Breezy Days: A Fairytale Christmas

A Fairytale Christmas

December 27, 2011
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Disneyland.
I don't care how old I get, or how many times I've been there, it's always so magical.

Plus I still have this delusion of one day being Sleeping Beauty or Rapunzel.
So the Grossman & Rios clan decided to hit up Disneyland on Christmas day after the opening and enjoying of presents.
Being from Southern California, you are able to gauge how busy the freeways will be at certain times and places, and when to go to Disneyland or not. 
Being so close to Disneyland {40 minutes}, it's not a big deal to drive all the way to Disneyland, only to turn around and hit up Newport or LA instead.

Coming into the Disneyland parking structure, we noticed that it wasn't that full.
SCORE, or so we thought...
But as soon as we hit the tram and they announced that all the: wheelchairs, lockers, and strollers were already rented out. 
We knew we were in trouble.
Regardless, we pressed on with our day. 
Rode the train all around the park, ate up at the French Market, and I coerced the boys into taking pictures with me.

We also hit up the newly re-done 'Star Tours' ride.
SO GOOD. It was the bomb! Highly recommended.
But, as always, don't ever eat before riding it. Motion sickness to the max.
We rode all the classics: Star Tours, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, the train, and finally Indiana Jones.

Ok, so here is a new tid-bit about Ryan.
He knows freaking everyone. Or so it feels like it.
We always run into some old friend of his in the most random of places, and Disneyland was no exception.

My family heads ahead of Ryan and I to get in the hour long wait for the Indiana Jones ride.
We start to head into the line when Ryan's face suddenly lights up and he starts attacking and hugging the random 'front of the line' guy dressed in the Indiana Jones-y attire.

Come to find out it's a guy he knew from his LDS mission from THREE YEARS AGO. 
WHAT THE HECK. 
The friend proceeded to laugh and say "Your family doesn't need to wait in line, get them up here!"
He gave us all fast-passes.
Muahahhahahaahahha! 
Pretty much straight to the front of the line, a whole 15 minute wait.

Now that's a Christmas miracle if I've ever heard of one ;)
The castle at nighttime. SO gorgeous!!!
What did you all do this Christmas? Any new traditions out there?
Hope you all had a good break!

<3 Bri

P.S. Stay tuned for a guest post from Amanda who pens at Little Tranquility!
A fun lil' questionnaire coming soon.

3 comments :

amanda said...

I can't even tell you have braces in these photos!

Looks like a fun trip! I've always wanted to go there!

xo,
Amanda

justrealhappy said...

Oh you had so much fun...and I'm glad. I have never been to Disneyland, but I went to Disneyworld several years ago. This was my first Christmas with Chef Boy, so I think we started some new traditions thru that.

Bri Rios said...

Oh thanks Amanda! It's nice to know that they aren't that noticeable :)
And you seriously gotta go to Disneyland. Love being there sooo much! I would really like to hit up Disneyworld someday though.