Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Disneyland with a One-Year-Old

Yesterday, I did something that some people might not understand.  I took a baby (with no older siblings) to Disneyland.  My youngest daughter accompanied us.  True, it's nearly impossible the baby will remember her visit, and we did not ride many rides, but we enjoyed ourselves by focusing our attention on the atmosphere of the Happiest Place on Earth.
Just look at all those smiling faces!

Rides comprise only a small part of the total Disney experience.  When we first entered Main Street, our first stop was a stop at City Hall to pick up a complimentary "1st Visit" badge.  (Oh, and I almost forgot to mention--Disneyland admission is free for the under-3 set!) Then we spent a little bit of time just looking, wide-eyed, at the sights and people.


Because the car ride to Disneyland took a while, we were ready to eat shortly after arriving in the park.  We ate while watching Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, my "don't miss" group at Disneyland.  As I suspected, the show mesmerized my granddaughter.


We actually caught two performances of the Jingle Jangle Jamboree.
While we were in the Big Thunder Ranch area, we visited with various Disney characters, as well as Santa.  (We skipped Mickey, though, after granddaughter's less-than-enthusiastic reaction to Minnie.)




 
We did manage two rides:  Small World and Winnie the Pooh.  Both provided catchy music and lots of happy figures for granddaughter to enjoy.


This expression belies her delight with "Small World."
After a couple of rides, a couple of shows, and no nap, we headed toward the park exit. The goal of any theme park visit is to leave while people are still happy.  We made it, but barely.  





Why do I think this expression may return in her teenage years?

Granddaughter conked out as soon as we got in the car, and she slept soundly the entire ride home.

The number one reason for taking granddaughter to Disneyland?  It gave us something fun to do together while her mom was in the hospital delivering a new baby sister!  
 
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Thanks for granddaughters!

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8 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun day: her expressions are priceless!

    Congratulations on the new arrival.

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  2. You're a brave woman who looks like she had a great time! :) Great pictures!!

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  3. Congratulations on the birth of your new granddaughter - I'm awaiting that blessing myself, real soon :)
    I'm so glad you had such a lovely day at Disney - good friends of ours took their grandchildren on holiday there, recently (we're from the UK), and they loved their visit :)

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  4. Wow.congratulations on the birth of your new grand baby
    What a nice thing to do..I love Disneyland.

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  5. Congratulations!! I can't believe she's delivering already. It seems like you just announced she was expecting!
    I can't think of many better ways to spend a beautiful day than wandering around Disney. Looks like you had fun.

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  6. Congratulations on the baby sister! Your day at Disneyland looks like it was a huge success. BTW, I love how you have covered faces with little smile face icons! What a great idea and I may try doing the same with some of the school pictures. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks! I edited in picmonkey, but I imagine other photo-editing programs have similar capabilities. I wanted to use that photo, but I didn't want to show faces of people without permission. (I figured I was safe with the park employees, but used the smiley faces for the others.) Glad you found that useful!

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  7. Congratulations on the new arrival!! So exciting. She is adorable, her face in that last picture is priceless! Thanks for sharing your special day. I haven't been there in a long time, it's nice to see pictures! Great post. Lots of thankful!

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