Thursday, February 12, 2015

Our Arizona/California Vacation: Day 2 (Part 2 of 2)

We got to the hotel at Disneyland a few minutes before 3, so we had time to check out the hotel and gift shop before heading up to our room. The hotel was awesome!! 

Our Room...

And our view!! Ah-mazing!!!

I didn't get a picture of the pool, unfortunately, so here's a picture I found online. It was over-cast while we were there, and not real warm, but the pool was heated and Jackson wanted to get in, so he and I spent about 30 minutes in the pool. We did the big pool and the little kiddie pool before he was finally brave enough to go down the slide once. :-) I was so proud of him.

After swimming, we headed back up to the room where they had dropped off some Mickey Mouse shaped rice krispy treats! How cute is that?

Then we relaxed a little and then got ready and walked over to Downtown Disney to do some shopping and get dinner. The cool thing about Disneyland is everything is close-by and within walking distance. We were able to walk from our hotel to Downtown Disney and to the Amusement Parks which was great.

We went to the Lego store first to let Jackson play with the legos.

Then we walked around and did some shopping. They even have a cool "Frozen" themed Ice Skating Rink. We didn't do any ice skating, but it looked like a lot of fun.

Then lastly we had dinner at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria. It was very good pizza. While we were eating, there was a lady walking around making balloon animals for the kids. She made Jackson a Mickey Mouse balloon!! Too cute.

Jackson actually fell asleep at the restaurant after such a long and exciting day! Thankfully we brought along the stroller for our walk back to the hotel. It was such a fun day and we were so excited for a full day at Disneyland the next day!

Our Arizona/California Vacation: Day 2 (Part 1 of 2)

I'm breaking up day 2 into two parts... Part 1 - Beach, Part 2 - Disneyland. I just took too many pictures of each to put in 1 post. Surprise Surprise. Ha :-)

Day 2 was another early start. We got up and got on the road to drive to California! We drove to Laguna Beach first, up the Pacific Coast Highway a little ways to Balboa Island and then we drove on to Anaheim/Disneyland!!

We had a reservation for the Paradise Pier Hotel on the Disneyland property for that evening but we couldn't check in until 3, so we decided to hit Laguna Beach first and take Jackson to the Pacific Ocean and then show Jake's Mom and our friend Jim, Balboa Island before heading to our hotel.

Here are a few pictures from our day.

Driving from Phoenix to Anaheim.

A pretty snow capped mountain in California.

All the cool windmill in California.

South Laguna Beach

Jackson heading back to the car with "Uncle" Jim after spending a little while at the beach.

In between Laguna Beach and Balboa Island, we stopped at Ruby's Shake Shack for lunch. I highly recommend eating here if you ever get the chance. The food/shakes were really good and the view on their patio was beautiful.

After lunch, we went up the PCH a little further to Balboa Island and drove around there to show my MIL and Jim how cool it is.

Then it was off to Disneyland!!! :-)