Day 1 of our Disneyland and Disney California Adventure family vacation was a huge success! Remember when I said that my son never stopped smiling? I wasn’t lying. He was rested and ready to go to the park bright and early the next morning. This time we were heading over to Disney California Adventure park and hightailing it to Cars Land so my little Mater and McQueen loving toddler could finally see it! Having already explored the park early that summer for the grand opening I was so excited to share it was my son.
So without further explanation – here is our Day 2 in photos!
He doesn’t even know Cars Land is where we are headed yet, but he is ready to go! I swear the daily shuttle bus ride was just as exciting to him!
We’ve arrived, and he thrilled! Day 2 matching shirts were for our son’s love of Mater of course!
We had planned to head directly to the radiator racers as we knew the line gets longer with each moment the park was open, but there was no passing by Mater! He was SO excited to meet him, he didn’t even know what to do with himself!
We finally got in line for the radiator racers, and I was glad we did! We waited just over 1.5 hours (fast passes sold out SUPER fast!). But thankfully there is plenty to look at while waiting in line!
After a thrilling ride and a first place finish, we made a pit stop and saw that Lightning was out greeting his fans! Of course my little fan had to say hi too! He was a little less shy, but still just as speechless meeting McQueen!
After meeting McQueen, the hubs took Squish on Luigi’s flying tires. I was a little heavy on my feet from our last line, so I sat that ride out. However, he told me all about it as soon as they got off! I couldn’t resist having Squishy try on a Luigi’s tires hat! He thought it was SO funny!
Next up was Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree! Time to ride some Tractors! This was hands down my son’s favorite ride. He loved the music, the jokes, and the ride had him in hysterics the whole time!
He liked it so much we rode it twice in a row!
Of course he had to meet the tractor’s too!
To say he loved Cars Land would pretty much be the understatement of the century. He kept asking when the movie was going to start!
After some lunch it was clearly time to get some rest. The previous day he didn’t nap at all, and while he had a smile on his face the whole time you could tell at the end of the day it was a bit overwhelming. So this time I planned ahead and told him he needed a few minutes of quiet time to “refuel his tanks for the next rides”, and put the Buggy Shady over the stroller. He as out within 5 minutes. He slept long enough for my Hubs and his sister to ride Tower of Terror, the roller coaster, and a water ride! I found a nice bench in the shade and pulled out the iPad to catch up on my reading!
I had though ahead enough to park us next to a ride in case the little man woke up while Daddy was still on his ride. After a quick snack he was ready for Neptune’s Merry Go Round! He thought it was pretty silly to ride a seal!
Once Daddy returned we headed over to Toy Story Mania. While in line I got a tweet from @DCAToday congratulating my son on his first place finish on Radiator Racers. They had personalized a picture of a piston cup just for him! Talk about making his day! Love Disney and all the little magical touches they create for their fans!
Squishy thought it was funny to put the 3D glasses on his hat. I did too! I have to tell you – I had a blast on Toy Story Mania. I rode with my hubs and kicked his butt in the game! Gotta love a little friendly competition! My son rode with his Auntie and had a blast pointing out all his favorite Toy Story characters.
Next up we hit the Ferris Wheel… this proved to be a fatal mistake for me, as we got one of the rocking cars. Motion sickness and pregnancy do not go hand in hand. So after riding the Ferris Wheel, we let Squishy pick out one more ride. He picked the Zephyrs. Check out that smile on his face! Afterwards we headed home and enjoyed a nice dinner just outside our hotel.
Stay tuned for Day 3 of our trip where we hit up both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in one day, and Day 4 for Mickey’s Halloween Party!
Disclosure: Disney Media/PR provided me with 1 day park passes for Disney California Adventure in order to share my trip with my readers. All thoughts, opinions, and pictures are my own.
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