I have mixed feelings sometimes about Ryan and I sharing birthdays within 24 hours of each other. But once in a while, it really pays off. This year we took advantage of Disneyland’s offer of free admission on your birthday and built a vacation around it. You really do get in free and even get a cool commemorative ticket and a button that announces your birthday. I highly recommend the wearing of said button as just about EVERYONE who crosses your path whether park employee, ride operator, fellow D-land visitors or other people celebrating will say wholeheartedly, “Happy Birthday Jennifer*”. Of course, you’ll insert your name in there*. It’s very fun and you’re foolish if you say you wouldn’t like that. 😉

The trip started off on a sad note as we discovered that Space Mountain and The Haunted Mansion attractions were both closed – some of our favorite rides. 😦

But we recovered quickly and got on as many other rides as possible. I hadn’t been to Disneyland in a while and neither had Ryan and we had never been together. It was fun to experience it together, as a married couple and on such a fun celebration as double birthdays.

The park was not terribly crowded, though the weather was horribly hot and humid. We were thankful for very short wait times in lines because it allowed us a lot of time in the shade or in air conditioned rides. We rode them all – Star Tours, Finding Nemo, The Matterhorn, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Autopia, Indiana Jones and more…



Ryan got to “drive” the car in Indiana Jones… however, we got stuck for a while (good thing he works for AAA!!!) so we got to ride it twice! Yay!

All those rides can get you pretty famished. We stopped for a quick meal and headed out for more fun.



The biggest treat of the weekend was for me. Being a Southern California resident for some 20 years before moving to the valley, I used to be a D-land Annual Passholder so, I’ve spent hours and hours and hours in that park. I’ve seen it and done it all… EXCEPT have dinner at the famous Blue Bayou (the restaurant inside The Pirates of the Caribbean ride). This restaurant is super exclusive and reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance! We made them a few weeks before our trip. It was a neat experience and I’m so glad that Ryan made it happen for me. I dreamed of it since I was a little girl and it was so worth it.

It so romantic inside. You really feel like you are in the outdoors in the Bayou.
Plus the food is pretty darn great. Expensive yes, but you are totally paying for the exclusivity and the ambiance.
See, dreams do come true!!!

CELEBRATE!!!! is the D-land theme right now and wow, they do it a lot.

The next day was Ryan’s big birthday, so we started the morning off with some presents and then headed over to California Adventure.


The park is a lot smaller and geared towards small children in our opinion, but we had a good time anyway. Disneyland is about the only place where you can still act like a kid no matter what age you are. I love that! And, so does Ryan! 😉











We had such a nice trip and a nice celebration. We wrapped it up having brunch with some of my dearest friends, Erin and Tommy. Erin and I have been friends since 5th grade and I just love her to death. When we see each other, we pick up right where we left off. It’s always very hard to say goodbye and I wish we lived much closer. A special thank you to them for helping up celebrate the weekend. We had a wonderful time!


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