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Disneyland is such a fun place to take your kids - but you have to be prepared or you can have a miserable time. First, choose the day you go carefully! If you can, come during the week since it's much less crowded. Come early as lines aren't as long first thing. Also, the earlier you go, the closer your parking tends to be. Bring plenty of snacks and your own water bottles. Food and beverages are expensive! Take advantage of fast passes. But most importantly, HAVE FUN!
I know many say that kids need to be older to enjoy Disneyland but my 3-year old loved it! BUT we didn't get to do EVERYTHING we planned and she was okay with that! It is crowded, VERY crowded but we expected that. Food is always a fortune there but we did bring our own snacks and water so we didn't have to buy snacks. We had the option to leave the park for lunch but chose to stay and suck up the cost of a Disneyland lunch. My daughter was not interested with the characters; she didn't want anything to do with them. We ventured into Minnie's house but she opted out of meeting Minnie and taking a picture with her. I would never force her so that was fine with both of us (the line was long anyway) and we moved on. Overall, we had a wonderful time. We will be returning this month and taking her little brother...this will be interesting... :)
I know my title sounds harsh, but hear me out. I Love Disneyland, I would go once a year if I could afford it. I'm one of those people that had a hard childhood and grew up fast. I'm also one of those people that when I go to Disneyland I wear poneytails and I let my innerchild have a blast. There is something about Disneyland that feeds that little kid in me and makes me feel like life is okay. Alright, so what about my title? I think a kid needs to be at least 5 to enjoy Disneyland, and for some that may even be a little to young. I see Parents shoving terrified three year olds up to Micky, and dragging crying toddlers around. Oh, and what about the infamous holding a baby outside the Tiki Room. What's that about anyway? Why bring a baby? I learned this from experience, ya know. My daughters first trip to Disneyland was when she was three and a half. Her first ride was Pinnochio. That scared the crap out of her and I spent the rest of the day convincing her that the rides weren't all a decent into Donkey Changing Hell. 5 was her next trip, and she had fun, but it wasn't until she was 8 that she really had a blast. My daughter is now 21. We are best friends and still, to this day, if someone said "Here, you have $600 bucks. What do you want to do." Immediately we weould say in unison...."Disneyland."
this park is so magical that even as an adult it is intoxicating. When my husband and I were first married we went and it was a blast just the two of us. Years later we have gone several times with our children and it is even more magical. I love seeing our children being entranced with the characters and enjoying seeing their dreams come to life. I recommend going to the back of the park and then working forward. So many people go to the first ride they see and work back. When we start in the back and go forward, there are many rides we get right on without any wait before the masses arrive.
If you are looking for something to do, this is the place! Being the smaller of the Disney parks, Disneyland is easy to do in a day if you get there early enough. Put on comfortable shoes, grab a camera, and get ready to have some fun! Lots of shows and rides. If something has a long line, keep moving. Don't waste your time waiting in line if you don't have to. There are plenty of options, and if you choose carefully (meals, parades), the rides are almost empty.
I grew up in California, so I grew up going to Disneyland as opposed to Disney World. It does feel small because of how many people go there, but it really is a magical place for kids through adults. Love all the rides and shopping and food. You can check out Downtown Disney while there.
We grew up going to Disneyland as a family. Only problem is how expensive it is, and the crowds. However, if you go on the right day and utilize their fast pass system, you can beat the crowds. Totally worth getting a hotel down there too, so you don't have to sit both ways in CA traffic. I can't wait to bring my own kids someday!!
Love it! All this time (been coming for decades) and I did not know/realize that there were multiple /different experiences when you go on the ride. So cool! My son and I loved it. FYI - doesn't matter where you sit, still get same effect and great 3D effects. Btw, the fast pass is the way to go too so skip the long wait times.
This is one of the best places on Earth! I'm 44 years old and I felt like a kid in Disneyland. I really liked the boat ride Mississippi River style. If any place is suited for kids, it's Disneyland. I don't really know what to say except Get there as soon as you can! Your kids will be grateful and will have the time of their lives, and so will you. However, some rides are a bit expensive so keep that in mind. Other than that, bring some snacks and you're ready to go!
I love Disneyland! It's been over 7 years since the last time I went with my husband and kids. It's a great place to take your kids and feel like a kid again. I really hope that I can take my kids again soon. On our next visit I would love to be able to stay at a hotel and go to the park for at least 2 days so we can take our time and really enjoy it!
Amazing. Just amazing! GET TO THE PARK EARLY. That is seriously the best advice I have. It was crazy busy when we were there, but with a little smart planning and getting there early we managed to get everything we wanted done by lunchtime, and then we headed across to California Adventure for some family time. About that, the rides here are really nice and not scary at all. Your kids will have an amazing time. Every single staff member we encountered was amazing, and it really felt like everyone wanted us to have the best experience. We did. Make use of the Fastpass system - it will save you hours of waiting in line.
This year was our first visit to both Disney parks. We truly felt the whole experience as happy, fun, exciting! The kids absolutely love it! Despite the long waits at the newest attractions in Cars Land the entire experience was incredible. The Grand Californian was an experience unto itself. The only thing that was a bit upsetting was that they didn't allow the kids to bring in the bags they brought with snacks, but other than that it was a great experience! We'll definitely go again.
Before we took my two kids, who are eight years apart, I had only been to Disneyland when I was around 10. I was unprepared by how over-the-top fun it was. In a way I wasn't looking forward to the trip. I thought it would be exhausting and artificial. OK, so it was both of those but it was fabulous and inspiring and incredibly fun. Best, it was a vacation that my two kids, one a teen and another a kindergartner, could enjoy equally, but for different reasons. My teen son for the thrills; my young daughter for silliness and small thrills like the spinning teacups and "It's a Small World."
I absolutely love Disneyland! We took my 1-year-old and 3- year-old last year for the first time. They had a great time! My 3-year-old was really in to the rides and the characters! She had a great time seeing different parts from the movies on the rides. We will definitely go again!
It's Disneyland! We used to go all the time, like 5 times a year. You and your kids, especially kids, will have a blast here! Even if you don't go on every single ride you'll have fun watching others. The lines get really long, and whenever you see an estimate of waiting times, double it! Be careful, Disneyland is expensive, so make sure you fill up your wallets. The food is mediocre, but quite overpriced, so I suggest not eating at lunch times.
In the end, your kids will have the time of their lives. You may not. It's quite expensive and sometimes annoying for adults.
Being a So Cal resident, we have discovered that when you go when the weather is a little drizzly/sprinkly the lines are shorter! It does keep a lot of people from going, expecially the season pass holders who can choose a better day anytime. My kids think of it as an adventure.. :)
My family relocated to Southern California in 2011 and the first thing we did was purchase Annual Passes to Disneyland. We love going to Disneyland about 1-2 times a month. What can I say? It is just magical. We enjoy the attractions, entertainment, characters and Cast Members. My 4-year old always wants to watch the parade and get his picture taken with new characters and also the ones we seem to see everytime. My 7 year old loves to hit the thrill rides like Indiana Jones and since he has the gift for gab, he enjoys talking and interacting with the amazing Cast Members all over the park. From pin trading to special treats, live entertainment to attractions, Disneyland has it all. Every visit is a new adventure and we hope to continue building our magical memories that will last a lifetime! I do have quite a few tips for families visiting Disneyland. We always pack snacks in our backpack. You can bring in food/water as long as they are not in glass containers. I have found a soft sided lunch bag works great. I usually make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pack juice boxes and other various snacks to keep the kids happy. If you are staying at a nearby hotel over a few days time, make sure to stock your room with plenty of snacks to refill your lunch bag each day. We usually pack a lunch and then purchase our dinner at the park. Also, you can get complimentary water at any of the sit down restaurants in Disneyland. All you have to do is ask. Another tip is to utilize the Fast pass system whenever possible. This saves so much time standing in long lines. Also, if you have a child who is not tall enough to ride, but have another child who is, take advantage of rider swap. Just have everyone in your party get in line together and once you get to the front of the line let them know you want to rider swap. They will give you a pass. Then you and the older child go on the ride while another adult stays with the little one. After you get done with the older child, you take the ride swap pass back to a Cast member and the other person can ride with the older child while you stay with the younger one. This way you do not have to stand in line twice. We have taken advantage of this many times. Disneyland has so much to offer families and I find the Cast Members very eager to help in any way possible. They truly want you to have a magical time.
I've visited Disneyland with my son and his Grandma on two occassions. We always visit in early May before schools get out to avoid the crowds. May weather is warm, but not hot. It's very comfortable.
I almost feel like Disneyland is more a park for little girls than little boys. Don't get me wrong, my preschool-aged son loved his time at the park, but Disney is all about the princesses if you know what I mean. Also, almost every girl in the park wears Minnie ears, so plan ahead and pack yours or make sure to take some home with you for future return visits. Last time we were at the park, I watched a man propose to his fiance and it was pretty darn cute.
My favorite rides at Disneyland include the train that goes around the park, the Goat Petting Zoo, and the Buzz Lightyear Ride. I'm also a huge fan of the parade, it rocks! It's good to hunt out a spot early, so you can secure front row seats to the parade when it starts.
-Empty water bottles can be refilled in the park
-Souvenirs can be purchased for a fraction of the cost at the Anaheim Walmart
-Dress in layers
What I love most about Disneyland is no matter how many times I've been there (and that is a substantial amount of times) there is still something new to discover each and everytime. One of my favorite things to do when my family and I have had enough walking around the park is to go learn how to draw disney characters in the back of the California Adnevture Park. Its also fun to keep an eye out for all the hidden Mickeys. Those are objects shaped like Mickey's head hidden around the park.
I am probably the biggest fan of Disneyland you will ever find - but I have to recommend NEVER going to Disneyland during the Christmas season. This was our first time and we were very excited to experience the Holiday magic. Unfortunately they cancelled almost everything we came to see (candle lighting ceremony, holiday parade, fantasmic) when they got light rain showers. It was very upsetting considering we had never experienced the resort during the holidays before. I would have thought they would know it could rain in December, and that they would have figured out options - but sadly they didn't.
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