Well, we finally did it. We bit the bullet and took Jack to Disneyland, and let me tell you it was absolutely worth it. We decided to time the trip for a day when the ever-generous Mimi and Grandpa could watch Coop. We had just been through the Halloween and Thanksgiving season, and Jack had loved those two holidays, so we thought his first trip to Disneyland coupled with X-mas decorations would make an ideal first trip.
We didn’t let Jack in on the plans until the morning of, and we got some hilarious video of him saying he didn’t want to go, without any idea of what he was getting into–I can totally understand! Luckily, as we drove closer to Disneyland he got more and more excited.
Seeing Disneyland from a 3-year-old’s perspective was exhilarating as even little things like parking on Donald Duck’s level meant pure excitement.
Once in the park we made sure to snap a quick intro photo, which were rushed as we had been warned to try and get over to It’s a Small World as soon as possible to avoid a long line there. We popped into the first little store, though, in order to make sure we got Jack his 1st Visit pin. For a kid that’s overly partial about his shoes and hats and rarely keeps either on for an extended period, Jack never once tried to take that pin off.
Once properly pinned we bolted over to It’s a Small World and if you follow the photos, Jack’s face told an amazing story of bewilderment to awe to excitement as he got comfortable on the ride. Next we stopped in for the Tea Cups and Jack had the time of his life riding that, laughing over and over again about us possibly spinning into another cup. He loved getting to pick the color of the tea cup, a theme that lasted throughout the day.
While going from ride to ride he started talking about characters, and for whatever reason, he decided that Pluto was the character he wanted to meet that day. While Sarah took care of business at the Baby Center (thank you Disneyland for having a place for moms to pump), Jack and I cruised over to Toon Town where Jack had a hilarious interaction with Pluto, that character knew just how to get a timid kid laughing. While there Jack then decided to also meet Mickey and Donald.
Sarah here: When I joined the crew in Toon Town we were able to head over to to the Christmas parade. Jack got a nice view on Brandon’s shoulders, and we all treated ourselves to Dole Whips after the parade. Soon after, Jack also got a chance to try his luck at the sword in the stone. No luck this year! We were able to go on more rides as it got darker, and it was such a treat to see all of Disneyland covered in extra lights for Christmas. It was a pretty magical day.
Rides – we never waited more than 25 minutes for any rides and most were only 10-15 minutes.
- It’s A Small World – Our first ride that was all decorated for Christmas
- Teacups – Jack had a blast wondering if we would hit the wall
- Buzz Light Year Ride – Jack may have gotten more points than me (Sarah)
- Autopia – Jack got to drive, and he was very serious about it
- Tiki Room – Jack was enthralled the entire time by singing birds and plants
- Jungle Cruise – There is still some element of thrill in this ride for kids
- Pirates of the Caribbean – Jack admitted it was scary but didn’t ever say he wanted off the ride or wanted to close his eyes
- Who Framed Roger Rabit – Surprisingly had one of the longer lines and tougher fast passes.
- Pinocchio – This ride was scarier than I remembered; luckily Jack didn’t seem to phased by it
- Alice in Wonderland – We learned that this is one of the top kids rides at the park. It has an indoor and outdoor portion which, admittedly, was cool
- Some non-ride activities we got in were trying the Sword in the Stone, watching It’s a Small World’s Christmas lights turn on, going into Mickey’s House, playing in the Tarzan Tree House, and lunch at Bear Country.
So all in all an incredible day at Disneyland not just for Jack but for all of us. We should also mention that the night before Coop had slept awfully and I’d guess we didn’t get more than 4 hours of sleep that night. Amazing what some Disneyland and copious amounts of coffee and sugar can do for you.