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I have to say main street and the castle were looking pretty spiffy for the Diamond Celebration. Everyone always says Cinderella's Castle in Disney world is more impressive, and it definitely is. But I have a soft spot for Sleeping Beauty's Castle, as it's the first one I ever saw. I find it charming, and pink, and girly in the best way.
First up on the agenda was the Minnie & Friends breakfast at the Plaza Inn on Main street. I love a character breakfast, because one of the things I love most about Disney is meeting characters! And the plaza had such a random assortment of characters! We met Captain Hook, Eeyore, The Fairy Godmother, Chip, Dale, Tigger, Max, Minnie, and Rafiki!
My two favorite meet and greets were Captain Hook and Dale. Hook was hilarious, I brought up crocodiles and he pretended to be scared. He also kept running off with people's race medals from earlier in the day, pretending to "pirate them." Dale said he couldn't run because of his big tummy, and I said that's how I lost my tummy, so that is why he should run. So I think I accidentally called Dale fat?
After breakfast, it was time for our first round of rides! We hit up Small World first. I knew mom would love it, but I didn't know how much. We rode it twice that morning, and a whole bunch of times the rest of the trip! Next, was the teacups, which was another mom favorite! We didn't spin it though, we were just a long for the ride. I'm too old to enjoy being dizzy anymore.
We did Mr. Toad's Wild Road, which is such a fun dark ride! I mean I find it so funny that during the ride you go to hell, and in the movie that doesn't even happen! We also got our fill of lame jokes, and got to admire the backside of water on the Jungle Cruise. And I rode a long time favorite, Indy.
It was time for a break. And I got to try out two new Disneyland experiences by having a Dole Whip & enjoying it in The Enchanted Tiki Room. I listen to a lot of Disney podcasts, and they all talk about Dole Whips. So I was excited to try it. I got the Dole Whip Float. And it was sooo good, soo refreshing. I had no clue that citrus and ice cream went so well together.
We took our floats into the Tiki room. I think the Tiki Room is one of those things in life that is soo cheesy that it becomes cool. It's a fun little show, and honestly I have had that darn song in my head ever since!
Mom went back to the hotel to take a break, and I went to the Race Expo to pick up my race gear for the 10k and the Half Marathon. I really loved this shirts this year, and I was so excited to collect my Dumbo Double Dare race bib. It was starting to sink in that I would be racing the next two days!
We went back to Disneyland for dinner. On my first trip to Disneyland, I saw the restaurant Blue Bayou from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I wanted to eat there. So I made sure I got my reservation for us on this trip, three years later. The atmosphere was so wonderful. We started our meal with refreshing non-alcoholic mint juleps. We split the Jambalaya as an entree, and then had the lemon raspberry creme brulee for a dessert. Everything was as amazing as I imagined it to be. After the meal, we of course had to go for a spin on the Pirates ride (a true classic).
I spent a few evening hours in the park by myself. And I certainly don't mind being in the park by myself, especially at night. I rode Pinocchio's Daring Journey for the first time, and I ended up waiting for Peter's Pan flight for 50 minutes! I had to do it though, it is my favorite ride (but probably something I shouldn't have done because it made my legs sore for the 10k the next morning).
I then headed back to the room somewhat early, since I had to get up at 4:30 am the next morning. But not before admiring the castle all lit up for nighttime.
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