Friday, December 25, 2009

Disney at Christmastime

We've done Disney in the summer, Halloween, absolutely dead in the winter and now at Christmastime. I don't think we will ever do Christmastime again, but we are glad we have done it once. We had a wonderful time, but the crowds were CRAZY. Yep, did you know that they can "reach capacity" at Disneyland and will turn people away? That happened one of the days we were there and we got a "backstage tour" to get us out of there safely after the parade on Friday.
In spite of the crowds, we had a great time. Thanks to Ridemax, we had no trouble getting on every ride we wanted without long lines. We also ADORED the Christmas Fantasy Parade. But, mostly, it was all about the time together, the relaxing (we take Disney slowly and I don't cook), and not having to be apart with work or school. It was a blissful holiday.
We got to meet lots of new characters and got many other characters in new, holiday outfits. The girls' character picture books have gotten very fat and they are showing them to anyone who comes to our house! The girls loved opening presents at Disneyland and dressing up fun for each day in the park and coordinating those outfits with the days' activities.
Our favorites from the trip are as follows:
Laura getting on Indiana Jones for the first time, eating a huge ice cream, and being picked to go onstage for Drawn to the Magic
Sara bigger rides (Jumpin' Jellyfish and Soarin' specifically), meeting characters (Ariel most of all) and her stuffed Ariel
Eliza being worn by Mommy in the Moby wrap, and having so much to see (Small World and the Parade), and non-stop attention
Jason the time together to kiss his girls all he wanted and to get special alone time with each of them, and hand-dipped Corndogs
Melinda the smiles and looks of wonderment on the girls' faces, holding Jason's hand all day, the Baby Center
Here is our video that we made of the trip - thank you photoshop for making this an easier process. We had the video playing on our TV all morning Christmas morning to remind the girls what we did for Christmas. They have loved watching it!


  1. That looks so awesome! We will definitely have to do Disneyland with you sometime!

    Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

  2. Other than the crowds, it was a PERFECT vacation. But more importantly, the mental break of being away from work and house chores and being together was what we all needed. And that was perfect!! And I even think Eliza and I got to know each other better. Now I'm not "just that guy that's with Mom sometimes".

    I sure miss being with my girls every day.

  3. What a wonderful time at Disneyland the pictures are just great. Thanks for sharing a wee peek at your fun! Good Times!

  4. You do Disney right! The pictures tell all of the joy.