November 11, 2011
Tonight, we decided to make our first family trip to Disneyland. George really wanted to take Aaliyah to see the parade and take her on Small World. So, we bundled little Miss Aaliyah up in her Minnie Mouse pajamas and grabbed her Minnie Mouse hat, and headed over to the happiest place on earth! We got there just before the parade began at six, and got a great spot where the parade first begins. Aaliyah was in heaven! Her eyes lit up as soon as it began. She stared at all the lights and the characters dancing around. She didn’t mind all the noise at all. We watched the entire parade and then took a family photo in front of the Christmas tree on Main Street. Then we headed up Main Street to go see the new decorations on It’s a Small World. George was so excited to take Aaliyah on the ride. She was a little distracted at first, but the final two rooms had so many lights and moving parts. Her eyes just lit up watching them. It was so great to see.
Afterwards, we really wanted to take her over to the Haunted Mansion. We stopped off at Sleeping Beauty’s Carousel. George held her while riding the horse. It was quite comical, but she loved it! We headed towards Frontier Land when we finished, but she fell asleep by the time we passed the Castle. So we decided to call it quits for the night. We wandered back down Main Street and through Downtown Disney. Aaliyah woke in time to have dinner at ESPN Zone. I’m not sure what she enjoyed more, Disneyland or watching football at the restaurant. Her dad and her Uncle Cory have her hooked already! It’s pure comedy!
I would venture to say it was a rather successful first family trip to Disneyland. And we can’t wait to have many many more. As a matter of fact, we are looking forward to returning soon, so we can see the Christmas parade and watch it snow on Main Street! Hope to see you there!!!