Tuesday, April 27, 2010

disneyland


what to say about the happiest place on earth?
it sure is happy.
our first ride was the dumbo ride, however when we tell people that now, finn likes to correct us and say, "no, we went on that white thing first!" (meaning the shuttle from the parking garage).



all my kids had it picked out to go on dumbo first.  i thought this was kind of funny as jack and lucy were both more excited about some of the big rides this time.  but everyone agreed, first thing we should do was ride dumbo.  finn was also very insistent that we go in the whale's mouth.  not sure why, but it was high on his list of things to do.  dumbo, whale's mouth, hug darth vader.  2 for 3 isn't so bad.  (darth vader is not available for hugs).  side note: one of my own personal highlights was during the jedi training academy when lucy was playing on the bars behind the stage, not actually paying attention, and a storm trooper came up and lunged at her with his blaster.  she screamed so loud and ran as fast as she could back to where i was standing.  it was hilarious.  poor finn just kept asking if he could hug darth vader.  we might have to write disney about this...


one of finn's proud moments...



one of baabee's proud moments...




 the jungle cruise was not nearly long enough for finn.  he immediately asked to go again...


for mr. finn, i think the parade was the defining moment of the day.  he was so excited about it, i don't think i can even explain.  let me just say, when it was all over his eyes welled up with some serious crocodile tears (he tried to fight them back, but he just couldn't) and he, quite nicely, just kept asking for, "some more parade.  please?!"



mary poppins took quite a liking to finn.  she danced right in front of him and kept smiling and winking and waving at him.  finn, of course, ate it up and kept smiling, waving and blowing kisses back at her.  this whole scene led jack to complain, "its no fair.  finn keeps getting all the attention from the people in the parade..."  jack got over it pretty quick when one of the parade helpers tried to hand him a drum to be part of the parade and he quickly realized he didn't want any attention.



 about two minutes into the parade, after spotting wendy and peter pan high atop a float, lucy looked at me with a super angry face and said, "uuuuhhh! why can't we go out there and take pictures with them!"  apparently, the parade style of passing by wasn't cutting it.  so, after getting over her initial parade frustrations, lucy joined in the interactive parade fun.  she was very proud of this moment (thanks, aunt mary for taking her out there... or should we thank lucy for taking aunt mary out there...).



breaking some parade rules (and probably adding to lucy's frustrations, seeing as wendy and peter pan did not grace us with their presence directly in front of our piece of sidewalk), i snapped a picture of finn with woody after he invited finn to join him dancing in the parade.


when we got to toon town and saw some of the traditional characters (namely pluto and mickey), jack and lucy (and obviously finn) were so excited to see them.  this kind of made my heart melt, thinking about how young they still are, especially after spending most of their day caring about the "big kid" side of disneyland.  if i could freeze time right this minute, i absolutely would...



back in fantasyland we all took a go at pulling the sword out of the stone.  these are some legitimate "trying to get that sword out" faces.
lucy's still makes me laugh...



this was lucy's first time at disneyland to be tall enough to go on all the roller coasters.  she absolutely loved them.  ok, so not space mountain, as she deemed it too dark, but splash mountain and thunder mountain railroad were her two very favorite rides of the day.  i thought it was so cute how jack wanted to sit by her on all the rides (they weren't actually allowed to, sadly) and was so excited for her to go on them for the first time.  the site of them riding the toon town roller coaster (the only one they could ride together) in the front seat side by side with their arms over their heads, screaming and laughing, i think may be permanently etched in my brain...  they are very sweet little friends, i must say.  


waiting for the fireworks with our new disney (star wars) loot...



a very long day, but a very good day, indeed.

3 comments:

robbingpeter said...

Hello,

I am random internet person and I have been subscribed to your blog for a little while now - and I love it.

I haven't been subscribed long enough to know the exact ages of your kids - and if it isn't too personal may I ask how old Finn is? I ask because I have a 3 year old little boy and have been trying to decide how old is "old enough" to take him to Disney.

My brother lives in Orlando so we have a really easy way to go - but I want him to enjoy it. Thank you.

The Bird Family said...

And the awesome California posts just keep coming! I LOVE how much your kids love Disneyland. And the part about Finn and the parade...*sigh*...miss you guys.

jack, lucy and finn said...

three years old is the very best age to take kids to disneyland! hope you love it as much as we did!