This little angel doesn't look exhausting, does she? Oh, but she kept us running!
Especially since we went off season, and on a Monday. NO LINES. And I mean NONE.
We loved Ariel's ride so much that we just stayed on it and kept going round and round, we didn't even have to get off and get back in line. Because there were NO LINES! wow, I was happily surprised by that.
Before our trip, I bought a few cutey pie dresses on sale at TJMax for about $10 each, with some leggings and light sweaters for layering to keep up with weather changes. That was the right choice, and I thought she looked adorable. Even with the dresses pulled up over her head most of the time. At least they all had underskirts.
But the highlight of the park for our kiddo? Ariel, her hero. We made reservations at Ariel's Grotto for lunch, and the morning leading up to meeting the world's most wonderful princess was filled with anticipation.
Good thing the park wasn't crowded, and we could easily follow her.
And her joy in the small things, spot lights, statues, flowers, etc. This kid would have been fine not going on a single ride, she was happy with just poking around and looking at all the details. She played with this spot light on the carpet for about 30 minutes while her tired, old grandparents enjoyed the break and sat on a sofa in the air conditioning while clips from our favorite movies played on the giant screens.
I'd never been to Disneyland in CA before, and it won't be my last time. I enjoyed the small, compact size of it, and the fact that everything was in walking distance. No boat to the tram to get to the parking lot to drive to the hotel like you have to endure at the Florida park.
We could easily walk to the hotel mid-day to take a break and rest, then walk back later on for more fun.
I was also thrilled with the quality of the food. We had great meals Downtown Disney and in the parks too. We'd packed lots of organic, healthy snacks to carry with us, so bought very little in the way of junk. A couple little treats here and there, just because it was a vacation. But mostly, we sat down at good restaurants and ate grilled fish, or chicken, and lots of veggies.
By bringing our own snacks, we saved a lot of cash and could spend more at restaurants and eat much healthier. And it was nice to take the time to have a sit down dinner with a glass of wine after traipsing through the park all day.
Yep, it was all the best.
The only thing that could have made it better, would have been to have the rest of the family with us. I hope we can take them sometime, fun is best when shared.