December 8, 2013

Celebrating Disneyland Style Day 1

I love Christmas and I love Disney so you combine the two and you have one happy Summer!

Happy Birthday ButtonChyenne’s birthday was on Tuesday so we decided to drive out Monday evening so that we could wake up, eat and hit the parks first thing, and we did just that.

The kids decided they wanted to go to Disneyland first so that is what we did. Our first stop was City Hall to get Chyenne a Happy Birthday button. Apparently that was the same plan many others had since the line was pretty long, and took awhile. Eventually we did get the button and were ready to let the fun begin!

My mom and the kids decided that they would get in line to see Mickey as I waited in line at City Hall and I was done just in time to join them for this picture! I just adore the characters all dressed up for winter ! !Winter Mickey at Disneyland

After a few pics we were ready to hit the rides! First up was Winnie the Pooh, one of my personal favorites. Once we got off the ride we noticed the line for Tigger and Pooh was really short so we thought we better get in it and get a few more winter character pics!


Up next we visited The Haunted Mansion Nightmare Before Christmas style! I absolutely love the Haunted Mansion this time of year. Jack Skellington and Zero take over in such a magical way that includes a haunted gingerbread house that you can smell as you pass by, ghoulish presents galore and snow a plenty! 

Jack Skellington

From there we hit the preschooler friendly rides as we made our way over to Toontown to check out the homes of the big guy and gal themselves, and of course took some more pics.

DSC01142Teacup fun

We had a great time at Disneyland and a little before 5 we had done most of what we wanted to do so we decided to head on over to California Adventure. We actually timed it pretty well and caught the Main Street Tree Lighting Ceremony as we made our way down Main Street USA. One of my favorite things about Disneyland growing up was how magical it looks all lit up, and watching the lights coming on down Main Street all at once never gets old!! 

One of the things I love most about Disneyland Resort is how easy it is to park hop. For those of you who have never been, you can literally walk out of the turnstiles of one park, across an open area and into the turnstiles of the other!  It’s so convenient that we often go back and forth as we please!

Once in California Adventure we made our way to Carsland, which is always amazing at night, but is even more amazing at Christmas time!! Unfortunately I don’t have any pics to share since we managed to kill the batteries in 2 cell phones and our camera before we made it there!!! But we did spy Santa flying by Hyperion Theater, home of the Aladdin Musical.California Adventure Santa After riding Monsters Inc. we decided to call it a night and head back to the hotel to recharge so we can do it all again the next day!!

Stay tuned for day 2 and, of course, a lot more pictures!


  1. Looks perfect! I love Disneyland at Christmas!

    1. Me too!! It's my favorite time to visit. The temps were perfect too!

  2. Happy Birthday Chy! I love the recap!

    1. Thank you, Patty. We had a great time! I even saw #1 smile a few times. ;)

  3. I want to go to Disney for my birthday and see the holiday edition of Haunted Mansion! So jealous!

    1. I actually prefer it that way! It's so fun!