Grace made her first visit to Disneyland on Wednesday. She is free until she turns three, so our window is closing next week. We left Luke in the able hands of his grandma (thanks Omi!) and successfully gambled that a midweek crowd would be manageable.
What's more, the opressive heat from the previous weekend had passed and we were left with a beautiful day with just enough sunshine and just enough of a cool breeze.
Grace wasn't sure quite what to make of the experience at first, but she really was a great little trooper. We started with the carousel, and moved on to Dumbo and the little train and boat rides. She really liked all of them, but absolutely LOVED the teacups, particularly when we spun around really fast. We rode the orange one.
She didn't much care for Alice in Wonderland, or any such ride that went inside where they became dark and loud. There were thankfully no freak-outs or melt-downs, but we could tell she was apprehensive during those rides. Pirates & the Haunted Mansion will have to wait until she is a little older.
The one ride that topped the teacups was the roller coaster in Mickey's Toon Town. Turns out our little girl feels the need for speed. I held the camera just in front of us and let it record during the ride just to see if I could get anything usable, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
We powered straight through from 9:30 until just after 5:00. Going without a nap is unusual for Grace, and she was really, really tired when, with her ice cream cone melting down her hands, she looked up and sighed, "I love Dis-a-nee-land. I love my ice cream."
Well, I've always loved ice cream. And now I love Disneyland.