Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Disney, day 2

We woke up bright and early (again!), and headed over to Disneyland and to Toontown so Ava could do the early enterance for Mickey's Toontown Morning Maddness. They do a parade, make all of the kids honorary Toontown citizens, and all of the major characters wander around in front of their houses. While Emily and I stood in line to meet the main Mouse, Joel took Ava to meet Donald and then took her on a tour of Minnie's house. Then we switched and I took her to Goofy's house, where we met Goofy. This area is totally geared towards the toddler and preschool set - all of the houses and structures are soft and round and perfect for climbing on. After Toontown, we headed to Tomorrowland to ride Buzz Lightyear's Astroblasters (so fun - it was like being in a vieo game!), and the new Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Basically, they redid the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride and made it all Nemo-related. I thought it was a cool ride, but since Ava decided as soon as we boarded the sub that she REALLY had to go potty, it wasn't that enjoyable.
Meeting Goofy:
Meeting Mickey:
Meeting Donald:

Around noon, we went to Disney's California Adventure, which is a newer park located across from Disneyland. My only problem with DCA is that there is NO shade and it got into the upper nineties that day. We walked around for a bit, and then went to Ariel's Grotto Restaurant for the main event of the trip - the Princess Lunch. Ava was completely star struck. We met Ariel (in human form) in the lobby for a photo op, then at our table we met the big 4 - Snow White, Cinderella (Ava's personal favorite), Sleeping Beauty, and Belle. Ava gave every princess a curtsey and asked them to sign her autograph book. Lunch was pretty tasty, and they were very accomodating about Ava's allergies. I made a reservation a few weeks in advance and let them know about the allergies, and they made sure to specially prepare a dessert just for Ava, which was so nice.

After lunch, we went back to the hotel for a much needed nap, and then we returned for a few more rides at DCA. First we watched the Pixar Character Parade, which was very cool, and then we rode the Monsters Inc. ride. This was so-so in my opinion, but Ava and Emily both really liked it. After that, Joel rode Tower of Terror ( I stayed with the girls), and then we headed over to a little kids area based on A Bug's Life. This was so fun - preschool rides, a great water feature to run around in, and lots of shade! We left early and went back to the hotel around 7.

Meeting Cinderella:

Meeting Snow White:

Princess Emily:

Emily on one the the preschooler rides:

The girls and Princess Ariel:

Belle adjusting Ava's crown:

Meeting Sleeping Beauty (who told me that she also goes by Aurora):

Stay tuned for Days 3 and 4...

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