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ladylyons 03-29-2013 12:18 AM

Our Spring Break Trip with 3 kids 6 and younger
 
We decided to take this trip for the simple reason being I wanted to go. Plus weíve had some personal issues happen along with colds, flu, and lice from our last trip over New Yearís. We needed a fresh start to 2013. Iíll just say 2013 started out AWESOME with us celebrating it in Disneyland but then within a week of being home things went downhill from there. Our trip dates were March 22 Ė March 26 and we stayed at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel. We love the size of the rooms so we will continue to stay there as long as the rates stay reasonable.

So now letís get on with the introductions of whose going on this trip:

First up is me, Iím Sandra. Iím a stay at home mom to my 3 kiddos, Jeremy Ė 6, Sarah Ė 4, and James Ė 2 Ĺ years. Iím the Disney lover in our family and Iím raising my kids to love Disney just as much as I do. My favorite rides would have to be any that I can ride with my kids!  I actually have 2 favorite characters and they are Mickey and Cinderella.

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Next up is Jeremy. He is 6. He is also a huge fan of anything Disney. His favorite character is Captain Hook and his favorite ride is the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness aka Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (he was kind of sad it was closed this trip).

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Then there is my 4 year old Princess Sarah. She is the princess lover in the family. Now donít get me wrong both my husband and I donít mind seeing the Princessí but my daughter goes absolutely crazy when she gets to see them. Her favorite character of course is Princess Belle and her favorite ride is Itís a Small World.

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Now there is my 2 Ĺ year old baby boy James. His favorite characters would be Pooh and Mickey. He loves the Winnie the Pooh ride and Itís a Small World. He reached a milestone this trip and well youíll just have to wait until we reach that part of the trip!!

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Last but not least is my DH Jeff. He isnít as much of a Disney Lover as I am but knows heís got to keep momma happy so he gives into my obsession and he loves to spend the time with our kids. His favorite rides would be Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain.

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Up next....Our drive down!

ladylyons 03-29-2013 01:00 AM

March 22 Ė Day 1 Drive Down

This day was actually pretty boring since we do most of the drive down I-5 from the San Francisco Bay Area.

My original plan was to leave after my DH got off work at 3:00 pm but he decided that he could leave work at 11 am so we could get down to Anaheim before Midnight. The new plan then was to leave home by 12:30 pm, we actually left at 1 pm so not too bad considering the last minute packing I had to do after I picked Sarah up from school at 11:30 am and Jeremy up at 11:40 am so I went and got a few last minute things done (nails, bank, etc.) while they were in school and I only had James with me.

Drive down was pretty uneventful except I thought the kids would sleep but nope they were way too excited since they knew we were going to Disneyland! At approx. 4:30 pm I posted this to Facebook:

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Then around 6:30 pm I posted on Facebook that I was really hating LA traffic. Yes we were stuck right in the middle of it with no freeways moving very fast. We took a detour our GPS recommended but I donít know how fast of one it really was. But at least if felt good to be semi moving!!! We finally made it to Fullerton around 8 pm and had dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. My kids love this restaurant!!! Our closest one is about 30 mins away so this is always a special treat for them. I know that's not far but we tend to stick closer to home when we go out to eat. Jeremy loves to get his grilled cheese sandwich with chips and Sarah and James love their spaghetti!!

We finally got to our hotel and checked in by 10 pm!! At approx. 11:30 pm I posted this to facebook:

Good Night!! So happy to be settled into our home away from home for the next 4 nights!!! Get to go visit some friends tomorrow!! Disneyland!!!

We had an early magic morning the next day!! Would we make it or were we too tired from the drive?

kayrosek 03-29-2013 01:57 AM

I'm following along. I saw you had started this TR over on Judy's thread. Can't wait to read all about your trip. Great start so far.

ladylyons 03-29-2013 02:13 AM

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Originally Posted by kayrosek (Post 47943882)
I'm following along. I saw you had started this TR over on Judy's thread. Can't wait to read all about your trip. Great start so far.

Thank you for coming over and saying HI! I'll admit we were horrible about taking pictures this trip but we did have a lot of fun!!! I may have to pull pictures from other trips to share of the different areas of the parks so I don't have updates with no pictures!!

lovethattink 03-29-2013 06:39 AM

I'm here! Great intros.

Moodyzblu 03-29-2013 07:25 AM

Joining in !! :goodvibes

We just took our first trip to Disneyland in October and we loved it !


Looking forward to reading about your trip ! :cool1:

lovethattink 03-29-2013 09:10 AM

That's cute. You go to a spaghetti place and Jeremy gets grilled cheese. I know another boy who would do the same.

Bummer about the traffic, but at least you did make it there before midnight.

mommy2mrb 03-29-2013 10:26 AM

I'm here!! great start! happy you got to leave earlier in the day....hate LA traffic, we always cut over and went through Pasadena and took the back way into DLR was much better!

will catch up after we get home from DLR next week!

kaoden39 03-29-2013 02:56 PM

Hi there!! I can name that road!! And I bet I can name the type of car!! I'm in!!

Linda67 03-29-2013 04:05 PM

Count me in :goodvibes

wiigirl 03-29-2013 04:10 PM

:goodvibes Joining in!

ladylyons 03-30-2013 01:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lovethattink (Post 47944334)
I'm here! Great intros.

Yeah! Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moodyzblu (Post 47944582)
Joining in !! :goodvibes

We just took our first trip to Disneyland in October and we loved it !


Looking forward to reading about your trip ! :cool1:

We love Disneyland!!! We normally go for Christmas but instead did New Year's and then with the way our year went from great to horrible we decided we needed a fresh start and where better to go than Disney!!

Thank you for reading! I'll try to do another update this weekend.

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Originally Posted by lovethattink (Post 47945571)
That's cute. You go to a spaghetti place and Jeremy gets grilled cheese. I know another boy who would do the same.

Bummer about the traffic, but at least you did make it there before midnight.

See they would get along great!!! :rotfl2:

I should be used to traffic but I try not to be on the freeways during commute hours. That's one of the things I love about being a SAHM is I can go to the mall, store, and Costco without all the crowds!! But LA traffic is completely different than Bay Area Traffic!! It's worse!!

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Originally Posted by mommy2mrb (Post 47946295)
I'm here!! great start! happy you got to leave earlier in the day....hate LA traffic, we always cut over and went through Pasadena and took the back way into DLR was much better!

will catch up after we get home from DLR next week!

Have a great trip!!! I know your already gone and I'm sure you're already having a fun!

We usually take a different route too but for some reason Jeff didn't take it this time. :confused3

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Originally Posted by kaoden39 (Post 47948745)
Hi there!! I can name that road!! And I bet I can name the type of car!! I'm in!!

I-5 and I drive a Dodge Grand Caravan that I LOVE!!!!! Glad your here!!

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Originally Posted by Linda67 (Post 47949267)
Count me in :goodvibes

Welcome!!! More to come this weekend sometime!

Quote:

Originally Posted by wiigirl (Post 47949297)
:goodvibes Joining in!

Thanks for coming over!!


I planned on trying to do an update today but alas that didn't happen because I decided to take my kids to our local theme park. We have a season pass and today was opening day. Don't know what I was thinking bringing 3 kids to a theme park by myself!!!! :confused3 It was crazy!!! But we did have a great time and by the time we left and got home we were all ready for naps! The kids were out within minutes of us getting home. It was worth it though to see the smiles on their faces when they got to see and ride some of their favorite rides again.

kaoden39 03-30-2013 01:11 AM

I was right on both counts!! I have traveled that road in a my Grand Caravan a time or two. I'm glad I am here too! Thank you!

ladylyons 03-30-2013 01:43 AM

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Originally Posted by kaoden39 (Post 47953285)
I was right on both counts!! I have traveled that road in a my Grand Caravan a time or two. I'm glad I am here too! Thank you!

:cool1: Awesome!! I figure anyone that's driven down to the LA Area from our areas either take I-5 or HWY 99. We take 5 since it's closer to us. I love my van!! I don't know what I would do without it and all the space we have in it!

ladylyons 03-30-2013 02:14 AM

March 23 Ė Day 2 Ė 1st Day in Disneyland
 
Since I was up I decided to do another update!! Enjoy!!

Today was our Magic Morning day. Iím normally pretty good about knowing what the park hours are going to be but for some reason I didnít do all that this trip. I guess it just comes from being comfortable with going to Disneyland as often as we have since my DH and I went on our first trip together in November 2003.

Our plan was to get up at 5:30 am to make a 7 am Magic Morning opening. The kids did not fall asleep until approx. 11:30 pm the night before so it was going to make for a very difficult morning but it wasnít!! They got up and ready to go with little argument, had their cereal and milk and were ready for our first day!! We were in line waiting for the gates to open by 6:30 am.

James

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Jeremy

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Let us in!!! PLEASE!!

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First stop Ė FANTASYLAND

I love this castle! Sarah asked me why we couldnít live there!! I told her I wish we could!

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Due to the lines and our version not having FP our first ride of the trip was Peter Pan!

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I have no idea why Sarah was crying. She loves these rides but starting on our last trip she started getting scared of the rides but once we were on them she loved them like always!!

Next up was the Carousel: Any chance we get we always let Sarah ride on Mary Poppinsí horse Jingles.

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Love her smiles:

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James:

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Jeremy was not happy riding the carousel at this point in time!!

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Next up was Dumbo:

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We love these early mornings due to the low crowds and we can walk onto everything!!

After Dumbo we took a Wild Ride with Mr. Toad. Again Sarah was not happy.

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I guess James wasnít too happy about it either!!

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After Toad we rode Snow Whiteís Scary Adventure and Pinocchio. Then the kids decided to see if they were worthy or strong enough to pull the sword out of the stone.

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Here comeís reinforcements:

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Next up letís see if we can manage to keep our heads when we go ride Alice!


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