Vacation || Disneyland Essentials

Disneyland with a toddler is a whole 'nother ball game!
Josh and I learned a lot on this vacation and so I wanted to share some 
tips with you!

Tip #1
My biggest tip is DO NOT go on a holiday weekend/day.
I know, common sense right? We made the mistake of going on Columbus Day. 
We figured since Columbus Day is just a bank holiday and that most schools are
still in session, we'd be fine and that the park wouldn't be too crowded. 

Boy were we wrong! I've been to Disneyland quite a bit and this was by far
the busiest and most crowded I have ever EVER seen it. 
It was insane and pretty un-enjoyable with young children in tow. 

So now we know, never ever EVER go on even the smallest holiday. 

We usually go in October (not on a holiday) and about mid-May and 
have always been able to just walk onto the rides, so if you can, go during those times!

Tip #2
Be sure your little can handle the rides. A lot of them are dark and kinda scary. 

Before becoming a mom the last thing you think of when at Disneyland is how 
loud, dark and scary the rides can be. 

Taking Copeland, it's like all your parent senses are heightened and everything seems
much darker, louder and way scarier! Copeland really didn't like any of the rides.
Even Peter Pan, which really isn't scary at all! He didn't like the loud noises or the 

The only ride he really liked was It's A Small World. He clapped and danced and 
really enjoyed that ride! He also liked Dumbo the Flying Elephant :)

We really wanted to take him on the Winnie the Pooh ride, but after waiting 
in line for 20 minutes, it broke down and they informed everyone it wouldn't be 
running again for another 40. We were pretty bummed about it. 

Tip #3
Bring a Backpack!
When you have a stroller, it's easy to just throw souvenirs, blankets and hoodies 
in the stroller basket, but I don't like leaving things in the stroller when we go on 
rides, so my husband brought his backpack and we put everything in there easily
so that we could quickly park the stroller, grab the backpack and go.

Tip #4
Bring yummy healthy food and lots of it!
You can bring your own food into the park which is awesome! 
The food just has to be in a soft cooler. We packed grapes, yogurt, applesauce, 
string cheese, crustable sandwiches, bananas and lots of water.

It was nice to have some snacks close by so whenever Copeland got
hungry or antsy we could just give him some healthy snacks. 

We did eat a big lunch at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, but just know
Disneyland menu items can add up fast. We spent about $60 on
lunch, treats and a drink within a matter of hours. They make it pretty
irresistible when you walk past the popcorn and churro stands and then
walk by the bakeries! I think I ate my body weight in Disneyland snacks.

Tip #5
Bring a hoodie, jacket, sweater, etc. The nights can get a bit cold there 
so we made sure to have a zip hoodie for Copeland and a blanket as well. 

Tip #6
If you are able, break up your Disney trip instead of trying to pack everything
into one day. With my sisters military I.D. we were able to all get a 3-day park 
hopper pass for only $132 and they don't expire for a whole year! ** the military discounted tickets don't expire for a whole! the regular park hoppers do expire shortly after purchase** 
So even though we only went a half day and then a full day it was worth it. 
Josh and I are planning a graduation vacation for him in the spring so 
we are planning on making a stop at Disneyland since we both have an extra ticket. is another great place to get discounted Disney rates!

Tip #7
Show your Disney pride!
You're at Disneyland! Have fun dressing yourself or your littles up :)
Copeland got a lot of compliments on his custom leggings and it made for 
extra special first time Disney trip pictures :)

Tip #8
Have fun & roll with the punches :) 
Traveling with a toddler isn't always easy but it sure is fun!
Don't stress and just go with the flow!

Copeland Custom Mickey / Name Leggings 
I made these myself. I designed the
mickey ears and Copeland's name in Photoshop, uploaded the design to 
a fabric creation website, ordered the fabric and then made the leggings :)


kyland ericka allyson ruby stella ❤ said...

Such a fun trip!! Great suggestions! But with the 3 day park hopper I believe those expire 13 days from the first day you use them, Incase you were planning on using that extra day for Josh's graduation. Love your blog!

// said...

Thank you!!! You're right, I believe the regular park hoppers do expire 14 after the first use, but the military tickets we purchased don't expire for a full year :) I should have stated that better so people don't get confused haha

Love always, Jess said...

I took my husband on our honeymoon over christmas brea... bad idea. He hates crowds, so his first experience with disneyland was not positive

kyland ericka allyson ruby stella ❤ said...

Oh gotcha!! That is awesome I miss read ;)