I did learn a few things in how to Disneyland right next time.
* You only need the Park Hopper that allows you to do one park per day. You pay extra to be able to switch back and forth, and it mostly just accounts for more walking.
*Bring Chelsey. We got to the front of all the lines with her. Except it still was somewhat of a wait. If it wasn't summer, we probably would have not to wait much at all.
*Do go in the off season.
* Do bring an adult that doesn't care about going on any of the fast rides so that no one minds sitting back and watching the babies.
*Do bring snacks. Don't pay 10 bucks for a hot dog. Go to the Pier and get Mexican food instead!
*Take a lot of breaks. Sit and watch the shows.
*Bring an adult stroller. ; )
*Do put comfort over fashion. Arrange your outfit around your most comfortable shoes, not arranging your shoes around your outfit.
*Switch shoes half way throughout the day so your feet get a break.
*Go for at least 2 days so you don't feel stressed trying to get everything in as fast as you can. It's exhausting.
*use a map instead of walking around the whole flipping park trying to find the good food.
We left AZ at just the right time of day. The time of day when the sun shines straight in your eyes for 3 hours. Macie covered herself with a window shade so she could watch her movie and keep the sun out of her face.
Chelsey wanted to meet Cinderella too, unfortunately I didn't realize that until after my girls were done. So we improvised and just had Chelsey photo bomb someone else's picture.
The girls loved The Little Mermaid ride. And Macie loved the Finding Nemo ride. She put her hand on my arm, I think just to feel safe because it was dark in the sub, but she was captivated looking out through the window.
Macie was in heaven on the caterpillar ride. Probably because it drove by huge pieces of food.
They had a great time dancing with their new Minnie ears.
Chelsey rode on the California Screamer twice and loved it. She got all the way to the front of the line and was about to get on. But I guess she was nervous because she said she had to use the bathroom first before she got on the ride. So Don ended up having to get out of line to take her to the bathroom.
The swinging Farris wheel with all of us was awesome.
Chelsey rode on Space Mountain three times.
We loved watching the Bugs Life show.
Macie HATED the roller coaster in toon town.
We saw a good amount of both parks over the two days we were there. All in all, it was a success.
On our way out of CA, we stopped at Joe's Italian Ice and our friend (and owner) of Joe's, hooked us up with some delicious frozen desserts.
2 days at Disneyland in the sun and heat, and it was the 2 hours at the beach that did us in.
I don't regret going to the beach. I just regret not wearing our bathing suits, not bringing towels, and not wearing hats or sunscreen. Oh, and not having a place to go clean off after going to the beach. it was rather poor planning on my part.
Macie got pelted by a wave within the first 3 minutes we were there. Got completely soaked and covered in sand. She was not happy about that.
But they loved the beach and playing in the sand. Chloe was horrified by the seaweed and stayed far away from the water. I was surprised at how quickly Macie recovered though, and let me put her feet in the water.
I think Chelsey enjoyed it the most of everyone. She kept remarking at how good it felt on her sore feet to have them covered in water and sand.
Unfortunately our little trip to the beach put us right in the middle of rush hour traffic trying to get out of town, which I think was Don's favorite part of the whole trip.
My favorite part of the trip was Chloe not making it to the bathroom in time at Del taco and peeing all over herself and the bathroom floor.
I just love cleaning up accidents in public restrooms.
All in all, we had a really fun trip and I am sad it is over so soon. But luckily it is 118 degrees here so that's nice.