One Last Hurrah at the Magic Kingdom….

Being a resident of Southern California DOES have some perks.

Lots of them, really.
For today though, I’ll just focus on the Disneyland perk, otherwise known as,


Our annual passes expire this month and so in order to get the most out of our Magic Kingdom passes we took the kidlets out of school and braved the crowds that ALWAYS SEEM TO BE present there.



We lucked out and the crowds were not the crowded I-just-want-to-get-out-of-here type of crowds.  Of course there were lots of people, but nothing like every other day we’ve gone to Disneyland this past year and wanted to pull our hair out in frustration because it was so densely packed with people.

We had SUCH a nice time…….

So much fun, in fact, that we almost considered springing for another year of Magic Kingdom enjoyment.


Until NEXT time…….

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. Life with Kaishon says

    Those little ones of yours are so cute. It is borderline ridiculous Angie : ). I am glad you had fun and the crowds weren't insane. I am not a big fan of crowds…

  2. parentingBYdummies says

    I miss Disneyland SOOOO much! In college, since it was like 15 minutes away (I went to UCIrvine) me and hubby-to-be got on a kick where we used to go at least once a month, just 'cause we liked ditching school. It was short lived b/c even with that resident discount it was ex-pen-sive. We weren't smart enough to buy passes, plus we never really planned to go it just sorta kept happening. Glad you guys had a fun school ditchworty day!

  3. Annual passes and living close enough to use them? I don't even want to imagine the variety of crimes my children would be willing to commit in exchange for a chance at that.

    Glad you had fun and it wasn't too crowded.

  4. So fun…love all the smiles! I have never been when it is not crowded. My favorite time was over Thanksgiving when it is all Christmasy and crowded!

  5. What a fun perk! I would do it too. Heck, we got passes when we lived in Northern California, it's so fun!

  6. How fun!!! Surprisingly, the crowds were minimal when we went to Disney World. We practically walked on to every ride!! I think that is the best way to enjoy Disney!

  7. The kids know how lucky they are. Right?? I think they are living every kid's dream!!

  8. What a blessing to live near such a magicial place.

  9. Living in Florida we do the same with Disney world. Haven't been lucky enough to hit it on a low crowds day.

  10. What adorable pics! And that's a great perk. If my kiddos knew that they could go to the park all the time if we lived close, they would be lobbying for another move.

  11. confused homemaker says

    I never even considered the fact that they offer annual passes. Then again I've never been to any of the Disneys (World or Land) so I'm a big loser anyway.

  12. S Club Mama says

    Oh I've always wanted to go to Disneyworld (or Disneyland, I'm not picky). 🙂 Looks like you and the kids had a blast!

  13. That is definitely a wonderful PERK! So glad you got to go when it wasn't too crowded. And great photos!

  14. Lucky.

  15. Ooh, great pictures, Angie! And wow, annual passes for a family of 7? That's gotta be mucho $$$$$$!!!!

    Justine 😮 )

  16. Kristina Petrella says

    You know, I have never ever been to Disney World or Disney Land ever!
    I never really had the desire to go until now because now Duchess would get a HUGE kick out of all the princesses. However, I must say, I would have way more in common with your MAD HATTER picture! Have a great day!

  17. Looks like a super fabulous trip!
    I especially love the mad hatter picture at the end.
    I wish that I could take my kids to Disney Land just once. I think they would love it.
    So just curious, if you lived FAR away from Disney Land, what would be the perfect ages to take your kids if they were only going to see it once?
    If you'd like to stop by my blog I'm at Cake Crumbs.

  18. That's awesome. So glad that you had a great time. I can't wait to take my kids some day but we will go to Florida for that. Much closer.

  19. That would be fun. Maybe a year without passes will make them that much more valuable a year from now!

    Great photos!

  20. What fun…of course, being the Disney nut I am, I wish we lived closer so we could have annual passes!

  21. Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) says

    how fun!! Someday I will have to get to Disney land as well – but being as Disney World is just so much closer….

    I can't imagine how nice it must be there when there aren't too many crowds!!

  22. So fun! I'm jealous! Our kids still are waiting for the day they get to go to Disneyland.

  23. how much fun…

  24. Disneyland is a magical place — it really is. It's funny how walking through the front gates of a place 700 miles from my driveway feels like coming home.

    If I lived in southern California, I would have annual passes every year!

  25. my kids are jealous, but not me. I'd rather shoot myself in the leg….

  26. Have fun Disney is great place, I like it.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  27. When I was younger I wanted to work in Disneyland…maybe be Belle? Who knows, maybe it's still in my future. You could be Ariel with me.

  28. mommaof4wife2r says

    if i were 2 could i jump and and down and throw a fit and make someone take me to the world again soon???!!! please angie??? {did it work?}

  29. Just a tad bit jealous here! I'd love to introduce my 2yo to the Magic Kingdom. Though my husband would probably go crazy with the lines…

  30. SO totally jealous….perhaps not as much for the annual passes, but for the fact that you're not wearing winter coats!! 😉

  31. How fun!
    i know those crowds all too well and it's compounded by taking more than 2 kids and not having enough hands to keep everyone together. Scary. (I hate going to parks during peak season. UGH)

  32. Mark and Kiss says

    What a fantastic day! The kids will always remember that they got to miss school and have a family day together! Love it. I am WAY happy for you that the lines weren't insane…We'll have to keep that in mind that the week before Thanksgiving is a good time to go…. 🙂 I want to wait until Eliza is a couple years older, but I am always tempted to take a trip just with the older kids. That last photo is hilarious! (btw, thank you for stopping by the blog, its been awhile since I had posted and just recently started back up, love you girl!!!)

  33. I can't imagine having a season pass to Disney. TOo cool! Glad your last hurrah was a good one!

  34. Becca @ Our Crazy Boys says

    A day out of school to go to Disneyland? My little guys would be SO jealous.

    Glad you had fun!

  35. to live so close *sigh* – glad u had a fun day. lovin' that last shot!

  36. brunger bunch says

    I am so glad you had a good time and that it wasn't crowded. They look so happy in the pictures, like its the first time they have been there. I truly believe it is the "happiest" place on earth. I think we are coming the week after thanksgiving…to make up for the last experience. We weren't going to come again until around february, but the kids were crying when we had to leave early last month, and Mike found a raging deal again for hotel. I let you know!! We would love to come by and see you:))

  37. Mrs. Marine says

    how awesome, I am so jealous..

  38. What fun! I do so miss D-land. Such a magical place.

  39. Perfect! So glad you are having fun with the fam!

  40. Live.Love.Eat says

    I have no idea why we don't have annual passes for Disney World living just 20 min away. Maybe cuz it's still 85 in November and we will only go when it's more comfortable.

    Great pics Angie.

  41. Live.Love.Eat says

    P.S. And I love the red hair and smiles.

  42. It's almost like you live in another world…my kids are playing in the snow right now!!

    Great pics. I still have very fond memories of the year we got season passes to Lagoon. We've never done it since, but it sure was fun!

  43. We went on Wednesday because it was my MIL's birthday, and it was not super crowded at all! I was nervous because the traffic would have me thinking otherwise, but once we got into the park the lines were short and the walkways were easily navigated. We still have a few more months on our passes, and I'm still deciding if we should renew or not. Glad you had a good time!

  44. I so wanna go to Disneyland. We took the girls for their birthday this year and I so wish we would have gotten season passes.