A comical step by step guide on how to do Disneyland with small children. Don’t worry. There are important bits and relative info in here as well.
You get the bright idea to take your kids to Disneyland.
You look at Disney prices and want to call the whole thing off.
Your search for Disneyland deals finds Get Away Today who has amazing prices on packages and lets you make payments on your vacation.
Insert heavenly singing here. The trip is back on!
Where are you going to stay? In walking distance of the gate? Good idea. But maybe you’ll stay somewhere cheaper and shuttle in. That works too.
Reflect. Are you really going back to the room during the day? I can tell you from experience that you are not. That is unless someone has an accident or gets sick all over themselves and you don’t have a spare set of clothes.
And even then you might just opt to buy them something from the gift shop instead of walking two miles back to the room. Yeah. It’s pretty far. Staying at a Disney property might be the way to go. They are seriously as close as you can get. Plus you get some perks.
Figure out how you are getting to your hotel. Shuttle? Rental car? Uber?
Realize you have some questions. Search for Disneyland Resort FAQs.
Feel like a smarty pants.
Tell your kids about the upcoming trip. They explode with excitement and bounce off the walls.
The when of this reveal is tricky because you want to do it far enough in advance to build up anticipation, but close enough that you don’t get asked “Are we going to Disneyland today?” four million times.
Watch all your favorite Disney movies as part of the hype up to the trip.
Pack for your trip.
Don’t forget snacks.
And the stroller.
Have a sleepless night before you leave because you are last minute packing and even more excited than the kids are.
Wake up SUPER early because Disneyland day is basically like a second Christmas.
Load everyone and everything into the car.
Ponder why tiny people need SOOO much stuff.
Drive to the airport while fielding “Are we there yet?” questions.
Park the car and get all the kids and all the stuff on the shuttle.
Better yet, drop someone at the loading zone with all the kids and all their stuff. Then go park the car in peace.
Check your bags and carseats while the kids run around like they’ve had several cups of coffee this morning.
Go through airport security. Remember to get everything and everyone out of the stroller so you can collapse it because that thing has to go through the x-ray machine.
Get your hands swabbed because you had to carry the baby through the scanner.
Have your bag searched because you have baby wipes in it.
Wait the swab to come back to see if your baby wipes are dangerous.
Open up the stroller and load it back up.
Walk to your gate while your kids ask about McDonald’s because they saw one in the terminal.
Draw staws on who has to take the kids on their pre boarding potty break.
Get ready for when the call families with small children to board.
Get everything out of the stroller to have it checked at the door.
Herd the children onto the plane and find your seats.
Get everyone settled.
Bust out the snacks before you even take off.
Plan to get up at least a few times because they definitely want to see the plane potty.
Once you land, start repacking all your belongings.
Get the children off the plane and back into the stroller that is thankfully waiting for you just outside.
Take another potty break.
Get down to the luggage carousal to gather all your checked belongings.
Go to the car rental and pick up your car.
Pack up the rental car which what looks to be the entire contents of your house.
Have Google navigate you to Disneyland! Well, your hotel.
Check into your hotel.
Take all your stuff to your room.
Today is a travel day, so now it’s time to rest and hit the pool. Hope you packed everyone’s swimsuit.
Get some dinner.
Try to get to bed early so that you can start the morning refreshed.
Again, Disney is like second Christmas so NO ONE is interested in sleeping.
Try to see the fireworks from your room.
Finally get everyone to sleep and drift off yourself.
Morning comes too early, but you’re excited too so you hop out of bed.
Get everyone dressed. You remembered to pack everyone’s Disney shirts, right?
Get everyone fed.
Head to the front gate.
Go through the security check point where they want to see the contents of your bags and stroller.
Get in line to get into the park.
Walk into the most magical place on Earth.
Find the closest potty.
Head down Main Street trying to not let the kids see the gift shops.
Get a photo in front of the castle.
Head to your first ride.
Get a churro.
Stop at the Mad Hatter’s and get some Mouse Ears.
Ride a few more rides.
Get some popcorn.
Maybe watch a parade. If you can find a good spot.
Yep. It’s potty time again.
Eat some lunch.
Ride some more rides.
Get a Dole Whip.
Ride the tea cups.
And, it’s time for another potty break.
Almost reach your next destination and have to stop for the second potty break in 10 minutes.
Reach the ride and now the little one is asleep.
Take turns going on some rides while the other one sits with the stroller.
That last one was too scary. Now you have to calm them back down.
Meet a character.Cross your fingers that they are calm enough to do so and won’t burst into tears the second the character waves at them.
See some shows.
Time to eat dinner!
Want to go on another ride? Nope! They are done for the day because the last ride was so scary.
Watch the firework show.
And now they’re both asleep.
Head back to the room. Hopefully your stroller holds more than one sleeping child.
Was it this far of a walk this morning?
Get everyone dressed for bed and tucked in.
Get some shut eye yourself.
Wake up early again. You can’t miss a minute of the fun that you have already paid for.
Get everyone ready.
Double check your bag.
Why did you even take snacks yesterday? No one wanted them.
Walk back to the park.
Have a fun filled day. Repeating steps 52-90 for as many days as you booked your trip for.
Pack the suitcases back up. Everything fit in there so nicely before…
Get some breakfast.
Pile into the car to head to the airport.
Unload the car and check the bags.
Get the kids through the airport to your gate. It’s not as exciting this time because you’re going home.
Get home and relax.
Think about unpacking.
Start planning your next Disney trip with Get Away Today.
This is a humorous look at traveling with children. Please don’t take it seriously and let it stop you from traveling with your kids. It really is a great experience for everyone.
Check out my other Disney posts for more fun and ideas.