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Maddy and I took a research trip to Disneyland and wrote this post of the top 10 tips if you're going on a trip to Disneyland. Maddy has been back multiple times and has told me about the even better access to things because of the app and the Max Pass and more. Well, we are leaving this weekend on our Family Reunion trip to Disneyland, so we will be updating this post soon, as well as sharing great ways to enjoy your family reunion at Disneyland. This tips on this post are still pertinent and we will be using them, but we will be sharing many more ideas in the near future! We are all so excited! There will be 22 of us and for some of them it will be their first trip to The Park. Plus, we have 4 February birthdays, so you know what that means...BUTTONS! I have never been to Disneyland in February, so I am anxious to see what the crowds will be like. They are supposed to be better, but with the new Star Wars attractions, who knows? Well, we will find out and let you know! In the meantime, if you are planning a trip, review these tips! (PS-Prices may have changed over the past 2 years.)
You may be thinking that the 5 day trip to Disneyland that Maddy and I took was just for fun and frivolity. Well, maybe it was, but we also did research! We found ways to save money, ways to get the most out of the Disney experience and to get to go on the most attractions without killing yourself doing it! You may have read all kinds of Disney tips out there, but here we are going to present some ideas you may not have heard before.
This was not our first Disneyland trip by any means. I was born and raised in California and thanks to my big sisters, I was able to go to Disneyland quite often as a kid. I remember the "E" ticket days and the no California Adventure days. That big building next to Autopia that houses Star Wars Characters and activities, used to be The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow attraction. I also remember when The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and A Small World were brand new. I have loved going to Disneyland over the years and it was important to me to get to share it with my kids, even though for many years we couldn't afford to go very often. Now, I am looking forward to going with my grandchildren. We are planning a family reunion to Disneyland in 2 years from now, when my youngest son returns home from his mission. The tips that Maddy and I are giving you today are definitely ones that we will be incorporating into our plans for that event!
Before You Go:
You can find Disney merchandise everywhere. When kids ask you for the souvenirs that they see others with in the park, just pull out something from your stash for them. One of the smart things that we saw parents do was to have little items to give kids while they were waiting in line. For example, Dollar Tree has little plastic figures of Disney characters. You could give them the ones that match the ride you are going on to get them excited instead of bored with waiting! If you look on the Dollar Tree website, there are 7 pages of Disney themed products to choose from! If you are going on a family reunion like we are with at least 10 grandchildren, buying in bulk is the way to go! Trust me, none of the little toys and items like these in the park cost only $1.00! If you really want a souvenir from within the park, make it something that you can't really find outside of the park. A very inexpensive idea for everyone is to start a collection of the pressed coins you can get from machines all over the park. You can even purchase a reasonable album to keep them in! Here is an example of the one you can find in the park on Amazon, but in this case, it is actually more reasonable to purchase it in the park!
When you are there:
We hope that these tips will help you on your next Disney vacation! Next week, Maddy will be giving that ear making tutorial and she also plans to give you a rundown on what we learned about plant based dining in the Disney parks. I am going to share my copycat poutine recipe with you soon! You won't want to miss a thing! Some of you have been following our Instagram posts while we were away and said that you really wanted that Ear Tutorial, so it is high on our list! Thanks for the feedback!
5/2/2018 04:00:59 pm
Helen & Maddie,
5/3/2018 12:29:27 am
Yes Kelly, it would be great!
3/2/2020 02:16:00 pm
What great tips! We've never been to Disneyland but we get to WDW every couple of years and many of these tips work there too.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!