Day 3 – Founder’s Park and Mickey’s Halloween Party!

A few years ago I saw a clip from an Orange County news station about Founder’s Park in Anaheim, California. It’s a historical park dedicated to Anaheim’s agricultural history. It also has two impressive historic homes on site. 

The Mother Colony House is the
oldest remaining wood-framed building in Orange County. It still stands as a
symbol of Anaheimโ€™s viticulture era.  George Hansen, the
superintendent of the Los Angeles Vineyard Society, who had the formidable task
of creating a vineyard colony in a semi-arid region, built the house in 1857.  Originally
located at 235 N. Anaheim Blvd, the structure was saved from demolition by the
Mother Colony Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and moved on October 10, 1928 from Anaheim Boulevard
to its current location at 414 North West Street.

The Woelke-Stoffel
House represents the citrus era in Anaheim.  One of the
last Queen Anne houses in the City of Anaheim, it was built in 1894 for John
Woelke, a retired Chicago restaurateur.

The main attraction I wanted to come see was the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. It is the city’s first landmark tree. This
historic tree was imported from Australia by Anaheimโ€™s first nurseryman,
Timothy Carroll, and planted by the Horstmann family prior to 1876.

I know, I know.. doesn’t seem that thrilling…But wait there’s more!!!

Do you see how enormous this tree is?? It’s trunk is 8.5 ft. wide!!!

Still not impressed??’s the clencher. This tree was used by Disney as the  model for the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
(now the Tarzan Treehouse) at Disneyland!!!!! 

Epic!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope these pictures do justice to the enormity of the tree. It was huge!!! The kids had a blast climbing all over it. But be is a fig tree and it’s still producing figs…the ground is covered in figs! LOL!

 Fun little bit of trivia huh! ๐Ÿ˜›

After we left the “Tarzan Tree” we headed over to Marie Callender’s. All of them have closed in Arizona and it was the only place that sold the pie that I CRAVE! Chocolate Cream Pie with Meringue!!! 

We took it back to the hotel to eat. It was heaven on earth when I took my first bite!!! LOL!

 On our way in we had to take our 2nd annual picture here in the lobby! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

We grabbed some lunch a little bit later and then got ready for Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!!!

Eli was the Mad Hatter, I was Snow White, Alayna was Jasmine, Walker was a High Roller, and Jared was the Hulk!

Everyone thought Eli’s costume was amazing. We had people stopping us asking to take his picture! A lot of people loved Walker’s too…especially his chest hair! LOL!

We ran into some other “characters” along the way! Our friend’s the Campbell’s and Riedlinger’s joined us at Cafe Orleans for Pommes Frites, Mickey Mouse Beignets, and a new holiday Pumpkin Creme Brule! YUUUMMM!!!!

He can be a little temperamental! ๐Ÿ˜›

Are you ready for these Trick-or-Treaters??? ๐Ÿ˜€

We went around to most of the candy stations, rode rides, watched some fireworks, and hung out with great friends! It was definitely worth the admission to do at least once! 

Alayna finally got to meet Ariel too!!!

We missed ‘several’ candy stations and we still came home with almost 20 lbs. of candy!!! It was a great night! ๐Ÿ˜€

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