For those of you who follow me on IG, (@robynmeacham), you know that we LOVE Disneyland. We have annual passes and were super sad when we moved to Utah. Lucky for us, we have family in Southern California that we visit often so we are still able to use them! It has been so fun watching Saylor grow and become familiar with characters and rides, and get excited about things.
Today I’m going to talk about a few of my personal “must do’s” when going to D-Land. I am in no way a Disney expert, but I like to think I know a little more than some! 🙂
First, I recommend parking in the garage and WALKING to the park. SKIP THE TRAM! With kids and a stroller and all the stuff you bring, walking is necessary for me. On the way to the park they make you fold up your stroller, and, ain’t nobody got time for that. Honestly though, the walk is a quick 5 minute stroll and it puts you out right by bathrooms in Downtown Disney, which we always visit before entering the park!
Next, CHARACTERS. Saylor always has a few that she wants to see, and I try to convince her otherwise, haha. If she insists, my go to place is ToonTown! Maybe I shouldn’t announce that publicly though, so it stays less busy! We can always find Goofy, Pluto, and of course, Minnie and Mickey in their houses if you want to wait for them. ToonTown is tucked away and less visited than all other areas of the park, so we like going back there for a little breather. You can always find characters right when you enter the park, but those lines seem to be the longest.
My last tip for the day is the glorious FAST PASS! I’m sure you know what those are by now, but these are infinitely more beloved with having a kid. Saylor’s favorite ride for the past year has been the Buzz Lightyear right in TomorrowLand, the one across from Star Tours. The line is always at least 30 minutes and it is all outside. No thank you! The first thing we do when we enter the park is go straight there and get a fast pass! You get an assigned time to come back to the ride and bypass the majority of the line. HEAVEN SENT. Most of the time your assigned time is only about 1-2 hours later, so you have just the right amount of time to go find a character, hit up It’s A Small World, and/or grab a churro.
That is all I have for today, but I’m sure I will do another Disneyland post another time. For all your Disney lovers, what are some of your TIPS for when visiting the park?! Share your knowledge!