There are few things that excite me more than telling my kids we’re going to Disneyland in the morning! Henry is always so entranced by the Halloween vibe of the place this time of year, noticing and appreciating every magical detail, and Vivi loves trying out her meltdowns in a new environment (she decided Disneyland was quite possibly one of her favorite places so she made sure they happened regularly throughout our day).
Henry has always been a cautious creature so we usually stick to the less adventurous rides. We started our day with Peter Pan’s Flight (Henry backed out at last minute so Vivi and I flew over the London rooftops on our own). We then made our way over to “it’s a small world” which has always been their favorite (as well as mine because it’s always a short wait, the ride itself is quite long, and it’s a classic). We followed up with another classic – Jungle Cruise – which everyone always loves. I swear I wish they would bottle the smell of their different rides so I can alternate between Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. By the time we were walking into the Tiki Room, not even a Dole Whip could keep Vivi from letting the entire room know that she was over it so we took that as our cue to retreat to Tortilla Joe’s – an over-priced Mexican restaurant in Downtown Disney – for a much needed margarita lunch while Vivi naps.
We ended the day watching the parade and patting ourselves on the backs for surviving another fun but very long day at Disneyland with the kids.
A couple tips I have:
- download a Disneyland wait time app
- wait by the character entrance/exit so you can be first in line to meet them when they come out (just ask any employee where)
- retreat to Downtown Disney for a cold beer when needed
- bring pajamas! We always change them before putting them in their car seats so we can just chuck them straight in their beds at home
- park at Downtown Disney to skip the shuttles (while you will pay more for parking you won’t need to use the shuttle which I can’t stand when we have our giant double stroller).
- If your kid has a meltdown right before you get on a ride and have to abandon ship they will usually let you skip the line and jump straight on later if you kindly explain what happened.
Please let me know if you have any restaurant recommendations or tips/tricks for our next visit in January! We would love to hear them!