Posted by: sailingmartha | April 28, 2012


We got back from Disneyland two days ago. It was just myself and my youngest daughter, Fifibelle (9). We drove down to southern California and stayed with David’s cousin and her family in Pomona. DD and I got to go Disneyland and California Adventure for 3 days. We had so much fun. It was the least crowded time I’ve ever been there, and the lines for almost everything were short to non-existent.

We started off on Peter Pan’s Flight, which had about a 30 minute line. This was the one ride at Disneyland, other than Finding Nemo, that consistently had a line. Fifibelle loved Peter Pan. It ended up being her favorite ride, and we went on it at least 3 times during our trip. We then visited the goats and donkeys in the petting zoo at Big Thunder Ranch, which were cute. Then Fifibelle saw Big Thunder Mountain and immediately insisted on going on it. I was kind of hesitant because I didn’t think it was the type of ride she would like. However, when her sister went to Disneyland last year, BTMRR was her favorite ride, so of course, Fifibelle wanted to check it out. We went on it, but she was clutching on to me for dear life the whole time, saying she was going to die. LOL. Poor kid. She hated it.

We went on the Jungle Cruise, Tarzan’s Treehouse, the Enchanted Tiki Room (another huge hit), Pirates of the Caribbean (so fun, another favorite), Haunted Mansion (she didn’t like this one so much). We also went on the Disneyland Railroad around the park, and on the Monorail. We also went on the Mark Twain Riverboat. Fifibelle had gone on it when she was 3 years old, and it was the only thing she remembered from that previous trip. We did Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Star Tours. Star Tours was fun – last time I went it was under refurb, and now it has the new 3-D effects. Very cool. We also saw Captain EO – I hadn’t seen that in years, so it was a fun blast from the past We rode It’s a Small World, and we saw the Magic, Memories, and You light show in front of IASW.

Tuesday morning we started off in California Adventure – we ran over and got Fastpasses for World of Color first thing. We went on Soarin’ Over California (love, love, love this) and then It’s Tough to be a Bug 3-D movie, which unfortunately she hated. She wasn’t screaming or crying, but she was grossed out and mad at me for taking her to it. There were a lot of little kids that were hysterically afraid, though. I felt bad for them. We went over to the Sorcerer’s Workshop, and played with the zoetropes and made our own animation strips, then we went to Ursula’s Grotto and put our voices in the movie clip – I loved it but Fifibelle was a little shy. Then we went to the Beast’s Library, and did the character quiz, which was cute. Also in DCA, we saw some characters and got some autographs – from Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (cool!), aviator Minnie Mouse, and Chip and Dale (so freakin’ adorable!). Fifibelle wanted to go back over to DL after that, and finish the rides that we didn’t go on the day before, so we went back and rode the rest of the rides in Fantasyland – the King Arthur Carousel, Dumbo, Casey Jr. train, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Pinocchio, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle as well as the Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, and Indiana Jones. We met more characters – Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Pluto, and Snow White. We also saw the Laughing Stock Co. at the Golden Horseshoe – that was the first time I’d been in there to see a show, and it was a lot of fun. We spend a little time at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. We went back to DCA in the late afternoon and saw the last show of Aladdin at the Hyperion Theater, which was fabulous. Then we grabbed some dinner, and we managed to sneak into a good spot for World of Color. There were already a lot of people lined up to view it, but we got onto the bridge, and some nice people squeezed over and made some room for Fifibelle to get up to the rail, and I stood behind her. We had a great view, and Fifibelle absolutely loved it. She kept saying how beautiful it was and the best thing she’d ever seen, so that was nice. I liked it too.

Wednesday morning we started out at Disneyland. Fifibelle really wanted to meet Rapunzel, so we decided to go on a few rides, and then get in line at 10:30 for the 11:00 meet and greet with Rapunzel. So we rode on Peter Pan again, then the Tiki Room and Pirates of the Caribbean. After those, we got in line for Rapunzel – there were a few families ahead of us but we were pretty close to the front of the line. We also lucked out because we were under a little bridge in the shade, and the rest of the line was in the sun. We hung out in line and chatted with a few other folks and finally we got in to meet Rapunzel and get some pics and her autograph. After that we ate at Troubadour Tavern (yummy baked potatoes and corn on the cob), and then we lined up for meeting the princesses in the Fantasy Faire. That was about a 45 minute wait, but we ended up getting to see Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle, and Mulan, who were all super sweet and nice. We took the horse trolley up Main Street. Then we went back to DCA. We saw Turtle Talk with Crush, which was so cute. We went on Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue, and Muppet Vision 3-D, Soarin’ Over California again, then on Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, which was cute but just OK. Next we went on Toy Story Midway Mania. That was a great ride! So much fun. It was very popular and had a long line (relatively speaking) otherwise we would have gone again. Fifibelle then rode on King Triton’s Carousel several times. It’s a beautiful carousel with colorful sea creatures – whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea horses, fish, sea lions. This was another of her favorite rides. She also went on Jumpin’ Jellyfish – cute ride, but super short. We went to the Redwood Creek Trail – she loved this! I think she probably spent a good hour and a half there, just playing and running around. We met Dug the dog from the movie Up there – he was so fuzzy and cute! We ate dinner in Paradise Pier and got to hear a terrific musical group, the Sligo Rags, an Irish music group. We left DCA after that and went back to Disneyland for a bit. We visited Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (I think I was a little kid last time I saw it),  rode Indiana Jones, It’s a Small World, Casey Jr. train, and we met our last character, Goofy. Thus ended our trip to Disneyland and California Adventure! We had a marvelous time, and somehow managed to stay awake and keep plugging along the whole time without breaks.

We also had a fun time staying with Fred and her family – they were such gracious hosts and they put us up in style. I can’t wait to go back.


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