In June, Frank’s grandmother and step-grandfather celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. When we heard they were having a celebration in LA for the big event, we decided to make the trip and turn it into a family vacation.
We rented a condo in Dana Point, along with Frank’s sister and her family. It was a beautiful location- right near the beach, away from a lot of the traffic craziness, but only 30 minutes from some of the destinations we wanted to visit.
And it allowed for lots of cousin bonding time.
We couldn’t go to California without hitting some theme parks. First up- Disney’s California Adventure.
It’s right across from Disneyland and has a lot of Pixar and Disney Junior-related rides and characters.
One of the highlights was the “Disney Junior Live” show- all of Alaina’s favorite Disney Junior shows in puppet form.
It was Alaina’s first time riding amusement park rides. We found that she enjoyed the outside rides, but wasn’t a fan of any rides that involved going into dark places and having unexpected things jump out at her.
Another highlight was the “Aladdin” show- it was as impressive as a Broadway show with great singing and an amazing flying carpet.
The Pixar Play Parade was also amazing and helped rejuvenate Alaina after a long day without a nap.