Well Dean has been well and truly bitten by the Disneyland bug. I told him it was contagious. I’ve been carrying it around for ten years and going back just felt like going home.
We loved pretty much everything about California (the small part we got to see!). Santa Monica is lovely. Hollywood was interesting you could say and not anywhere we will be rushing back to. At least we can say we’ve been there done that.
Shopping oh the shopping! Seriously ripped off back down here in little ole NZ. I mean come on Ralph Lauren Jeans for $20 USD VS $180 NZD. And the selection even for things like toys was about triple what we get here. So we did a fair bit of shopping. Was a bit like Xmas morning when the boys got home from school that afternoon. Did all their Xmas shopping too so that’s all been put away until December. We did Citadel which was awesome and of course we hit Walmart, Target and a couple of little shoe and dickies shops.
Baseball game was a tonne of fun and lucky for us we were surrounded by Yankees fans! Go the Yankees! And go that massive nacho hat bowl – omg so goooood! Definitely a must do at a game along with a nice big Corona. Fantastic atmosphere and gotta love the Rally Monkey!
I’m really glad we did another day at Disneyland especially as Indiana Jones had reopened (was supposed to be open the first day we went but wasn’t quite ready yet!). Even though it broke down nine times the cast members were fantastic and we got given free fast passes to use on any other ride in either park (apart from Radiator Springs Racers and World of Color). Taking Dean to Disneyland in fact Cal in general was like taking an excited child. Man he was so cute! We had a blast pulling different faces on rides, single rider is awesome as we weren’t worried about being in the same ride together all the time. Half the time we got on the same ride together anyway! 5 min wait VS an hour wait for the Matterhorn I know what I will choose every time! Fireworks were magical, food was pretty damn good. Can highly recommend the Firehouse Sundae from the Icecream Parlour on Main St. We didn’t try a Dole Whip but have added it to our must do’s for next time.
Downtown Disney is just a fun place to hang out. I didn’t have a churro in the parks but got one there and it was my little piece of dessert heaven.
Yes there will be a next time! Next year December actually with all the boys. Watch out California Team Hildreth is coming and we bring the fun! The boys are excited and Eli will be tall enough for most of the rides (just over 40 inches). We’re planning on doing two weeks in California and doing LEGOLAND and a Chargers game too. We were going to wait until Eli was about 8 but decided life’s too short so California here we come!