Adventuring to Disneyland in 2016: Day 4, part 1- Disneyland

Today was the day- a full day in Disneyland!

We needed to meet the group at 7:30am at the vase in the lobby of our resort, The Grand Californian Resort and Spa. Once we were all together, we headed over to the park- a full hour before the general public.

Once in side the gates, we took pictures by the train station…

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Then it was time to head to Main Street USA…

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This was just so serene to me… I lingered back quite a bit, trying to take it all in. It was so peaceful…

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Then we approached Sleeping Beauty’s Castle…IMG_1948 IMG_1950 IMG_1951

Lo and Michael asked us to wear our most dazzling blue… made for a really great family picture…

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and some fun ones too!

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Then it was time for Breakfast at the Plaza!

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Breakfast was a delicious buffet with quite a few options…IMG_1956 IMG_1957 IMG_1958 IMG_1959 IMG_1960 IMG_1961 IMG_1962 IMG_1963

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As far as characters- there a quite a few- Minnie hosts it but we were visited by quite an assortment of different characters we had never experienced in Walt Disney World.

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And then this just made my vacation…

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After catching my breath…we waited outside for everyone to assemble (the park was now open) and then we were split into our groups again- we were headed towards King Arthur Carrousel. Mikey was Lo’s assistant and was given the Paddle of Power for our walk…

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Mikey was not quick about giving up any of his new found “power” even on the carrousel!
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I even found MY favorite horse!IMG_2016 IMG_2017

The kids tried to free the sword from the stone…

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Then we were off to the Matterhorn Bobsleds!

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Our next stop was over to The Indiana Jones Adventure for a special, backstage look at this amazing attraction. Again, no pictures backstage- but I can assure this “Disney Difference” impressed everyone in our group- we even got the opportunity to check out a vehicle and make it move in all sorts of different directions! Then we got to ride this attraction (the first of many- this was a huge hit for our family!)- through the exit, attracting the attention of guests exiting the attraction, warning all of us we were going the wrong way. 😉

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After that, we boarded the Congo Queen inside the Jungle Cruise attraction…one of Walt Disney’s favorites.

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After our cruise, we were split back onto our groups again … our group headed on the Pirates of the Caribbean and then somewhere very special…

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Our visit was simply amazing and magical… I promise to tell you all  about it “real soon”!

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