We all know the Castle!
It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog. It seems it’s a lot more time consuming than I thought so I just tend to not do it.
However, I thought it would be nice to share some pictures with all of my Spark friends. The holidays have kept me in a very busy state of mind. My hubby was off work & home for 2 weeks at Thanksgiving and another 2 weeks at Christmas. Now it’s not that I don’t love him, but….that is WAY too much time to spend together all day, every day.
Christmas shopping just wore me out. I did get to spend Christmas Eve @ my daughters and see my 2 granddaughters open their gifts from all the grandparents. We got them each some snow boots for their family trips to the snow country. We also drove up to Roseville to spend Christmas day with my Mom, Sister, Brother in law, and niece & nephew. We had a nice visit then had to left for the 2 ½ hour trip back home. On Monday, we were calling all over to find a place to board our dogs so we could head down to LA for an unplanned Disneyland trip. Luckily we found a place to board them for a few days and on Tues. we dropped them off and away we went.
We arrived at the hotel pretty late since it’s such a long drive from the Bay Area. We were booked at the Hyatt Regency and upon arrival we were offered a chance to stay in the Presidential Suite for 2 of our 3 nights. Of course we said YES, and Wow it was Nice! After settling our stuff we hopped back into our car and drove over to the DisneyWalk to check it out.
Our Pres. Suite living room & dining area, with Me.
Me in front of a bling bling store.
Next day the shuttle bus to Disneyland picked us up and we were there. We had park tickets that we had purchased 3 years ago and wanted to use them. Last July they raised the prices but still honored ours at the lower price. (Good Mickey)
Me with Castle background
The park was probably the Most crowded I have ever seen, and I have been there at Xmas before. You would never know that there was a recession going on. At $80.0 per adult ticket & $72.0 per child I honestly don’t know how families with many kids can do it. There were like a million strollers to dodge with every step. The lines to get on the rides were anywhere from 60 – 90 min. wait time. Using the fast pass system helped somewhat but still I needed to stop and sit a lot. Of course if I could ever find a place to sit I would have been really grateful, but I think they took all the seating out to make more room for people to walk. When we finally headed back to our shuttle at about 12:45 pm we were pretty tired but we did have a fun time. How could you not at Disneyland right?
Me on the Small World Ride
Hubby & I on the Small World Ride
Who doesn't love the lights!
On Thurs. we both slept in until about 11:00 am. We got ready fast, grabbed a couple of coffees and jumped on the shuttle. After we got there and saw the crowds in line to get in, we decided to just purchase entry tickets and use them next trip. We then walked around Disney walk again, had some lunch, then headed back to the hotel. We later decided to get our car and check out the Universal Studios City Walk. We hadn’t been there for a long time. So we spend time just walking around checking out everything and then had some dinner. After we listened to a DJ playing music and took some pics of the many things going on.
Ordering Dinner City Walk Universal Studio
The City Walk
By Friday we had to check out by noon.
After some coffee we hit the LA freeways to head home. It was also our 8 year Wedding Anniversary that day so we decided to stop at an outdoor mall to get a little walking in before the long drive home and just check out things. The weather was so warm, about 77 so we just enjoyed eating some lunch at a little outdoor café.
We took turns driving home and even though we had a lot of fun, it always feels good to arrive home.
Home Sweet Home
All in all we did have a fun time and look forward to our next trip. It just probably won’t be Disneyland during Christmas vacation again.