THE pepper EXPRESS: Solin's First Trip to Disneyland - Part Two

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Solin's First Trip to Disneyland - Part Two

After an amazing day in Disneyland in my previous post. We decided to go another day and buy a Two-Day Park Hopper Ticket. Earlier in the morning I had ran the Disneyland 5K, so we had a early start to our day. We were able to get to the gate around 8 am, which allowed us to walk into the park and line up at the ropes on Main St. The Cast Members were very entertaining. Alice and the Mad Hatter walked by playing silly games and signing autographs. While the other Cast Members answered our Star Wars questions.  
While we waited for the ropes to come down, I let Solin run around and explore. She has this infatuation with horses right now and found the hitching post fascinating:
When she would get aggravated we would pull out our secret inventory of bubbles and let her run around catching them:
Being at the front rope is always a great idea because you get to choose which ride you want to ride first. The guide books tells you to run straight to Peter Pan Flight... and that's what we did. The Cast Members specifically tell you to not run. But once that rope is let loose everyone runs through the castle and into the line of Peter Pan's Flight. We had our stroller with us, therefore we had to find stroller parking in Fantasyland. This delayed us a couple minutes and by the time we made it to the line; the wait was already at 30 minutes!!
Next on our list was Snow White's Scary Adventure which was darker than I remembered. Pinocchio's Daring Journey was a delight. And Dumbo the Flying Elephant is required when you have a one year old toddler. The line was longer than I remember for Dumbo. Solin became a little restless in the line, but we usually had different toys to entertain her with.
While on the Dumbo ride, Solin caught a glimpse of the King Arthur Carousel. She started yelling "Horsey, Horsey!" and was thrilled to see the horses of Camelot:
She was so happy should couldn't handle herself:
Since it was just the three of us it was very difficult to take a family photo. The Cast Members are always willing to take the photo for you. It never hurts to ask:
Disneyland snacks are expensive but they are always a great treat to have:
And you can't leave the park with out having a Mickey Pretzel:
After we had a couple snacks it was nap time for Solin, and time for RJ and I to ride share on Star Tours. While RJ was on the ride I was able to find my Tomorrowland Pin in the gift shop along with my Birthday Pin they gave me at the cash register.
And I also asked for a pin for Solin:
I recommend all parents to utilize the Ride Share Pass. My husband and I would get our Fast Passes and then when my husband would watch the baby; I would walk up to the attendant and ask them for the Ride Share Pass. Then they would give me the red land yard. To help with waiting in the long lines we made sure to use the Ride Share Pass during our Fast Pass time limit: 
By the way Space Mountain is my favorite ride in Disneyland:
I decided to Disneybound as Casey Newton from the new movie Tomorrowland. I was able to find an adorable matching hat HERE and wear comfortable overalls with a flannel around my waste. I chose to wear my Salt Water Sandals because they are comfortable enough to wear all day, plus Solin has a pair too!
After running around Disneyland in the morning we walked over to Disney's California Adventure and  decided to ride the Toy Story Mania with Solin:
3D glasses were required:
She found another carousel and was excited while mommy waved from the side lines:
Waiting in lines were not so easy. Sometimes it was difficult to keep her in such a confined small space. So I would let her walk around and talk to other kids or we would go and get a snack while daddy waited in line for us:
In the middle of California Adventures is Grizzly Peak where you can find the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail which is only for children. You are required to have a child in order to go in this ride LOL! We were able to walk over bridges and play in creeks. Solin found a few other kids to play along with while sliding down the slide:
By this time I needed a nap myself. So we walked back to our hotel and took a nap and bought dinner out side of the park. Then we returned well rested and ready for the night weather:
We had Fast Passes for Soarin'  Over California and while we used the ride share passes we let Solin play with some of the glow sticks we brought. These glow sticks entertained her for hours. They were great to bring along in the lines:
After riding Monsters Inc we walked back to Disneyland and rode the Train while the Fireworks and Fantasmics were in full action:
Then I had to get another snack because the smell of popcorn was AMAZING:
I recommend riding the Mad Tea Party at night time... it's something else::
The last two days were very exhausting. We decided to call the night early at 9 pm and head back to our hotel using the Monorail:
After taking the monorail to Downtown Disney we walked by the Lego Store and had to stop in and look at the crazy displays:
Solin was tired. But she was still willing to organize all of the legos into their correct container.
Overall it was an incredible trip that happen based off of happenstance. A completely spontaneous trip for my husband and daughter. Even though we were not able to bring our older kids (they personally declined the option of going to Disneyland)... but it turned out to be an amazing trip for just the three of us!
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