So as Spring Break approaches and with summer vacations not far behind, I thought I would share a few tips for your next Disneyland vacation that we plan together!
1. Mark your stroller with a brightly colored scarf, ribbon or bandana, so you can spot your stroller in the sea of strollers. Since all of you out there in cyberland registered at Babies ‘R Us when you were having little Janie or Johnny… Guess what? You have the same looking stroller as everyone else. (Except for Audra & Jon they have the stretch limo) Even worse, if you rent a stroller at Disneyland, they are all the same color and type!!! So unless you want to spend hours looking for yours…this is a great tip!
2. Visit the Baby Care Center. They provide moms a place to breast feed and there are even training toilets for toddlers. (No reason to stop the training during vacation, right?) There are also supplies available for purchase.
3. If you need a break from walking, take the train. It begins on Main Street, U.S.A. and stops in Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland and New Orleans Square.
4. Fastpass, Fastpass, Fastpass!!
Take advantage of this feature whenever possible – Grab your first Fastpass & wait until the scheduled time. It is not unusual to arrive at the attraction at 10 am to find the Fastpass time for your return is mid to late afternoon. In some cases all of them are gone by mid-afternoon! So try to get to the “hot” rides early & often. 😉
These rides usually have Fastpasses available:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Haunted Mansion (from late September through early January)
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
Disney’s California Adventure
- California Screamin’
- Grizzly River Run
- Mulholland Madness
- Soarin’ Over California
- Tower of Terror
5. Check the height requirements before you visit the park. This will prevent any surprise meltdowns because little Johnny had his heart set on riding Space Mountain but, oops, too short.
6. The park sweepers dressed in white almost always have maps and show times and parade information. Who knew? I thought they just swept…
7. Having a birthday at Disneyland? Go to City Hall on your way in. They’ll give you a personalized sticker to wear which may earn you some special recognition by characters and cast members around the park.
8. Visit the Animation Academy at Disney’s California Adventure park. This hidden gem is a lot of fun and you and your children can learn how to draw a Disney character every half hour.
9. If your rowdy bunch needs to blow off some steam, take them to visit Tom’s Sawyer Island. It’s a great place for the under 12 crowd to run around and yell, while Mom and Dad enjoy a nice sit down.
10. Finally, if you need to relax with a glass of wine after a long day in the park, visit the wine bar near Wine Country Trattoria in Disney’s California Adventure park. For me personally, I might not wait for the end of the day…