Celebrating The Holidays At Disneyland

Blake and I have not been to Disneyland in the month of December since high school or college days.  Needless to say, it was many years ago.  We thought it would be fun to take the kids (Carter especially) this past week.  He loves the rides, parades, churros, and characters.  We thought he would really like to see the park all decorated for Christmas.  We were supposed to leave at the beginning of the week, but Anaheim was getting lots of rain so we moved our trip back a couple of days.  We arrived on Wednesday and we were hoping to enjoy Disneyland and California Adventure but it was still pouring rain.  There was no way we could go into the parks and ride rides.  We checked into the Disneyland Hotel and got organized and relaxed, and finally the rain stopped just long enough for us to literally run to downtown Disney and have dinner at Naples.  The rain started back up while we were walking back to our hotel room.  On Thursday and Friday we woke up to sunshine and they were beautiful days.  We rode rides, watched the amazing Christmas parade, ate our way through both parks, saw lots of characters, and Santa! We had a great time, but Blake and I both agreed we have never ever seen Disneyland so packed in our entire lives.  We go to Disneyland A LOT and we have season passes and when we planned this trip we decided to go during the week and at the beginning of December thinking kids would still be in school, people would just be starting Christmas shopping, it was right after Thanksgiving, and our reasons went on and on why we thought this would be the perfect time to go and it would not be busy at all, but we were wrong.  I mean we waited in line to ride The Little Mermaid!  We have never waited in line.  We usually walk right up and hop on clam shell.  It was just surprising to us to see how packed it was both Thursday and Friday.  We waited almost 2 hours to meet Santa!  But hey, I am not complaining (I really dislike complainers).  I just was shocked to see it so busy during the week.  I am so blessed to go to Disneyland all the time, have a season pass, stay at amazing hotels, eat delicious foods, and enjoy every little thing about this magical place, because it really is magical.  We had a great time and thank God the weather was great Thursday and Friday.  We decided not to go into the park on Saturday, so we got up and just headed home.  If you ever need any recommendations or have questions please feel free to ask.  I think I could lead anyone around Disneyland with my eyes closed, especially right to Small World... do not ask how many times we rode this ride.  Carter is obsessed.