Sunday, March 13, 2016

Brady Bunch Fun

Some of our best friends, the Brady's, told us they were coming to Disneyland for Natalie's fifth birthday. We did what all good friends would do, we crashed the party and came along. It's not too hard for us to drive down and meet up for a couple of days. We made a weekend of it and stayed in a hotel which apparently is kind of a big deal to these five and seven year olds.
We still bring our Mickey ears from our first trip. I might have to get those things bronzed like they used to do with a babies first pair of shoes. We also busted out a new Frozen shirt for Gemma and Classic Mickey for Lily. She is getting a bit old for character clothes but liked the classic Mickey and Minnie look. GASP. Does that mean she is going to be too cool for Disneyland soon? No chance of that.
We met up with out bestie's in Fantasyland. Peter Pan happened to be there too so why not get a pic with him. Now if it had been Tinkerbell there might have been a riot. She is still our girls fave. Little Danny wasn't sure what to make of the crowd of ladies.
Lily and Kat have been BFF's since the day they were born. I think Kat was one of Lily's first words. We love getting to see them. Good thing we live near Disneyland!
It was a really fun trip since both girls were tall enough for almost all the rides! Our Gemma has been waiting to go on these rollers. She has no fear and loves them all. This was her first time on Madderhorn. She screamed through the whole thing. As soon as it was over she was thrilled and begged to go right back on.
The tea cups will always always be a favorite. The ladies tried to ride solo until the wicked witch, I mean "cast member" told us they needed an adult.
You just have to love Cinderella's castle. Some day I will have to put together a montage of all the castle photos we have taken over the years.
Thanks to a kind stranger I even got to be in a picture, in Lily's Mickey ears of course.
Space Mountain is all re-done for Star Wars. Pretty much they just added some lights and special effects but it's cool none the less. With fast passes and some stealthy planning we barely spent any time in line. The cool weather and threats of rain helped out.
I think big thunder railroad might be all our favorite coaster. It is a classic and so fun. We ride it over and over. Lily is not a huge fan of roller coasters but even she loves this one.
We sort of ran into Woody right outside the railroad. He is so funny. We have had so many chances to see the characters that we don't really stand in line to see them anymore but it is so fun when you just happen upon one. We thought Ben would like this guy.
As it started to sprinkle we ducked into the golden horseshoe stage for a break. Little did we know it was a corny western stage show that also happen to include audience participation. You guessed it. I was the "lucky" person picked to be in the show. I was cinderella of course. I was hoping for a free annual pass for my participation but that never came. 
On day two we all headed to California Adventure. In the rain. I mean real rain not just California drizzle. The good thing was we were all prepared having read the weather forecast. We packed raincoats for everyone and warm clothes.  The best perk was, NO LINES. I have never seen it so empty. We got on all the rides we wanted, most twice. We even managed to finish the whole park by 4pm so we headed home. The Brady bunch stayed and braved the weather a bit more. They had one more night before flying home. We all talk about braving a trip to Disney World! Maybe in a couple of years. We need to save up and brave up. 

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