As part of the holiday celebrations at Disneyland, Disney invited 50 mommy bloggers, and their families, to attend a weekend of fun at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney Parks in Anaheim. I was blessed to be one of the mommy bloggers invited… one of only 10 from outside the Southern California area.
The trip was for a family of four, but because the max for the room they booked for us could sleep 5, we were able to make special arrangements to include Julia. Josh, Ben and Noah were excited to get to have a weekend of fun, without the big kids, at Mimi and Poppy’s house, even though I felt bad we couldn’t bring them along!
We really didn’t want Josh to feel left out, so we managed to keep the details of our trip a secret. We didn’t tell the older kids we were taking them anywhere until Monday evening, and even then they had no idea what was in store for them!
Friday morning we began our mini-vacation by heading to the airport. Due to major fog our flight was delayed by almost 3 hours, but we finally made it to sunny (and warm) Los Angeles after a very short flight.
Ray and I waited patiently for our shuttle to arrive, knowing that once it did the surprise would be revealed. Once it truly sunk in that we were going to DISNEYLAND they couldn’t contain their excitement… The looks on the kiddos’ faces were priceless, let me tell you!
A special reception was planned for Friday evening, so after checking in and freshening up a bit, off we headed from the Disneyland Hotel to Downtown Disney and the Grand Californian Hotel. There we were greeted by Minnie Mouse and the friendly members of the Disney cast and PR team. Belle, Goofy and Mickey Mouse all made appearances through the evening, and we were served a delicious dinner.
While the kiddos cut out reindeer, got airbrushed “tattoos”, and gorged on cookies and snowflake shaped rice krispy treats, we moms got to hear all about the sweet creations that are so popular at Disneyland at Christmastime. (more on that later) The evening festivities were followed by special “seating” for the fireworks and the Fantasmic light show at Disneyland. What spectacular shows!
As part of all the fun last night I got to see bloggy buddies I had only met online, see some I hadn’t seen in a while, as well as meet new friends. And today, after spending the entire day at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney, we got to watch the fireworks from the warmth of our room here at the Disneyland Hotel!
I can’t wait to tell you more about the fun we’ve had, and what I learned about the Holidays at Disneyland…
For now, though, I must rest up for another exciting day at the parks tomorrow.