Needless to say, I’m a Disney fan! Or Disney addict!
Theme parks, movies, shows and everything in between. The moment I knew my due date for Liam, we had a trip planned, 3rd birthday at Disney World in 2014. It never occurred to me to visit Disneyland in California, until my mother decided to get married in Vegas. Wanting another Disney vacation, wheels in my head started turning NON-STOP about going to DISNEYLAND. It was meant to be, Disneyland 60th Anniversary, a wedding in California and one in Vegas within one week, my decision was made. For the first time, we would visit the park where the magic started! The four of us and Josée, Logan’s godmother, cousin, friend and best travel company anybody could have, we traveled to California for a once in a lifetime trip!
We only had two day to visit two parks. Many hours were spent researching what rides to do, what show to see, what food to eat and where that special Mouse would be! I knew the maps of the parks by heart, we needed a bathroom, I knew where to find one! The best places for the parades, we got them! I had dreams and dreams about the parks and how it would all play out! My bucket list was long, my expectations high and my wish list a mile long! Like magic, our two days in Disneyland were better than imagined…they were perfect!
We got there for the opening, Mickey ears in place, ready to explore! The boys were ready. I created two mini-Disney addict within 5 years! They could not wait to meet their favorite characters. And so was I! We go to meet Tinker Bell, and it will probably be one of my favorite memory ever. Liam has a stuff crocodile from the movie Pirate Fairy, he’s been carrying that thing for almost 2 years. When we got to meet Tink, she immediately recognized Crocky and was all over the boys. The love she showed them was above and beyond. Hugging them, talking with them and trying french words was awesome! We spent 5 minutes alone with her and that’s 5 of the best minutes of my life!
The lines for the rides were short, some non-existent! Logan did Splash Mountain, something Brian will regret his entire life! We rode the classic Perter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, Dumbo and Mad Tea Party! We did a few of the grown-up rides during the boys nap. The afternoon parade was awesome! Logan could not stop screaming at what was coming, he would grab our wrist and try to push us on the street to see what he was seeing! Peter Pan found us, or rather Crocky! He tried to have Crocky eat Hook! I had my first Dole Whip! I should dedicate an entire post on this fabulous snack!!! It was as awesome as everybody says! All the food was amazing! Weather was crazy hot! We bought balloons, light up glow swords, Ariel’s bubble maker for Lulu and the little peas from Toy Story! Liam found out about Star Wars and now wants everything BB8! Logan found out he doesn’t like rides as much as he though! I found out I loved Disney even more than I though! My husband found out that it would not be our last Disney trip!!!
The new Paint the Night Electrical Parade was beautiful and the fireworks after made me cry like a baby. Magical fireworks, Frozen song and snow falling on our head was more than our hearts could handle!
We opened and closed the parks and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wasn’t gonna miss a minute! The boys were awesome, they should get a medal! We were lucky; no crying, no wining and didn’t ask for too much stuff! I spent an enormous of time telling them how lucky they were to be there, to eat Mickey shaped ice cream and to view those beautiful parades. I think they got it. I would often ear “Nous on est vraiment chanceux hein Maman, hein?” I made my heart explode!
Oh Disney, why do you have to be so far! We’ve been back a month and everyday the boys are asking if we can go back! So for now, we look at pictures and video, we watch our favorite movies and pretend plan our next trip!
Advice: Don’t wait! It’s my best advice! Don’t wait until they’re older, don’t wait until they’ll remember it and just don’t wait! Magic as no age, but younger kids see magic differently, it’s alive! A life size mouse is only real for some time. Snow falling on our head is only real in Disneyland on sizzling summer days! Flying elephant might never get old for me, but for them, it might! Our boys will never be this age again and they will grow out of wanting to meet the Princesses, but we will never regret taking the time to feel this magic and to live it through their eyes!
Disneyland, you exceeded our expectations. You created magic, joy and love. You gave us memories to last a lifetime. Not sure we’ll have the chance to visit you again.
But until then, “if you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it.” -Walt Disney