We went to Disneyland!! That’s right folks, we took our 3 year old and 1 year old for a week-long vacation to Disneyland and California adventures. I can safely say I have my Disney fix for another year or so. Despite the long lines and complete exhaustion at the end of every day…the trip was truly magical. We learned some things along the way so I thought I’d share my kiddos favorite rides and a few other helpful tips. Here we go:
1) The Magic Hour-I should call this the money hour. If it’s possible for you to get access to the park for the magic hour, then do it. The first day we hit the magic hour at California Adventures and were able to easily walk on to several rides. Also, the character lines are usually shorter during this hour too so we were able to quickly meet Mater, Red and McQueen. We did find that Disneyland’s magic hour was way more packed than Cali Adventures so take that in stride. Everyone runs straight for the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland so try to head there first.
2) Top Rides for Toddlers- Our kids are super into Disney movies so we expected them to love most of the rides. There were several that were requested over and over again daily though. Those rides were The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, King Arthur Carrousel and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. I must have ridden the Pooh ride at least four times a day. The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in California Adventures was also a huge hit with our kids. We did ride most of the rides at the parks including Radiator Springs Racers and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (took our 3 year old) but the kids only wanted repeats of the ones I mentioned above. We also enjoyed the Pixar Parade at California Adventures and the Paint the Night Parade at Disneyland.
3) Stay at a Disney Hotel- The amount of walking you do when your at the parks is crazy. My fitbit would have blown up if I had worn it. If there is any way for you to stay at one of the Disney hotels, then do it. It’s worth every penny. We were able to go in our room during nap times and lounge by the pool when it got too hot or crowded to be in the park. We would hit the park in the mornings and when 2 or 3 p.m. rolled around we would wander back to our hotel and swim until 5:30 p.m. and then go to dinner. It was magic. Kids won’t last at Disney all day, they will need a break and you will need one too trust me. Book a Room. I’ll say it again BOOK A ROOM! Are you getting how passionate I am about this one? Also, when you stay at the hotel you automatically get access to the magic hour. The Grand Californian hotel has an entrance right into California Adventures, which allows you to bypass the huge crowd at the entry to the parks.
Those are my quick tips for Disneyland. I’m sure I’ll think of more once my brain and body recover from our magical adventure to the happiest place on Earth.