The happiest place on earth

September 21–23, 2015

One of the things we had told the girls during Atticus’ treatment, was that once he was better we would get a Make a Wish trip to Disneyland. They were obviously still worried and scared, but we always talked positively about his treatment and his future, and the Disney trip was just part of that narrative.

Photo by One 3 Photography

Well, he didn’t live long enough to qualify for Make a Wish.

Historically, when we’ve gone to Disneyland, it’s been short trips, staying off-park, etc. But several people made connections and gave us gifts specifically to do this trip in grand fashion. So we did.

We got to stay in the Grand Californian. Bunk beds, bedtime stories read by princesses, character breakfast, and early entry to the park (not to mention, no busses/parking worries). On the second morning I signed up for the power walk through California Adventure. They take you through the park in the early morning while it’s quiet except for the last of the overnight resetting/cleaning/preparations — a unique and cool experience.

We met lots of characters…

Our younger daughter was so excited to do the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and our oldest was pumped to get light up Mickey Ears and A FAN THAT SPRAYS WATER!

Of course, all the rides, all the food…

And sooo much fun as a family.

We even got to sit in the front row for the Aladdin stage show.

Scroll back up and look at those smiles.

(I’ll wait)

If anyone in the world ever deserved some magic, it was those two beautiful girls. I’m glad we were able to give them a little.

We had more family and friends to see, so after a day back in San Diego to load up the van, we’d be off to our next stop…

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