Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Celebrate good times-Top 10 moments of our Disney Vacation!

Ten years ago we said "I do." Fourteen years ago I said "Sure" when Brian asked if I wanted to date and we followed that up with our first date to see Fight Club on opening night. To celebrate this momentous occasion we went to Disneyland.

It was our first trip as a family and Hayden's first time ever. It was beyond magical and amazing. We'd been waiting to go until Hayden was old enough to enjoy and remember all of it for the rest of his life. I'm definitely glad we waited cause he will for sure remember the experience. 

 I'm also super glad we went during our favorite time of year Halloween!!! The park was decked out with pumpkins, bats and lots of Jack Skellington.
Here's our Top 10 moments of the Disneyland Trip:

10- Star Tours - As soon as we walked through the magical gates we headed to Tomorrowland. The first ride we jumped on was Star Tours. We all LOVED it. Hayden got to build his own light saber in the store after the ride and held on to it all day with so much pride. Tomorrowland was full of so much Star Wars goodness it was the place we spent the most time.

9- Adventures Galore - It felt as if Brian and I were kids again being there with our son who was experiencing this all for the first time. We headed to Pirates of The Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. Both rides were so awesome and way better than I remember from my trips as a kid. The Haunted Mansion was decked out for Nightmare Before Christmas. We were nervous about how Hayden would handle riding these type of things for the first time, but he did great. We also went over to Tom Sawyer's island to explore and enjoy the beautiful weather.

8- California Adventure/ Friends - Day 2 we spent at California Adventure. We ran into our old friend/tattoo artist Jackson and his family right as we entered Radiator Springs. We saw Lightning McQueen, rode the amazing Cars ride and walked around in awe.

7- Saving a bug - After Hayden got drenched on the Grizzly Mountain water ride we were strolling around when Brian found a praying mantis that had been stepped on and injured. He picked it up to save it from further damage and the little guy would not let go of his hand. We hung out with him for a bit until he decided it was time to say goodbye and jumped into the plants.

6- My Ears - So many people walk around the park with their ears. The pair I found that I fell in love with were some poisoned apple ears with the deadly skull on them. Not only were they perfectly spooky for me but they glow in the dark, so on every ride my apples would glow eerily.

5- So many fun times together- We wondered the parks together and had such a great time finding new things and absorbing the awesomeness. Every corner held something magical. We walked for what seemed like forever but we didn't get too tired as it was all so exciting.

4- Everyone Else-  We ran into so many people that were wrapped up in the Disney Magic as well. People were so nice and most of them were dressed up in Halloween costumes. A lot of adults talked with Hayden about his first trip and gave us advice on where to head next. I don't do well in crowds but Friday wasn't too crowded. We only had to use fast passes on Sunday for a couple rides.

3- World of Color-  Brian's co-worker showed him videos of the World of Color, but I had not been corrupted by teasers. I knew it was a light and water show but that was it. We waited among hundreds of others for almost and hour before the show was set to begin. Hayden fell asleep on my lap on the concrete and we were exhausted from the nine plus hours of walking and standing in lines all day. A nice woman in front of us let Hayden move up closer for a better view once the show was set to start. It was fifteen minutes of a breathtaking beauty. Words can't describe the amazement. Hayden instantly woke up and was blown away.

(photo from Disney)

2- Characters Characters-  Hayden got super shy around all the characters and we pretty much had to force him to take pictures, but he did and they will look great in his scrap book to show his therapist later.

1- Jedi Training Academy-  We had heard about it but weren't really sure what it was. I found a schedule of events and we for sure knew the Jedi Traning Academy was a must. The first day we sat and waited along dozens of other kids excited to experience the Force. When it was time Hayden jumped up and down hoping to be picked to learn some light saber moves from a Jedi Master. He was picked and he learned some great moves with twenty four other padawans. To their surprise they were joined by Storm Troopers, Darth Vader and Darth Maul whom they got to battle with their newly learned skills.
It was the best experience ever for our little Jedi. And he got to do it twice, the final time was our last day at Disneyland and he almost didn't get to but thanks to a merciful Jedi Master he was able to fight Darth Maul again. 

Overall my words can't do the experience justice but I wanted to share with everyone how amazing it was. We planned and budgeted the trip perfectly. We were able to celebrate our family with an unimaginable experience and we came home closer and happier than we had left. 

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