If you read my post about experiencing Disney for the first time, then you’ve been expecting this post. Our babies had a ball! Arriving at Disneyland later in the afternoon I think offered a different feel than arriving at the morning hours and everyone is vibrant, fresh and ready to take it all in. We had a 4 hour trip and had the opportunity to have the kids rest. While others were just hitting their low end of their day at the park, we arrived ready to go and experience all the details they offered.
Here are 5 top things to do when experiencing Disneyland for the first time:
- Whatever time of day you arrive, arrive rested. Disneyland offers a boatload of visual stimulation and it would be a shame to miss out on any of it.
Should you bring Snacks?:
- Have snacks packed while in the park to get you to your main meals. This is essential because unless you have fast passes for all the rides (which isn’t possible) you wil want to keep those kids happy.
- Plan early in your budget for savings of treats that you know you will want to get for your kids. Planning enables you to purchase those items at the park that your children will see but won’t give you regret come your next month credit card statement or wondering why there’s no milk in the refrigerator
What to Wear:
Unless you are staying at the California Grand Hotel, you will be in for a walk. We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel and while it lends itself a very nearby option, there still is quite a walk from the Disneyland Hotel to the actual park. Lot’s of great things to see along the way but attending events and costume changes (for the Halloween events) sometimes will have you feeling like you have become a human bus going from hotel to park.
Plan your Money:
Oh I can talk about this one all day. Did you know you can purchase Disney dollars at any disney store and use it in the park. If you’re on a budget and want to make sure you stay within your relm of spending, this is a great option.
Planning your rides:
Disneyland & California Adventure are BIG parks and fill up with riders fast. Sounds silly but taking the time to visit the site and check out the map for popular rides to get on will save you time instead of wondering the park aimlessly. And don’t forget they offer “Holiday Time at Disneyland” Tour. I had no idea this was a service Disney catered to but something definately worth checking out so you don’t miss a thing!
Having our twins first experience at Disneyland on a Halloween event was magical. Though we didn’t get to take in the Fantasmic Show, the Fireworks Spectacular and of course Mickey’s Halloween Party were both amazing! It also never hurts to meet up with awesome bloggers.
By the way, it was 1,000 outside (for me) and the shine you see on my forehead is real….this mama was boiling!
After a fabulous night of candy, popcorn, rice crispy treat (which I highly recommend) we tucked ourselves into a the pretty little space we called our Disney room. The room itself was magical an sweet. I love the below image because it absolutely shows the mood for that moment.
Me taking pictures, my cowboy – crashed out, and the kids…the kids, so excited that they are jumping all over the place. That’s why they are blurry over in the right side. They were reading to each other and getting excited at the same time. It was sweet to watch.