Our last day at Disneyland was the best. We wanted to stay until the park closed so that we could watch Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. We decided to save our sandwiches for dinner to eat during the parade. Isaac was SO excited to have a picnic at the parade. He carried the lunch pail all day. He wouldn’t let it go for anything! We left the park for lunch and let the boys take a real nap back at the hotel. That was such as smart idea. After their naps they were so happy and ready for a few more hours of fun.
We hit almost everything in Fantasy Land and took pictures with a lot of characters today. We actually rode the train as transportation instead of diversion. I think the highlight of the day for the boys was seeing Tigger, Eyore and Pooh. They still talk about them.
About an hour before the parade was supposed to start, I took the empty stroller and snagged us a good seat in the circle in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. I lucked out and got a bench after one family decided they didn’t want to sit there for an hour. Derek and Mitch let the kids play on the cars in Toon Town and took them on several more rides in Fantasy Land while I saved our spot. Smart move for two reasons: 1) Fantasy Land was empty and 2) the boys didn’t have to sit still for a whole hour before the parade even started.
Being monkeys in the Casey Jr Monkey Cage
The parade was so fun. I don’t know if it was because Isaac had anticipated all day his parade picnic or it was night-time or he was well-rested but the parade was magical. It was so fun to see their reactions. Cooper was waving frantically at every one for the whole parade. Carter was dancing and yelling and pointing. Isaac was taking pictures with his trusty camera and would get so excited whenever something else came around the corner. I’m glad we took the time to see it.
The next morning we were on the road by 4:30. The trip home was (luckily!) pretty uneventful. We stopped in Baker for gas, go-gurts and muffins. We had lunch at a park in St. George. The boys slept clear until Scipio where we had to stop for gas. We were at Grandma Cynthia’s by dinnertime.
We had such a fun time! Next time we do Disneyland, I’m sure it will be a very different experience. Our kids will probably be more independent. They won’t need naps. We won’t have to haul a stroller or a diaper bag. We’ll all be able to ride the big rides. They’ll remember more. Yes, it will be very different (and maybe easier!). But we won’t ever have the chance for this same experience again. I’m glad we took the chance.