It IS a Small World

Okay, so while I was writing the contest post, I figured that Miss GoLightly would figure it out – where we spent Valentine’s day – the moment she saw the photo. She and her little Harrison may get to visit the “Happiest place on Earth” even more than we do! (Thanks again for the help, Uncle Jeff!)

But, a lot of you knew where we were, and GL just happened to be a little quicker on the draw, so I gotta give it to her! (And one of these days we are going to get to actually meet up there, GL!)

So yes, we did spend the day at Disneyland. It was very, very fun. Em and Ad got to go on It’s a Small World for the first time (they had been on it before, but were just too little to remember it – or had slept through it!), and I think it is definitely Addie’s favorite. Of course, it didn’t hurt that when they just renovated it, they put in some of her favorite characters like Cinderella and…

A new addition to Small World

Oh, yes. It is, to Addie’s pure delight, Ariel.

Don’t worry Small World purists – they did a wonderful job adding the new characters. It is truly well done, and doesn’t distract from the charming, retro feel of the ride, in the least. I’m not quite sure how they do it, but they did do it, yet again. It doesn’t matter how many times I visit, I still get giddy, and just…happy being there. It is so easy to just let all of your “adultness” go, and just be an awestruck kid.

Arriving via monorail

Anyhow, on to the fun. We are working on riding every ride, so we tried to fit in ones we had never been on before. Of course we had to do some of the favorites again. There are some like Pirates and Space Mountain that we have to do every single time we go.

Last time we were there we realized that Addie was actually tall enough to ride the Matterhorn and she really wanted to try it. She liked the rollercoaster part, but when we got off she kept saying, “I just don’t like that scary monster (abominable snowman) part!”

waiting to get on the Matterhorn

But she wanted to go again this time, so we did. She still doesn’t like the “monster” part, but I think it has been added to the list of “must dos” when we return again.

It is the little rides that sometimes make the biggest hits, though. We did the Rocketships in Tomorrowland, which admittedly, we had never waited to do with the girls, and J. and I never did on our own. They are fun…

Driving the rocket

…especially if you can figure out how to get them to “fly,” right Em & Daddy?

Trying to figure out the rockets...

All in all, it was a perfect Valentine’s day.

The castle at dusk

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5 Responses to “It IS a Small World”


  1. 1 Elisa February 16, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Who doesn’t love Disney? We’ve been to Disney World twice with the kids (I had never been to any Disney places as a kid) and I just love it!
    Even my hubby was entralled – if not with the place then with the magic it worked over his family. We were enchanted. The first time we saw Cinderella’s castle he said, “I didn’t know who to look at – you were just as excited and spellbound as the kids were!”

    How they do it – I don’t know – but they do it!

  2. 2 MelodyA. February 16, 2009 at 6:21 am

    I’m a little bummed about the small world ride but if you say they did a good job then I’ll trust you.

  3. 3 Christina February 16, 2009 at 6:52 am

    It sure does sound like a greay V-Day! Especially to someone like me who has NEVER been too Disney and really wants to! Good thing I have a daughter to give me the excuse. :o)

    Is Ariel still Addie’s #1? She’s fallen out of favor here. It was Cinderella for a while, and now it changes on a daily basis.

    Oh, and Ad’s little heart barette looks like a Jen exclusive!

  4. 4 MommyBrain February 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Sounds like a great valentine’s day! DH and I were in Disneyland almost 4 years ago. It was part of our “let’s take a big vacation before the baby comes” trip to CA. I’m looking forward to taking the girls to Disney World someday. I doubt we’ll be able to take a cross-country flight for many, many years, so Disneyland is probably off the table.

  5. 5 Martha February 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    It looks like you all had a fabulous time. Just looking at the pictures gives me the happy child like feeling you get when you go to Disney. I just love that feeling.


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