The One with Disneyland 3.13.13


Thursday, March 14, 2013

I took the kids to Disneyland all by myself today. Husbandless. Friendless. Just me with Fox and Jane. It was.... an adventure? Really, it was fun, I mean, it's Disneyland. But wow.  I'm e.x.h.a.u.s.t.e.d. Chris has been at a 7am-6pm rotation all week. Is school over yet? Two more months... I decided that to make the time pass by faster we'd hit up Dland. I set my alarm for 6:45am and we were out the door at 8am. The tram ride is one of the best parts - Fox just lights up cuz he knows exactly where he is. | The trees are all in bloom.
Main Street.
Fox appropriately wore his Mickey Mouse hat today.
It wasn't terribly crowded upon opening at 9am, but I kept seeing groups of kids there on Spring Break. Is Spring Break always in March? I thought it was in April? So by the time we left it was super crowded. It always is though, haha. | A stained glass window reflection at the entrance of Pinocchio. 
Pinocchio | Everything was going dandy, great even. We had gone on Snow White, Pinocchio, and the Casey Junior Train. Then we got in line for Dumbo... We were the first ones to not make the cut for getting on so we had to wait another round and Fox had a tantrum to the extreme. And then they had to let a wheelchair rider get on and that took another 7.35 minutes. I think Fox gets his impatience from me - which is in turn from my dad. Thanks Dald :)
Once we were on Dumbo, Fox did not want to put the seatbelt on and had yet another screaming tantrum. People were staring at me... I just whispered words of comfort and what nots and he calmed down, buckled up, and we took off. | Standing in line for the Storybook Boats, we saw a momma duck with lots of babies. Awww sooooo cute!
We were almost to the front of the line for Storybook Boats when it closed down. Tantrum number three ensued... holy moly. Meanwhile Jane was being a good baby as always, thank goodness.
To appease and distract Fox we went on King Arthur's Carousel. He LOVES that ride. I was scared he wouldn't want to get off like he's done in the past, but he did, and I was grateful.
Casey Junior Train | View atop Dumbo | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | It's a Small World
Fox was good throughout the entire It's a Small World ride (Jane fell asleep) until we were about 5 boats from disembarking and then he wanted to play in the water and I said no and he had a tantrum. This is more tantrums than he usually has in a day so I figured something must be up. I planned to get him some food. But then, as we were exiting the ride, there's a toy store. Always trouble. I let him wander around for a few minutes and then I said it was time to go and once again he flopped to the floor and screamed bloody murder. I picked him up to take him back to the stroller and once I got there I noticed one of his shoes was missing. Perfect. So we had to go back to the scene of the crime and ask the gals at the register if they had a shoe. Thankfully, someone so graciously found and returned it. I don't know what we would have done if he had lost his shoe! Left? Bought some shoes? I'm just glad it didn't come to that.
We needed a breather so we got some lunch. I really don't want to complain, but lunch was the only time Jane was fussy. Fox was good. Jane was bad. Can I get a break? :) I was determined to have a good time though, and trudged on with the day.
Exiting It's a Small World | Haunted Mansion | Winnie the Pooh | Tiki Room
We ate at the French Market which is right by the train and since Fox loves trains of course he wanted to go on it. Gladly! He even remembered there are dinosaurs and loved going through that part. 
Another Fox incident: While on the train, Fox was playing with his cars (because he still likes to carry toys around at all times) and accidentally dropped one of the cars off the back of the train. Well shoot. I told him sorry, we'll just have to forget it! But, we were at a stop, and he was freaking out and screaming, so we got off, told one of the employees, and after the train left she went across the tracks and retrieved Fox's car. We waited for the next train and got back on so we could ride it back to our stroller parked across the park.
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Waiting outside The Haunted Mansion. I love that Fox loves ghosts :) | A pretty fountain.
Fox still didn't want to go on Pirates. Sad! It's one of my faves!
At this point we'd been at Disneyland for 5 hours. It was hot (my car said it was 94 degrees!!!!!), crowded, and we were all tired. So we made one last stop at the Tiki Room. I was standing in the shade with Jane when I looked up and saw that Fox was moochin' a Dole Whip from these nice people! What a ham!
Jane conked out during the performance.
Two minutes into our drive home, Fox conked out.
Ok. So. All-in-all, it was fun. Super fun. Minus all the tantrums. I'm thinking I'll wait a few weeks or months before I attempt taking them both by myself again :)

12 comments

  1. Great post! I'm sorry Fox was being so difficult before lunch....But I'm proud of you for being brave enough to take them both by yourself. I would never have the guts to take those two by my lonesome.

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  2. Was it weird that that lady was sharing a spoon with Fox? I don't know how I would've felt...

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  3. Oh Paige! I feel ya on the tantrums. I was there on Tuesday and we had several flops. The boys had one in between dumbo and the carousel...i just stood there as they both were laying on the floor screaming. I just looked at people that passed and said "happiest place on earth right?!" Haha!!!

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  4. This post makes me so happy because my Parents and Brother were at Disneyland on TUES!!!!!! HE was out there for a Piano Competition and took nationals and won a brand new Steinway!!!! They just back to Delta tonight!

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  5. Sorry you had such a hard time with Fox -- proud of you for doing it by yourself! Great pics!

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  6. You are braver than me! I don't think I could do It with one!

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  7. You are super brave. I have a hard enough time taking both of my kids to the grocery store. Or the library. Or church. Or anywhere...

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  8. wow you are seriously brave and such a great mom!! so lucky to live near Disney...I could never do a park like that solo, can't go on the rides with the kiddos unless I want the ultimate dizzy spell! ha

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  9. Awww, you are making me miss Disneyland all over again! So sorry for all the tantrums! If only we were all able to go when we were in town!! You are a champ for even doing this though! Going to Disneyland with just one baby sounds hard enough as it is!!

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  10. It is so hard to go without help! Way to go!!! :):)

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  11. Wow, you are super mom for doing this!

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