan's home. They pretended they were captains of a big ship.

The decorations were spectacular, grand and everywhere! This picture does not do it justice, make sure to check out all the decos in background of this picture too.

We rode the Pirates of the Caribbean first. Rides like this one I like - simple, lots to look at, fun with a few drops that made it interesting. Elisha and Bethany loved it although they really didn't know what to expect to begin with and got a little frightened when it all went dark and we went down a waterfall. After that they relaxed and enjoyed themselves. Jewell on the other hand, cryed the whole time. Poor thing is not real fond of the dark.

Once outside of the Pirates ride we ran into Woody and Jessie. We were actually kind of lucky to get a picture as we were one of the last ones in line before they closed it. Elisha was super excited about meeting Woody but was disappointed that Buzz was not there too.

Susan's kitchen is full of cow stuff that she's collected, so she really wanted this picture of Woody and Jessie in cow-print to add to the collection!

I wasn't able to get a good picture of Elisha and Bethany on the Dumbo ride so I caught them just as they were getting off.

The kids posed for me on the Dumbo they had outside the ride.

The kids and Grandma Susan on the Teacup ride, or should I say just before it started.

The view of Smallworld all decorated for Christmas. Actually it looks a lot better at night but that picture is for another post.

The clock came to life as we waited in line. I comes to life every 15 minutes but I've heard it's grander to see when it chimes on the hour. We always managed to catch it at the fifteen or forty-five mark (you know like 1:15 or 3:45).

As we waited in line I took a picture of us. I knew there would only be a few of me as I am often reluctant to give up control of the camera.

Pictures from inside of Small World. I don't know if you can see it but everything was decorated for Christmas, either with lights or presents, or hats or mistletoe.

The girls on Minnie's couch. We went inside thinking she was there but she wasn't. So we just looked around.

When we left Minnie's house we went to Mickey's. He was in his barn and so first you toured his house and then you waited in line to see him. Since we had to wait anyway, we took our time going through his house. Here we are in front of his fireplace.

And Gene and Susan and Jewell too.

Elisha is on Pluto's bed pretending to chew on the shoe. I think he actually put his mouth on it though, eww...

And there's Mickey. We were actually a little rushed through, so we only took a picture of the kids.

If we just ppuuuuusssshh a little harder maybe it will start!

At Goofy's house Elisha got really photogenic and wanted me to take a picture of him with everything. He had a lot of fun with all the stuff around his house.

Yohn and kids pose in Goofy's lounge chair.

See, there he goes again!

There was no sign of Goofy so I took a picture of his cute scarecrow in his garden instead.

But Bethany spotted Donald as we were leaving Goofy's house so we followed him to take this picture.

Then we noticed the line forming in front of Minnie's house and realized she had arrived, so we went back and stood in line there so the kids could meet her too. She's Jewell's favorite character and Bethany likes her a lot too.

See told you she was kind of fond of her. She wanted her own picture of just her and Minnie.

We were getting ready to head back to the Condo for lunch and naps when Goofy went walking through the crowd ahead of us. Goofy is both Gene and Yohn's favorite so to say that we chased him is an understatement. Unfortunatly this picture is sans one little girl because she was proving just why we needed to go back to the condo for lunch and naps.

Goofy was teasing Elisha as he was trying to high five him and instead grabbed him and gave him a big hug. I barely had time to snap the picture, which why it's a little out of focus.
More to come, stay tuned!


Kaleena said...

Oh wow! I felt like I was right there with you guys! Maybe, we can photoshop me into some of the pictures! Or would that just be too weird?! Can't blame a girl for trying, right? Your pictures are probably as close as I'll ever get to Disneyland:) Thanks for sharing!

He & Me + 3 said...

What a super fun vacation. Loved all the pictures. It looks beautiful there. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. i love to meet new blogging friends.

Michelle said...

Looks like it was a great time all around! I love all the pictures.
That first one of Elisha next to the wheel - I just love Bethany's expression in the background. She looks terrified! :)

Can't wait to see more!

Amanda said...

I love all the characters Holiday outfits!! ANd it looks like you guys had so much fun... I LOVE all the pictures!


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Oh, I'm trying not to be jealous! I love Disneyland and can't wait to take the kids there someday.

BTW, so glad you guys were able to avoid an accident, too!