We stayed at the Best Western Stovall's Inn. It was actually within walking distance to Downtown Disney, but with me being pregnant and not wanting to overdo it by walking all day and to and from the park, we drove and parked in the structure instead.
After checking in, changing a dirty diaper, and packing water and snacks (for me mostly, some for the kid), we headed for D-land. We got into the park about 3:15pm, only 15 minutes until the "Parade of Dreams", and we just happened to score a super great seat on the curb... in the shade... yipee!!!
Rebekah loved the parade. She danced to the music, clapped her hands for the dancers, and waved at all the characters. Gina (Danior's mom) and Devon (Danior's sister) met up with us at the beginning of the parade and watched with us. Devon took some pictures including this one of Rebekah.
We went over to California Adventure and Danior and Devon went on some rides while Gina, Rebekah, and I went to the Bugs Land. Rebekah saw a row of chairs and decided that she had to try out each one, kind of like Goldilock's. I tried photoshopping one of them. I guess it kind of turned out okay, but you get the idea.
Danior and Devon went on the Grizzly River Run ride (the rapids one) and I tried to get a picture of them as they came down the big drop. Danior saw me taking a pic and cheered. Devon is sitting to Danior's left. She's hard to see though, probably ducking from the water. Later that evening we met up with Dalen (Danior's brother), Lisa (his wife), and Monroe (their daughter) and ate dinner at the wharf restaurant in Calif. Advent.. It was fun to see them again. That night we watched the Electric Light Parade and then headed back to the hotel.
Friday we went back to D-land. We were hoping to make it before the park opened at 8am so that we could hear the announcement that it was open, and make it to the Finding Nemo ride before the line got too long ... but... that didn't really happen. We didn't get there until after 9AM. Danior, RL and I rode the carousel. I chose one of the benches that doesn't go up and down, and Danior and RL rode one of the horses.
Then we went on the Casey Junior Train. I don't think I have been on that in at least 10 years, and Danior wasn't sure he had EVER been on it. We rode in the monkey cage... fitting huh? RL loved the train, and waved at everyone.
California Adventure opened at 10am and we headed that way to try and get on the new Toy Story Midway Mania ride before that line got too long. When we got there the line was already an hour long, but we braved it anyway because we REALLY wanted to ride it. RL was really good in line. She made friends with the people around us, and we snacked on dried apples, and lucky charms (mostly the marshmallows though... who really eats the cereal anyways). It was super hot, but there were huge umbrella's set up to keep the line mostly in the shade.
Here RL is modeling the 3-D glasses that you get to wear for the ride. She wouldn't exactly wear them, but she liked to play with them.
After that we ate lunch and went back to the hotel for a much needed afternoon nap. RL and Danior slept for about 3 hours. I was able to sleep for about 2, but watched tv the rest of naptime until they woke up. We went to Coco's for dinner (and had breakfast) then went back to D-land and met up with the rest of the family. We walked around a lot and Danior, RL, and I ended up riding the train around the park twice to get RL to calm down from all the excitement so that she would go to sleep that night. She slept like a log.
Saturday we tried to get to the park early again, but after check-out and breakfast, we didn't get there until almost 10am. But that's okay. We went to see Pooh and Friends so that RL could see her favorite Disney Characters. We waited in line for about a half an hour and were the next ones in line when they had to go for a "honey break". We waited since we were next and the kid played on the props. RL gave Pooh and Eyeore hugs, but was scared by Tigger (she likes him a lot from a distance, just not so much up close)... I think he was just too bouncy.
We had a fabulous family vacation. Hopefully we can make this a yearly tradition to go to D-land for a couple days. The fiscally responsible side of us thinks these stimulus checks are bad for the nations overall economic health and the people shouldn't rely on them, but we had no problem cashing ours and spending it. And hey, we're (the nation) so far in debt already, what's another few billion for future generations to pay back later, especially if it means more family vacations now.