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April 5, 2012

Disneyland In Photos

I surprised the kids with a trip to Disneyland for Spring Break.

I’ll share more of the details on all that another day, today I just want to share some of my favorite images.

So much magic.

We went with my sister & Jeffrey and their daughter Gabrielle and our friend/nanny Katie.

Loved getting the chance to go back to the park at night with Simon and Katie while my sister stayed with the girls at the hotel.

The Bob stroller works for little and big kids.

I’m not going to pretend that the trip was all awesomeness. Three-year-olds, ten-year-olds and adults all get tired and cranky – even (and maybe especially) at the happiest place on earth.

But man oh man was there a lot of joy and magic.

Like Simon getting to do Jedi Training and having a light saber battle with Darth Maul.

Or Anna getting to have a princess makeover.

And then have lunch with the princesses.

Or a three-year-old getting to drive a car and both of us laughing hysterically the whole time.

Really just being together was a big part of the magic.


  • 51.
    Christine said…

    Love the photos and can’t wait to read the future post. Those cars are so popular with the kids. Glad Simon was picked for the Jedi. As a mom of 3 girls this is something they were never interested in doing. Especially loved the photo of Anna getting the princess treatment. I really appeciate the extra mile that the cast members go to help make a Disney visit so magical. Hope you guys had a chance to get a Dole
    Whip. Soooo good!

  • 52.
    Leilani said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the memories you shared. We are planning a Disney trip this summer. I’m curious about the place you ate at where Simon was drinking from the R2D2 cup. My kids would go crazy over that one! Can’t wait to see some of your other photos. Love the sharing you do with us, Ali. Looks like you had a fantastic week of life and memory making.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s called Pizza “something” – Simon kept calling it Pizza Planet (like Toy Story) but that’s not actually it’s name. It’s in Tomorrowland right next to the entrance to Space Mountain. They have decent salads there too. That R2D2 comes with a pudding – Simon skipped that and we just put his drink in there instead.

    • ….
      Leilani said…

      Thanks for the response, Ali! We’ll be on the lookout. My husband and I were laughing when you mentioned Pizza Planet. Disney should rename the restaurant Pizza Planet. That would be such a great fit! Thanks again!

    • ….
      Katie said…

      I think it was “Pizza Port” :)

  • 53.

    I had to post a comment :)
    a) loved your brutal honesty about its not all rainbows & unicorns. True Dat, but overall, happiness at the happiest place on earth – FOR SURE!

    b) you look beautiful Sister! beautiful! and your cherubs are growing into gorgeous little people!

    c) the gold sandals – the saltwaters! um, hellow?!?! spectacular! Where did she find those? am now on the hunt, those are the cutest!!!

  • 54.
    Julie said…

    Nothing like Disney to give you alittle bump UP!

  • 55.
    sharon said…

    Hi Ali!

    The “Magic Kingdom” is the happiest place on earth. It brings to mind many previous trips with niece and nephews and family. It also remings me of the quote “we dont stop playing because we are old but we get old from not playing” whether disney, Lego land or skipping in the street, dancing or singing on a whim,,,,all is play and makes this lady happy!
    Hugs, blessings

    sharon Dryjanski Phoenix, AZ

  • 56.
    susan w said…

    Awesome :)

  • 57.
    Diane M said…

    Your pictures are awesome. Remember these moments forever.

  • 58.
    Stacy said…

    So much fun!! I love Disneyland as much my kids. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time!

  • 59.
    Sara S said…

    Oh my goodness I loved this post! The photos are gorgeous! (Any tips on the photos?) But seeing you all having so much fun and in so many photos together, that’s priceless! I can’t wait to see and hear more.

  • 60.
    Shelly K said…

    Awesome Ali! Love it!
    I really need to record my stories of my kiddos melting down at Disney…the disneypolice stopped to say they would ticket my son…AND he missed autopia because of behavior…but oh how we LOVE IT and the magic!

  • 61.
    Jakki said…

    A Princess MakeOver and a Jedi battle….memories to last a lifetime. I hears squeals and belly laughs just looking at the photo’s.

  • 62.
    abbeyviolet said…

    So awesome! I love the BOB comment – we often find both of our not so small (2.5 & 5) kids in there together by the end of an outing. That looks like an awesome trip and such a good surprise.

  • 63.
    Nelia said…

    I love the relationship that you all have with your nanny. She must be so much support for you. May I ask how you found her?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I actually found her via

  • 64.
    Betty said…

    Ali, you look so happy in these photos and the kids are just glorious. I’m in Australia and have always wanted to go to Disneyland, I’ve promised my kids I’ll take them one day. They may be not so little anymore when we get there but I don’t think they’ll mind one bit. Thanks for sharing your beautiful stories and family x

  • 65.
    Debbie P said…

    Ali, I love how you put this post together and your lovely words for each of the photos! It looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for keeping it real. I know what you mean when you say it’s not all awesome. Thanks for sharing that, it makes us feel that we’re not the only ones who have those bumps in the road! What adorable photos. I am a huge lover of Disney, so I absolutely adored today’s post!

  • 66.
    Kimberlee said…

    Those smiles are just priceless. :) Love the pics.

  • 67.
    PaulaG said…

    When you write your post in the future with details I would love to know where you got the R2D2 cup and WHERE you get the princess makeover!!!!! :D that is so awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing these. We love Disneyland and have a very special place in our hearts for it. My MIL’s father and grandfather both helped build Disneyland. We have pictures of them working on the castle and video of them having a watertight behind Walt as he was speaking about the park! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      R2D2 is from the Pizza Port restaurant in Tomorrowland. The princess makeover is from the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique.

  • 68.
    julie H. said…

    I must say, Ali…you look happy and fantastic! Glad you had a good trip.

  • 69.
    Jamie Fisher said…

    Been waiting for the pics!!!! So awesome to see such happiness!! SIMON LOOKS SO GROWN UP!!!! No way!!! Thanks for sharing them!

  • 70.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    Ali – I took Mackenzie to Disneyland last week ! Just a spur of the moment lets go – Flew out of Seattle Weds and did the park Thurs and Fri and flew home Sat ~~~~~ Just adore Disneyland !!! Hope you had a great time – we sure did :)

  • 71.
    Ruth G said…

    Ali, so glad you got to have this experience with your family! It’s so wonderful that Anna got to do the Princess thing and Simon got to do the Jedi training! I’m sure they’ll remember those moments for years to come!
    I hope that all went well for Simon, stimulus-wise. I know that for my son (an aspie) the first time we went to Disney he really faired much better (a little meltdown around 4 each day when he was 5 y.o.) whereas last year when he was 9 he was so unhappy about all the people and getting bumped into – other than going when other kids are all in school I’m not sure how to remedy that for him. I was totally unprepared for that, had read all sorts info about other potential sensory challenges but nothing about issues with people in crowds. I hope that wasn’t an issue for Simon, but could definitely see it as a real issue for anyone on the spectrum who has challenges with personal space. Anyway have fun with scrapping the pics and I can’t wait to hear more of your details!

  • 72.
    Ruth G said…

    P.S. I love the picture of you holding Anna and your niece (?)! What a wonderful happy picture that is!

  • 73.
    Alecia A. said…

    Loved seeing all your smiles!! We are surprising Delaynee in May–just waking her up bright and early on Mothers Day–Craig, D, Mom, AJ’s daughter Grace, and me. Can’t wait!! Trying to decide whether to do the Princess makeover. Your post pretty much convinced me! Can’t wait for more tips from you. Been several times but only once with kiddos-when Grace was Delaynee’s age.

  • 74.
    Alison B said…

    We booked a last minute trip to Disneyland for our spring break next week. Can’t wait! It’s such a magical place and we’re meeting my sister there too, with her kids. Nothing better than Disney with family! So glad you shared your pics. Thanks!

  • 75.
    Renee said…

    So happy you and your family had a good time!

  • 76.
    jaimee h. said…

    looks like you guys had a blast, very special memories. I actually choked up a little bit at some of your photos. kids grow up WAY.TOO.FAST!!!!

    my father is sending my sister and I to disneyworld next year with just our two kids – I think it will be a trip we won’t soon forget. :)

  • 77.
    andrea g. said…

    so happy you guys had such a good time. :)

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