We started early on this day, waking with the sunrise and exploring the tide pools at Windansea Beach.
Crabbie. I love seeing these creatures in their natural element.
Back home, coffee for everyone and then breakfast on the way to the happiest place on earth!
Pa had never been. In 59 years.......never visited Disneyland or Disneyworld. So happy to be there for his first visit.
Love this. We bought him his own Mickey Ears with "Pa" stitched on the back like the kids.
Such a good sport.
Pretty sure he's praying here.....
And, now looking at Carter like, "Why did you talk me into this?!"
Lainey got her first autograph book and was lucky enough to have the princesses sign it throughout the park. She twirled and danced with Belle......so sweet.
In true Disney fashion, they were princess-like in every way. Their costume, demeanor, voice and handling of the children. It was so sweet to see. Pa and the boys stayed back to give Lainey the spotlight.
Except for this one.....Lainey got a little nervous.
She clung to her book for the rest of the day.
The luckiest kid ever, Carter, was chosen by the Straw Hat band to compete with Donald in drumming skills.
We all watched the excitement from the curb.
Donald showed him how to do it.
A video from the competition:
Here he is after the showdown. Cute.
Pa had his "First Time Visit" button on......and Carter, his from the drum solo performance. Pretty cool.
Time for a late lunch......delicious clam chowder.
Treats for everyone.
Lainey put on her own show before the actual performers arrived. Notice how she licks Jack's shoe at the end. Because she thinks she's a cat. Of course.
The music started and things got interesting. Jack tried to kick Winnie the Pooh because he was scared of him. This must have spawned an alert to all of the costumed cast members, via headsets, I'm assuming.....they all visited Jack at one point or another. I can just hear it, "Psycho kid in orange mega-double-stroller. Looks a little unstable. Go mess with him."
Lainey went out to dance at one point.
More visitors for Jack.
It all ended well after the characters razzed him a bit. Two non-costumed cast members came over with confetti and celebrated with Jack at the end of the parade. He loved it. Happy Jack = makes me love this place even more.
It's a Small World......
A roller coaster in Toon Town......love Pa's face with Jack.
Here, too! Look at daredevil Laine.
And, they're out. If we had a stroller big enough for him, Pa would have been as well.
While the little ones dreamed, we enjoyed a final corny dog.......which, I will say was better than the State Fair of Texas. Pa launched into a 20 minute comparison of the two....he seems to know a lot about this delicacy. Told us he once ate 12 at the fair one year. 12, people. I didn't even know that was legal.
One more post. Promise. Then, it's back to daily life with the Starnes fam. Coming soon!