Sunday, December 9, 2012

First Disney Trip for the Holidays

Last Wednesday we took a trip to Disney. The kids have been cooped up in the house from all the rain, so this was a much needed outage for all of us. This is the best time of the year to go because the park is so empty. All the kids are in school and it's least the locals think so. So this was perfect for us.

I finally got to go on the Haunted Mansion ride. It's still decked out from Halloween with The Nightmare Before Christmas. I had really been looking forward to seeing it. We tried just before Halloween. Waited in line for over 30 minutes and finally got up to the house when they closed the attraction for some stupid reason. This time, there was no wait at all, we went right in. I took Liam, Declan, Fionn and Mary. As soon as we got into the elevator, Liam started SCREAMING and didn't stop until we got off the ride. I didn't get to enjoy it at all.

This female duck was a greedy little s***. Her mate is standing next to her.
After that lovely fiasco, Sean wasn't about to take him on Pirates, so he took Declan, Cian and Mary. Came back a few minutes later because Cian chickened out, as usual. So Cian, Fionn, Lizzie, Liam and Sammy stayed behind to feed some ducks. These were the funniest ducks too. The kids were feeding them Goldfish. A couple of them even took the fish right out of my fingers. They have these little teeth that feel funny. They don't actually hurt when they bite you, its just weird. This lady that worked at the park was standing next to us watching them as well. (She actually lives right in out neighborhood.) She was telling me about the ducks and how they have been there for generations. They don't actually feed them but they do protect the eggs. She also told me about the cats. The park is riddled with them. There were even roomers that there were cat houses right in the park, but that isn't true. They don't actually feed the cats so they keep all the rats and mice out of the park. There are hundreds of them roaming around and at night they do sleep in the attractions. The staff even take the new kittens home from time to time.

After feeding the ducks, we were headed to Toontown when we saw Sleeping Beauty. Mary and Lizzie were so excited, but once it was our turn for a picture, Lizzie wanted nothing to do with her. Mary however, just loved her. Toontown wasn't too busy so the kids got to run around and play on the attractions. They loved the little trolly, jumping on it, laying all over the benches and pretending to steer it. Sean even got me on the thing with Sam. All Sam wanted to do was run around on it, but he didn't have any shoes on, so that wasn't going to happen. Sean took Sam, Declan and Mary on the Roger Rabbit ride. Sammy wasn't to thrilled with it, but at least he didn't scream his head off like Liam did. He just sat next to Sean and whimpered. It was too loud for him. Not one of Sean's brighter

While Sean took Declan, Mary and Sam on Roger Rabbit, I had to find ways to entertain Liam and Fionn. The two of them together are wild. Liam will bolt and Fionn gets so excited, he forgets to stay with me. (He got lost on our first trip to Disney.) They found a funny mailbox that talked when you tried to open it. Fionn had a blast with that. Liam did too. The sun was so bright, poor Fionny couldn't keep his eyes open in the pictures.

They also had fun in the jail, but there were too many kids inside to get a good picture. Liam was too scared to go in. He didn't like the loud noise it made.

We saw Goofy and Daisy Duck over by the fountain. Fionn and Liam were very excited about the water. They were playing in it and at one point, Liam almost fell in. (The picture below is what I was talking about.)

We saw a cute set of Christmas trees that I tried to get a picture of, but the sun was in their eyes and they wanted no part of pictures taken. By this time, I was running out of ways to entertain them. Liam just wanted to run wild and I still had to keep an eye on Lizzie, who was sleeping in the stroller. Finally, Sean and the others returned. It was on to lunch.

Let me just tell you, the place we ate at, (I can't remember the name) had the WORST food ever. Sean ordered all the kids burgers and fries. The burgers were cold, (had been cooked and sitting for some time) and really greasy. I couldn't finish mine. I was afraid of getting food poisoning. Sean of course sent an email to Disney and was given free meal passes. Next time we go, we'll stick to our usual deli or the corn dog trucks.

After lunch we headed to Tomorrow Land. Not my favorite area of the park. I personally think its stupid, but Sean and Declan wanted to go on the Star Wars ride. They got a fast pass and went on the Buzz ride to kill some time. By time they got off, Liam, Sam and Lizzie were all in a bad mood and wanted no part of waiting for them to go on another ride. So we skipped Star Wars and headed to Downtown Disney. We stopped at a few shops and headed out. It was starting to rain, so we decided to duck into the Disney Store and look around. I saw a lot of the toy sets we got the kids for Christmas, only doubled in price. Crazy how expensive that store is. After leaving the store, we stopped at the best candy store ever, Marceline's Confectionary. Now, if you've never been to this store, you're missing out. They have everything you could think of, dipped in the BEST chocolate. we told the kids to go pick out one candy each. I thought for sure they would go for the chocolaty stuff in the cases, instead they ALL (except Declan) picked those nasty swirly lollipops. My kids are weird. Declan picked a chocolate covered pineapple slice, (which was amazing) took one bite of it, and said it was too sweet. WOW, my kids are really weird. Sean go me a chocolate and caramel dipped marshmallow. So yummy!!!!

We were all starving by time we left the park, so when we got home, Sean made the kids PB&J sandwiches with corn. (Totally ghetto I know, but he wanted to make something quick and easy so they could go to bed.) Once the kids were all done, we ate something, I just can't remember what.

The next morning, Cian and Fionn were puking and the others started catching a cold. In fact, I now have it and it really sucks. Fever, sore throat, cough, stuffed up head and nose. Now, I think Fionn has the beginning of an ear infection as well. The price you pay for taking the kids to Disney during cold season....sigh. I'll leave you with a few more pictures!

Lizzie sleeping in the stroller.

Mommy and Sam in the trolly.

Lizzie and Sam snacking.

Love her beautiful blue eyes!

Sean taking pictures of the kids.

Great shot Sean got in the Small World boat.

Poinsettias at Disney 

Disney Castle decorated for Christmas.

Horrible shot of me and Sam

Liam on the trolly.

Mary on the Merry go round.



Lets not forget Declan.



  1. Disney is SO beautiful during the holidays!! Super cute pictures too. =) I didn't know that about the cats. I've never seen any while at a Disney park, very interesting!
    Hope you all feel better soon!

  2. Oh, my gosh, that was so funny!!! Love how you wrote "my kids are weird" that is so true of all kids I think....I mean they all do weird stuff, that does not make sense.

    Fun to see pics of Disneyland...last time I was there was grad 25 years ago--Gosh I'm old.

    You are so beautiful, you should picture yourself more.

    Sorry you guys are sick, hope you feel better soon!

  3. that "horrible picture" of you and actually very pretty. You have the best hair evah! Thick and Jamies.
    Glad to see you had a nice trip. My kids are weird too!


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