My Mom, Ezri and I have been back from Disneyland for a couple weeks now and I think it’s time to post about it! We had SO MUCH FUN! I came back still pregnant so that’s the best thing that could have happened! I cannot even imagine if I had the baby down there and the enormous amount of NICU bills we would have had. Anyway, let’s not think about that.
The trip was definitely one of a kind. I’ve never had such a nice “relaxing” Disney vacation, yet it was packed chock full. We didn’t quite finish all that we wanted to do, but I am so happy with what we did. There was no pressure to ride all the rides or go go go all day long. It was awesome. We took many breaks, went back to the hotel for nap time, played in the pool and even got a little shopping in.
Ezri’s reaction to the rides that we did go on was a little different than I had expected. In case you didn’t know, this was Ezri’s 3rd trip to Disneyland. I know she’s not even 2 yet…I have a problem, but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, the first 2 times we went, she maybe wasn’t quite old enough to be scared of the rides. This time however, she was afraid of every single one, even the ones I knew she would like. It was confusing when she wailed on the carousel because she loved going on the carousel at the mall here in Calgary. She was fine if we sat on the carousel bench, but wouldn’t go on the horses. During one ride, I made her stay on the horse and once the ride was moving she loved it. She’s just a big chicken, like her Mom, I suppose. Once she was on most of the rides and they were moving, she wasn’t afraid anymore. So we went on some of the rides a couple times because she liked them. It’s a Small World was a favourite, as was Jungle Cruise. She wasn’t even too afraid for The Haunted Mansion. However, I think that was because it was decked out in Nightmare Before Christmas and she has seen the movie before. She also had her blanky and her soother, which helped a lot. Anyway, it will be a learning thing next time we go to see if she is afraid again.
She loved seeing all the characters and pointed and clapped. Although, she wouldn’t go up to them on her own. She was okay if I was with her though. She even hugged Pooh and Tigger! Yay, so cute. She held Minnie & Mickey’s hands but no hugs for them. She did save her best toddler talk for them, which was pretty cute. Of course our character visits felt rushed as there was always a huge line of people behind us. Anyhow, she met Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Pooh, Rabbit, Eyeore, Tigger, Dr Facilier, Aladdin and Jasmine. We saw many characters from far away as well, just didn’t wait to greet them up close.
The shows, parades and fireworks were definitely the best part. She sat through all of them so well and was engaged. She danced, clapped, waved, squealed and thoroughly enjoyed every part of them. During the daytime parade, Cinderella blew her a kiss and she blew one back. OMG it was so precious. I almost died of cuteness. It was great to just sit and relax and watch these shows with her. I loved experiencing them through her eyes. During the Halloween party, the parade was very good. Loved the headless horseman at the beginning and the haunted mansion float. Heck, all the floats were amazing. The fireworks were wonderful and Ezri was wide eyed the whole time. We went trick or treating and she got the hang of holding out her basket to receive treats. The only part she didn’t get was that she should keep moving afterward. She always wanted to stop immediately after the candy reached her bucket to see what she got. So funny. The people behind us were laughing. I do wonder how she will do if/when we go trick or treating on Halloween!
Our hotel was in the most perfect spot ever. It was directly across the street to the entrance pathway to Disneyland. We walked maybe 10 minutes (including going through security, etc) until we were in the parks. I would definitely go there again. We only had a little problem with check in as they wouldn’t let us check in early and our room wasn’t even ready by the scheduled time. Luckily they held our luggage before check in and so we went to the parks early.
The highlight of the trip was a bubble wand that we bought for Ezri. When turned on, it plays “Under The Sea,” lights up and shoots bubbles out the top. SHE LOVED IT. She would repeat “bubbles” over and over and over. It was definitely the best $17 I ever spent. Plus, most everyone around loved seeing and playing with the bubbles. It’s a wonderful toy and I bought a couple more to bring home, just in case.
I am so happy I was able to spend this time with my Mom and Ezri before the baby came. It was a special trip with just my girl before she becomes a big sister. It was SO IMPORTANT for me to do this. I know it’s a bit crazy to go to Disneyland while pregnant, but actually it was the PERFECT place to go. I will never forget it.
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