Audrey has a new found fascination with all things Disney. We’ve had season passes to Disneyland for a year now, but she hasn’t taken much interest being so young. Recently she has started noticing the characters and is mildly obsessed with Minnie and Moana. Before our passes expired we decided to take her to Disneyland to get an up close and personal look at the characters. She was THRILLED since we haven’t been there in months.
She is a bit too young to enjoy most rides, but she went on Dumbo and It’s a Small World and to our surprise enjoyed both. Instead of standing in lines for an hour at a time to go on a ride, we put Jamari’s planning and crowd navigation skills to test and stalked characters. We set the goal to arrive at 8 and leave by noon (nap time, duh!) Mission accomplished! We managed to see more characters than any other day and visited with Minnie twice and captured photos with her wearing two different outfits. Minnie autographed her “Minnie phone” that she carries around everywhere, which is equivalent to the Backstreet Boys autographing my cell phone back in early 2001. Pretty epic! We tried our best to find Moana, but she wasn’t where she was supposed to be. She was probably off looking for Maui, or that’s the story we gave Audrey after we promised we were going to visit her. You definitely need to cap your expectations when visiting Disneyland with a toddler. I’ve never truly experienced Disneyland with it’s rides and shows because I only go for a short period of time with Audrey and do things that she would be entertained with. But, that is the benefit to having an annual pass; you feel no guilt for being there for 3 hours and leaving. Eventually I plan to go and actually experience Disneyland (*hint hint* date night idea, Jamari!).
It was pretty much the best day ever when you are a two year old Disney fan. As predicted she began to meltdown around noon, so we waved goodbye to the characters around Main Street and took the tram ride back to the parking garage a ride singing the Choo Choo Soul theme song all the way back. A big ‘you’re welcome’ to the other passengers who thought they were just on the tram.
We have 9 months left in California so I will spend the next few days convincing Jamari that we need to purchase passes again to go back while Audrey and Maxwell are free. (Update: since first writing this, he bought us passes again! That translates to more posts about our days at Disney.)
I could never understand why parent’s brought kids who were stroller age to theme parks like Disney; until I became one. Seeing the world through their eyes makes every experience different. She obviously won’t remember these days, but for the next few weeks she will talk about it and the memories she has of meeting each of her favorite characters. The pictures will last a lifetime, and Jamari and I will certainly remember her smile, her excitement, and her singing her favorite Disney songs through the park.