You really do enjoy Disneyland more with a toddler! I’ve had my share of Disneyland visits before I had any kids, and I remember enjoying them. However, I also remember always being in a hurry to run to the next line and wait 30-90 minutes before getting on a ride. Most of our day was spent standing in line with the occasional spotting of Mickey Mouse. I mean, we even spent hours standing in one location to save a spot to watch the parade or fireworks. Regardless, it was still fun to people-watch and be present at the Happiest Place on Earth. I also remember telling myself how difficult it must be to carry around children in such a crowded place. Little did I know that Disneyland is a whole different world when you go with a toddler!
You really do enjoy Disneyland more with a toddler!
How do I know this? Well, my husband was kind enough to break the bank and purchase us two annual passes to Disneyland as my Push Gift! We hope to be able to take our two daughters to Disneyland as many times as possible to make wonderful family memories throughout 2020. Although I am 33 weeks pregnant now, we have managed to go twice since November of this year with our first born.
When we used our passes with our 2-year-old daughter for the first time, we truly entered a magical world! I have never been to Disneyland with such a peaceful mindset. My goal was not to run to get in line to ride Indiana Jones as soon as we walked through the gate. My goal this time around was to take my time, walk through the park, and enjoy my time with my daughter. I wanted her to see Mickey Mouse, see all of the lights up above, and really feel like she was at the Happiest Place on Earth. We accomplished that goal by following her schedule and being patient with everything around us. Having the annual passes did help out immensely as we understood that if we missed something, we could come back the next day if we wanted to. However, that isn’t the best part. The best part is that you truly get to see Disneyland with a whole new perspective when you have a toddler with you. It brings out the kid inside you and makes you feel carefree!
While at the park, I was able to forget about all of the stresses at home, the holiday planning and the several upcoming doctor’s appointments I have scheduled. I was focused on what was in front of us, on the family memories we were creating, and on watching my little girl’s eyes twinkle as she looked around her. It was so beautiful watching her be amazed when going through It’s A Small World and listening to the music in different languages. Disneyland was even more special because it was decorated for Christmas. She enjoyed seeing Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Mickey mouse, Tinkerbell, Daisy Duck and other characters. My daughter was having so much fun and was so brave to ride all of the rides we were able to on that single day. I was even able to ride all of the rides with her even though I’m pregnant. We took so many pictures and videos that day to ensure we caught her reactions as she saw something new. We now go through them and remember that we had such an amazing time!
If you need an idea on what activities you can do with your kiddos while at Disneyland, make sure to check out our December Holiday Season at Disneyland 2019 blog post.
So, now that I have experienced Disneyland both ways, with and without a toddler, I prefer visiting with my daughter.
I want to continue creating memories with her and hold on to those precious moments for as long as possible.