Thursday, August 20, 2015

Disneyland's 60th

Before Joe's bar prep began, we had the wonderful opportunity to go to Disneyland with the whole family! Thank you Mom and Dad! It was a blast. I knew I wouldn't be able to do much because of the pregnancy, but Mara was so thoughtful and got me a wheelchair to use around the park. I was so embarrassed at first, but it ended up being a lifesaver. There is no way I would have been able to walk around Disneyland at 26 weeks pregnant with twins! I did walk some, but often it was nice to just have Ezra sit on my lap in the chair whenever we went long distances.

Ezra sleeping in the hotel the night before our two day Disneyland trip. He was all ready with his Donald Duck and Pooh bear.

Ezra, Papa, Grandma Molly, and Pluto! This was our first stop!

There was one thing on our list that was nonnegotiable. Ezra had to meet his favorite character, Donald Duck. So, right when we got to the park, Joe went to Guest Services to ask about Donald's schedule while Papa and Grandma Molly took Ezra to meet Pluto. It was a long line into Guest Services, but as luck would have it, Donald would be out on Main Street in only a few minutes! This is when the most magical part of the whole trip happened. We headed over to where Donald would come out and Donald singled Ezra out and made a beeline straight to him! Ezra was so excited to see his very favorite stuffed animal come to life and it only got better when Donald took Ezra's hand and paraded him down Main Street to where he would start the line for autographs and pictures. This was a dream come true for a little boy and his mama. Disneyland truly is the most magical place!

Don't let the picture fool you. He only liked the carousel when it wasn't moving, otherwise it was pure terror!

Ezra adored the petting zoo (which I had no idea existed), but unfortunately, he is not the future king.

This was the first time I ever rode the Mark Twain River Boat, a dream ride for a very pregnant lady with a toddler. Ezra and Evie had such a fun time chasing each other around and peeking out at the river. I'd rank this ride, along with It's a Small World and Winnie-the-Pooh, as Ezra's top 3 favorite rides. (His other favorites where Nemo's Submarine Voyage and the show, Mickey and the Magical Map). Disneyland is exhausting though. He conked out while we waited in line to meet Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore. Nap time won, and he didn't end up meeting them this trip.

Ezra loved the balloon "Donald Duck" that the restaurant balloon guy made him at dinner. Luckily it didn't pop even though Ezra kept throwing it on the ground. On Day 2 at Disneyland, we decided to check out Toon Town. Ezra enjoyed it, but I have to admit that I think they've really let this part of the park go. There are a few fun things, but it is mostly just empty or tattered space. However, since this part of the park is far less crowded, it was nice that we could let Ezra walk for a change.

We had to meet the star of Disneyland! Ezra wasn't very familiar to Mickey, besides him being in his coloring book, so I was surprised how excited he was to meet him!

It was such a blast, Disneyland! You look real good at 60 and your food is still to die for. We miss you and can't wait to come back once the twins are old enough and their parents are crazy enough. We love you, Disneyland!

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