Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Last Friday...

You might think that a little girl who had been to Disneyland a few times this year, might not be quite as excited to go anymore. 

Here is Riley on the bus from the parking lot into the park.  Doesn't she look plenty excited to you?  She was!

We have all enjoyed our "Year of the Mouse." Of course a trip in December was in order, so I could see Disney all dressed up for Christmas.  I had two things I was particularly excited about.  I wanted to see the new princess, Tiana.  I also wanted to see the snowfall that comes after the fireworks.

Kaitie brought a friend along for this adventure. When the bus dropped us off, I handed Kaitie her pass and waved to her.  Those two flew through the park, and had a wonderful time.

The rest of us moved a little more slowly, but had a really nice time too. Emilee was kind of sick this trip, so the lower key pace did not bother her.

I was standing at the foot of this Christmas tree when I took this picture. Some of the ornaments were as big as my head!

Everything looked so wintery and nice.  I was even glad the skies were gray.  I knew we would drink hot chocolate and feel festive.

When Jeff had to take a couple of phone calls, I took the girls to get souvenirs.  Emilee got a scarf, and Riley got some shiny Christmas Minnie ears.

Like I said, we were excited to see Princess Tiana.  Here she is, dancing with her prince in a little parade.  They were on their way to the river boat to do a performance.  As soon as they got to the boat, the performance was called off because of some slight rain.  We were a little disappointed, but hoped to see her later......

Emilee said she would be willing to do the things Riley wanted to do, so we went to "A Bug's Land."  We have not gone there this whole year of going to Disneyland.  Riley usually has to do what the older girls want to do.  This trip we did a few more "Riley" things.  Here she is on the bumper cars.....the slowest bumper cars I have ever been on in my life.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the trip.  Emilee went with Riley on the Lady Bug Ride.  I told them to make faces like the grumpy lady bug. 

I guess this is how a bug feels next to the Christmas ornaments...really small.  Notice the girls were trying on each others' souvenirs.   Then....

...they had me try them on!

Here we are in the Toy Story line.  We are wet because we had just ridden California Screamin, in the rain.  The guy at the ride said that it should be named, "Screamin' in the Rain," in honor of the day.  I rode with Emilee though, so I thought maybe it should be called California Coughing.  Everytime she would scream, and that was plenty of times, her throat couldn't handle it and she coughed like crazy.

I think that Toy Story might be Riley's favorite ride.  I know that here, she was riding with her favorite Ride Buddy.  He liked shooting in this game, but we found another shooting game later that he liked even more.  (I'll get to it.)

We hardly ever stop for parades over there, but the Christmas one drew us in.

A spectacular sight over there was the Small World ride all lit up for Christmas.  I took this picture, while looking up from my boat ride.  We loved it inside and out.  It was Christmas around the world in there.

  Sweet, isn't it?

The fireworks show was beautiful.  It was not as amazing as the show for Halloween, but still so nice.
Because of the rain, they weren't able to do the snowfall after the fireworks.  I was really looking forward to that!

Here are the girls after the fireworks.  See, the castle looked stunning!

We went to the Plaza Restaurant, for a little snack.  Riley could not hold up any longer.

This is what Main Street looked like as we were leaving that night.  Even without the snowfall, it was magical.  


Lisa Love said...

We went to Disneyland exactly a year ago last week. It was so fun to see the Christmas decorations and feel the festive spirit. I'm sure you will all remember this year with so much joy. As you write, even the little one liner narratives, I can sense how much joy you felt spending this time with your family.

Kimmy said...

That ginormous Christmas tree is way too cool!
As are those Christmas mickey ears!
And that picture of you by the ornaments should be framed- its fabulous!
You guys are the awesomest Disneylanders ever!

Kimmy said...

I goofed- I mean Minnie ears!

Brenda said...

It all looks like FUN! I love your pictures! So glad you were able to see Disneyland at Christmas time!