For our first trip to Disneyland I read everything I could get my hands on. Back then, travel guides were the thing…I am showing my age. The popular guide had a “Dumbo in a Day or Die Touring Plan.” It gave a plan that would let you see everything in the park in one day with the best route and order of rides. It was efficient and effective and exhausting. We didn’t die, but we had sore feet and cranky kids by the end of the day.
It is so easy to get caught up in trying to do everything. You want to get your money’s worth and Disney is expensive. But you came to Disneyland to spend time with your family. Enjoy your family as well as Disneyland. Spend a little more for extras like a character meal or a table service restaurant. Families don’t get enough time to just be together.
Take a few minutes and take some pictures. The new PhotoPass allows everyone to be in the picture and the Disney photographers are great. They capture that hug with TinkerBell or when Tigger grabs mom’s head. They have the right filter and lighting and everyone is in the shot. Mom can relax and be part of the fun, rather than being missing from every picture.
Life is getting faster and faster and family time is less and less. For your next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, relax and take the time to enjoy your family.