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Harrison’s Day Out With Thomas (with a stop at Disneyland)

by Megan

This trip report has been a long time coming, but at least I’m getting caught up, right? In November, my mom and I took Harrison (my two-year-old) for a weekend in California. We did A Day Out With Thomas and, you know since we were in the area, a day at Disneyland!

We took two-year-old Harrison for a day at Disneyland and California Adventure, and "A Day Out With Thomas!" Check out the trip report!

Five years previously, almost to the date, we took Harry’s older brother Carter on the same trip. He loved Thomas then as much as Harry does now, and he had a blast.

carter with thomas

That’s Carter, back in 2010!

When we heard that A Day Out With Thomas was returning to the Orange Empire Railway Museum, we knew we had to take Harry!

time to go

But first we had a full day of fun at Disneyland and California Adventure…

60th anniversary castle

Disneyland was celebrating its 60th anniversary, and so was my mom! She was born the same year Disneyland opened.

60th celebration

We actually spent most of the day at California Adventure and, with Harrison being such a huge Cars fan, we spent most of that time in Cars Land!

Running through Cars Land

We weren’t sure how well he’d do walking around the parks, but most of the time he ran on ahead of us, thrilled to be out and about in such a magical place!

Watching Radiator Springs Racers

Not quite big enough to ride the Radiator Springs Racers just yet, but he had fun watching them! And he was big enough to ride Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree!

harry on mater's junkyard jamboree

The Christmas decorations were up, and we started to feel that holiday spirit!

Christmas decorations at California Adventure

Finally it was time to meet the Mouse himself! Harry was excited to see him but didn’t want to get too close.

harry and mickey

What he did want to do was to point out all of Mickey’s facial features, and Mickey was happy to play along! “Nose!”

mickey's nose

Harry did take a good afternoon nap, good enough to the point that we wanted to wake him up to have some more fun! We stopped for a quick bite at the Hungry Bear Restaurant where we got Harry a toddler meal- just the perfect size for little ones!

disneyland toddler meal

Then we hit some rides on the Paradise Pier.

megan and harry by mickey's fun wheel

Can’t go home without a souvenir (not when Gramma is around!), and Harry was so very proud of his Cars toys. He had to carry them around the park himself, and he proudly went up to one stranger and showed them off saying, “Look, new cars!”

cars toys

It was a magical day, but soon it was time to go back and rest for the next day’s adventures!

60th anniversary castle at night

The next morning we spent some time walking around Downtown Disney, and after lunch we headed over to the Orange Empire Railway Museum for A Day Out With Thomas!

harry is thomas

This stop of the “A Day Out With Thomas” tour was especially exciting because Percy was joining Thomas to give the kids train rides!

There were various train-themed activities happening all over the museum, so Harrison played with some train sets and visited with Sir Topham Hatt while we waited for our times to ride Thomas and Percy.

sir topham hatt

Before long it was time to ride the rails! First up, our ride on Percy!

harry and percy

harry on the train

here comes percy

Then we rode the “number 1 blue engine” himself, Thomas!

here comes thomas

hi harry

harry and thomas

What a fun and busy trip! Harrison was a total sweetheart the whole time, and I think he enjoyed the extra attention he got, having Mom and Gramma all to himself!

back home

Until next time, Thomas and Mickey!

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