Ask Chelsea Elizabeth… all about Disneyland

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This week’s topic is… Disneyland!!! You can tell I’m dying to go again. So it’s pretty much all I want to talk about!  It really is the happiest place on earth.

Q: What’s tips do you have for taking toddler’s to Disneyland?
A: I love this question. I get asked this question every time I go. I try to give the kids a chance to get their wiggles out when I first get there. We’ve usually been stuck in the car for 2 hours and the last thing they need is to go straight into a 30 minute line.  We usually head straight to goofy’s playhouse. Sometime’s we’ll stop at Small World if the line is really short.  Toontown is a great place for the little ones to run around.  When the kids need a break we’ll usually walk to another part of the park. Chances are they will fall asleep before we get there!  I try to have toys or snacks for when we wait in line. I never go on a ride with a line longer then 20 minutes.  There’s a ton to do besides go on rides. We watch shows, parades and explore the area.  It’s an adventure!

Q: What do you guys feed your kids at Disneyland?  Not snack type things, but something more of meal. We’ve been a ton and still can’t find anything D will really eat.
A:  If I’m going to buy food my kids always love the corn dog.  I usually buy just the corn dog, not the meal. You can ask of for it, it’s not on the menu and a few dollars less.  I usually pack food.  I love making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I make them the night before, cut them in quarters and freeze them.  I’ve tried packing turkey sandwiches a lot and they never like them.  To get some protein in them I’ve been packing snack ziplock bags full of turkey, cheddar cheese, and grape tomatoes.  I’ll give them some crackers on the side.  Another protein bag I pack is cooked hot dog, mozzarella cheese and raisins.

Q: What’s the coolest parade/show/etc you’ve ever seen there?
A:  World of Color!!!!  It’s the best!  I recently saw it with lots of Frozen in the show.  I love how it’s always different.  Keeps you going back :)

Q: What’s your favorite hotel near Disneyland and why?
A: I have three that I recommend!

  • Carousel Inn & Suites – I’ve stayed here many times.  It’s right across the street from Disneyland. It’s clean, decent and affordable.  I love that it’s right next door to McDonald’s and a mini mart.  It’s great for a place to sleep when taking the kids to Disneyland.
  • Disneyland Hotel – If I was going to stay during the summer I would definitely stay here with kids!  It was the best mini water park. The kids loved it. It’s walking distance to the parks too.  Great for mornings at Disneyland and afternoons at the pool.
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel – It’s modeled after the resort in yosemite.  It’s so cozy and elegant.  It’s attached to California Adventure, and they let you in to the park an hour before it opens.   I would love to plan an adults only trip to disneyland and stay at this hotel. You can totally stay here with kids. But at these prices I’d love to take advantage of all it has to offer in fine dining.

Q: Disneyland can be so expensive, especially with kids in the “can I please have …?” phase. What are some ways you save money when you go?
A: I pretty much try to pack everything when I go to Disneyland.  It costs me $60 in gas & $16 in parking before I’ve even entered the park.  I save money by buying little toys at the dollar store before I go. The kids love stickers, bubbles, figurines and glow sticks.  They always seem to have Disney swag.  I pack my own food and drinks too.

Q: What is something you would recommend NOT to do at Disneyland?
A:  Take toddlers on the “dark” rides.  Snow Whites “Scary” Adventure is actually really scary for little kids.  Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is another ride that is pretty scary for little ones.

 

 

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