So a couple of days ago, on April 2nd and 3rd, my family got the great luxury of going to Disneyland and staying at the Disneyland Hotel. When I say luxury, I really mean it. I mean…have you seen the prices of the tickets. I totally understand why they’re so expensive but we definitely wouldn’t have been able to go ourselves without my mother-in-law.
Anyways we were SO excited and the day finally came. Our bags were packed (with way too much stuff) and I somehow managed to forget to bring water. So we had to stop by a store and buy bottled water for the hotel. My recommendation: Bring about a gallon or two for the hotel room, and bring refillable bottles for the park. There are water fountains to refill your water. Unless you’re like my husband and think that water fountains are the most disgusting thing on the planet *rolls eyes*.
The first place we went was The Rain Forest Cafe in Downtown Disney for breakfast. Both Isaac and I had never eaten at a Rainforest Cafe before so we were both really excited to see the fish and the robotic animals. The staff was really friendly, but they gave us a horrible table. There were so many other tables that were larger but for whatever reason we ended up being jammed in a corner. I got eggs benedict and it was alright. The biscuits could hardly be cut through and the hollandaise seemed like it had a lot of lemon or something in it. The experience was fun though.
We didn’t tell Isaac where we were until we got off the monorail at TomorrowLand. For anyone that hasn’t stayed at Disneyland Hotel it’s really cool, because Downtown Disney is RIGHT THERE and you can hop right on to the monorail into the park.
Isaac’s favorite ride was Buzz Lightyear but he went on almost every ride at Disneyland. We even got him to go on Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain!
Tip #2: For all of those with babies like Kaelyn, there is such a thing called the “switch rider pass” on ALL rides that have a height requirement at Disneyland and California Adventure. It’s really awesome. One parent goes and waits in line, like Mark did with Isaac, and a cast member (the employees at Disneyland) either at the front of the line or at the entrance to the ride can give you a pass. All you have to do is ask! Then when the parent comes back, the parent waiting and up to two other people can go on the ride through the fast pass or exit gate.
Tip #3: If you are planning on renting a stroller ($15 a day), I recommend bringing some kind of clip(s) for storage. There is a basket on the bottom but it’s not very big. I had to unbutton the basket to put my diaper bag in it. There are also little velcro straps near the handle that you can hang bags on but they’re not very strong. The rental strollers can be taken to both Disneyland and California Adventure. There is stroller parking for every ride, but know that it has happened where someone took a stroller from there. The rentals can always be replaced for free (with a receipt) but your valuables cannot!
Meeting the characters was awesome. Kaelyn didn’t freak out like I thought she would but she was more entranced than anything. We met a ridiculous amount of characters, I couldn’t believe it! We also had the autograph book with the photo slots, so I’m excited to print out pictures and put them in there for the kids memories.
Here’s a couple pictures of 2 that we met in California Adventure:
I have so many more pictures and we made so many amazing memories at Disneyland. We went through Kaelyn screaming, Isaac whining and throwing fits, arguments between Mark and I about what ride we should go on, and it was all just part of this amazing adventure we had. God blessed us with being able to do something that we originally would not have been able to do, and we are so thankful that Isaac was able to experience Disneyland.
Tip #4: Download an app for the wait times, know which rides are closed, and don’t try to make an over-organized plan on what rides you are going on. There were so many rides that we wanted to go on but couldn’t, even having been there for 2 days! With little ones, it’s just too hard to try to wait 30-45 minutes, sometimes 2 hours, for a ride. So we stuck to all the rides with short waits, and would just go on them over and over. Know that chances are (unless you’re lucky or get a fast pass) that you probably won’t go on all the new rides. The wait time for the ride in Cars Land, the racing one, was a 2 hour wait, and the same with the Frozen Reception. What he doesn’t know about, he won’t miss. According to Isaac, he went on all the rides and he had a blast, and that’s all that matters.
Overall, just expect the worst and hope for the best. It can be so hard to do Disneyland, especially with children younger than like 7 or 8. It’s so hard for them to be patient and understand waiting in lines before that point. If you just realize that you may have to sit down, relax, and give them the time to settle down and not try to rush through everything you’ll be fine.