Earlier this month Dave and I went on an excursion, with my entire immediate family, to Disneyland.  The last time we went, was nearly 7 years ago when it was just the two of us.  So, saying we were a bit nervous to take 3 children, ages four and under, would be a heck of an understatement.  But by golly, come Hell or high water, we were determined to have a good time!

After sitting down together and discussing what we both wanted out of this trip for ourselves and our kids, we came up with a flexible game plan, did a few Hail Marys, and set off to the Magical Kingdom. 

Planning for the worst, but hoping for the best, I'm pleased to say that all of our hard work paid off and the trip was an overall success!  Sure, the kids threw huge tantrums, we had a few potty accidents that may or may not have left a puddle or two in certain areas of Disneyland, our healthy diets were almost non-existent, and we were all one big hot and sweaty mess but, despite it all, we really did have a wonderful time!  

If a visit to the happiest place on Earth is in your near future, here are a few

Disneyland Tips

that will make your trip one to remember for years to come.

1. Leave the boxy diaper bag at the hotel and bring a large back pack that you can fill with sunscreen, battery powered fans, a mini-first aid kit, diapers and wipes, a toy or two for the baby, water bottle, change of clothes, and sun hats.

2. Bring strollers that have have storage baskets.

3. Take breaks throughout the day.  Whether it's to eat or rest your feet...find a nice shady spot and take a 15 minute breather.

4. Get as many Fast Passes that you can, and utilize Disney's Baby Swap and/or single rider perks to make it easier for you to get on as many rides as quickly as possible.  The last thing you want to do is wait in a 40+ minute line!

5.  Stop and see a parade or two.  Our favorites were the Pixar Parade at California Adventure and the "Frozen" pre-parade at Disneyland.

6. Treat yo self to something sweet.  For the kiddos, stop at the Coffee Shop on Disneyland's Main Street and get a Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookie.  For you, go to Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square and order their Monte Cristo Sandwich (NOTE: Make your 30 day in advance reservations HERE).

7. Grab a free souvenir pin at Disneyland's Main Street City Hall. 

8.  Stop for a photo op with the Disney characters.  You don't have to do all of them, just the ones your children are slightly obsessed over.

9. There are some rides that, even with a Fast Pass, will have a huge wait.  So, may I suggest waiting to do them in the evening between the hours of 10-Midnight?  Yes, that is an extremely late period of time for little ones, but if they are tired enough, they will sleep in your stroller and you and your husband can use the Kid Swap benefit and take turns going on the ride by yourself or with any of your children that are still awake.  

10. Go with the flow!  Sure, you may have ridden Ariel's Undersea Adventure 3 times in a row, stood in line for 20 minutes so your kids could meet Mickey Mouse, or have a plethora of images that capture your kids being anything but pleasant.  However, when it comes down to it, that's what going to Disneyland with young children is all about.  So overlook what ever you can and seek out the joy in this experience!  It will definitely be one you'll never forget, so why not make it a pleasantly memorable one?


  1. I think its great that you had a discussion before you even loaded the first diaper bag. It seems parents tend to forget that parenting in the moment is usually disastrous. Successful parenting is the planning aspect and thinking ahead. Awesome post and pictures!

  2. Dustin John,
    Thank you so much for kinds words and insight!