SoCal Trip – Part 2

Warning… I wanted to include a lot of photos in this post, so it’s LONG!

My thanks to all of the mamas who took some photos of Tommy and me. The day before this trip, the lens on my camera broke and I didn’t bring another lens. So I was camera-less for this whole trip, including Tommy’s first visit to Disneyland. It was hard for me to not be taking any photos. But I am very grateful for the photos we do have. 

On Friday morning we all tried our best to relax… which was kind of funny since Eric decided to wake up on east coast time at 3am. All of the babies chose to wake up early, even Tommy was up at 7:15 which is about an hour or two earlier than normal. We were out the door by about 11am and on our way to Disneyland. We met up with Lindsey and Chris and their little one Ty, and Bonnie and her daughters Anna and Allie. A fabulous time was had by all.

Outside the main entrance.

The Disney folks took a nice photo of Tommy and me in this spot. I just need to decide if I want to spend a few bucks to buy it from them.

Cari and her husband’s brick. If my memory is correct, they got the brick as part of Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary. The 12-25-2001 date is the first time they went to Disneyland together. Cari, correct me if I have it wrong! It was hot that day, my memory is a little fuzzy. 

While we were waiting to meet up with a few mommies in front of the main entrance, we got to watch the Space Shuttle Endeavor fly over us at a low altitude. 

It gave us all the chills and was such an exciting start to our day. 

We hit up the hat shop first to get Mickey ears for all of the kids visiting Disneyland for the first time. I picked up a Lightning McQueen baseball cap that looked like Lightning McQueen was wearing Mickey ears for Tommy. He loved it. I also got him the traditional Mickey ears with his name embroidered on back. I wish I still had the ones I got when I was a kid. 

Nathan as Pluto!

Mmmmmm, fishies!

Eric’s Mickey ears getting embroidered.


Strollers were a must this trip. We ended up renting two from the park and they worked out great.


Ty and his daddy, Chris meeting Mickey. 

And Eric genuinely freaked out at the sight of the big mouse.

We had a nice lunch at Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland. I thoroughly enjoyed the fish tacos and Tommy enjoyed his chicken, rice and apple sauce.

I think Eric liked his lunch!

Not sure what this was about!

Hi Ty!

We all rode Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion after lunch. Tommy loved Pirates but was a little freaked out by the Haunted Mansion. The loud noises and images from the elevator ride in the very beginning had him in tears. I was able to keep him happy throughout the rest of the ride though. 

Stroller parking outside Pirates. 

“Hey Nana, Cari said the drops on this ride are really small… what do you think?”

With my boy on Pirates. He really liked that ride.

The park was decorated for Halloween and they do the Haunted Mansion up for The Nightmare Before Christmas every year. 


We walked around Fantasyland a bit when, rather suddenly, Cari yelled for everyone to stop. We had just walked past a cart selling churros and either Sarah or Danica asked, “what are those?” Of course we had to stop and get a few. I guess they don’t have churros in the parts of Canada where both Sarah and Danica are from. 

Next everyone went on the Winnie the Pooh ride. Tommy was getting tired and he said he didn’t want to get out of the stroller. So we hung out in stroller parking while everyone else went on the Pooh ride and we shared a churro.

After that ride, one by one, some of the kiddies started to fall asleep. 

And Tommy is out. I love this photo.

  Nathan is out too!

J is out!

Gia: not asleep!

Eric: not asleep! Although it looks like he wants to be.


All of the mamas in attendance for Disneyland.

I always forget just how pink the castle is.

When most of the kids were asleep, Lindsey played babysitter while a bunch of us rode on Star Tours. Linsdey is pregnant, so she couldn’t ride, how convenient!

Star Tours has been revamped since I last rode in 1996 (!!). It’s now a 3-D ride with the same concept from before. It was an awesome ride before, and it’s even awesomer now… if that’s even a word. 

Lookin’ good in our 3D glasses!

After Star Tours we walked to Adventureland and we all got some Dole pineapple soft serve next to the Enchanted Tiki room that totally hit the spot on such a hot and humid day. 

The line for the pineapple yummies is apparently always long!

Nathan enjoyed some popcorn with his friend Charles. It looks like J wanted some too.

Next we went to Toon Town and let the kids out of the their restraints… er… strollers and gave them some time to run around and climb on stuff. We got some great photos of them all. 

Tommy LOVED when Ty’s daddy, Chris tossed him in the air. Ty did too! I wish I had the strength for that!

We stopped at this random spot in Toon Town to try and get a photo of all of the kids together. 


Cari happily danced around to keep them all sitting for a few minutes. 

Was J’s other shoe ever found?

The finished photo was well worth it and may get printed and hung up on the wall.


The car was quite fun to climb on and drive.

as was the fountain.

We hit up Mickey Mouse’s house and waited in line to have our photo taken with the big mouse himself. It was pretty funny crowding all 17 of us in the the small room and around Mickey. The light was a little dim, but we got some decent photos.

Uh… I don’t know about this mouse guy…
Eric still wasn’t down with the big mouse, clutching Mommy. Anna was a pro though!

Once we were done with Mickey, we got in line to ride It’s a Small World. We were taking bets on which grown-ups would have the song stuck in their head the next day. 

This was Tommy’s favorite ride of the day. 

With all of the different countries and cultures represented, it was noted that Canada is very under-represented. All we saw was one mountie and that’s it. C’mon!


Because they close Fantasyland early in the evening for the fireworks show, we left after It’s a Small World and enjoyed burgers and other various sandwiches at Tomorrowland Terrace where there was a band playing live pop music. Tommy and Nathan were both itching to get out of their strollers so they could dance. When we were all finished we joined them. Thankfully, I see that no one took photos there.

After dinner it was time to head back to the main square and get ready for the fireworks show. The timing worked out pretty well and we were able to snag a decent spot to watch despite it being pretty crowded. In all honesty though, I don’t think there are any bad spots. 

Tommy was apprehensive since the last time we watched some fireworks, the noise scared him a little bit. When it was time for the show to begin, he plugged his ears and watched with a little bit of fear in his eyes. But he relaxed a little bit being in Mommy’s arms. I got a little teary-eyed when When You Wish Upon A Star played, thinking back to how magical the fireworks were to me when I was a little girl. And now I was watching it with my own little one. 

Then he promptly asked me to set him down because he said he had to poop and didn’t want to be held. So he spent the rest of the fireworks show standing around, fingers in his ears, unable to really see anything. 


Eric and Gia FINALLY napping during the fireworks show!

When the show was over, we hung around to let the crowd thin out a bit. Then we walked down Main Street to finish any last bits of shopping the out-of-towners wanted to do. 

Eric was okay with Mickey in this size. 

I was disappointed in the lack of variety for toddler boys. There was plenty for girls, but not a whole lot for boys. I was able to find a Mickey t-shirt and a Hawaiian-style printed shirt for Tommy. Both won’t fit him next summer. He also got a mini bongo drum from Adventureland. I really wanted to pick up a shirt or two from the shops in Adventureland as they are more vintage-looking and have some Polynesian flair to them. But they only made them in adult sizes. If any merchandising people from Disney read this, can you fix that? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom of a boy who’s been disappointed in the selection. 

Tommy looked like this in the van too. 

We got back to Manhattan Beach well after midnight and everyone crashed pretty hard. 

About wobetxela

Artist, mom, traveler, hiker, babywearer (for as long as they'll let me) and hobbyist photographer.
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