Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Happiest Place on Earth!

Just a couple weeks ago, my mother and I embarked on a journey for just us girls. We were headed to LA! On the list of things to do would be a trip to Rodeo Drive, a view of the Hollywood sign, two days in Disneyland, and then some beach time if we could fit it in before the flight home. We had a lot to pack into just 4 days. We were successful though, and made time to do and see everything we wanted--plus much more! Below are some photos to chronicle the trip. Some of my favorite parts were: driving around at night in all the traffic, listening to silly top 40 music trying to find our way back to our hotel; having amazing weather that we were not expecting for usually-hot LA; finding Fashion Island and buying the coolest pair of blue suede stilettos; and enjoying an absolutely gorgeous hotel with such nice staff and the ever-important free breakfast! Disneyland is always wonderful. I didn't remember a whole lot from when I was 10 and was visiting the first time. It was great to see it from an older perspective. If there's one thing it did, it restored my faith in humanity. The park and its visitors were such a breath of fresh air. There were little kids, dressed like little kids (not mini adults). There were parents actually parenting, "Bless you's" said after sneezes, "Excuse me's" from everyone bumping through the crowd. Couples kissed and fell in love again, kids' eyes lit up at the magic of it all, and people from all walks of life, from all countries, ethnicities, and religions, came together without prejudices. People helped each other. No one pushed or cut in line. Everyone smiled. So beyond Disney's enchanted rides and attractions, bright shows and sparkly characters--he created peace---even if only on a few acres. I enjoyed the experience thoroughly, and couldn't have asked for better companionship. My mother is a treat to travel with, and is as swept away by fairy tales and magic as I am. With grins we entered the park, and teary eyes we left. We played and joked and shared having no cares in the world. A beautiful time was had by all, and the memories will last a lifetime.

The rest of the family wondered how we'd do traveling together. We sent this picture, saying we were hating it! LOL. Of course, we were only joking!

When my mom said we should do something silly on the plane I said "No! We're gonna be classy on the plane!" Only because I planned to surprise her with tiaras for our "Disney princess trip!"

The night we flew in, we drove an hour north to see Rodeo Drive and all the big fancy houses.

Then it was time for Disneyland! I always cry when I see the castle for the first time... LOL

We started with my fave ride, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and after that we headed to the teacups!

Next up was a trip to the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique! We were the oldest folks there and definitely made everyone's day! We looked like very pretty princesses when we were done! :)

We had never been to California Adventure before, and were very impressed! The big ferris wheel was great!

One of my favorite parts of Disneyland is "New Orleans!" (Complete with fancy buildings and beads!) It is here that you find the amazing restaurant Blue Bayou. I was so excited to finally eat there!

We had a lot of fun running around Tom Sawyer's Island. (Looks like she's got a little captain in her!) LOL

This is the sign you pass under as you enter the magical land of Disney. :) I love it!

California Adventure was beautiful at night!

Our beautiful hotel lobby!

One of the beaches in the town of Laguna Beach!

We really enjoyed ourselves on Huntington Beach!

What a gorgeous beach! We had fun in the waves before we had to fly back home.

Thanks for sharing my adventure with me!


  1. It looks like you and your mom had a wonderful, happy time and that's GREAT.


  2. You touched on the one aspect that I didn't fit in on my blog. Bad of me! How delightful and friendly everyone in California was. I was so touched by the couple who helped you find the arm for your glasses at the World of Color, to everyone wanting to help take a pic of the two of us together, to how the Cast Members at Disney ALWAYS want to make it right for you. It was such an awesome trip, and I will be sure to return to the Happiest Place on Earth! LYS

  3. crapping rainbows just sounds painful ; )

  4. Hi! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. :-D
    You were in Huntington Beach; that's where I live! I'm a native Californian, raised in OC and have been in HB since 1980. I hope you enjoyed it! It looks like you and your mom had a wonderful time. Precious. Disneyland is still magical to me.


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