Disneyland During the Day
The next day we went to Disneyland. Since R had a few meltdowns at California Adventure, we decided to bring the stroller. Despite the fact that he plays every sport and runs around the entire day, I think between the excitement, waiting in line and walking everywhere he was zonked.
While bringing the stroller was a schlep for us, it was a better option than dealing with meltdowns at the happiest place on earth. Plus, it offered some excellent storage space for all of the stuff we had to carry around.
E and I enjoy the occasional roller coaster but we weren’t sure if R would like them. We took him on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Much to our surprise, R had an awesome time on both roller coasters. He wasn’t scared at all and laughed the entire way. It’s amazing, sometimes kids can really surprise you.
He also adored the monorail. I think he would have been happy if we’d just gone around the park on the monorail several times. He loved looking at all of the rides from above and seeing all of the people.
Toontown was awesome because R got to visit Mickey in his Mickey Mouse house. As we expected, the lineup was very long to meet the big mouse but we waited and R met Mickey with a big smile on his face.
As we were walking around mid afternoon our munchkin fell asleep in the stroller. We knew we made the right choice bringing the stroller along and thank goodness we did. R was so tired that he slept for two hours in the middle of all of the noise and activity of Disney. We decided to stay at the park and walk around with him so that he’d keep sleeping and have a good rest. Had we gone on the ART we would have woken him up and he likely wouldn’t have gone back to sleep.
Later that afternoon we took it easy going on some smaller rides and watched the Mickey and the Magical Map show.
Disney knows kids. They have such a variety of things to see and do there’s something for everyone no matter how they are feeling. If you’re tired you see a show, if you have energy you go on Space Mountain…
Disneyland at Night
After a very full day we went to the Carnation Cafe on Main Street USA for dinner. It was simple and did the trick.
That night we watched the Paint the Night Parade. It is a truly fantastic show. Between the music, special effects and the colorful lights everywhere it was a very memorable experience for all of us. I hope Disney keeps this attraction around even after the Diamond Jubilee.
We had a great time at Disney and are looking forward to going to DisneyWorld sometime soon or heading back to Disneyland!
Here are our quick tips for visiting Disneyland:
- Bring healthy snack options. There are some places where you can find cut fruit and veggies but they are often few and far between. As appetizing as the massive turkey leg looks, I don’t think I could eat that a couple of days in a row…
- Bring baby wipes. I’m not a very particular person when it comes to germs, but there are so many people who visit Disney on a daily basis and I just think it’s wise to have a quick way to clean your hands if you can’t make it to the washroom.
- Bring an extra change of clothing for the kids. Clothing gets soaked on certain rides, sometimes kids don’t make it to the washroom in time – for a whole host of reasons I suggest bringing an extra set of clothing including socks and underwear.
- If your child is like mine and likes to rest, bring that stroller. No one is taking it. Everyone has their own and you’ll be happy if your child gets grumpy and can take a short nap.
What are your favorite tips for visiting Disneyland?
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