Welcome to the second post in our Disney Series! I absolutely loved reading all your responses to my post —https://thesunmama.com/2018/01/disney-dreams/ — a fun look inside our stay at the Disneyland Hotel, but now it’s time to head over to the main event…. DISNEYLAND!!!!
I want to say again I felt extremely blessed to have received this amazing trip and am grateful for each wonderful memory we made… We excitedly headed towards The Monorail eager to get into the park. Disney hats? Check. Disney shirts? Check. Wishing on a star?? Check. Check. Check.
The line to board The Monorail was less than 5 minutes! We are used to long lines in front of the park so this was such a treat! They quickly scanned our cards and sent us on our way. Boo was all smiles waiting for our turn to board and we were lucky enough to sit in the very front seat so he could see ahead of us as we sped into The Happiest Place on Earth!!!
No matter how many times I visit Disney I still feel that infectious joy and feeling of everything is right with the world when I step into the world Walt Disney created for us…
As we walked into Tomorrow Land Boo squeezed my hand in excitement and grinned ear to ear. He said, “Mama? Is Cinderella in her castle?”
Cinderella is his fave Disney Princess and gets so excited to meet her each trip. We headed over to where you can meet the Princesses hoping she was there…. The line was amazingly short for the Christmas Holiday! In no time at all we were chatting with not only Cinderella, but Snow White and Ariel too!!
As we left Boo was excited to go on the Winnie-the-Pooh ride! This and Splash Mountain are my little boys first rides of the day every time we visit!
After a fun visit with Pooh Bear, Boo enjoyed one of the parks famous churros and we happily headed over to explore more of the Magic!
My son and I had such a wonderful day! Each land at Disney has “hidden” little areas that are perfect for traveling with a special needs child. My son has Autism, Speech Apraxia and MIMD (extreme developmental delay)– even the Happiest Place on Earth can get overwhelming for him. If the crowds get to be too much or he just needs to refresh, these “hidden” little areas are the perfect spot for our needs. They are all over the park and although right in plain sight… they always seem to be a quiet place to rest for a bit until he’s ready to go have more Disney fun!
We bring in a backpack with bottled water and because I’m diabetic I bring us healthy snacks so I am always prepared but we always splurge on lunch in the park and my little boy and I LOVE eating at The Hungry Bear! Boo devoured an adult size burger and fries while I found a meal off the child’s menu that had healthy options and stayed at just the right carb level to keep my sugars level. Honestly, as a diabetic, I am pleasantly surprised how many healthy options are available at this theme park….
Our day was filled with joy wandering around and riding our fave rides! Boo loves the Jungle Cruise and was happily surprised when I let him pick out a stuffed elephant in the gift shop…
Ever since I was a little girl one of my favorite memories was riding the iconic It’s A Small World… Yes that song gets stuck in my head for the rest of the day, but…. There is something magical and tranquil about that ride that makes you forget the outside worlds troubles and transports you to a feeling of bliss and contentment…
As we walked up I noticed something though. The rest of the park was decorated for Christmas and it looked like Disney Imaginers had gone ALL out to decorate for the holiday yet this iconic ride looked unchanged to me except for a Santa hat on the clock….
I didn’t think about it too much and soon we were on this joy filled ride. The inside was completely transformed for the holidays!! Christmas songs filled the air and yet they still had just enough of the original song playing to give you that iconic Small World feel… We left the ride happy and content!
I asked a Disney Cast Member why the outside didn’t look different than normal for the holidays… She smiled with a twinkle in her eye and suggested that we make our way back at 5:15 and that we might be treated to some Disney Magic.
I took her advice and we arrived at the ride with 3 minutes to spare. I wondered if she was mistaken… nothing was happening. Then because this wonderful park is truly touched by the magic of pixie dust, as soon as the day gave way to dusk we heard a voice thanking us for being part of the Disney Magic and asking us to help countdown– 3,2, 1— My little boys eyes went large in awe as we witnessed the transformation of this beautiful ride into a glorious and amazing Christmas Display! Truly this was the end of a magical day for us and we headed back to the hotel reminded that truly “a dream is a wish your heart makes…”
I’d love to hear from my readers what places did you find joy in visiting as a child that you would one day like to share with your own children? Join me next week for the last installment of our Disney Series and see our escapades across the way at Disney’s California Adventure!!
I hope I’ve inspired some of you to plan your own Disney Dream Vacation! Be sure to visit my dear friend Christina Salisbury with Ears of Experience! https://www.themouseexperts.com/christinasalisbury/ She knows exactly how to sprinkle some Pixie Dust to help you have the best Disney trip ever! Look for her on FB too!!