Disneyland 2017: Part Two: Cars and Dinner with the Princesses

Day one over here. You've been warned. 

Our second day in Anaheim went a little more smooth. Less vomit, but more rain. We weren't going to let the rain stop us even though every parent in line was frantically looking at the weather and worrying about the money we all just spent. 
At our hotel Rich bought the tickets for the four of us for all day passes (one day for each park, not even the park hoppers) and when the gal said "your total will be $576" I saw the young couple behind Rich's eyes just widen and she whispered "we're never having kids". 
Luckily Liam was free since he was two. 3+ is a little cheaper than adult prices. 

When the kids saw where we were they started hugging and melted my heart! This PDA between them doesn't happen often so yes, it had to be documented and mentioned here. 

The rain wasn't too bad in the morning. Just sprinkles. We went straight for the Cars park because that was the whole reason we went and we didn't want to get rained out. There was a big line for a ride and I told Rich to wait in it while I found out if the kids were even big enough for it. 


It was Radiator Springs Racers and you had to be 40" or taller. Good news for Olivia, bad news for Liam. The wait time was about 45 minutes so I told Rich to take Olivia because she loves roller coasters and Liam and I aren't big fans of rides. 
Liam and I walked around Radiator Springs checking out the Cozy Cone, Flo's Diner, and more. We went on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree which I loved and thought would be nice and tame for us. Liam wasn't impressed. 
We agreed to skip the rest of the rides and just stroll the town. 


The highlight of that part of the park was when Lightning McQueen himself appeared and drove around town stopping at the Cozy Cone. We followed and were the first, and only, ones in line for photos. I don't think people realized he was set up for photo ops because nobody lined up for a solid 5 minutes. 


Olivia and Rich finally got back to us after waiting more than 60+ minutes in line but they said it was worth it. My fear of rides and peeing my pants will just have to take their word on that. 

We walked around the rest of the park and went on (Mama and Liam friendly): 


The kids were getting cranky so we decided to take the shuttle back to our hotel where the four of us dried off and took naps. 

We had reservations at 4pm for Ariel's Grotto which is spendy, but very worth it if you have a little girl obsessed with princesses. When you arrive you head downstairs and are greeted by Ariel. I thought Olivia was going to start crying happy tears. 

Once seated a prince came out to greet the room. He introduced us to Princesses one by one every 10 minutes or so. First up, Belle. Each princess came to every table to spend time with the kids and take photos. I stupidly snap chatted most pictures so I don't have tons of photos to share. I do have this adorable video when Cinderella was announced and arrived: 


Then came Rapunzel and Tiana. 


Messy hair c/o the rain - check
Unplanned sweatpants and sweatshirts because of the cold - check 
I had the cutest outfits picked out for each day but it was just too cold. 


We sang Happy Birthday to Liam since this was maybe, technically his birthday present. Suddenly the rain came and we were stuck. Obviously it was a great place to be stuck in for awhile. The restaurant had lots of cancellations so they told everyone we could wait until it slowed down. 

It finally slowed down after about 45 minutes so we ventured out around the park again. Most people had left so there were virtually NO LINES for anything! 

We went to Animation Academy  to get out of the rain and I'm so glad we did because hidden inside.... Anna and Elsa! With a very short wait for each. 


Liam took Anna's hands and set them on her knees palms up, none of us knew what he was going to do then gave her a double low-five. He grabbed her hand, made a fist, and gave her a fist bump. 

No shyness from either child. 

We went to a special 3-D screening of the new Beauty and the Beast movie and OH. MY. GOD. I CAN'T WAIT! It seriously looks so good. 
While you wait for the showing you're in a room with the dress Emma Watson wore in the movie, and the rose from the movie. 


We did a few more rides then called it a night. Both kids fell asleep in our arms while heading back to our hotel. 
Success. 

Part III tomorrow of our day at Disneyland Park. 

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