I’m in the process of planning our Fall trip to LEGOLAND in San Diego. After doing a ton of research about what do do outside of LEGOLAND, my husband and I just decided to add a mini trip up to Disneyland.
One of the main reasons we’re doing this is because of Disney’s unsurpassed level of customer service. It’s one of the few places we travel to where we can truly relax. Disney Cast Members are amazing and they have the power to sprinkle Disney Pixie Dust where ever they go!
Originally published May 17, 2016 and updated July 15, 2018.
We had an amazing opportunity to go on our first trip to Disneyland last week! We went with our friends (one of whom is an employee) so we were able to explore the parks for free and get amazing discounts.
Next time we might not be as lucky and I kept that in mind while writing this blog post about Disneyland with toddlers.
My family loves going to Disneyland. I get a lot of questions about the best places to stay at Disneyland with kids. Since we’ve only experienced two hotels there, I asked my blogger friends to share their favorite Disneyland hotels for families with kids. Updated October 29, 2018.
My Mom lives in Hawaii. That means, sometimes she can get a Kamaaina discount at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. When she realized she could get a 40% off discount for a room at Aulani in February, she immediately booked us for a 2 night stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. As a family travel blogger, my first thought was how to get tons of Aulani photos where I got to be in some of the pictures. I didn’t want to spend the entire trip hauling a camera around. I wanted to enjoy our Hawaiian vacation! That’s when I looked into the Aulani PhotoPass!
I’ve been excited for Disney’s Moana for about 2 years. I’m not exaggerating. I’m a big fan of Disney movies and Polynesian culture and the combination sounded amazing! I’ve been reading about the legends of Maui since I was a kid and it made a lot of sense to me when I heard he’d be a character in the movie. If you’ve ever heard Israel Kamakawiwo`ole’s song Maui, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
Disneyland Resort is the most iconic location for a family vacation. I had never been before, but longed to go since I was a small child. After our son was born, people told us to wait until he was 5 years old or 8 years old or even 10 years old before taking him. However, when we were looking for a family vacation destination that was a short flight from Seattle, Disneyland Resort kept coming up. Our friends who also had a toddler decided to join us. So, we threw caution to the wind and booked our tickets to Disneyland with toddlers in tow.
On our first trip to Disneyland Resort, we had the fortune to get reservations for three character dining experiences. We went with a cast member and his family who had discounts on dining. The food, service and experience varied greatly between them.
Overall, I’m glad we did them but next trip we will schedule our character meals a bit differently.
This Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Review was originally published on May 18, 2016. It’s was updated March 9, 2018.
For our first trip to the Disneyland Resort, we wanted the full Disney experience. We had a 2 year old and I was 5 months pregnant. We were lucky to travel with a Disney cast member. Since we traveled with an employee, we were able to get a great rate at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on-property. They also seem to have good deals here if you are going in low season.