All you need is a little Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

It’s no secret…. I’m a DISNEY DORK.  Loud & proud!

Just a couple of cast members excited for their new jobs.

I grew up going to Disney World, and fun fact: I even worked there as an intern in the Spring 2008 College Program. In my opinion, Disney does a great job at keeping the magic alive for it’s employees, or cast members, I should say.  I would love to talk more about that in a future post.

Can we all have a moment of silence for that really sexy hairdo I’ve got going on there?  Another fun fact: this was the first haircut I’ve ever cried over.

Sneak Peek of the cuteness you’re about to see.

Moving right along to happier times, we took Clara at the tender age of 2, to THE mouse’s house.  The Big Cheese.

At first, we were like “no way are we taking our daughter that young.”  For as much money as a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth costs, we wanted her to at least remember some of it.  But she’s been really engaged with Mickey & Friends and had been loving Disney movies, so we decided to go with our hearts on this one. We all needed a dose of magic in our lives.

The night before the mouse.

So we loaded up our little sweet and headed out to Cali beaming with excitement. Preparing Clara for a magical weekend was bringing back so much nostalgia for me.  It takes about 6 hours to get from Phoenix to LA, so we had to stop a few times on the way.  We took a moment to appreciate the gorgeous full moon and the sun setting.

We’re a “wow, look at the moon!” kinda family.

We had planned on spending 2 days there, and wound up staying for a 3rd. We had the pleasure of staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel while we were there.

Wow!  We had never been inside of this hotel, it’s amazing in all of it’s grandeur. If you have a young kiddo, it’s totally worth staying at Disney so you can make a run for the hotel if you need to. Even though they’re renovating it right now, we still enjoyed our time there.  Can’t wait to see the updated version.

When we got out to the park, after making a pit stop for a churro (priorities, right?) we met our first Disney princess….Snow White!

Clara loved meeting Snow White. She was a great icebreaker for our Disney shy princess.

Then we saw him!  The mouse himself.  When it was Clara’s turn she ran to him with open arms.

The ABSOLUTE best. Clara had been telling us for weeks that she was going to tell him she loved him- so she did!

Mickey’s reaction when Clara said “I lub you Mickey.”
Mickey giving Clara lovin after she declared her love.

We made our way over to Toon Town next.

Clara & Pluto on a stroll.

So much fun. Poor girl’s first ride was Roger Rabbit.  If you’ve been on that ride you know how over stimulating and crazy it is.  We had to cover her ears the whole time but she survived.

We enjoyed having park hopper passes, especially since all the wine was at California Adventure.

Like a kid again….

Our only somewhat normal family picture of the entire trip.

Loved the overcast day. Yes, that was a fruity pebble doughnut.

Clara got to go into Pixie Hollow and meet our girl Tink.  There’s nothing better than the way the characters embrace a kid when they’re meeting them.

Then onto the teacups….

Clara laughed hysterically on this ride.  I wish I had the video to prove it!

Another reason for our trip was that it happened to fall on my birthday weekend, so Tom got us reservations at the Blue Bayou restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.  We timed it perfectly so that we were able to ride right before our lunch.  Clara took the drops on the ride like a champ!

We had gone to Minnie’s house a few times during the trip but Clara didn’t have the attention span to stand in line to meet her so we were happy when we were one of the first people to see her come out at California Adventure. JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE.

Pure Joy.
“Minnie, I lub you too.”

That was the moment we had all been waiting for.  Meeting our girl Minnie!

We were able to catch the World of Color water show at California Adventure on our last night there.  That was a first for us!  It was so cool!

Taking a 2 year old to Disney definitely has its challenges, but the moments that we saw her little face light up, made everything all worth it! We didn’t get to do nearly as much as we wanted to, but I suppose we’ll have to just go back. 🙂

How old were you the first time you went to Disney or took your kids?

Sending sunshine & pixie dust,


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