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Shhh I went to Disneyland without kids! Ok it’s not a secret I DID bring them back souvenirs after all 😉 In January I attended the Craft and Hobby Association trade show and there was no way I was going to stare at The Happiest Place on Earth and NOT go in. I got together with some blogger friends and headed over just as it was starting to get dark (a little time is better than no time at all right?!). I hit up a few rides while waiting (The Little Mermaid usually has no wait in California Adventure) and when everyone arrived we headed straight to Carsland since some of them had never been! (Read about our first time there HERE)
(My gluten free dinner – spicy and good! (You can read about eating gluten free at Carsland here)
Junkyard Jamboree is SUCH a cute ride
Thanks to a Disney Photo Pass Photographer, we got one with the whole group! L-R Katie from Sweet Rose Studio; Bev from Flamingo Toes; Viv from The V Spot; Angie from The Country Chic Cottage; Me; Sara from Mom Endeavors. Bottom — Carolina from Always Expect Moore
After checking out Carsland we had to visit Soarin Over California – one of my favorites since I first went on it on my honeymoon! I called Parker before going on the ride to find out if there were any hidden Mickeys on the ride and sure enough he told me there was one on the golf ball that flies right at you. I made sure to pay attention and sure enough Sara and I saw it. I called him to let him know and could hear the smile on his face!
We couldn’t be so close and NOT go to Disneyland so we headed that way.
We went straight to Tomorrowland and hopped on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters where I got my best score yet putting me into L5 Aw yeah!
My goal for the end of my trip was to find the boys the perfect souvenirs (besides some photo and video I took for them). After much searching and shopping here’s what I found.
Two books for Disney’s biggest fan, a pin collectors lanyards and a couple pins (the California Adventure one is from our honeymoon before it actually opened to the public!) and the new Disney dollars! I picked up the Disney dollars at guest services and they had just gotten the new ones in. The boys found one I had from 1991 so I thought it might be fun to start collecting them. They were a hit!
Obviously souvenirs will be different for each child but it was important for me to find them something that made them feel like I really thought about them while I was there.
Right now the parks are debuting Limited Time Magic which goes on all year, with weekly announcements made on www.disneyparksblog.com and www.limitedtimemagic.com. My boys are checking out all the announcements as they are made! If you are there on a limited time schedule be sure to check out what they are doing to see if you can squeeze it in!
So would you ever go to Disneyland without your kids?!
Disclosure: I was given a pass into Disneyland/California Adventure but was not required to write – all photos, opinions, and gushing are my own.