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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happiest anniversary date

Two weeks ago, Matt took the day off work and we headed South for an anniversary date at the Happiest Place on Earth. Since it might just be our last visit to Disneyland before the baby comes (I was 26.5 weeks pregnant at the time and refuse to go during the busy summer season), we indulged in all the Disney treats magic that our hearts desired.
It was a perfect day!
The new Little Mermaid ride -- Ariel's Undersea Adventure, if you want to get technical -- had just opened the weekend before so the line was crazy all day. We decided to knock it out of the way first thing and enjoyed our 90 minutes in line with the cutest nuns ever. The ride itself was really cute and brought back memories of stealing my Lori Mama's copy of A Little Mermaid a million times before it was officially released and happily playing with my Eric and Ariel wedding barbies. Those were the good ol' days.
The highlight of our anniversary date at Disneyland was eating lunch at the Blue Bayou. You know, the restaurant inside Pirates of the Caribbean that looks like this from the boats:
I've wanted to eat there since I was a little girl (again with the childhood memories, right?), but it's not exactly cheap so Matt and I have been saving it for a special occasion. We made our reservation weeks in advance and were so excited when 1:30 rolled around and we were escorted to our table. The atmosphere was every bit as cool as we had anticipated, the service was excellent, and our Monte Cristo was delicious! It was such a great lunch date.
Naturally, we rode Pirates immediately after lunch and then kept with the theme by exploring the Pirates' Lair (Tom Sawyer Island) before heading back to California Adventure for a few more rides.
As we were heading back up Main Street, we gave into the tempting aroma of freshly baked waffle cones and stopped into Gibson Girl's Ice Cream Parlor for a yummy treat. (And while I'm confessing, we also ate a churro later during fireworks. I told you we indulged.)
Another highlight of the day was my new personal record on Buzz! Definitely worthy of a celebratory picture.
We grabbed gumbo and clam chowder in a bread bowl as a late dinner while we waited for the fireworks show to start. If you can't tell, this is our favorite go-to meal at Disneyland.
And last but certainly not least, we sat and cuddled and enjoyed watching the fireworks over the castle. It was a sweet ending to a wonderful day!


  1. Looks like you had a great anniversary... ps: you look fantastic!!!

  2. You guys are so cute!! I agree with Ashley too, you do look great! Glad you had a great time at the Happiest Place on earth!! :)

  3. What a wonderful celebration! Happy Anniversary :) I just love Disneyland...

  4. Aww so fun!!! :)
    I've always wanted to eat at blue bayou too!!! Haven't got tp yet, good to know it's worth it :)

  5. That looks so amazing!
    And p.s. You look wonderful :)

  6. Happy Anniversary! Love your shirt! i've always wanted to eat at the Blue Bayou. I have heard its so good and your pictures in there turned out fantastic! I dont think Tony loves DL as much as I do but one day we are both going to get there together!

  7. happy anniversary! what a fun date! and you look amazing for being 26.5 weeks pregnant!

  8. Looks like so much fun. I am a HUGE Disney fan. Being from Tampa, and Orlando not being too far away, I would try to go to Disney World any chance I got. I have yet to check out Disney over here in California. It's on the list!!

    Happy Anniversary!

  9. Happy Anniversary! Sounds like it was perfection. I'm wishing you many, many more!

  10. what a great day!! I love the clam chowder in a bowl !!

  11. That sounds absolutely perfect! I am a sucker for the magic of Disney. And I have always wanted to eat at the Blue Bayou. And I love clam chowder! And fireworks! So pretty much this looks like the best day ever. I think I need to move to California. Happy Anniversary!

  12. Happy Anniversary! So fun... I miss Disneyland - haha! I'll live through you this time. :)

    P.S. I also have a dream to eat at the Blue Bayou someday... :)

  13. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to show my girls this post. They have been waiting to see the new Ariel attraction at California Adventure. And that restaurant at Pirates, Heck, I always thought those restaurant patrons were wax props and part of the ride! I just added that restaurant to my bucket list. What a great anniversary you had.

  14. Great pictures! I especially love the ones in The Blue Bayou. I really want to eat there someday. I love you pink top! The calm chowder in a bread bowl is one of, if not my most, favorite foods to eat at Disneyland. How are you so good at Buzz? Glad you had a great anniversary!


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