Thanksgiving at Disneyland 2008

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Last day at Disney so we figured we ought to beat the crowds and get to the park when it opened. So we packed up everyone so we could be over there by 8 AM sharp. When we arrived, the park was practically empty as compared to prior days. A nice change! So we quickly made our way to the things that we hadn’t had the patience to stand in line for in prior days. First stop — Tinker Bell! She has a movie that just came out so she is on the hot list for everyone. So we waited through the line at Pixie Hollow and then got to meet the fairy ourselves!

Disneyland

Next stop was the Princess Faire for a meet-and-greet. Reagan demanded that this be the next stop on the agenda. So we waited and waited and waited. A short line but everyone gets a bunch of time with the princesses so you have to wait your turn. Finally, just as we got to the front of the line, they switched out the princesses and a new set came inside. Bummer. The ones Reagan wanted just left. But princesses are princesses so the kids went in and enjoyed seeing Ariel first. She was very nice and had a long conversation with the girls.

Disneyland

Next up was Belle. Let’s just say that Belle wasn’t too talkative today.

Disneyland

Finally, a different princess showed up — Mini! We stopped and hung out with her for a minute. Not a talkative mouse vs. the other princesses but we took what we could get. Reagan saw Mini the other day and after Reagan left she cried because she forgot to tell Mini that she has PJs with her on them. So today she grabbed her and told her about the PJs. Mini was so excited!

Disneyland

After the princess meet-and-greet, I took the girls to the princess beauty salon for a hair do. It was my treat and my idea. Kim thought I had gone nuts. Plus, Kim was convinced that nobody could do anything with Reagan’s short fine hair. We will see!

Disneyland
Disneyland

Finally, after 15 minutes, the masterpiece was complete. How beautiful! Reagan was very excited by it. She quickly posed for pictures and then promptly asked for it to be taken out of her hair NOW! Guess she is only in it for the moment.

Disneyland
Disneyland

We rode every ride in the park by the end of the trip. However, a highlight for Reagan was the Dumbo ride. You get to control the height of the flight so she was very into doing that. Up and down!

Disneyland
Disneyland
Disneyland

We also finally got to ride Its a Small World with virtually no line at all. The girls really enjoy this ride.

Disneyland

The holiday makeover was in full effect in every scene!

Disneyland

A universal message and wish to all!

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Oh, fine — you didn’t get to go. See most of the ride via the magic of video.

I captured a variety of moments with the girls on our last day. Hopefully, it will serve as a great reminder in years to come of the experience of the vacation and how much fun our girls had.

We left Disney around 9:30 PM as the fireworks got started. People had camped out for hours to watch them. For us, it was a chance to cut through the crowd and get out before the mass exodus. As we got on the tram, the fireworks were going off and we had a good view of them the whole way to the car. As we got off the tram and walked to the car, I was reflecting on how we do Thanksgiving our way. No turkey for us. So now for 3 years in a row (her only 3 on the planet), Reagan has enjoyed vacationing on Thanksgiving. I think of Thanksgiving as a day were we are always together doing something a little more adventurous. And for that, I am thankful.

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