Logan Meets The Mouse

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Vacationing with a 15 month old in Disneyland requires a vacation to recover from the vacation. It has been a week since we’ve been home and I’m still exhausted, but it was well worth the vacation hangover. We all had a fabulous time and Logan did amazingly well on the trip (while cutting molars, I should add). Between a few new toys and playing peek-a-boo with the people behind us, we survived the airplane ride. We checked in at the Grand Californian Hotel (courtesy of Gramps & Nana) and they had the most adorable little chairs in the lobby – just Logan’s size. We hit the parks as soon as we unloaded our luggage in the rooms. I don’t know what it is about Disney, but as soon as you enter the gates you uncontrollably start singing and skipping. I swear they pump laughing gas throughout the park.


Starving, we headed to Big Thunder Ranch BBQ to eat some grub. They bring out the seriously yummy food (good thing you will be walking a ton to burn off the calories) out in buckets and you just dig in. They also put on a cheesy song and dance show that Logan was digging. After dinner, we took Logan on his first ride – Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. Several disney-mom-experts had warned me that toddlers might not like the “dark rides”, you know the rides that get dark during some parts, but my little dare devil loved every single ride we took him on. I was even slightly afraid of the Pinocchio ride (hello big scary whale that is trying to eat us) and Logan was perfectly fine. After a few more rides, we called it a night and headed back to our rooms to catch some zzz’s.

Day 2, we took Logan to meet some characters and eat a few waffles in the shape of a Mickey head at the Plaza Inn. The waffles were a hit, some of the characters weren’t as well received. Logan wasn’t very fond of Rafiki (I don’t blame him, that monkey is creepy looking) but LOOOOOVED Pooh. He would have taken Pooh home with us if he could have. He kissed him and hugged him, oh my goodness too cute for words!


We headed to Small World after breakfast and Logan was humming along with the music by the end of the ride. He still hums along to the tune when I sing it to him. Good luck getting that song out of your mind now that I mentioned it. We hung out at the park the rest of the day until Logan was ready to break for a nap. Disney must have worn out my child because he took 3 hour long naps while we were there…he has NEVER taken a 3 hour nap in his life! He also slept in every single day we were there and didn’t make a peep at night. I’m officially considering moving to Disneyland.

We had lunch at Wine Country Tattoria in Disney California Adventure Park and I’m sad to say that I didn’t even get to taste an ounce of wine. Logan broke out in a really awful rash, so Mr. Crafty Nest and I rushed him to the hotel room for some benadryl (the park stores were out of it). Logan is apparently allergic to an ingredient in the brand of hummus we gave him…we’ll stick with our Trader Joe’s brand. My parents had our food boxed up and we had a little picnic in our room. The food was delish, but that restaurant might not be the most toddler friendly restaurant in Disney. That night we saw the new World of Color show (holy amazing, batman) and Mr. Crafty Nest and I were able to do some adult rides…Logan was sleeping (don’t worry, my mom was with him).


Day 3 and Logan met some of the more woodland characters at the Storytellers Cafe. This was much more his style, he couldn’t get enough of them. I think Logan was on sensory overload (or maybe it was just those stupid molars) by day 3, so we had a relaxing day back at the hotel to prepare for the Halloween party that night. We had dunch (lunch + dinner) at The Rainforest Cafe and they sat us right next to the big giant grunting gorilla. Gee, thank you for sitting us right next to the scariest thing in your restaurant. You can guess how fun that was.


I almost forgot, on the way back to our hotel we stopped at the Rose Court Garden to visit the spot where we said “I Do” almost 5 years ago. It was very strange retracing our footsteps with our child. It feels like just yesterday that we were standing in that same spot reciting our vows. Cue the cheesy music.


After a long nap for all of us, we headed to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It took some convincing (not as much convincing as you would expect), but I got everyone in our party to dress up as characters from The Wizard of Oz. We had the whole crew. And the best part was that we were picked to ride in the parade as honorary cast members. I was having flashbacks of that Full House episode, where Stephanie Tanner gets to be Princess of The Day and ride in the parade. I can officially cross “ride in a Disney parade, à la Stephanie Tanner” off my bucket list. Oh and after the parade was over, Logan FINALLY met the mouse backstage. Up until that point, we hadn’t seen him. It was the perfect ending to a perfect trip (thanks mom & dad)!



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