Once the crowd started moving we headed straight to Cars Land.
Grandma and Luke headed to the Radiator Springs Racers fast pass line and Nate and I took Noah to just try and get on the ride before the line got horribly long. It turned out to be a great strategy.
That sweet kid was SO excited to be in Radiator Springs. I should have counted how many times he started a sentence with, "Look Mom!" He pointed out EVERYthing like it was his hometown and he was the tour guide.
In fact, he is still retelling that ride daily to just about anyone who will listen.
Cars Land was fun for all of us.
But we did move on. Bugs Land got mixed reviews. Noah didn't make it through the show. That sensitive little soul got scared to death. Lesson learned: my three year old is not ready for 3D. He also nearly threw up on the lady bugs. :-)
While Nate and I tried out Tower of Terror (fun, but it's better at Disney World) Grandma and the boys found smoothies.
Noah was funny on the rides. Even on the most tame, seemingly uneventful rides (like Monsters, Inc.) he'd say, "Can we get off this thing?" or "I'm ready to get out of here." But at the end of every ride he talked about how much fun it was. I think it was just getting used to so many of the rides being in the dark, because by the second day he wasn't saying those things.
Soarin' Over California is one of my favorite rides, so I was excited to share it with Nate and Noah. I think we ended up squeezing in four rides on it by the end of our trip.
I didn't realize that the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail had an "Up" theme to it. Had I known, I probably would have dug out Noah's Halloween costume from a few years ago. How cute would he have looked in this picture...
wearing this? It would have been so perfect!
Both boys really loved it there.
Luke couldn't get enough of this slide.
Maybe that's because everyone was waiting to go on Toy Story, which is totally worth the wait. We loved it!
We should have bought this hat and just kept it for dress ups. Both boys laughed like crazy when they were wearing it.
And when at Disney, one MUST partake of some Disney snacks, right?
Luke found his happy place at the carousel.
I don't know if it's riding on an animal or the up and down or the round and round, but that kid could not get enough carousel time. Grandma hooked the boys up with a few extra rides while Nate and I rode California Screamin'.
We decided to come full circle for the day and have dinner at Flo's in Cars Land, mostly because we knew Noah would love to say that he ate there. ("I ate at the real Flo's in Radiator Springs!") On our way over there we got stopped at the most perfect time for the parade.
Flo's was good. Cars Land at night was even better.
I just couldn't get enough of those neon lights.
Noah got in two more rides on Radiator Springs Racers, which finished off the day with 4 times.
I was glad the park closed at 8. We were all worn out from a humid, immensely fun day. But there was no debate about how late to stay out or how long we should try to push our kids to get in more rides. It was time to head back to the hotel at a perfect time so we could be ready for another fun day.