And we were off to the airport to meet Gramma and Grumpa!
We arrived to our awesome suite at the Anaheim Desert Inn late in the afternoon. We unpacked, and went and got some snacks, and dinner at the Buffet place a couple doors down (Captain Kidd’s). We even got them to bring out a piece of cake and to sing!
Bella announced it was the Best Birthday EVER! And we hadn’t even got to the park yet!
That night, Mike and I took Bella to the roof of the hotel to watch the fireworks – it was FREEZING – but a pretty cool way to end a 5th birthday!
The next morning we were up, fed and at the park shortly before 9am. Main Street was packed with people, waiting for the rides to open. We headed straight to It’s a Small World, and we aren’t sure why. BORING! But then we went for pictures with the Princesses, and were glad to see it was way less busy than the last time we were there. The girls met Belle, Tiana and Ariel, and it was awesome to see the magic was still there; I was worried Abby would be too old, but she wasn’t.
The second Day was our “One Magic Morning”, where we got to get in the park and hour before the general public! Sounds awesome, and the reason I bought a 3 day pass instead of a 2 day pass, but it turns out that it wasn’t as ‘intimate’ as I thought:
But we managed to get on Space Mountain pretty quickly, so that was good. (And by quickly, I mean it was only a 35 minute wait! lol!). And I will never do that ride again! Scared the bajeebers out of me. We did a lot the second day – got on almost all the rides we wanted to, with the exception of Indiana Jones and Soaring Over California – both of which we got Fast Passes for, and were both broken when we returned! Boo!
After dinner, we left Charlie at the hotel with Gramma and Grumpa, and Mike and I took the girls back. We got tons of rides done (with very short lines), and stayed for the fireworks – which is my favourite part. I was doing the ugly cry at the end!
When we woke up the next morning it was rainy and cloudy. We were very grateful we went back the night before, and decided to not risk heading to the park to get rained out, and head to Palm Desert early. After picking up the rental van, and somehow getting all our luggage and the stroller (and us!) into it, off we went on the California Freeways to the Desert heat!
We went to Grammie & Papa’s Condo for dinner the night we got to Palm, and had brunch with them the next morning. They were on their way to Newport Beach for a week.
Abby lost her top tooth at the Outlet Mall!
We loved the Orange Trees and eating fresh oranges!