Are you thinking Disneyland is just for kids? Have you ever thought to surprise Grandma (or Grandpa) with a trip to Disneyland? Can you imagine doing one of those “We’re going to Disneyland” surprise videos for a Grandparent? Yes! Taking Grandma to Disneyland is a real game-changer, people!
Some back story: Last summer, we had a family wedding in Malibu, CA. It was a destination wedding that featured an array of amazing festivities and included family from all over the world. However, the reception was adult-only. At the time, our family had a 3.5-year-old and a 9-month-old. We knew that we wanted to bring our kids for the weekend to be around family we don’t see often, so we asked my Mom if she’d come along to watch the kids.
After she agreed, I figured we might as well incorporate a stop at Disneyland since we’d already be so close! My Mom had never been to Disneyland before and I figured this would be a fun way for her to spend time with her grandsons. She thought it was an interesting idea and was on board for the adventure.
Here’s why YOU should invite Grandma on your next Disney adventure:
Grandma = Extra Adult
Are you tired of pushing the stroller? See if Grandma wants a turn. Does your toddler need ANOTHER potty stop? Grandma would be honored! Is your shirt soaked with sweat from babywearing? Grandma would love some baby snuggles! Grandma provides an extra set of eyes, hands, and ears. There are very tangible ways having Grandma around will benefit you.
Just as importantly, your kids get to be in the Happiest Place on Earth with quite possibly one of their favorite people.
Disneyland Resort Rides
Does your kid want to go on a ride that’s not your favorite? Grandma to the rescue! One of my favorite things about Disneyland is that adults ride alongside children. This gives a lot of opportunity for parents (and Grandparents) to experience Disneyland through the eyes of a child. My oldest rode Dumbo the Flying Elephant on our trip to Disneyland Paris last year. He couldn’t wait to show Grandma how he could make Dumbo go up and down. She was thrilled to get to share this magical moment with her oldest grandson.
Explaining Disney Movie Plots
Does your child repeat themselves? My son is a very enthusiastic storyteller and he loves to tell the same story over and over again. My Mom has not seen many Disney movies, therefore she was very receptive to my 3-year-old telling her the plot of each movie. This ended up being a good conversation starter for both of them.
The one Disney movie she had seen was Moana (we saw it together on opening weekend) which made our Moana character experience extra fun! That’s a good thing, because my preschooler insisted we wait in line TWICE to meet her.
Maximizing the Stroller Pass (aka Rider Switch)
Did you know that a stroller pass is good for up to 4 people? This enabled me to ride Soarin’ Over the World twice: once with my husband and then again with my Mom.
This also works with Fast Passes. We grabbed Fast Passes for Radiator Springs Racers and could have combined it with the stroller pass to go twice. This is good to know for our next trip when our oldest should be tall enough to go on the ride with me while my husband stays with our youngest (and vice versa.)
Night Out at Disneyland (Thanks to Grandma!)
On our last day at Disneyland, my Mom’s legs were a bit tired from trekking across both parks all week. She kindly offered to take our baby back to the hotel so we could get some quality time with our oldest. It was so much fun to be able to go on special rides and stay up late to watch the Electric Parade!
Had we stayed longer at Disneyland, we could have had a day where Grandma stayed at the hotel with the boys and my husband and I could have had a day at the parks without kids. Just putting that out there for next trip 🙂
At the end of our trip, we purchased a silhouette of my oldest and his Grandma. It’s the best souvenir we could have gotten to commemorate such a wonderful trip! Every time we look at it on our wall, we talk about how this was such a fun vacation!
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