Tag: Planning Disney Vacation

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

 

Three Days in Disneyland

What is the perfect amount of time in Disneyland?  Hot Hubby and I just returned from a Disneyland adventure and we have concluded that it is three days.  Three days

 

is the perfect trip to Disneyland. We planned our trip for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the week before a long weekend.  Everyone was back in school and the park needed us.

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On the Monday, we got there at Rope Drop.  Or better, you can get there an hour before Rope Drop.  Eat breakfast at Disneyland and be ready when the rope actually drops, to run through the park.  We start with the biggest rides and ride them when the crowds are least…so we begin with Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain and then when our stomachs can’t take anymore, we head to Indiana Jones, Pirates and Haunted Mansion.

 

 

On the Tuesday, we sleep as late as we can, which is 8 am for Hot Hubby.  Then we head to California Adventure.  We start by getting fast passes to World of Color and checking out the times for Frozen.  The first ride is Guardians of the Galaxy, (just kidding, Hot Hubby and I can’t do this one).  We start in the back with California Screamin’, Toy Story Mania, Goofy’s Sky School and work our way forward.  After a few hours, we are slowing down and ready for the Frozen show, which is near Broadway quality for free!  We will Disney from dawn to dusk, because we have to see the World of Color Show, which closes the park.

Wednesday is reserved for favorites, anything we haven’t enjoyed enough to last us until the next trip and shopping.  We started in Toontown with Roger Rabbit, Go Coaster and ate breakfast at Clarabelle’s, because any excuse for Frozen Yogurt!  We have to visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their houses.  Then we ride favorites:  It’s a Small World for Hot Hubby and Thunder Mountain for me.

This year, we tried the new MaxPass which worked great in California Adventure.  It works with the Disneyland App and tracks your tickets, photos and Fast Passes.  We could request the next fast pass while we were standing in line using the first one.  A lot of our fast passes were within minutes of our booking them.   No paper, and it saved us a lot of walking!

The Disneyland App is set up with AT&T and we use Verizon, which may be why it did not work as well for us.  In Disneyland it was slow, wouldn’t connect and kept logging us out.  Because it kept trying to connect, it drained our phone battery very quickly.  Disney has installed battery charger stations, which dispense charged chargers, that you return empty for another charged one.  We just blew it off and went back to the paper system.  I cannot imagine the amount of people on their wifi and the challenge it must be.  Give it a few more months and Disney will have the wifi stronger and more consistent.

We had a great time and by three days, we were exhausted and ready for our own beds.  What do you think is the perfect amount of time in Disneyland?IMG_1627

 

Meeska Mooska!  Planning Disney World Fast Passes

Meeska Mooska! Planning Disney World Fast Passes

I am so excited to be taking my bonus granddaughters to Disney World for the first time.  I live in the Southwest, so we are Disneyland aficionados.  Disney World, on the other hand, has changed a little since we last visited.

There is a new Fast Pass system, that allows you to reserve 90 days before arrival, three fast passes for every park you are visiting.  To be successful, you need to pick three rides for each land (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).  You also need to know which day you are visiting each park.  This creates a matrix effect in my little brain and it says, “Danger Will Robinson!”

So I decided to take this a step at a time.  Today, I am just tackling which three rides I want fast passes for, then next week, I will decide which park, which day.  So when it comes time to schedule, I will be prepared.

Here is my list:

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Start with the Easiest:  Animal Kingdom
1)  Avatar Flight of Passage – the newest, latest, greatest Disney ride
2) Kilimanjaro Safari
3)  Expedition Everest?  This is a roller coaster that has a height requirement of 44″.  So we could get this for the adults and then swap off entertaining the children in Dino Land

Hollywood Studios
1) Star Tours
2) First Time in Forever
3) Toy Story Midway Mania
4) Fantasmic!
Epcot
1)  Soarin’
2) Spaceship Earth
3) Journey into Imagination with Figment
or 3) Test Track which has a height requirement of 40″ but again, the adults can trade off
Magic Kingdom  Day 1
1) Peter Pan’s Flight – this has the longest line in the park and the girls will love it
2) 7 Dwarfs Mine Ride – height requirement 39″
3) Enchanted Tales with Belle
Day 2
1) Thunder Mountain Railroad – height requirement 40″
2) Splash Mountain
3) Haunted Mansion
4) Pirates of the Caribbean if kids aren’t tall enough/don’t want railroad or Splash
Oops, I just realized that the Mickey Mouse Christmas Party and the Epcot Food &Wine Festival are during our visit.   So I will need to see when we can fit those in!
I am so excited to be visiting Disney World with kids….I hope they can keep up with Hot Hubby and me!
Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

I love to plan my Disney Vacation.  I like to learn about the new rides and which ones are undergoing refurbishment.   I like to read the Blogs about 101 Things To Do, Top 10 Things to Eat and 20 Things Not To Do.  Disney is my hobby, and I like to know all that I can.

Before a Disney trip, I study the park maps.  Look over the restaurant menus and make reservations.  Talk to friends.  Schedule my Fastpasses.  Then I create a general plan for the days.  But don’t plan every minute.  Disney is magical and you will want to have time to wander.  Take those unexpected pictures.  Share those laughs and discover the magic.

At the entrance to the park, they have a free park map.  You can pick one up for your scrapbook, but I don’t think you need the paper map anymore.  We love the Disneyland App, that lets you know what rides have long lines and we zip around looking for shorter lines.  We also watch our favorites and ride them whenever their lines are less.

The best part of Disney is that everyone can be a kid again.  Believe in Fairies.  Be a Princess.  Talk like a Pirate.  Have Fun and forget being a grown up until tomorrow.075