After 21 hours in the car, we finally made it to Anaheim. We were way too early to check into our hotel, so first things first: breakfast. Thanks to Yelp, we found a small restaurant with outstanding breakfast reviews called Money Business Cafe.
Their pancakes absolutely lived up to the reviews!
Then it was time to head to our hotel (we stayed at Homewood Suites) and beg for an early check-in. Unfortunately, they couldn’t accommodate us (which I don’t blame them, it was only 9am) so we found an outdoor shopping mall and walked around for a bit.
The boys had been gifted some spending money from their grandparents, which was literally burning a hole in their wallets. Huz and I had talked to them about not spending all their money the first day, before we even entered a theme park. But we also reminded ourselves that this whole vacation was for them and our motto was Let Them Be Little. If they wanted to buy a $15 lollipop, so be it. Whatever makes them happy. (I joked that we may be raising little Veruca Salts, but who cares.)
So here is Aidon spending $10 on a package of M&M’s from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
Then it was back to the hotel to see if our room was ready.
It wasn’t. So we became those obnoxious people who treat the lobby like their living room.
At 3pm we were finally allowed access to our room. Huz and I were so excited to take a little nap. But the boys had other ideas.
After a few hours of pool playing and a 2 hour nap, we headed to Downtown Disney.
*Sidenote: most hotels offer a shuttle to Disneyland and Downtown Disney for a fee and we signed up for this service. But we only paid for 4 days, which was how long we were going to be at the theme parks. So to go to Downtown Disney for one night, we just took an Uber, which ended up being quite a lot cheaper than the cost of the shuttle service. So next time we go, we’ll just do Uber the whole time.
Aidon had been asking for months to go to Build A Bear. I kept putting him off and putting him off, because I knew there was one in Downtown Disney. So when he saw it, his eyes immediately lit up. And he was even more surprised when he asked if we could go and I actually said yes.
They both got Star Wars bears. Aidon named his ChewBobby and Jackson named his Darth Bear-der.
The last stop of the night was ESPN Sportsbar. I was prepared to spend more money than we usually do on food at home, just because the restaurants tend to be a little pricier. But I do have to say, calm down ESPN Zone. The food is not that great for what you’re charging.
There also wasn’t a huge menu to choose from and not that much looked good. You’re really just paying for the experience.
So we ordered a big appetizer, shared it, and then hit Taco Bell on the way. Taco Bell tastes so much better in your pajamas and your hotel room anyway.