Every time I go to Disneyland, I begin the planning phase. There are lots of people who love the spontaneous route but with a family of 5 that would be very difficult. We had a range from 9 year old to infant. This blog was created to give some ideas and tips to families who plan on attending Disneyland.
Details of the trip:
Ticket type: 4 day park hopper
Hotel: Camelot King Suite
Number of people: 5 people
Character Meals: 2, Ariel’s Grotto and Minnie and friends
Hours in the park: Start at open, leave for 3-4 hours during peak hours and return for evening shows to the close.
The first day in the park was called “Izzy day” where Leia ran the show. She planned her rides and her food so we could follow her.
The 2nd-4th days were family planned. 2nd day in Disneyland, 3rd day in DCA and 4th day in Disneyland.
I usually start with the maps, I give them to my oldest and have her start making a list of 10 rides in each park.
I have a list from previous trips that I refer to for my husband and my to-do’s. We are trying to do and try everything in the parks. After 7 visits, we have yet to do it! We did cross of some things though.
Then I begin to roughly plan the days beginning with reservations. We had reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and two Character Meals. We also had to try to stay as close to nap times as possible so that we knew when the preschool danger zone was close and we could avoid in the park meltdowns.
Overall, we got to most if not all of our items. Planning has never not paid off.