On the morning of the day we left Disneyland, Kyle and I popped over to the hotel areas to meet friends for breakfast. We took a quick tour around the property and I was able to show Kyle some of the wedding areas I’ve gotten used to seeing on Magical Day Weddings (my Disney wedding blog).
We had breakfast at Steakhouse 55 and were waited on by a very nice woman who brought waffles out immediately for the baby and didn’t mind when Eva unceremoniously dumped them on the floor. Our friends, Hope and Mike, showed up and were able to meet the baby for the first time which was lovely. Hope and I met online because she’s also a Disney bride but they’re old friends now because I try to meet up with them whenever we’re in town.
The one thing that I was most bummed out about on this trip was that I didn’t see more of the Disney brides. There are a bunch that live in the area and in retrospect I really should have set aside more time to meet up. Some girl talk and a few cocktails would have taken that traveling mommy edge right off… Keep in mind that you might want to plan “grown-up” time into your Disney vacation if you can! I really think I would have been less stressed!
After breakfast we wandered around Downtown Disney a little bit and then headed back to the hotel to pack up and check out. Our drive home was uneventful and consisted of a quick stop at a Vegas Steak ‘n’ Shake (Utah doesn’t have them).
Other than that, we drove right on through for ten hours until we pulled into our own driveway at 2am. Again, it’s not easy to drive like that and I don’t recommend it unless you’ve done it a lot because I had to sing showtunes (loudly!) for the last two hours so I didn’t put our Subaru into the freeway median. Still, it was nice to not have to pack Eva into another hotel room and, even with our Disney withdrawal going strong, it was absolutely lovely to collapse into our own beds.
Overall the trip was fine, but I feel like I could have planned better and we didn’t get as much quality time with my family as I wanted. If I could go back, I would have spent less time worrying about the baby napping or melting down and more time just passing her around so we could have ridden attractions and done more inside the park. It was however, amazing how much fun she had at such a young age, and I don’t regret for a second that we took her when she probably won’t even remember the trip. We’ll remember her face on that first It’s a Small World ride and it was priceless!!