Our first day at Disneyland . . . our day to recover from the drive and take naps and then head into the park. Originally, our plan had been to spend the afternoon swimming. But the kids could see Disneyland from our hotel and they were just too excited to head into the park.
One of our first discoveries was that there was a Starbucks in walking distance from our hotel. PTL!! Real coffee. Real americanos and caramel macchiatos. Our last two trips to Disneyland we had stayed in Disneyland Resort hotels and the only coffee they have in the parks and all of the restaurants is Nescafe. So so awful. But, when you have a caffeine addiction (like members of our family who will remain nameless) you give in and drink it. Especially when you are exhausted from sharing a hotel room with your kiddos. We have decided that Disneyland has figured out that they can charge alot of money for really disgusting cheap-ola coffee that tastes like dirt, and parents of pre-schoolers will buy it out of desperation in their utter exhaustion. Because as much as we love Disneyland, we'll admit that it is an adventure rather than a vacation and we really need a vacation by the time we get home.
Needless to say, we started our day with breakfast at the Bux, just hung out, and our entire family napped. Then we headed over for a late lunch with Eric's parents. We were so thankful to have Robyn and Randy on our adventure with us. It is so much easier to manage three kids with extra adult hands. And really, it's just so fun to get to go to Disneyland with your grandparents!
We had such a great first day! Brave little Eliza (who is terrified of characters, right?) rode Space Mountain first thing. We had friends from home who were just finishing their week in Disneyland and had extra Fastpasses for Space Mountain that they weren't going to use. Score! (Thanks Leepers!) Both of the kids rode the Matterhorn and Marshall rode Splash Mountain with Eric and Bampa.
We ended the day watching amazing fireworks and Fantasmic with the Ventis and had amazing viewing places for both of them.