After my first great night of sleep on our vacation, we woke up early and ventured to Disneyland. Kennedy wore her special Snow White dress that my mom made for her to meet the princesses in. She was so excited to get in and start riding the rides. Of course, we had to ride the Snow White ride first. Besides being a little scary for a 2 year old, she liked it and was ready for Pinocchio. That ride was even more scary as she was on the side where the big whale looks like it is going to eat you. She screamed "DADDY" when the whale came, but then she seemed okay. At least I thought she was. But when we went to get on Small world, she said that she did not want to go because it was "too scary". We had to do some convincing that there were no scary things on that ride and she ended up very happy after it was over.
After spending an hour in line meeting Mickey and Minnie (which I need to get pictures of from my dad), we went over to California Adventure to eat at Ariel's Grotto. I have to suggest this place for anyone that has daughters that LOVE Disney princesses! Before you are seated, you walk down a spiral staircase and get to meet Ariel.
Then you are seated and get a plethora of appetizers for your table. Next, they announce the princesses one by one and they stop by each table to meet and greet your little "princess". The food was pretty good, but REALLY expensive. I guess you are paying for the great atmosphere though. When the first princess came by our table (Jasmine), it seemed like Kennedy was in shock! Kennedy did not say a word! She just hugged her and showed off her beautiful dress to her.
Snow White came next and Kennedy was in heaven! It was hard to get her to smile during the pictures because she was in such shock that she was meeting THE Snow White! It was so cute to watch how she interacted with her. (it was so cute that Kennedy wanted to put her wig on when Snow White came. She wanted to look just like her!)
Aurora came next.
And then, my favorite, Cinderella. Cinderella was so sweet to Kennedy. She twirled around with her like a princess and hugged her and talked with her longer than any of the others. She really made Kennedy feel special.
Finally, the lunch ended with a yummy desert. The shell and the Ariel were made of white chocolate and the cake had melted chocolate in the middle to dip the fruit in. It was such a fun lunch with all of the princesses.
We spent the rest of the day going on rides. Surprisingly, Kennedy's favorite ride was the scariest one! Haunted Mansion! She was not afraid at all. In fact, she asked to go on it again as soon as it was done. For those of you who know my daughter, she is obsessed with Scooby Doo, haunted houses and ghosts. She looked at every ghost on the ride and said "that ghost is so pretty!" lol. She is a nut!
By the time fireworks ended, both kids were passed out in the stroller. I went on a "big kid" ride with my step dad (splash mountain), and then we went home (to my aunts house) to sleep before doing it all over again the very next day!
Stay tuned for Part 3 tomorrow: Disneyland part 2 and the beach