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7.14.2014

California Vacation - Days 1 & 2

The last week of June we decided to drive to California to see Bill's dad and meet up with my sister and her family who were vacationing at Disneyland.
We headed out to California on a Tuesday morning and rolled into Costa Mesa around 1pm. It was about 6 hours total with stops, and the kids did great. We settled in at my father-in-law's home and ordered in some pizza for dinner.

The next day began the epic Disneyland day. This was my first trip to Disneyland, so I had no idea what to expect. We met my sister and her family at the Paradise Pier Hotel for Breakfast with Mickey. We had a huge buffet style breakfast, and a number of characters walked around the restaurant for photo-ops and autographs. We saw Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Pluto, and Stitch during breakfast.
After that we headed into the park. We saw a lot of characters. Madeleine really loved meeting Goofy. Besides him, we met Tinkerbell and her fairy friend Rosetta, Alice, Minnie again, and Mickey again.
Later in the day they had a really great parade. I think that was probably my favorite thing we saw that day. Fun music, colorful floats and costumes, more characters, and dancing.
 
We went on lots of rides too. As a family we did It's A Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, the King Arthur Carousel, and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I was surprised how many rides we could take Seamus on. Bill also took Madeleine on the Mad Tea Party (aka the teacups). At some point Madeleine got her face painted too.
I don't remember where we ate, but we had hot dogs and soft pretzels for lunch, and Mexican food for dinner. There was also a lot of stops at little stands for drinks or ice cream.
It was an absolute crazy day. We stayed at the park until after 9pm. I was hoping Seamus would nap at some point, but he stayed up almost the entire time. He finally crashed around 8:30pm. We were all exhausted and went straight to bed the minute we got home.

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