Tag: Disneyland

Disneyland for Spring Break?

Disneyland for Spring Break?

I know a lot of you are planning your Spring Break trips to Disneyland, so I thought I would offer my advice.

1)      Our ultimate trip is Sunday – Thursday (add a day if you want to see Harry Potter at Universal).  We drive on Sunday and arrive around dinner time.  We make reservations for Goofy’s Kitchen for Sunday night.  We get great pictures and autographs with the characters and starts our Disney trip off with a bang.

Monday:  Disneyland     Tuesday: California Adventure   Wednesday: Disneyland  Thursday: Eat breakfast in Downtown Disney and travel home

2)       Stay as close to the park as you can afford.  Use Hilton points for the Hilton.  Good Neighbor hotels are always a good choice.  Plan to stay within walking distance.

3)      Purchase your tickets online.  If your kids are younger, no need to Park Hopper, one park is enough.

4)      Download the Disneyland Mobile App.  It has Park Maps, Character locations, Wait Times, Dining Options, Shop locations, Restroom locations, PhotoPass, Entertainment and so much more

5)      Buy MaxPass.  Once in the park, this lets you get all of your Fastpasses on your phone.   It also gives you access to all of the professional photos that the Disney Cast Members take.

6)      Pack basic snacks.  Every restaurant and food kiosk offers free ice water, so with a few snacks, you can eat one meal at the Park each day.   We prefer to carry one backpack with hand sanitizer, power bars and apples.

7)      Make Restaurant Reservations  – we usually eat at two nice places each trip.   Goofy’s kitchen for the characters and Carthage Circle (California Adventure) for the relaxing atmosphere.

 Chef Pluto with girls

When you enter Disneyland, get Fantasmic Fast Passes.  These are paper tickets and do not interfere with the ride fast passes.

When you enter California Adventure, get World of Color Fast Passes.  These are paper tickets and do not interfere with your fast passes.

Have fun and ride everything once!

Best Times for Disneyland in 2018

Best Times for Disneyland in 2018

Are you planning to visit Disneyland in 2018?   When to go is the first decision!  Here is a quick overview of the best times for 2018

 Jan – Anytime after Jan 7th which concludes the Holidays

Feb – Go before the President’s Day crowds (the whole week Feb 19th)

March – Go Before Spring Break starts around March 20

April – Go After Spring Break concludes around April 8

May – Go But Skip Grad Nights which are every Friday and Saturday night in May

June, July, August – Avoid because Its Hot and Crowded

September – Go After Labor Day week

October – The Halloween Parties make this a crowded time

November – Go early before Thanksgiving week

December – If you must go in December, the last tolerable day is Dec 20th.

Fireworks over Disneyland Castle
Fireworks over Disneyland Castle

Star Wars Land opening in 2019, so this is probably the last uncrowded year for a few.  But Disney is great at handling crowds, and you just need to be prepared.

Are you making plans for Disneyland this year?

Making 2018 a Great Adventure

Making 2018 a Great Adventure

As we are winding down 2017, it is time to reflect and review the highlights of our year.  This year began with Hot Hubby and my first trip to Disneyland together.   We took a “do it all” attitude and rode every ride in both Disneyland and California Adventure.   Afterward, we admitted that we never want to ride some of them again. (see ya Tower of Terror)   But we always have our first!

We took a variety of road/plane trips to California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Florida and Nevada.  We hiked in Antelope Canyon, geocached in California, Ziplined in Park City and toured covered bridges in Indiana.  We visited Disneyland again with our youngest daughter, who taught us to MaxPass and how to get the perfect Selfie.

We spent a week in Florida with our youngest grandchildren.  Walt Disney World is really special when it is decorated for Christmas, even if it was early November and 90 degrees.  We did not get a chance to wear our matching flannel pajamas, so we will save those for next time.

We lost a dear friend over the holidays which reminds us that our time here is limited.  Let’s make 2018 a great adventure.  Let’s do something that scares us, something that challenges us, something for our health and fill the rest with family and friends.

What are your plans for 2018?



Disney with Family

Disney with Family

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.IMG_0433DLPCA_CASTLEICON1NC_20170828_8090459589IMG_1246