We recently surprised our kids with a trip to Disneyland! What a thrill it was to burst out, “We’re going to Disneyland” just 36 hours before our plane took off! I was a little apprehensive of tackling this big trip with three kids but with lots of planning and preparation we had an amazing and memorable family vacation.
Here are a few of my top tips for a great trip to Disney:
- Bring a noise machine and/or earplugs for a good night’s sleep. Disneyland attracts kids and kids staying in hotels are noisy!
- Bring an empty spray bottle. Fill it up with cold water before you leave for the park. It’s a great (and free!) way to cool down in the California sun.
- Food and drinks in the Parks are expensive - pack your own. We brought in nuts, trail mix, squeezable applesauce, granola bars and refillable water bottles. It saved us a lot of money. This isn’t to say we didn’t buy the occasional churro or ice cream cone.
- I didn’t learn about this until the very last day we were there - but there is a Baby Center in both Disneyland and California Adventures. I brought in a bottle of milk for Ella and the Baby Center had a microwave to warm it up. I felt like I hit the jackpot! It also has places to feed and change the kiddos. Wish I had known about this little gem sooner!
- This isn’t always going to be possible, but I highly recommend doing Disney with as many adults as possible. We went with my parents and sister and brother-in-law. Two adults per kid. It was so nice to have help and more enjoyable for everyone.
- Although you want to get the most money out of the very expensive park passes, staying from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with kids is nearly impossible. (Or adults for that matter!) We would get to the park when it opened and stay until about 1 p.m. We’d make our way back to our hotel for naps and swimming then head back around 4 or 5 and stay as late as we wanted. The mid-day break gave all of us a boost of much needed energy.
- Wait until the end of your vacation to buy a souvenir. Let the kids “window shop” your first few days and then let them pick out something on the last day. If you let them buy the first thing they see when you get there, you know they are going to see something else they want later too.
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