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(The) Magic Begins Here…

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 Hotelbut 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!!!

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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…

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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!!

Disney Princess, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel

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!

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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!

Disney Lego

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

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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….

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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…

The Jungle Cruise, Disneyland

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!

It's A Small World, Disneyland

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.

Disney Tea Cups, Haunted Mansion, Disneyland

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…”

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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!!

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315 Comments

  1. My leaped for joy when I was reading about Disney. Yes, it is magical no matter the age. So fun you experienced the Christmas addition!

    1. Aww thanks so much Julie!!! 🙂

  2. Looks like you guys had lots of fun!! Love your photos! We went on October and we also had a blast, and my favorite since little was small world! Who doesn’t love that ride?! 🙂

    1. Hi Maria! That ride really is awesome!! 🙂

  3. It looks like you and your son had a great time together at Disneyland. I’m sure you’ll treasure these memories together for the rest of your life.

    1. Thanks Justin! We absolutely love going to Disney!! 🙂

  4. Who doesn’t like Disney. I have read a lot of post about Disney day. I must admit your photos are the best so far. I love them, you can see that you have the best time 😀

    1. Aww thanks so much Marcela!! 🙂

  5. I love Disneyland! Such a dreamy place! I haven’t been in ages though! Sounds like you guys had an amazing time!

    1. Hi! We had so much fun! 🙂

  6. I love your pictures. Everythinf looks so pretty!

    1. Thank you Asiya!

  7. What an amazing trip to take, It’s seems you had a lot of the grounds at the park. And what wonderful photos you got to capture the memories.

    1. Thanks so much Cia! 🙂

  8. Wow this looks like such a wonderful adventure. can’t wait to take the kids there once they’re older

    1. Hi Rachael even at a young age Disney is awesome! We took my oldest at 3 years old and my youngest went at a year… 🙂

  9. Love the pictures! I’ve been to Disney World but not Disney Land. It looks similar, but different enough that I’m interested in seeing it someday. So glad you had a lovely time!

    1. Thanks so much Annie! 🙂

  10. Ahh I am so jealous! Your pictures are fabulous and you got to meet Ariel! It is my dream one day to meet her!

    1. Thanks Amanda! 🙂

  11. Sounds like you had an amazing time at the park! I’ve been to Disney World in Orlando many times (I lived in Florida for 27 years), but I’ve never been to the other parks. It’s fun to see what’s the same and what’s different!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! 🙂

  12. Adepoju Grace

    Your pictures, they portray so much happiness that’s infectious. I hope I get to visit Disneyland one day with my future kids. I reckon that your experience was beautiful.

    1. Thank you so very much….

  13. I moved to California from Europe over a year ago and the Disneyland is still on my bucket list, thinking about going in April. It must be so much fun!

    1. Hi Daria! It’s so much fun! 🙂

  14. AH thank you for taking us on the rest of your adventure! I loved seeing the hotel but this is so cool to see different parts of the park. I’ve never been (nor to any parts of America) but it really, really is so magical – theres no other word! I am glad you got to spend this lovely quality time together 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! I’m so happy you have enjoyed reading my Disney Series! 🙂

  15. Oh, so nice to see the fun continues! 😉 Great pictures, I like the ones with the princesses the most. So much fun in the happiest place in the world! I hope one day I will be able to experience it, too!

    1. Thanks so much Wiola! I hope you get a Disney visit soon! 🙂

  16. Wow, it’s top of my list to take the children to Disney, it looks amazing!! We’ve been to euro Disney but it’s on no way this level! Gorgeous photos!

    1. Aww thanks so much Emmerson!

  17. It’s so amazing that you visited over Christmas and both enjoyed this magical place! I’m from the UK and our dream place to visit as kids was Blackpool – a cheap and cheerful seaside resort – we were easily impressed! 🙂

    1. Hi Helen! A cheerful little seaside resort sounds absolutely perfect! 🙂

  18. Marjie Mare

    Being in Disney is so magical, as an adult, I tend to have as much fun as the kids. It’s one of the places that I could go every year and will still enjoy myself.

    1. Hi Marjie! Me too! I love taking my son here! 🙂

  19. I know this place is such a dream to everyone, and I’ve never been there. For US is too far away, so I have to find the nearer one from me, maybe Tokyo Disneyland can be one to get listed on my family vacation next year.. Thanks for sharing the great photos, and I can see Boo was having great fun too..

    1. Hi Edwin! I hope to visit the Tokyo location one day 🙂

  20. This looked like such a great time. I can’t wait to take my daughter for the first time!

    1. Thanks Tiffany! 🙂

  21. Tonya

    How incredible are those LEGOS?! My family would go crazy for those!

    1. Hi Tonya! My son TOTALLY loves going into the Lego Store in Downtown Disney! 🙂

  22. LOVED reading about your trip to Disney — such a magical place regardless of our age. Your photos are fabulous! You’ve inspired me to take a trip to Disney soon : )

    1. Aww thanks so much Olivia for your kind words! I’m so happy you loved my post! 🙂

  23. Oh my goodness, Disney Land looks so cool! I feel like I hear about Disney World all the time but I want to hear more about Disney Land! That Tomorrow Land looks SO COOL! I’ve never been and now I’m dying to go, for so many reasons! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

    1. Thanks so much Tiffany! I hope you get a trip to visit Disneyland soon 🙂

  24. One day I really need to go and experience this magical place. Sounds so nice!

    1. Hi Stephanie! I hope you get to go one day! 🙂

  25. Disney is such a magical place. It looks like you had the best time!

    1. Thanks so much April! 🙂

  26. You guys had a great time i could just tell by looking at a your pics.

    1. Aww… thanks so much Jossy!

  27. Disneyland is my favorite of all the Disney parks. It looks like you guys had a wonderful time! I always find it funny that the jungle cruise is never packed at Disneyland the way it is at Disney World.

    1. Hi Stephanie I agree! When we went to Orlando in the spring the line for Jungle Cruise was super long…

  28. Disney is so much fun. I haven’t been in over 10 years. I would like go to sometime this year.

    1. Hi Luci! I hope you get a visit back soon! 🙂

  29. Seems like a truly awesometriptoDisneland! I am still a huge for of Disney and I can’t wait to go back. I love your photos!

    1. Thanks so much!! 🙂

  30. Elizabeth O

    It seems that you really had a fun and wonderful experience in Disneyland. That is such a dreamy place for everyone. Your photos are so awesome.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth!

  31. It looks like you guys had a blast! I’m so jealous! I can’t wait to take my daughter to Disney!

    1. Hi Brittney! She will love it! 🙂

  32. aww this post was so sweet! I love Disney Land! I have only been there once and as an adult but I absolutely loved it! it’s magical at any age! Im glad you guys had an awesome time!

    1. Thanks so much Taisha! 🙂

  33. Linh

    Disneyland is indeed a small world! I especially love Tomorrow Land, it looks absolutely majestic. Above all, I appreciate the warm greetings every ‘character’ makes when meeting tourists!

    1. Hi Linh! We love meeting the characters too! They are always so fantastic! 🙂

  34. It looks like you and Boo had so much fun. That smile on his face says it all. We haven’t been to Disney in such a long time but I can still remember the magic and walking around with these huge eyes. It felt like I’d been dropped inside a fairy tale world.

    1. Thanks so much Michelle! We had such fun together! 🙂

  35. That’s so interesting that the Christmas decor didn’t come out until the evening. I love that you got to see Cinderella, Ariel, and Snow White. I had no idea there was hidden areas, definitely going to keep that in mind!

    1. Hi Angela! All the other decor was out… this was just It’s a Small World… I think they probably lit it up like the in the evening for the wow factor 🙂

  36. OMG SO JEALOUS! lol I’ve always wanted to go to Disney! Looks like you had a good time and your photos are great! Thanks for sharing this so people like me can get a taste of what it’s like to visit!

    1. Thanks so much Amy!!! I hope you get a Disney visit one day! 🙂

  37. Being in Disney is always fun and frolic. More so for kids. You are surely having great time there.

  38. Looks like you guys had an amazing time! This is absolutely being added to my list!

  39. Joanna

    It looks like you and your son had so much fun at Disneyland! You are both smiling up to your ears, if I can say so 🙂 I would love to go to Disneyland one day as I have never been but all my friends say it’s for children and none wants to join me.

    1. Aww thanks so much Joanna! Disney is for everyone! I’m 43 and I still get excited to go there LOL. I hope you get a visit one day 🙂

  40. How fun!
    We have never been to disneyland, but we are disney world pros! This is such a fun post. It brought back amazing memories

    1. Thanks so much Teresa!

  41. I think this is going to be our next vacation spot. I have been wanting to do something I think my son would love.

    1. Hi Magen! You two will love it here! 🙂

  42. Hunter

    This looks like a great trip! Your fam seemed to have the time of their lives. Great stuff!

    1. Thanks so much Hunter! 🙂

  43. Love your pictures hun. Looks like you had a fab time at Disneyland – wish I had have been with you x

    1. Thanks Melanie! We had such a wonderful time!! 🙂

  44. I hope to feel that infectious joy someday. Sounds like such a magical place to visit.

    1. Thanks Stephanie!! 🙂

  45. Looks like you guys had such a great time. Loved this second installment from Disney just as much.

    1. Aww thanks so much Tanvi! I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed reading my Disney series! 🙂

  46. Great photos! It looks like you had a blast. I’m hoping to get to take my girls to Disney in the next couple years. They’re a bit too small to fully enjoy it just yet, but my youngest is a huge Minnie Mouse fan.

    1. Thanks Adam! I hope you and your girls have a fantastic visit to Disney this next year! 🙂

  47. Oh, Disney looks so beautiful all lit up for Christmas. I sounds like you and your son had a great experience.

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! 🙂

  48. Veronica@inveronicascorner

    You’ve definitely inspired me to plan our next Disney Family Vacation! Your pics are amazing and I know my son would love to go. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Veronica! I hope you have a lovely trip!! 🙂

  49. Gemille Sleweon

    What a beautiful family! I vaguely remember going to Disney World when I was little. Ive always wanted to visit Disneyland!

    1. Aww… thanks so much Gemille! 🙂

  50. Oh, we love Disney but haven’t been there in years. After looking at all your wonderful photos, I definitely want to plan another trip. Glad you had such a good time. It is magical there!

    1. Thanks so much Lois!

  51. I would LOVE to take my kids there and create great memories … every kids loves Disney ; )
    I would like to check out the Lego area there (my kids too!) thanks for sharing your experience!

    1. Thanks so much Eloise! The Lego Store is actually located just outside the park inside Downtown Disney 🙂

  52. First off I seriously love your photos! Secondly this sounds like a seriously wonderful trip. I really hope to go one day, as it has always been a dream of mine since I was a kid.

    1. Aww thanks so much Ariel! That means a lot to me! 🙂

  53. So much fun and such beautiful, vibrant pictures. When we want to Walt Disney World, the kids were so excited to go on the monorail they totally saw it as their first ride!

    1. Thanks so much Emily! 🙂

  54. Josselyn Radillo

    Disney is a magical place not matter how old or young you are ! Disney def keeps that little kid inside of alive and i love it

    1. Hi Josselyn! I totally agree! 🙂

  55. Deb Savage

    This looks like it was such a fun experience. I am really hoping that we can plan another trip to Disney some time soon!

    1. Thanks Deb! 🙂

  56. Looks like you had an amazing time, I went to Disney as a kid and love it. Wish I could go back one day soon.

    1. Thanks so much Alexandra! I hope you get a trip back soon 🙂

  57. I remember taking my kiddos to Disney for the first time. They had such a great time. Thank you for sharing your vacation.

    1. Your welcome Keianna! 🙂

  58. Disney really is a magical place! I have enjoyed reading all about your trip and seeing your pictures. You and your son will cherish these memories forever.

    1. Thanks so much Karrie!

  59. How cool seems you had so much fun! I love Disneyland has so many things to see and do and also great dining options. Loving all yoru pics =)

    1. Thanks so much Adriana! 🙂

  60. I’m so glad you had such an amazing time! It’s great that they have those little traquil areas and healthy meals, too. So many places pay no attention to that.

    1. Hi Flora! I absolutely love that I can find healthy choices to eat while we are there…. 🙂

  61. I’ve never been to Disneyland before!! This looks so amazing!

    1. Thanks Allyssa! I hope you get to visit one day! 🙂

  62. I love Disneyland! I haven’t been to the US Disneyland but I want to visit soon. Good review!

    1. Thanks so much Emman!

  63. Shannon

    Looks like you guys had a great time. We went to Disney a few years ago and it was a family highlight for sure.

    1. Thanks Shannon! 🙂

  64. I love all the pictures in this! It’s been a dream of mine to go to Disney for years, though the timing and money has never been right to go. Looks like the two of you had a lot of fun. 🙂

    1. Hi Ashley! I hope you get a trip soon! 🙂

  65. I LOVE Disney! This place is amazing. I recently visited with my family and we had so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Coralie!

  66. I loved reading the account of the fun you had. Your son seems to have had such a wonderful time. Last year, we visited Disneyland in Paris and it was such a fun outing especially for the two kids. I also like the idea of hidden spots.

    1. Thanks so much Rachna!

  67. What a wonderful trip! I went to Disney with my youth group when I was 15. We only saw part of the park & I’ve always wanted to go back. It looks even more magical at Christmas! It’s great to hear that they have quiet places for when the park gets too overwhelming.

    1. Thanks so much Samantha! I’m not sure if the purposely have quiet areas, but I found many of them “hidden” around the park…

  68. You look really happy together! A very inspiring trip! I’m thinking to take my kid there too! 🙂

    1. Thanks Tania! 🙂

  69. Oh wow, a photo op with Pooh! We didn’t have the chance to take a photo op with Pooh and friends during our last visit to Disneyland. 🙁

    1. Hi Czjai! Maybe on your next trip… 🙂

  70. Bea

    OMG it really looks amazing! I really need to have this on my bucket list, I have only been once to the one in Paris, but this one looks much more impressive!

    1. Thanks so much Bea! I’d love to visit the Paris location one day!

  71. Yes you guys look like you had a lot of fun. I really love your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  72. What a cheerful post, need to go get a dose of Disney now!

    1. Thanks Noelle! I’m so glad you loved the post! 🙂

  73. Loved how you incorporated Disney quotes into your post as once in a while, life gives us a fairytale so we should all believe in it with all our hearts!

    1. Aww thanks so much Mily!!:)

  74. This year our dream is to go to Disney with our little one. She is old enough to actually enjoy all the characters. I always have fun watching Disney pictures. Thank you for sharing this post.

    1. Thanks so much Anna! Have fun on your trip! 🙂

  75. What a truly magical day! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I have always wanted to visit Disney, but have not had a chance yet. I want to personally thank you for tell us about those “hidden areas”, I have a special needs son as well, and he can get overwhelmed, so those will definitely come in handy! I loved your pictures too!

    1. Thanks so much Echo! Another tip that really helps with my special needs son is staying at a hotel in walking distance so we can go back and he can relax from being around so many people during the day when he gets overwhelmed…

  76. You both seem to have so much fun, I like all the pictures. I do understand what you mean by the infectious joy, thinking of Disney and Disneyland still makes me feel like a little girl, I do plan to visit Disney next year.

    1. Hi Preet! I hope you have a lovely visit next year at Disney! 🙂

  77. It looks like you both had an amazing time. I bet the experience was made even more special by visiting around Christmas time!

    1. Hi Emily! Visiting at the holiday season was so magical!

  78. We’ve been to Disneyland twice, but it’s been over a decade since our last visit. Looks like they’ve updated quite a few things!

    1. Hi Scott! There’s been so many wonderful changes in the past decade! 🙂

  79. It looks like you had such a good trip! I’m a total Disney momma/kids, lol.

    1. Thanks Tiffany! 🙂

  80. Samridhi Kumar

    Disney is definitely magic! Loved the pictures. Brought back amazing memories.

    1. Thanks Samridhi!

  81. I love Disney! I am glad you guys had such a terrific time. I can’t wait to visit again.

    1. Thanks Tiffany! 🙂

  82. This is such a super fun post to read – love the pictures with the captions on from all the films! Would love to visit disney one day when I have children! Great post 🙂

    1. Aww thanks so much Rachel!! 🙂

  83. I’ve yet to take my boy to Disneyland, but it looks so fabulous. As a child we used to spend holidays in Devon, my boy went for the first time last year and loved it.

    1. Hi! Devon is actually on my travel bucket list!!:)

  84. I love Disney! This post reminds me of FUN and genuine innocence of childhood. We’ll be going to Paris this summer – I’ll be sure to visit the Disneyland there! <3

    1. Hi Evelyn! Disney Paris sounds absolutely wonderful!! 🙂

  85. I loved reading about your day at Disneyland! I am a huge Disney fan but being on east coast I’ve only been to Disney World! I would love to make a visit to Disneyland sometime while my kids are still fans!

    1. Hi Caitlin thanks so much! 🙂

  86. Shubhada Bhide

    So nice!! I really like your photographs. Seems like you really had a great time there. Amazing!!

    1. Thank you so much Shubhada! 🙂

  87. Wow, what an experience to meet ALL of those Disney characters, and then see the amazing Christmas displays on top of it all! You and Boo look like you had the time of your lives. So happy you got to experience this, thank you for sharing your joy!

    1. Aww thanks so much Amanda! 🙂

  88. This looked like a magical trip! There really is something so special about Disney!

    1. Thanks Nicole! 🙂

  89. So fun! I love Disneyland – I have an annual pass and go there a ton.

    1. Hi Dani!! How amazing you have an annual pass! I’m totally jealous 🙂

  90. I haven’t gone to Disney in years and I have only gone 3 times. The last time being over 10 years ago. I know a lot has changed and it would be so fun to experience again. I find reading about someone else experience is just as fun as visiting. You can feel the excitement and the pictures provide it!

    1. Aww thanks so much Rose! I hope you get another trip soon! 🙂

  91. What an amazing time for you two! I love what they did with It’s A Small World. What a nice treat! I really need to get there during the Christmas season. It just seems like there is even more magic all over.

    1. Hi Sarah! We love Disney anytime but visiting during the holidays was so special for us! 🙂

  92. Disneyland looks great! I would love to visit there someday with family or friends. I love all the bright colors and all the joy the environment of DIsneyland can bring!

    1. Thanks so much Patricia! 🙂

  93. I love Disney Land and this looks amazing. I can’t wait to visit.

    1. Thanks Ophelia! 🙂

  94. It seems like you had a wonderful time! I always wanted to go Disneyland when I was a kid, but I promise myself when I have the funds I am definitely going no matter how old I am.

    1. Hi Shadlyn! Disney Magic is for all ages! I hope you get to go back one day! 🙂

  95. Ok, now I am just jealous seeing all of those pictures of Disneyland. Looks like you had such a great time. I definitely need to make my way back to Disneyland soon. I really do miss it.

    1. Hi David! I hope you get a trip back for a Disney fix soon! 🙂

  96. I have been to many Disney Land and loved all of them (except for Paris it just fall flat for me). Best part about Disney Land apart from the crazy rides, is Disney Parade. Hope you enjoyed it too 🙂

    1. Hi Shruti! We love the parades too! They are amazing! 🙂

  97. I would love to visit DisneyLand… I live in the UK and have visited Disneyland Paris but to take my kids to the American one would be a dream. Looks like you had a great time, the photo’s are brilliant! I loved days out as a kid, it didn’t have to be anywhere far but especially days out by the seaside always stick in my heart x

    1. Hi Carolynne! Being seaside is dear to my heart too… I was raised on the Central Coast of California and adored being so near the water….

  98. What a fun time! I love the quotes – Disney really do have the best life advice don’t they!

    1. Thanks Nikki! I totally love Disney quotes too!! 🙂

  99. Wow, this place looks amazing and it seems such a fun experience!!! I am glad you guys had a lot fun!!!

    1. Thanks so much Paola! 🙂

  100. Oh! DISNEYLAND! I love that place. I used to have season passes as a kid. Nothing like ditching (with mom’s permission) on a Tuesday to hit up Disneyland!!! Hahahah good times and good memories for sure!

    1. Hi Danielle! What an awesome memory!!! 🙂

  101. Drake Conan

    I love to visit that place together with my kids in future.Have fun in Disney Land like i am a child fascinated again though it’s not my first time to see it,but every time i visit it seems like a first timer.

    1. Hi Drake! That’s exactly how I feel! I am so happy to be there each and every time! 🙂

  102. I love this! This post makes me want to go to Disneyland so bad…I’m excited to take my twins someday soon!

    1. Thanks so much Maiah! I hope you get a trip with your twins soon! You will have such a lovely time!

  103. I LOVE Disney so much! It’s so true….the magic truly begins there no matter your age. What an incredible experience for you and your son. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Alexis! I really love being able to travel and have these experiences with my little boy! 🙂

  104. I had so much fun reading about your adventures! It sounds fantastic and your photos at nights with all the lights is MAGICAL!!!!

    1. Hi Jen! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my post! 🙂

  105. It looks so incredibly fun there! I want to visit there some day!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I hope you get to visit one day! 🙂

  106. Agnes Vazhure

    I really love Disney too!! and it’s true that magic begins there. It seems that you are having a great time there.

    1. Thanks Agnes!:)

  107. It is a really amazing mother-son outing I must say.. 😊 I loved that cuty Winnie the pooh ride.. Apart from this, the idea of projecting the fairy tale princesses like Snow white and Cinderella is enough to take you to that dreamy land of fairy tales…

    1. Aww… thanks so much Jagriti!

  108. Elizabeth O

    I would love to go to Disney it truly looks magical. So glad you had fun 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth! 🙂

  109. In college, I used to have a seasonal pass with my family, and I loved it. We could go at odd times and miss the crowds. Lovely memories!

    1. Hi Amber! What a lovely memory! 🙂

  110. Never been to Disneyland land yet and one of my goal this year is to go there. Looks like it’s a fun place to be and you all enjoyed yourselves.

    1. Thanks so much Victoria! 🙂

  111. We love Disney! We have a trip for Disney World planned for next month and we’re super excited.

    1. Hi Elisha! I’m so excited for you! Have a great trip!!! 🙂

  112. Oh, I love that quote by Dory! Looks like you all had a wonderful time!

    1. Thank you Lynn!! 🙂

  113. I also remember riding It’s a Small World when I was a child. I loved it! It was such a fun experience in general. I’m glad he got to meet the princesses as well.

    1. Thanks Nina! 🙂

  114. amy

    How awesome that you and your son were able to go and make such magical memories! It’s fantastic that he seems to love it just as much as you do. The rides, the healthy lunch, and all the sights and sounds are just so fun!

    1. Thanks Amy! We had such a great time and he was all smiles! 🙂

  115. Javier sarmiento

    I never been to Disneyland and I plan on going in the future. It will be a fun experience.

  116. Ellie Plummer

    I have only ever been to Disneyland but I dream of going to Disneyworld. This sounds absolutely incredible, glad you had such a fun time.

    1. Thanks Ellie! We love Disneyland too…. and it’s closer to us than Orlando but we did love Disneyworld last spring when we had a visit there…

  117. Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip! The photos are great. I haven’t been to Disney since 1987. My father took me and my older sister. I was 17 and my sister is 9 years older but you definitely don’t need to be a small child to enjoy it all. It was quite a special trip for us three. About 4 years ago, my husband and I and two of our daughters went to Florida because one of my fine art photographs was in a gallery show and while we were there, and since our love for all things Harry Potter, we went to Universal and enjoyed that for 3 days. If you have never been there, you should check it out sometime. I’m sure at some point we’ll be back but I’d like to see Disney again too after all these years. What I wouldn’t do to live in Flordia so I can go to ether places anytime I wanted to. LOL

    1. Hi Gina! We went to Universal Florida last spring when we visited Florida and absolutely loved it. We are big HP fans too!! 🙂

  118. I love Winnie the Pooh! I’d have to give the person in that costume a giant hug!

    1. Hi Karla! Boo was so excited we found Pooh Bear! 🙂

  119. mj

    I love the princesses! It so cute to see both your son with them and his smile is very precious to see.

    1. Thanks so much Mj! 🙂

  120. Disneyland seems like a magnificent and magical place indeed. My daughter has a secret desire to visit Disneyland once. Hopefully, we will try to make this dream come true soon. I loved the quotes you have put in the pictures above.

    1. Thank you so much Rakhi! 🙂

  121. I am so happy that I could cry. This trip is a beautiful token that you have for your son. Keep making happy memories, Mama. You are doing an amazing job!

    1. Aww thanks so much Emily! 🙂

  122. That’s so cool! I love the Disney stuffs. I hope my kids and siblings can visit Disneyland this year.

  123. Looks a fun trip, A great experience . Disney vacations are so much fun for everyone 🙂

  124. I leap for joy every time I see Disneyland. The inner kid of me rekindles the memories from the “happiest place on earth”.

    1. Hi Calleigh! Me too! 🙂

  125. Can you believe that at 34 I have been all over the country but I am STILL yearning for the day to visit Disneyland?!?!! Lol. All of your pictures and adventures seen absolutely beautiful and magical! Thank you for making me that much more jealous now lol 😉

    1. Hi Shawna! I hope you get to visit someday soon! 🙂

  126. Blair villanueva

    Disney land is the happiest place on Earth and still in my bucket list. I still have to cross it and hope this year I could make it.

    1. Hi Blair! I hope that this will be there year you can experience Disney! 🙂

  127. What a beautiful trip, and such great memories!

    1. Thank you Rheagan! 🙂

  128. What a wonderful collection of memories from the most magical place on earth! This is also our best memory making as well. My 3 year old, now 6, was in absolute heaven visiting Disney. She still talks about it non stop even now!

    1. Thanks so much Deb! Aww… I’m so glad your daughter loved Disney so much when you went! 🙂

  129. Meagan

    This looks like a fun trip! I can’t wait to surprise my 10 year old with a trip to Disney world later this year

    1. Hi Meagan!! A surprise Disney trip sounds SO fun!!!! 🙂

  130. My heart swelled up! I am really glad you had so much fun. It is indeed relieving that Boo could also step aside from the crowd at the hidden areas. I have never been to Disneyland in my country let alone internationally and I just wish and hope I can do it before I have my own kids! Because Id like to live my Disney memories as a kid at the park first and feel the joy and share with them later! hehe.

    1. Hi Kanishka! I am so happy that you loved my post so much! I hope you get a trip to Disney someday soon so you can live your dream! 🙂

  131. i can’t wait to take my little ones to disney – I still remember going as a child. Looks like you had a blast

    1. Thanks so much Rachael! 🙂

  132. I love Disney. I haven’t been for many years. I went to Disney World many times as a child. I’d love to take my children some day. What a wonderful experience!

    1. Thanks Jodi! Disney is absolutely amazing! 🙂

  133. I bet this was such an enjoyable trip! Seeing you and your son have so much fun is amazing! Especially on the Happiest Place on Earth!

    1. Thanks so much Nicole!! 🙂

  134. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I have never been to Disney before but i hope to one day.

    1. Hi Sue! I hope you get to visit one day! 🙂

  135. Oh I had a dream last night that we went to Disneyland. It looks so amazing and I would love to take my daughter one day.

    1. Hi Angela! That sounds like a perfect dream! 🙂

  136. Emily Leary

    Every time I see a post like this I just want to scream ‘DISNEYLAAAAAND’, the excitement is just so contagious. Love the photos 🙂

    1. Aww! Thanks so much Emily! I’m so glad you loved my post! 🙂

  137. Wow! Amazing place.. too much fun, each time I read about people’s Disneyland adventures I just wish am there.

    1. Thanks so much Oyibo! 🙂

  138. Such a happy fun place isn’t it. Great photos of your time there

    1. Thank you Elinor! 🙂

  139. The quote from the last picture is one of my favourites. You look like you had a wonderful experience and I can`t wait to read other posts as well.

    1. Thank you Catalina!

  140. You both look like you are having the time of your lives!! I have never been to Disneyland, to me as a child that was like in another universe, too far from my reality to be actually desirable. So I never actually desired to go there. Now as a grownup, and as a parent, I would love to see the expression of thrill and joy on my children faces, and now for them that’s not something impossible, in fact we have a Disney world quite near, in France, and I would love to take them there when my youngest will be a little older (she’s two now).

    1. Hi Nati… Thanks so much… I have been very blessed to have been given the chance to take my son to Disney… When your daughter is older I’m sure the two of you will have a lovely time at the Paris Disneyland…

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  142. This looks like such an amazing experience. I have actually never been to Disney (shocking, I know.) I would love to go someday, and your pictures and story make me want to visit even more.

    1. Thanks so much Echo! I hope you get a Disney trip one day! 🙂

  143. Angie

    So many beautiful pictures! I’m so glad you guys had such a great time. It truly does look like a magical place. I hope to be able to go one day!

    1. Thanks so much Angie! I hope you get a trip here one day! 🙂

  144. Looks like you had a great time with you son at Disneyland. I love your upbeat spirit.

    1. Aww thanks so very much Priyadarshini!! 🙂

  145. What a great trip! I love Disneyland. I’ll never tire of it!

    1. Hi Jenn! Me too! I love going just as much as my kiddos!! 🙂

  146. Oh mannnnn! My family and I booked our first trip to Disneyworld together for this coming may! Family of 4. We are super excited!!!!! My husband and I have been there plenty of times but never with the kids. My daughter talks about going everyday 🤦‍♀️

    1. Yay Lissette!! I’m so happy for you!!!!! 🙂

  147. Wow! This looks like a great trip! I would love to take my children to Disney one day but I am not sure when to take them. I feel like they are too young to build memories. (My son is 3.5 and I am expecting a girl in March) What age do you suggest to take them?

    1. Hi Sarah! I took my oldest son when he was 3 and he loved it… There were a few rides he was too small for but mostly he could go on just about everything and he totally loved the park at that age… My youngest went for the first time at a year old but only because we were taking his older brother who was 5 by then. I was still nursing and I found it quite easy to nurse my one year old at the Disney Parks and also they had sort of a mothers station near Main Street available too…

  148. Tennille M.

    I Love Disney! Reading your blog and seeing the pictures makes me want to visit soon. Disney is indeed a magical place.

    1. Thanks so much Tennille!

  149. Disney at Christmas is so magical. I have been wanting to visit Disneyland for some time now.

    1. Hi! I absolutely love Disney at the holidays!! 🙂

  150. Jenni Petrey

    Oh it looks like you had such a great time. I love the photos.

    1. Thanks so much Jenni! 🙂

  151. How magical! I’ve never been to Disney, but we’re planning a family trip soon, and I hope we have just as much fun.

    1. Hi Tiffany! I hope you have a lovely family trip to Disney!! 🙂

  152. WOW SO MUCH ADVENTURE. NO DOUBT YOU GUYS HAD FUN, I CAN’T WAIT TO TAKE MY DAUGHTER THERE

    1. Thanks so much! 🙂

  153. Indrani

    Disney never fails to charm whatever the age! I am reminded of the Paris one. We had a great time there as a family.

    1. Hi Indrani! I would love to go to the Paris location someday 🙂

  154. Meagan

    You both look like you had a great time! I hope to visit Disney land sometime before my girls get to old so they can experience the different things Disney land has to offer compared to Disney world.

    1. Thanks so much Meagan! 🙂

  155. Looks like you guys enjoyed yourselves. Disney sure knows how to put a smile on your face.

    1. Thank you Kristyn!

  156. Disney is such a wonderful destination, it gives you memories that last a lifetime! Your pictures are beautiful!!!

    1. Thank you Vasundhra! 🙂

  157. I so enjoyed your post. Seeing Disneyland and you photos is a nostalgic experience. Amazing how you can find spots where it looks like the park isn’t crowded at all.

    1. Thanks Evelyn! 🙂

  158. It sounds like you really got to experience some magic! What a special time to share with your kids.

    1. Thanks Kim! 🙂

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