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Three Days of Disneyland (in Pictures!)

We spent three magnificent days in Disneyland. The longest line we waited in was about 20 minutes. The weather was mid-seventies almost the entire time. Our hotel was right across the walkway. Man, if you’re gonna do Disneyland, that’s the way to do it.

Anyway, here are a few pictures from our trip. Enjoy!

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. What are your favorite rides at Disneyland? What are your favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of the park?

34 comments
BeforeAllElse
BeforeAllElse

I was ten the first time I went to Disney World. Riding Tower of Terror gave me nightmares. That's a brave kid you got there, Dan.

AmandaAxeenLong
AmandaAxeenLong

Oh boy, my daughter has been talking about going to Disneyland for two years.  She's six and I hope I can take her this summer.  My cousin is getting married in July in Pasadena and it will be the best time for us to go.  I hope she likes it as much as Noah!

Anonomous
Anonomous

Dude, next time you go, take me! I still love adrenaline junkie rides, I still have the stomach for it, and guess what?! I've never been, so you'll have two super excited people to deal with! Wait... That sounded a bit stalkerish, didn't it? Never mind...

AdamBritten
AdamBritten

Fantastic pictures! (And that Godiva chocolate martini looks delicious.) Seems like you had a wonderful time.

JLM212
JLM212

Awesome pictures!!  You and Noah are just an amazing little team!  I took my son (now 6, but had just turned 5 then) to DisneyWorld just before Christmas in 2010 for his first time ever.  We had a BLAST!  His dad took him the following year... wish we were more like you and your ex, but here's hoping it's a work in progress!  My son wanted to live at DisneyWorld!  He loved every minute and we made some awesome memories!  I'm hoping to go back in the next year or so! :-)

AlexandraGrant-Johns
AlexandraGrant-Johns

These photos made my heart smile big smiles. :) they simply radiate joy!  Disneyland/world and Euro Disney are on my list of dream destinations (I NEED to hug Pooh Bear) ... and I'll get there when I have munchkins of my own one day. But for now living in S.A and getting to smooch cheetahs is definitely thrilling enough :)

Krystal Rains
Krystal Rains

Having been to D-land in the time shortly before they started with the 'controlled visits' I can tell you that there were parents with no control over their children, who pushed and shoved kids and adults alike...it was unsafe for all including the characters (who have limited time for health and safety in those costumes...) But I want to know where the picture of the spiked palm tree is I have never seen that, but it's been a bit since my last visit.

justlittlecajunme
justlittlecajunme

OMG that was so awesome. What a wonderful vacation for an adorable boy with all of his parents getting! Good job to parents!

Docdar58
Docdar58

It's been WAY too long since we went to DIsney.  But we might get to go to EuroDisney for Make-A-Wish! 

 

DeeDee

www.KidNeedsAKidney.blogspot.com

BlackCat
BlackCat

Pirates of the Carribean was always one of our favourites, so we were stoked when they recreated and expanded some of the scenes to use as sets in the first movie. The Haunted Mansion is another fave, and sounds doubly creepy in French if you time it poorly at EuroDisney.

 

I've always liked the fact that the Disney parks do what they can to make queuing interesting, too. Wish more places with jumbo queues would do that.

grasshopper
grasshopper

We're taking our 7 year old niece to Disneyland next month. She's never been and we're so excited.  I think my husband and I love the park just as much as the kids do! My biggest tip for anyone going would be to go back to your hotel in the afternoon for a nap or just a rest, and go back after a couple of hours.  Night time is the best time in the park, IMO, and taking a break will refresh you for later.

Jaelyn Rae Marshall
Jaelyn Rae Marshall

We just spent 6 days at Disneyland/Ca Adventures and never got to meet any of the characters until the very last day :( They dont just walk around for kiddos to meet then anymore, they have designated meeting places complete with 1 hr + lines. My kids are NOT able to wait in line that long for anything. On the last day some nice cast member took pity on my daughter and let her through the princess line without waiting because she was crying about not getting to meet Ariel. While I get that the lines make for better pictures and probably less stress for the character...it just isn't fair to the kids to have to wait that long. If they are going to do that, they should be out all day, every day with only small breaks.

Lauren E. Emord
Lauren E. Emord

My son is gonna freak out when we go. He loves Mickey and friends. LOVE the pic of Noah with Donald. xoxo

Dana Boman
Dana Boman

Not sure why, but my favorite pic is shy Noah. What a fun trip! I am officially jealous.

Judi Woods
Judi Woods

Aw, I work there and missed you guys because I was off the past couple days. I'm glad you had a great time! Come back soon!

KarenSummers
KarenSummers

I'm glad you had so much fun with your family.

MelissaGray
MelissaGray

All those pictures made me smile!!!  Love that you all went together!  We are huge Disney fans and some of my best memories are times spent as a family at WDW. 

Penny
Penny

I write an entire blog about the subject of Disneyland vacationing for families.  Everytime someone asks about tips or about the rides, that's where I send them.  I won't do that here though.  I do have to chime in and say "YEAH" for taking your kid to Disneyland.  I hear parents make so many excuses to NOT go, while spending all their vacation time and money on cruises for themselves.  I even heard one parent say "We're too selfish to spend our vacation on our kids" that makes my heart break.  So good job!!!

AmandaPayneGreen
AmandaPayneGreen

All the rides in Frontier Land and New Orleans Square are my favorite, but I am sure we will be spending a lot of time in Fantasyland this time around.  I don't remember ever having been on Peter Pan's Flight since the wait times are ALWAYS so long.  I am hoping the RideMax app helps with that next month!

 

AmandaPayneGreen
AmandaPayneGreen

When I was growing up, my grandparents lived in Anaheim.  Then when my parents divorced, my dad became the definition of a "Disneyland Dad".  I have many many wonderful memories of going to Disneyland as a kid and now that I live in Utah, it sucks that my kids only get to go once every few years.  The BEST advice I could give you to get the most out of Disneyland is to go on a rainy day.  The memories are priceless and the wait times are non-existent.  Other than that, I am excited to try out the RideMax software this summer.  Apparently you tell it which rides you want to go on and it will give you a schedule of when to go on each ride so you have the shortest wait time.   

Stacia
Stacia like.author.displayName 1 Like

You are an amazing man.  You already know that, but I just wanted to tell you. 

 

xoxo

troismommy
troismommy

My favorite ride has always been Pirates of the Caribbean. As a family, for some reason it became our tradition to hit Pirates first when we got to the park. I also love Alice In Wonderland, Hanuted Mansion, and I used to love the Jungle Cruise. As someone who lives 45 minutes away from Disneyland, I've been to Disneyland my fair share of times, but it's been over a year since we've been - maybe 2, and I'm suddenly feeling the need to go RIGHT NOW. :) Glad you had a great time!

dolfineer11
dolfineer11

GREAT pics!!!!  okay, best rides: haunted mansion and space mountain.  And going REALLY REALLY fast on the freakin teacups!  lol 

Also, use the fast pass for the bigger rides...they really work.   :D

Kiwimom66
Kiwimom66

It warms my heart to see that Noah was able to share this amazing time of his life with both of his families. Seeing you all pull together for him teaches him so much about relationships - and that its okay to maintain a healthy relationship (as co-parents) even as you both move on in different directions. He will remember this as much as the Disney part of the vacation I'm sure.

mbohn
mbohn

Noah looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  grown up!!!  Glad you guys had fun.  I hope to get to Disneyworld one day...as we are in Michigan...Disneyland may be to much of a hike.  Have a good day.

Sara
Sara

What fantastic photos! It looks like Noah had the time of his life :) Thanks for sharing. These made my day.

Rhonda Raquel Smith
Rhonda Raquel Smith

Looking at all the pictures makes me want to run away to Disneyland!!! Thanks for sharing... Noah seems like a happy well adjusted little man!! Keep up the good work....  By the way you remind me of a friend!! Your face expressions and they way you say things!! Just amazing!!

KoriVogt
KoriVogt like.author.displayName 1 Like

Noah looks like he's getting so big! Glad you guys had fun :)

Heidi Vandome
Heidi Vandome

It's a small world.... you have to remember this was in the "70's" 

David
David

Soarin at epcot!

autismawareness28
autismawareness28

How fun!!! I love disneyland. Looks like he did a lot better on space mountain than that guy in the back! LOL!

karaokevixen
karaokevixen like.author.displayName 1 Like

Looks like you had a great time! I've never been to Disneyland; living on the east coast makes it hard to just decide to go one day. lol However, I was to Disney World a few years back. (Cough*20*cough) and I enjoyed Space Mountain. I can't wait to take my kids, but the youngest is only two and a half and I don't think he's quite old enough for it. The downside of that is that my oldest is eight, and by the time my Matthew is old enough, I fear my Megan will be too old to enjoy it. Oh well. I mostly want to go to Islands of Adventure. Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!  haha Yes, I'm a Harry Potter nerd. lol

troismommy
troismommy

 @karaokevixen I have the opposite problem as you. I live in CA and have been to Disneyland a bunch of times, but where I REALLY want to go is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on the other side of the country! LOL My whole family loves HP, thanks to me. I'm the biggest Potterhead of all.