Adventures of a former overseas missionary, pilot's wife, and mom of 4 girls

Better late than never… Disneyland! August 28, 2013

Filed under: Kids,Travel — junglewife @ 12:07 pm



Way back in February we had the chance to take the kids to Disneyland on our return to Indonesia.  I’m trying to get caught up on some pictures and so am sharing them with you now 🙂


Me with “Granny” Karen who is a good friend of my parents and honorary grandma to my girls 🙂

She drove up from her home to visit with us for a few hours while we were at Disney.


Walking from our hotel to Disneyland with Granny Karen.


In front of the Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney. The girls got to meet the bird Elmo who put on quite a show for us!


Claire with Elmo

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Cute butts! The girls just had to sit on these fun barstools at the Rainforest Cafe!

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Selfie of Dan and Claire on the Dumbo ride

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Look, Mom! No hands!

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The girls picked out stuffies at Build-A-Bear as their souvenirs from Disney (thank you, Granny Karen!)

Claire picked a white kitty

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And Natalie picked a dog with mickey mouse ears on its paws and ears. She named it Disney 🙂

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Riding the teacups!  The girls liked it so much we rode this one several times in the days we were there!

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The princesses were a HUGE hit, especially with Claire. I didn’t even think about bringing princess dresses with me for Claire to wear while at Disneyland (like we saw so many other girls wearing), but thankfully she didn’t complain. She was just happy that she got to meet Jasmine, her favorite princess!


The girls liked Jasmine so much we had to wait in line to meet her again later in the day!

This time Claire remembered to bring her new Jasmine doll to show to Jasmine the princess 🙂


They also met Tiana (from Princess and the Frog)


And Belle from Beauty and the Beast


We did go back one night for a parade. Since it was the off-season, the park closed relatively early and there weren’t parades/fireworks every night, but we did enjoy the one we saw, despite the mechanical difficulties they had with some of the floats!

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Dan especially enjoyed hearing the jazz bands perform.

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Enjoying beautiful Disneyland!

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Natalie didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the Dumbo ride… she kept saying “No, don’t go higher!” since we could control the height of the rockets on this ride!

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Radiator Springs was definitely the highlight of our visit to California Adventure!


Riding on the tractors at Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. At every ride they give the warnings in both English and Spanish. Usually the Spanish is in the same voice on every ride but on this one it was all done in Mater’s voice. It was SO funny listening to the Spanish spoken in his distinctive drawl!

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The girls enjoyed trading pins with the cast members. I bought lanyards and some pins from Ebay before we went, and then the girls had pins to trade while we were there without having to spend $5/pin at the souvenir stores.


The girls LOVED riding the carousels. There was hardly ever any wait, so they were able to ride over and over if they wanted to!

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In our hotel room in Anaheim. (Yes, we were on our way back to Indonesia… see the luggage piled up almost to the ceiling behind me to the right!)

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Can you tell Claire has spent most of her life in Asia?! This is what Asians do when their picture is taken 🙂

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About to ride the Ferris wheel.

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Meeting Jessie (from Toy Story)


Enjoying a parade at California Adventure. We didn’t even know there was going to be a parade that afternoon until we saw everyone gathering. It was easy to get a good spot along the parade route and so nice and relaxing to just sit and enjoy it.


And finally, a nice swim in our hotel pool. It looks MUCH warmer than it actually was!

So, that was our Disney vacation. Maybe in another 5 (or 10) years we can do it again!


One Response to “Better late than never… Disneyland!”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    Happiness is….a trip to Disneyland. What happy little girls in every picture!

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