Warning! Picture overload ahead! I couldn't have broken this up into multiple posts, but what is the fun in that!? Scott, my brother in law, actually laughed at how many photos I took over a 3 day span. Anyway here we go! We didn't tell the kids we were going to Disneyland, and that was so hard, especially on the drive. What they did know was we were going to Venice to see baby Ella Schweitzer. I thought Giada would pick up on something when we told her we were staying in a hotel, since we usually stay with Jen when we are there. After a short visit, we were off to the hotel. Despite the hardest rain I have ever driven in, we made it safely to the hotel. We let the kids open gifts from Nonni and Nana and they soon figured out where we were headed.
Click here to see their reaction http://youtu.be/BVt0HkyqHRs
First night we walked around Downtown Disney and had dinner. Mike and I hadn't been there in 10 years, so a lot had changed. The kids only wanted to walk with Mike, but it was pretty cute.
Dinner was not complete without some balloon animals, they must have noticed we would be suckers and not able to say no and be-lined over to our table.
The next morning the real adventure began. Breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen was the 1st stop. We figured if the kids saw some characters in the morning, we would have to stop less, and wait in lines less to get autographs throughout the park. They were so pumped! It poured during breakfast, but perfect timing, we sat inside and watched it!
I guess Gino wanted to see if Dale was looking at the camera for the pic?
Yippee the park is open!
Of course we had to ride Dumbo! It was a constant decision of who was riding with who...usually they both wanted to ride with Mike.
Giada is pretty brave and would go on everything, which was fun for Mike and I.
Splash Mountain had just opened back up, and Matterhorn was fun too.
She wasn't tall enough for Indiana Jones, next trip!
The downpour came just as the kids fell asleep so we walked back to the hotel, let them sleep and drank some wine. We considered it a win win! Then they were up and back in time for the parade. I loved the parade and could have watched it again, next time we will have to check it out at night.
After one of the car rides Giada says "Do you think I'm ready for a real car or no?" I actually started busting up laughing and didn't even answer. She said what's so funny?
Day 1 we definitely closed the park down.
To say they crashed quick once we got back to the hotel was an understatement!
Day 2 Breakfast at Ariel's Grotto. Totally different than the buffet style of Goofy's, but both were fun!
At the end Gino said, "I like Mater, Mater is SO fast"
In the afternoon we found the beer booth! That was an excellent find!
Thank you for the tip Stephanie Moe!
Winnie, Eeyore and Tigger too!
We had told the kids all along on the last day they could pick one souvenir. Giada chose to Build a Bear, and now we have the new addition of Rose in our house. She was stuffed, fluffed, stitched, washed, dressed and loved!
After Day 3 we hit the road and headed home. Not 3 minutes into the drive we found Gino like this! Successful trip!
The trip was one of those that probably can't be duplicated. The kids were on great behavior, minor meltdowns, and everything just went well. Such a fun trip for all 4 of us. I can see why people get the itch to go more often once you go with kids! We asked Giada on the way home.. "Giada are you glad we brought you here?" She answered, "Yes, but it was a really long drive!"