Disney Days

Last week, I took my FOURTH trip to Disneyland this year. FOUR TIMES, can you believe that?! Twice were really quick trips to surprise kids I love, and twice were with my mom & Justen. This time it was CHRISTMAS! and it was chilly. I say chilly but that's relative, because it was like 55 degrees there and we got home to a snow/ice storm. and I'm currently watching snow fall from the sky. Real snow, not magic Disney snow. 

Our ride to the hotel was crazy. The shuttle driver was nice but kind of all over the place. It was like the first ride of the trip, AND we were crammed in the back. It was a little sketch.

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We did a bunch of typical things: we dole whipped, space mountain-ed, big thunder mountain'ed and Starbucks'ed. 

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Y'all know I love Starbucks, but I ESPECIALLY love Starbucks at Disneyland. My go-to drink at the parks is a Caramel iced coffee with cream. It's like a poor man's iced caramel latte.

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** location bracelet: Wanderer Bracelets (use code STEPHANIEOREFICE20 for 20% off!) // FitBit Flex Cover // Jeans: Mossimo via Goodwill (similar) // Purse: Mossimo (similar) // T-shirt: Ellie & Kate (similar) // Gold cardigan: Gap (similar) // Shoes: Mossimo (similar) **

I LOOOOVED the Christmas decorations. I didn't snap tons of pictures of them, but the castle + main street at night were AMAZING. and the tree was HUGE!

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We also tried some new things! I'd never been on the Peter Pan ride, which my friend Savannah thought was ridiculous. So we braved the long ride to go on it for the first time and it was totally worth it. Such a cool ride, and I cannot believe I've never been on it! Justen and I split a clam chowder bread bowl, which was so good. And since they're taking out Tower of Terror, I convinced Justen to go on it so he can say he's done it. We were seriously so nervous the whole time – we almost talked ourselves out of it, but I'm glad we didn't! We also convinced my mom to live on the edge a little bit and we rode Mickey's Fun Wheel – which was really cool!

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AND – we spent almost a full day in California Adventure, which I have NEVER done…. like ever. I usually kind of aimlessly wander around that park wanting to go back to the other park, but this time we logged some hours and I have a new appreciation for DCA!

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We went into the Ghiradelli store probably 5 times just for the free sample – but at the end, I bought a small bag of candy. Including a caramel pumpkin spice square, which a lady at Target had told me was terrible, but it was SO GOOD, y'all. I never realized they had boardwalk games, so one day Justen and I played each other – he won a little Mickey stuffed animal because he beat everyone me. Even though I convinced him to give me the Mickey, I was determined to beat him so we went back and right as we were about to start playing, like FOUR OTHER PEOPLE joined and I was so frustrated because I just wanted to beat Justen and win my own Mickey. Well guess what… I ACTUALLY BEAT EVERYONE, and instead of a little Mickey I got this medium sized Bullseye. Cheapest souvenier of all. A less cheap souvenier? This popcorn bucket. IDK you guys, sometimes I just really want something and I REALLY WANTED that popcorn bucket. 

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** shoes: TOMS via Goodwill Bins // Jeans: Forever 21 (similar) // White shirt: Forever 21 // Sunflower cardigan: Forever 21  (similar) via Goodwill Bins **

The best part of all of this? At one point we were walking and I told Justen I remember so many trips to Disneyland I imagined I'd be there with a boy someday. and he's the best one I could ever go to Disneyland with. AND. He got an annual pass. Can't wait for more Disney days with him in 2017 (and beyond) 🙂

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  • GIRL I have been to Disneyland TWO TIMES IN MY LIFE! I need to get back there! Also, I don’t remember ever trying Dole whip, nor do I remember a Peter Pan ride. (It’s been like 8 or 9 years since I was there last.) Tower of Terror is my favorite ever and I’m so sad it’s going away. :((((

    • You MUST try a Dole whip. I tried one in Hawaii for the first time and now I will get one every time we go anywhere with them. And Tower of Terror was also my favorite, so I’m also very sad I won’t ride it ever again 🙁

  • And he didn’t propose like Nate said he should and that’s dumb. 😉

    • Best comment ever!!

  • HOW MUCH FUN!!!! And four times in one year?!??! That IS crazy. Yay for going with such a great guy and for having more trips to look forward to in the year to come. I LOVE amusement parks and have never been to Disney Land OR World, but have honestly considered honeymooning there some day. A cabin the mountains will PROBABLY win out when it comes to it, but we’ll see…Anyway, I get the going with a good guy thing! 😉

    And…I have a feeling that I too would happily eat and drink my way through the whole thing! They have sooo many seriously yummy looking things to offer.

  • This trip looks sooooo fun–Disney-anywhere at Christmas sounds ideal. Also not to strain a gnat and swallow a camel (#MetaphorsJesusUsed pleeease tell me you got that. The reference not the hashtag since I just made up the hashtag right now hahaha) but your fitbit bracelet is SO PRETTY and I wanted to buy it for all my friends with Fitbits but none of them have the right kind! It’s SOO cute!

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