This past January, some good friends and I made a midwinter escape to sunny California to have some fun in Disneyland and to get out of the cold and gloom that is known as Utah during the early months of the year. It was absolutely lovely. We got to stay at the Grand Californian which was an absolute dream. It was wonderful to be so close to the park, and that hotel is just beautiful all the way around.
The weather was glorious. Warm and sunny, but not too hot. And a much added and exciting bonus was that most of the Christmas decorations were still up, which makes Disney all the more magical. We spent 5 fun filled days hopping back and forth between the two parks
Our of all the times I have been to Disney I have never been to the magical Sorcer's Workshop in California Adventure. It. Is. Awesome. You get to go to the beast's library, ursala's lair and a few other cool locations.
In the beast's library you get to take a test and see which Disney character you are most like. The first time I took it I got Edna Mode because we are both creative. The second time I took it I got Alice, because we are both curious (and love kitties and have one named Dina...)
Our first night in the park we stayed until the park closed. We got to explore the new princess meet and greet place with absolutely no one else there. One security guard came over and helped us look for hidden Mickeys.
The new Frozen additions were adorable! The talking Olaf was too cute, at night time he snores and occasionally wakes up to tell us it's bed time.
I am pretty sure we were the last ones out of the park. We had the most glorious time having all of main street to ourselves for a few minutes. We danced up and down the street and took photos and just had a ball, until the guards told us we couldn't anymore ...
The Grand Californian Christmas tree was up for the first night we were there, what a lovely sight to come home to after a long day of Disney fun.
The next day was spent mostly in California Adventure, they have so many fun rides over there. And Carsland, don't even get me started on how adorable that place is.
Another first on this trip was getting a Ghirardelli's Sundae. I got the cookie bottom one and it was one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life.
We snuck in a little Disney as well..
That night we had dinner at Carthay Circle in California Adventure. It is modeled after the theater that Snow White premiered at so there are subtle Snow White details through out the interior decor. Then we headed back into the park for more!
On the day we flew out we tried to squeeze in as much as possible before we had to say goodbye, we were pretty productive..
We got to draw Olaf at the Animation Academy which we were pretty stoked about!
And we got to see Small World all done up in it's Christmas glory!
This trip was the most perfect balance between fun having, relaxing, eating yummy food and treats and enjoying each other's company. It was the perfect get a way!