I did a few things different this time around. The biggest change was that we stayed three days. It cost more money, but one day just wasn't enough and I think it was worth it. We also got a great hotel across the street from Disneyland. It was the closest hotel to the park, had a great breakfast, a pool (we didn't use it) and was reasonably priced. One day I had to run back to the hotel after we got to the park and it only took me a few minutes. It was nice.
I also splurged and got mouse ears for us to wear. I bought them on amazon a couple days beforehand so they were much cheaper then if bought at disneyland. Tucker said he didn't want any so I only got four pairs. But after the first day he said he would wear them. We ended up sharing the ears.
I took this picture while waiting in line. We waited in lots of lines but the kids were pretty good about it.
Another traumatizing ride was the haunted mansion. It really wasn't that bad, and all ages can ride on it. But Tucker is in a stage where he scares quite easily. I was a little embarrassed because for this ride you go in with a whole group and when Tucker found out it was a little creepy he started to freak out. I should have saved this ride for the end because he really mellowed out by the third day and became more adventurous.
We did so much and I wish I took more pictures, but I also wanted to just enjoy my time there without messing with the camera the whole time. The kids also enjoyed splashmountian and the Winnie the Pooh ride. I think they rode the Winnie the Pooh ride 6 times. We went there at night and there was absolutely no line so we let them just ride it again and again. It was pretty hilarious because Leon doesn't know about Winnie the Pooh and kept calling him Winnie the Poop.
Lastly we did the parade and fireworks.
It was crowded but we got a pretty decent spot. We got there about 20 minutes early and found a spot where everyone could see so I count that as a success. By this time the kids were all very tired and were happy for the 20 minutes to just sit down.
I originally wanted to stop and eat lunch and dinner at restaurants in the park but that didn't really happen. We were always so busy with things to do and see that we never wanted to take the time to stop and eat. Instead we had a big breakfast at the hotel and packed tons of snacks that we randomly ate throughout the day while waiting in lines. Our staples were gogurts, bagels, apples, carrots, granola bars, and crackers. Then after the firework show we headed back. The kids and Bob went into the hotel and I ran over to McDonalds and picked up a late dinner for everyone. We were exhausted every night and even though we were all in the same room everyone went right to sleep.