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Planning a Trip to Disneyland
We'll be flying to D-Land this summer and will need a taxi from John Wayne Airport (SNA) to the hotel near Disneyland. Since there are 5 of us, including 2 kids in boosters, and a lot of luggage (traveling for 3 weeks right after the park) we always seem to need a minivan these days. Can you recommend a specific cab company to call in Anaheim to pre-arrange, or tell us your experience? Is it easy to find a mini-van cab at the airport? Do we need to call ahead, or not? Supershuttle charges per person, so a cab seems like a better deal(??) Thanks! Disney Bound
I didn't actually use them because, sad to say, it turned out to be more cost-effective to rent a car for me. (which might be the case for you as well). But I'd bet you could google Disneyland Taxi and come up with something reasonable (that's how I got my taxi ride from Oakland to home!) janet
Our family might have an opportunity to go to Disneyland during Spring Break, but I am concerned/wondering about the crowds. We went in January a few years ago and it was amazing. No lines anywhere. Rode whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. Rode even the most popular ones multiple times. I cannot imagine going when there are summer-like crowds and am definitely not willing to wait an hour or more for a ride. Has anyone been to Disneyland during Spring Break? What were the crowds like? --No crowds, please!
If you can't deal with crowds, don't go during Spring Break or any other time when school is out. They bring in more staff to accommodate the extra people, but everyone is still packed into the same small park and getting from one place to another or finding your group becomes very tiresome. Elaine
Let me tell you that it was a waste of our time and money and I was so disappointed seeing the crowds everywhere (I mean crowds!). The kids didn't have fun waiting in long lines that took about 40-60 minutes per ride. They got tired of the crowds on the streets because it took long to get from one attraction to the next. The lines to get into the park, the time you wait to meet the Disney characters in person, the large number of people who wanted to see the parade, the lines to get drinks or food ... drove me crazy!
Thinking what a blast we had at our first visit, I can only recommend everybody to re-think visiting Disneyland during spring break! A Fan of the Mouse but not the crowds
I haven't been to Disneyland in years. I'm lookind to take my family 2 adults and 4 kids to Disneyland right after shool starts. (I've been told right after school starts is when Disneyland is less crowded. When I looked a the admisson costs I had a heart attack, it's around $80. I've been seeing 5 day ticket packages which brings the cost of admission to $35. I'm wondering if anyone has recently been to Disneyland and can give me some advice on how to save money on admission and where to stay. Thanks
1) There are a ton of sites on the web that can give you tips on traveling there and saving money. www.mouseplanet.com is a good one.
2)I like the travel agent www.getawaytoday.com for good package deals. Their prices include hotel, park admissions and all taxes. They charge a $20 booking fee but the first prices you see are basically what you get. Book online for a $10 booking fee credit (or mention that deal to a phone agent and they will give it to you as well).
3)Your park tickets will be the majority of the cost of your vacation. There is little you can do about this. Buy them before 8/23 when online ticket prices go up (ticket booth prices have already gone up and are always higher than online prices anyway). I have heard you can sometimes buy partially used park hopper tickets on ebay but I have also heard that there is a high potential for being scammed by that.
4)Try to save $$ on food and hotel to keep costs down(pack snacks,bring your own water bottles, eat outside the park). As far as hotels go, there are some great deals out there. The ones in walking distance to the park are more expensive but worth it to me as you have more flexibility and do not have to pay for parking or shuttles, which can add up. Getawaytoday has a great pdf map on their site that shows where the hotels are in relation to the park.
5) try to look at/buy a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland befoe you go. I found it helpful when I first returned to Disneyland as an adult with kids. Have a great time! Jennifer
Our favorite place to stay and I think it would work very well for your large family is Residence Inn Maingate (Anaheim). It's an easy walk to the park,(they also have a shuttle, it's extra $, but not expensive) they have large family suites with kitchens and a free continental breakfast. Having a kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave/stove will save you MAJOR $$ for snacks and/or meals. There are several close grocery stores, and the hotel has a grocery service as well.
As for time of year we have been in the fall, at the holidays and in the summer. By far the best time to go is either in the early fall or before the holidays and and after the Halloween decorations come down. For both these times weekdays are best.
Park Hopper tickets are the only way to go. Both parks are fun and older kids especially will enjoy California Adventure.
For meals in the park, we have found the food to be much better in California Adventure. Our favorite is the Boudin Bakery chilli/soup bowls. They are good, filling and reasonably priced. Cal. Adventure closes pretty early in off-season to be sure to notice the times.
Another tip is to check the Disneyland website for park hours and closed attractions so that you will not be disappointed if your favorite ride is closed during your stay. The park hours are dictated by the popularity of any particular time of year, so the days that the park stays open late are more popular (read crowded) times to go.
My last tip is to check the Los Angeles School District website and or Orange County school district website(s) to see if there are any random days off that are not holidays. We've heard of people who planned for an uncrowded day only to be surprised by crowds due to a ''teacher work day''.
Have Fun!!! love uncrowded Disneyland
A group of approximately 60 plus high school students with teacher and parents are planning to travel to Los Angeles and Disneyland in June 2010. We would like to get travel tips for transportation, food, and lodging. What were some creative alternatives that helped your group spend less, eat well and healthfully, survive heat, and have fun? We would like to hear your dos and don'ts, musts, and what to expect. Recommendations for places to eat and shop for food are also welcomed. Thanks! Denise
While there I made this list, because a lot of hotels will say they're walking distance and that can mean a lot of different things. Close hotels are: Desert Palms (Katella Blvd), and the following hotels on Harbor Blvd, right across from the main entrance to Disneyland: Desert Inn & Suites, Anaheim Inn (Best Western), Alpine Inn, Anaheim Plaza, Del Sol Inn, Park Vue Inn, Carousel. We had all our meals at Disneyland, so I can't help you there, except that I think the food at California Adventure is better than the food at Disneyland.
It also saves time if you buy your tickets on line. You can print them out on your home computer.
As for rides, you can use your park entry ticket to get a ''fastpass'' which allows you to skip big lines by giving you a time window in which to return. Use them carefully because you can only get one ''fastpass'' every 2 hours. Be sure everyone saves their ticket. You need a handstamp AND your ticket to re-enter the park. We got the park hopper tickets which allow you to go from Disneyland to California Adventure in the same day. Its fun and very easy. Sue
Upon arrival, take groups of kids to Von's (like Safeway, a short drive down S. Harbor Blvd.), where they can buy fruit, ready-to-eat-veggies, instant oatmeal, cereal, milk, bread, cold-cuts, cheese, jam, peanut butter, yogurt...paper plates, and plastic utensils...so they can have snacks on hand and make sandwiches. Most of the hotels have free breakfast, and have little shops to buy snacks, drinks, etc. Disneyland food is expensive, and we've taken sandwiches in for our kids. They've never questioned it. Pizza places and other restaurants deliver to the hotels; that's fun and you don't have to take over an entire restaurant. If you want to eat out, call ahead to make sure they can accommodate you. There are lots of restaurants within walking distance. Go out to eat in smaller groups to make it easier.
The heat--do the outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours. Do the indoor stuff or hit the pool during mid-day. Bring water to the park with you, and use it to douse your hats and shirts if it's hot! A wet shirt is a great way to keep cool. It's very kid-friendly there for kids of all ages. Be sure to watch the fireworks in the park at night! Have a great time! heidi
The info in the archives is from 2005 on this subject so I thought I'd check. We are going to Disneyland for the first time in December. We are looking at splitting a Disneyland Parkhopper pass with another family who is going the week after us. Are the tickets transferrable or do they track who purchsed them? Fan of the Mouse
We are headed down to Disneyland with our 18 month old and 3 year old for the first time. Can I bring my Phil & Ted's double stroller into the park or is it going to get swiped while we are on a ride?! I am already bringing it for the convenience in the airport and getting around the hotel area, etc. But should I leave it at the hotel for the Disneyland day and rent one of theirs? I read from a past post that it's kind of hard to get a double stroller there. Please help!! Can't afford to buy another double!
Of course, you wouldn't do something ill advised like leaving a purse or an expensive camera/case in the stroller, so I am confident in saying stroller theft will not be a problem.
During peak attendance times, a double stroller will be very painful.....it will really slow you down navigating the substantial crowds getting from ride to ride. Do you have a friend who would loan you a ''Sit and Stroll'' or other narrow profile double?
Many, many people take children under age 5 to Disneyland. But like any other outing with that age group, you'll have to head back for naps, which makes a hotel either on property (one of the Disney properties) or at least one of the local hotels with a free shuttle very attractive or parking and reparking will make re-entry pretty miserable, if not impossible. Disney veteran
I'm planning a day at disneyland in January of 2008 with my 2 and 4 year olds. I have only been there a couple of times and I remember that it involved a lot of walking and lines. Should I bring my double stroller - mostly I think only my two year-old will use it and I'll put stuff in it but it is pretty big and I'm wondering if it will be more trouble than it's worth. I can bring a back pack to carry my youngest but that really limits the amount of other stuff I can take for them. I think I will have another adult along to help out. Also I'm wondering if there is a specific part of the park we could aim for for that has lots of activities for this age group. disney-bound
1) Definitely bring the stroller, or at least a single stroller. Disneyland is stroller friendly and there's stroller parking outside of every ride. It's a big park and kids get tired walking around, and you'll get tired carrying everything on your back.
2) It's hard to do everything in one day, so plan ahead. Is there one ride or area that you don't want to miss? Depending on how popular it is (the new Nemo submarine ride, for instance) you might want to get to the park as soon as it opens to get in line. Or, you can get one ''fastpass'' ticket for a ride that allows you priority entry at a certain time, but you can only get one fastpass at a time.
3) The California park is much quieter and has fewer lines than Disneyland.
4) Two areas that would be great for two and four year olds: Toon Town in Disneyland and A Bug's Life (or A Bug's Land? or something) in California Adventure. Toon Town is a bit like a cartoon jungle gym while Bug's has fun, mellow rides for little ones.
5) If you can, bring in food and water. It's really expensive inside the parks. The least expensive food I've found is a McDonald's near Paradise Pier in California Adventure.
6) The shows are really pretty cool -- fireworks, electic parades, 3-D shows. If you can schedule one in, it would be worth it. The California park closes at 9pm and then everyone heads over to DL to see the fireworks.
7) My brother taught me this: put a piece of paper with your name and phone number on it in your kid's pocket. DL is really crowded and it's easy for kids and parents to get separated.
8) The Buzz Lightyear ride in Tomorrowland is also good for younger kids -- and adults like it too.
You'll have a great time! Have fun... jodi
The best spot for children's rides is Fantasyland. However, my daughter at age 2 enjoyed all the rides that didn't have a height requirement, even Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion (might be scary for some kids). Don't forget the rides on Main Street (old cars, horse-drawn carriage) and the railroad if your kids like that; less waiting there, too. Again, check out the website - lots of information there - and the park map.
I've heard some people mock Disneyland, saying, ''Why are people there so happy/nice all the time?!'' Well, that is the best thing about it! Disneyland is extremely child-friendly. If you are holding a tray of food and trying to push a stroller at the same time, just ask someone for help. If you have another adult, even better to save a table and leave the kids there while the other adult orders.
A few more tips: Skip California Adventure (unless you're there for several days). As for Disneyland, there is a nice children's room at the end of Main Street for miniature toilets, changing tables, eating area w/microwaves, etc. Disneyland doesn't allow you to bring your own meals but allow children's snacks - they've never questioned our lunchbox. Get there EARLY (even an hour or more before opening, if you can) because you have to jump through lots of hoops just to get in (line in parking lot, line for tram, line for security check). It sounds bad, but after you're in, it's great. Granted, I've never gone at a super-busy time and am generally patient with lines if I know to expect them. Food is not very good and is expensive; some restaurants have better selection/quality than others. Try Plaza Inn or specialty carts. Have a great time! Wish we were going, too. I Love Disneyland
If your kids won't be sitting in the stroller, I'd recommend not taking it. Depending on the time of the year when you go, trying to push a stroller through the crowd will be far slower than walking.
There are plenty of rides that your 2 and 4 year olds will enjoy. Everything in Fantasy Land will work. Although my 2 year old did not like the dark rides (Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White...) However, Dumbo, the Carousel, Storybook Land (boat ride), Casey Jr.'s circus train were all hits with her. Then there's Toon town where they can meet Mickey, Minnie inside their respective houses. The characters will also hang out at various sites throughout the park, marked on the map. You'll always find Mickey on Main Street. Winnie the Pooh ride is over in Frontierland next to Splash Mountain. You can find the princesses next to the castle. Fantasmic is one show not to be missed when it is scheduled (evenings, worth staying up for, my 2 year old did not blink once through the 9pm show).
California Adventure has It's a Bug's Life play area for kids. The fountain is a great hit with kids during the summer. There's Heimlick's train. And lots of opportunities to meet the characters. This park has fewer rides overall for young kids. Your 4 year old might like Turtle Talk in the backlot.
As for supplies, they do have lockers inside the park if you need to stow some stuff. I would recommend bringing as little as possible to make it easier to get on rides. If you make purchases through out the park have your packages sent to your hotel if you are staying on the Disney property or have it sent to the front gate to be picked up when you leave the park. Give them 2 hours to transport your package to the front or hotel.
If you are going in the next couple of months, the Haunted Mansion will be decorated for Holloween and It's a Small World will have Christmas decorations. Feel free to e-mail me with more questions. One happy Disney fan. Crystal
I recommend just taking a single stroller as a double may be too bulky to lug around (although the park is very stroller friendly).
There is plenty to do for that age group (Toon Town, Fantasy Land, etc).
If you can, it also helps very much to stay in a hotel close to the park such as the Grand Californian or Disneyland Hotel. Then you can leave the park for nap time and easily return later. Have Fun!
My best advice is to invest $15 in purchasing the RideMax software (www.ridemax.com). Based on historical data from the park, this program allows you to choose which rides you want to go on (and does provide some age recommendations), at what pace you will be exploring the park (slow v. fast), and what day you are going on. It will produce an itinerary for you of what rides to go on when, and how long you can expect to wait in line. I can't tell you how accurate it was: we gt off one ride, looked at our schedule, saw ''Peter Pan ride @ 10:07'', we'd look at our watch, see it was 10:07 and that we were right next to Peter Pan. Scary! We're not big planners by nature, but this took such a burden off of figuring out what to do next and managing our expectations that we were able to have fun. If you are considering staying at a Disneyland hotel, the benefit is you get Early Entry depending on what day of the week you are going. We went on an Early Entry day, and got in line at 7:20 as recommended by RideMax, and were first in line at our gate for the 8:00 opening. Withink 5 minutes, there were probably 50 families behind us.
As for parts of the park, ToonTown is great for little ones - there are even play structures for the kids. It is close to Small World, which is always fun with kids, and close to some new Princess/Fairyland area(my older one is a boy, so we didn't go in, but if your older is a girl, she might like it). We went on a few rides in Fantasyland; Dumbo is there and the carousel. My older was periodically scared as some Fantasyland rides (Peter Pan, Snow White, Pinocchio) as they get very dark and the rides are jerky. We pretty much skipped FrontierLand, but ''Critter Country'' is close by with the Pooh bear ride. The Jungle Cruise is a must; we missed Tom Sawyer's island which is our one regret. Unless you do have another adult with you, you'll probably want to skip the Buzz Lightyear ride (I think it's probably too stimulating for an infant) and you'll want to do Nemo first (longest lines). We didn't do any rollercoaster rides, but did do Pirates (a little scary for the 4YO; 2YO ! was unfazed) and we had to leave the Haunted Mansion. Lots of info; but check out Ridemax - it's a great help! Have fun! disney convert
Areas that are best for little ones: Fantasyland... hands down. You can't beat Dumbo. Toontown also has some toddler/smaller kid fun areas. If you get the parkhopper tickets I recommend the Its a Bug Life area of California adventure as well. One nice thing about Disneyland... if your kids are into carrousels and it isn't a busy time of year they won't make you get off after the ride. (I think we went 6 rounds without getting back in line...) There is a princess meet and greet area near the Small World ride that has tables with coloring which is a nice, mellow break from the hubbub.
Also... if you walk all the way around to critter country, across from splash mountain where the country bears jamboree used to be is the winnie the pooh ride. My five yo can spend all day on that ride. It is a ''dark ride'' like Alice and PeterPan and takes you through the events of the movie... it is one of my favorite rides too.
If your kids really want to meet charachters we have found the all you can eat breakfast buffet at the Plaza Inn (inside Disneyland) to be an expensive, but fun, meal (it is hard to mess up breakfast.) The characters come right up to the table to talk to the kids. My kids like it, but some kids do get freaked out by the characters being alive.
The Finding Nemo ride should by all rights be a great ride for small ones... very gentle, not scary, mellow music. BUT the line is prohibitively long (or was all summer) here are my suggestions for Nemo. 1. If it is a non early entry day get in line early so you can be one of the first people in the park and head straight to Nemo. The ride will have an hour long wait within 15 minutes of park openning. 2.If you stay in a Disney hotel or buy your ticket through AAA you will have the opportunity to get in early (1 hr before park opening... only on 1 day for AAA,) on an early entry day you want to go in early and head straight to the Nemo ride again. 3.The other way you can get on with a relatively short line is to get in line just before the park closes as Disney doesnt' shut the ride down on the people in line at closing.
The #1 best thing about Nemo is that because everyone is heading there first, you can walk on to almost every ride in the park with almost no line for the first hour or two each day... even Peter Pan which has traditionally had a 45 minute wait all day long.
That is probably more than enough info... have fun. Disneyland is IMO very kid friendly and not too hard to figure out. Some kids do get freaked out by all the stimuli. Rose
Is it possible to visit Disneyland and stay nearby in a hotel that isn't surrounded by chain stores and restaurants? I could tolerate a chain hotel, but is it possible to just even find nearby restaurants with nice dark, leafy, green salads or interesting vegetarian choices on the menu? Some healthy, organic choices?
Or am I fooling myself into thinking that I could find a nice hotel close to Disneyland that either has nice food or is close to a nice restaurant that isn't a chain?
I'm just not into that kind of stuff and have gotten too used to the Brk-Oak-SF tasty restaurant and quick bite scene. I know I sound like a snob, but I just feel like the choices at TGIFs & what not are just not my style.
We're heading down there mostly because some overseas relatives are going to be visiting the U.S. and Orange County-Santa Ana area. We thought we'd take our 6 year old daughter to Disneyland while we're there. Now we're all thinking we'll stay in a hotel near Disneyland. From what I hear, however, most of the choices are across the street from malls, PF Changs, Best Buys, etc.
Any thoughts/suggestions? Afraid of So Cal
One issue, fyi, is transportation to the park. Last year we tried to drive to Disneyland and park. It took forever to get into the parking lot. On another trip, we stayed at a hilton hotel a little far away from the park and tried taking the shuttle bus that picks up at various hotels in the area. It was crowded and slow, and I was only offered a seat because I was trying to keep my balance and hold onto a sleeping 3 year old (nightmare). If I could afford it, I would stay at one of the Disney properties to avoid the transportation issues. Otherwise, we stayed one time at the Sheraton which provides it's own shuttle to Disney. I found it dated and a little smelly (musty) and would ony go back there because of the convenience of the shuttle to Disneyland. But hey, you don't really end up spending much time in your hotel room anyway... yes, I try to go to Disney once a year
Your best bet for food is in Downtown Disney or on property. There are chains (like RainForest Cafe) but you can get very good salads at Storyteller's Cafe in the Grand, and terrific sandwiches on artisanal bread (you can also pick up a loaf or muffins) at La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney. Catal/Uva also has terrific Mediterranean small plates, lots of vegie options.
They sell lots of fruit in the park itself now (again, pricey, it's worth a grocery store run for snacks), and there are some decent Mexican places too. Guest services is VERY helpful with dietary needs -- they will give you a list of vegie options, gluten-free options, etc. -- and most of the sit-down places will make stuff to order. A lot of families with food allergic kids love Disney for this reason. I'm not saying it's Bay Area food -- it's not -- but it's good for a theme park. And the food IN the parks or Downtown Disney is definitely better than in Anaheim.
And if you really want to splurge and treat your out-of- town relatives to a Bay Area type meal, go to Napa Rose in the Grand California. The chef is from Auberge in Napa, and all the waiters are sommeliers. It's one of the best restaurants in So. Cal. and it has an exhibition kitchen where you can sit at the chef's counter, talk to them, and watch them cook. Check out Disney restaurants from one of the guideboooks and hopefully you'll find something that works.
Remember in the summer you will want to make reservations for the restaurants in the hotels or on property (called Priority seating or something like that) - - you can make them 60 days in advance. Berkeley Mom
We usually stay at the Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate (yes a chain hotel), which is an all-suite hotel which can be very cost-effective for large groups. The rooms have a full kitchen, which allows you eat some meals (if you want) and organize your own snacks. The hotel serves a pretty nice buffet breakfast. It's about a mile from the park, so walkable. It used to be pretty isolated, but now you walk past a mall on the way to the park (sorry).
Downtown Disney has a bunch of restaurants, many not chain restaurants and some are very good, especially Catal. The other option would be to find an are that suits your tastes, but put up with a longer drive to Disneyland. It might be logistically difficult, though, if you want to maximize your time at the park. Carrie
In Disneyland itself, there's an upscale restaurant or two. One is dark and quiet and overlooks the quiet, interior portion of the Pirates of the Caribbean. I've never been there but hear it's nice. Another is near there and is more upscale and requires other advance reservations.
My personal favorite in the park is the salad that you can get at the Plaza Cafe at the top of Main St in DL. It's quite filling, and if you skip the cheese, it's relatively healthy and comes with bread on the side. And it's cheap.
Another option that I was pleasantly surprised by was Mimi's, which is on Harbor Blvd just a block north of the park entrance. I had an inexpensive, reasonable, healthy & tasty dinner that included a good salad, and it was quiet and not at all DL- like.
Of course, w/ a 6-yr old, I'd recommend you bite the bullet and do the character dinner at the DL Hotel, and you can just fill up at the salad bar. Your guests would enjoy it too. And for a quick bite in the parks that is NOT healthy but IS delicious, try the hand-dipped corn dogs at the red wagon near the plaza cafe, or the place at Cal Adventure (can't remember the name). THere are also some good salads in Cal Adventure-one at the bread place, and a chinese chicken salad at the place near there (right next to the bread & tortilla factories.)
Lower your expectations, take a deep breath, remember it's temporary, and focus on your kid and your guests, and you'll have agreat time.
The only name I absolutely know at least was OK 5 years ago, is The Pater Pan Motel..a lot of these places don't have a strong internet presence and you can still telephone around for rates. (remember the phone book?)
OK, for food, they don't call Anaheim 'Little Saigon' for nothing! There are tons of absolutely fantastic restaurants all over the area. A short (1 mile radius) drive out any street away from Disney proper will expose a huge variety of South Asian and Palestinian markets, shops, and restaurants. Did I mention Mex? Fabulous Liquado stands....anyway, the particulars come and go but Anaheim is funky!
Drive around a bit and enjoy the topiary garden shops over by the Chrystal Palace! Yes Disney goes green, Amazing! Great!
And what about Knotts Berry Farm? Kitch lives Y'all! Check out the Bowling Alley on Brookhurst!
Hi- We are heading to D-Land in two weeks (me, hubby, 3.5 year old boy and 13 year old girl). Airline, hotel, transportation and tickets are all taken care of. Now, I am wondering about places to eat while we are there. Our breakfast is included in our hotel, but where can we eat for lunch and dinner that won't run us 50+ bucks at each meal? I am a Disney veteran many times over, but I have never been with my son, hubby and sister, and I want to find decent food near the hotels that won't require a small loan and that will appeal to the finicky teenager and preschool contingency. Any ideas? I checked the archives and other than the ''bring in your own snacks'' I didn't see much as far as cost savings once you are there. I want to have fun but don't want to owe Mickey my second born. Thanks for any suggestions! deniene
Within the parks: There are a variety of different food options within each park that range in price. Check out the following website to see prices and menus for the various dining locations inside the parks.
You can call Disneyland in advance and make reservations at many of the dining locations that offer table service. We do this for one meal per trip... usually a character meal. The breakfast buffet at the Plaza Inn is a little expensive, but is all you can eat (good for teens) and has MANY characters who come to see you at the table (good for little ones).
Outside the Park, but on Disney property: There are many places to eat in the Downtown Disney area. These are not necessarily any cheaper than in the park, but do have a different ''taste''.
One way we balance the meals is to eat a breakfast item purchased in the park over in tomorrowland (cheapest meal of the day) at around eleven and then have an early dinner at the Rain Forrest Cafe at around four. (You cannot reserve Rain Forest Cafe in advance through Disneyland, but they will give you the phone number so you can call yourself. If you don't have a reservation be prepared to wait unless you are eating at 2 or 3 in the afternoon.)That may not be what you had in mind, but I find dinner in Disneyland to be the least pleasant so I always try to find a place to eat outside of the park if possible.
Off Property Food Along S. Harbor Blvd. there are MANY places to eat including but not limited to IHOP, Denny's, Tony Roma, Mimi's Cafe, and McDonalds. Also, the Tropicana Hotel on S.Harbor has a mini market that sells bread, fruit, milk and cereal, etc. The prices are inflated, but cheaper than in the park.
We've had good luck ordering pizza to our hotel room. (We don't stay in Disney hotels, so I don't know how they feel about that.) In fact the hotels we've stayed in have usually got a list of delivery places in the room that include more than just pizza.
I know you said you were flying down, I don't know if you are planning on renting a car. If you are, ask directions to the local grocery store and pick up food there. When we do this I pick up sandwich stuff but flip the meals... we eat hot food in the park for lunch (cheaper prices at some locations) and sandwiches in the room for dinner before we go back to the park after our afternoon swim/naps.
Have fun... we're going down later in the summer and just can't wait! Rose
We will be in Disneyland for a couple of days and would like to drive our kids to Legoland for the day. Mapquest tells me it should take 1 hour (164 miles), but it doesn't take into account LA traffic. Any input from someone that is more familiar with the area? Thanks!
Tax refund! My husband and I are planning a roadtrip to Disneyland with our 4 year old son and 12 month old daughter. We're planning on going in May for a few days, I liked the look of one of the 3 day Disneyland resort packages, but would like some helpful advice from parents who have made the trip before I book. We want to go in comfort, but not too over the top. Does anyone have advice on # of days to spend in the park, where to stay, gear to bring, food, events to not miss, and anything else you'd like to share? Thanks! Mousebound
I highly recommend focusing on shows and parades while you are there. Even the 12-month old can enjoy these. You can get a schedule on-line. Things not to miss: the Bug's Life ride area in the California Adventure park is great for little kids. Playhouse Disney and Turtle Talk with Crush would be great for your 4 year old, and probably with your 1 year old as well. Disney characters can be very intimidating up close; my daughter was totally excited from a distance but panicked when they got up close. That said, we did do a character breakfast at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland and had a good time. My daughter followed Minnie Mouse around for quite a while (little stalker). At one, your youngest probably won't be afraid of some of the ''scary'' things at Disneyland (like Pirates of the Carribean: dark, skeletons, etc.), but your 4-yr-old might be. We did well with open air rides like the carousels, Casey Jr., Storybookland Canal Boats, Dumbo, etc. Not so great with the dark, scary Snow White and Pinocchio rides (or Peter Pan for that matter). Toon Town's interactive stuff (talking mailboxes, etc) are great for kids. The horse that pulls the trolley down main street was a big hit, as was the Disneyland band. So it's not necessarily the things you would think that will capture the kids' attention.
The last time we went we stayed at the Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate, which is a suite hotel with full kitchens. This gives you a room for the kids to nap (or go to bed early) while you hang out in the living area. Others swear by the convenience and comfortable beds of the Grand Californian, but we find it prohibitively expensive. Have fun! Carrie
MAJOR advice points:
Book through Disneyland.com. There are no discounts for their hotels (there are three) to be had outside of their site and you do get some savings on Super Shuttle and air travel if you choose.
Stay at a Disney property. The benefits are HUGE: Within walking distance to either California Adv. or DL. Also, on certain days of the week, as a DL property guest, you get ''early entry'' to DL and hour before the park opens to the general public. This is limited to Fantasy land, but it's perfect for younger children. The crowd difference is HUGE. You actually can SEE main street walking down. It does mean for early mornings, but you're probably already having those with an infant. It's nice to also be able to walk back to your hotel mid day for naps and pool time and then go back for an evening parade or fireworks. If you're driving, you won't need a car once you park.
The site also offers some ticket deals; we got a 3 day park hopper pass at ''the kids price!'' that was pretty good deal.
Check out RIDEMAX a web site not affiliated with DL. If you are limited to ''only'' rides suitable to small children, it may have less value for you. But we found the program totally worked, saved us TONS of ride line time (we rode everything in DL and never waited longer than 20 minutes). Totally worth the $12 or so it costs.
If you have any questions, email me! dhtchk
My wife and I are taking our 3 yo daughter to Disneyland next month and are looking for any helpful advice/suggestions. Thanks David
I would however take her to Legoland, near Carlsbad. You can stay near the beach and have a grand ol' time. You can spend at least two days at Legoland, plus you could take the train down to San Diego, or go to the S.D. Zoo, etc.
Anyway if you insist on going to Disneyland I highly recommend the book ''Unofficial Guide to Disneyland'' and follow exactly what he says in there. We followed it to the letter, went off season, and never waited more than 5 minutes in any line. Anon
We have the opportunity to take our 3 year old son to Disneyland
with some of my family members at the end of August. I'm going to
be around 31 weeks pregnant, and I know that means there are
several rides I won't be able to go on. That's fine, because I
figure a 3 year old is gonna wanna take it kinda mellow and slow
throughout the day. I'm wondering if anyone else has done
Disneyland while pregnant (particularly if past the 6 month
mark), and if you had any survival tips? Also, were there any
rides you went on that in hindsight you might not recommend to a
pregnant woman? (ie: I read online somewhere that the Peter Pan
ride has a 'bump' at the end when you land - I couldn't tell if
the person was overreacting or if I was being naive).
- Thanks very much!
Planning to spend a lot of time at Small World
Stay hydrated! 8 to 10 glasses when it's not hot, more when it is, or you may have an increase in the normal (4 times an hour) contractions. Take frequent breaks in cool spots. August can be very hot in the park. A good plan is to leave the park midday when it is most obnoxiously crowded and the temp is highest. Head back to your hotel and take a nap (this is very easy if you stay at one of the 3 hotels on site). Also, take advantage of Fast Passes when possible- they give you a window of time to return to a ride and enter through a little-to-no waiting line. A related tip: if you miss the time window, you can still use the Fast Pass anytime the rest of the day. Pick the passes up as you are permitted throughout the morning (you pick up one at a time, can not pick up another until the beginning of the time window has been reached for the last pass picked up). Use them when it cools again later in the day. Unfortunately, there are few little people/pregnancy OK rides with Fast Passes. Enter the park ASAP in the morning for smallest crowds and cooler weather. Buy your tickets in advance to skip the ticket purchase lines- the DL hotels (if a guest), grocery stores (gift card racks) and AAA (discounted rates). Pace yourself and stay cool by taking advantage of inside attractions, parades and shows, and you will have a great time. Enjoy! Kathy
There are a lot of tips that you otherwise wouldn't know about, being a visitor to Disneyland--like they had well-equipped, quiet, peaceful nursing rooms for moms & babies. Have a wonderful time, and take it easy--I bet it will be hot! A tip: wear a hat, and get it wet every once in a while--it'll cool you down Heidi
We are finally getting around to a Disneyland trip and would like
some more specifics / any updates on the great info already
posted on the web.
1. Does the Character breakfast allow us to meet Buzz Lightyear? If not, how can we arrange for breakfast with Buzz?
2. The Portofino Inn and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott are mentioned as being across the street from DL. Are there others, and are they actually across the street from the entrance? How long a walk is it with a 4.5 year old? (we can bring the stroller) Are they reasonably close to go back for an afternoon rest and then return? Do they have free shuttles or do we pay for those?
3. How are ways we can make it more affordable - in terms of food, etc.? We are planning our trip for june, and frankly the ''packages'' offered online are daunting in terms of price, so I am trying to put it together by ourselves so that we can have a reasonable price to save for.
4. Is it ridiculous to try and tack on a day trip to Legoland as well?
Thanks for your help! We want to go to ''Buzz's house'' but need to start saving now. Shahana
1) Meeting Buzz- Buzz hangs out at Club Buzz which is in the restaurant closest to Autopia in Tomorrowland. We bought breakfast (French toast sticks and fruit and yogurt cups as well as other fastfood breakfast sandwiches were available) there two mornings and he was there pretty much full time. (I think he had a 10 minute break during the 45 minutes we were there.) He stands in the dance floor and kids line up to get autographs and photos.
2) Closest Motels - The closest two are the ParkVue Inn and the Best Western Park Inn and Suites. The second closest two are the Desert Inn & Suites and the Tropicana Inn. All of these are motels and are across S. Harbor Drive from Disneyland. Having walked the whole area we believe they are closer than the Disneyland Hotel.
3) We were in the Disney area from Monday afternoon through Saturday morning. We had a 4 day park hopper and were able to ride everything we wanted in CA Adventure once and Disneyland one to two times with long nap breaks as well as hours of sitting to get good viewing for the fireworks and parades. In addition we spent one day at Legoland. It was enough time to ride what we wanted, and we were only there from 10:30 to 4. Legoland is kind of like Bonfante Gardens... lost of rides for the 40 in set. There is a lot of Lego merchandise being sold all over, and the prices aren't discounted. Legoland is about 60 miles from Disneyland... that took us two hours of driving each way.
4)Cutting food costs - Here is what we did. I like to get in line 30-45 minutes before the park opens so that you get right on the rides during the first two hours when the park is the least crowded. I bring food from home for my kids to eat while they are waiting in line (fruit and muffins). At 10:30-11 we give them a meal, ie: split the breakfast item at Club Buzz... Ride a couple more rides and head back to the hotel. I give them a little snack we nap and do the pool, and then eat an early dinner around 4 at one of the restaurants outside of the park, (IHOP, Denny's, Tony Roma's, Mimi's Cafe are all in walking distance on S. Harboard. There are other more expensive but good restaurants in the Downtown Disney Mall... we did one dinner at the RainForest Cafe. I then brought in or bought a snack for them in the park (popcorn for the whole family to share) while we watched the parade or fireworks. It kept the cost down quite a bit.
5) Character dining - The all you can eat breakfast buffet at the Plaza Inn on main street is the best. We had about 10 characters stop by our table and visit with the kids, plus we got to eat so much we were all able to skip lunch. All of the princesses are supposed to be in Ariel's Grotto in CA Adventure this year, but we didn't go as we were not impressed with the fix-price-menu offered.
Hope that helps. Rose
3) lowering costs: I brought groceries and bottled water from home! We had a refrig in our room so we had bagels and cream cheese or cereal for breakfast, and I made sandwiches and fruit to take for lunch every day. It was really a great thing to have a bag lunch because the food in the park is really expensive, junky, and you have to wait in long lines. 4) San Diego is not close, especially in traffic. It might be doable but it would be a LONG day, and many hours in the car.
You didn't specifically ask this, but we stayed in the Paradise Pier hotel (we got a package at AAA). At first I thought we should look for something cheaper outside the park complex, but I actually appreciated the following things about the Paradise Pier: a) hotel access to the CA Adventure Park. You can enter into a side of the park (through one of the other hotels) where lots of rides are and you can get there early, ride lots of rides and then see the other end of the park later.
b) I really liked being able to walk back to the hotel. It was so nice to NOT have to pack the kids back into a car after a long day at the park.
c) This sounds really silly, but at night we had a view of the CA Adventure park and it was really beautiful all lit up. After the kids were asleep and my husband and I were stuck in the dark hotel room, we opened the curtains and had the park lights as a background. Very nice. We could also see the Disneyland fireworks from the hotel balcony. Have fun! Did Disneyland and loved it
You would think 8+ hours in the park you can see everything & then some, but with waiting in line, bathroom breaks & eating, we didn't get to do everything in both parks. We were pretty efficient using the FasPas & while kids were riding on one ride with parent & grandparents, another adult in another line. Except on the early entry days, you really wait about 1/2 hr to 40 min a ride.
Disneyland is great. You can rent a stroller or locker. You can bring in your own water, snacks, lunch to save some money. Downtown Disney has a lot of ''fancier'' restaurants.
Eventhough our walk was only 5 minutes from the park, if you go to Downtown Disney the walk is father. (where the Character Breakfast, shops and other restaurants are) after an 8 hr day in the park, adults & kids are exhausted.
Getting autographs from the different characters is great & the kids love it, but you can be in line a long time and sometimes they take a break right before you get there. Get a Time Schedule to see when they are going to be at their designated spot & have someone stand in line. All the stores there have autograph books. All in All we loved it. Ali
I am taking my 4-yr-old to Disneyland on Saturday in early May. I bought the RideMax software package online, which lets you input the rides you want, the day and hours you'll be there, and it gives you a realistic, supposedly well-planned itinerary for the rides we think we want to go on. Can anyone tell me if they have used RideMax and whether it was accurate and reduced waiting times? Any tips? Karen
We just got back from springbreak at Disneyland and used ridemax, again. This time I found that it wasn't as accurate with the wait times as it has been over the past two summers. I believe this is because the weather for the prior month was so bad that the stats weren't accurate. However, we were still able to stick to the schedule and moved only a few things around due to ride closures.
While it is possible to just punch in rides and go with the first schedule that comes up, I would definitely play with it until you get a configuration that you like with breaks in the best places. I have played with it a LOT and got so comfortable that I could get our family around off schedule when we showed up at the park a day early.
Here is the one warning... to make best use of Ridemax you need to be realistic about your start times. We always get in line 30- 45 minutes before the park opens to really maximize the number of rides we can get through before the park gets crowded. If you can't do that, you will need a totally different schedule. Print schedules with different start times if you aren't sure if you can make it in at openning.
OK, well here is a second warning. Make sure that everyone you are travelling with is willing to follow the schedule. My husband and kids have totally bought into it because they love the short lines. However, when we travel with other people they don't seem to ''get it'' and don't stick to the schedule as well which causes problems and means you have to skip over stuff to get back on schedule. Rose
I'm taking two girls, 8 and 11, to Disneyland in January. Being from the east coast (Disneyworld country), I've never been to Disneyland. I'm overwhelmed by the options and unsure of the best approach. Advice on what tickets to buy, where to stay, what to see, how to survive, tricks, tips, what not to miss, etc., etc., would be greatly appreciated. D.
I like the California Adventure Park as well as Disneyland, so I would recommend park hopper tickets for as many days as you have to stay (if you'll only be there one day, you'll probably only have time for one park).
My strategy is to get to the park when it opens, hit as many rides as possible before it gets crowded, then slow down and take in shows, parades and other more sedentary activities during the afternoon. Or, head back to the hotel and take a nap in preparation for the evening.
Don't miss: the fireworks, Fantasmic, the parade. Catch the Aladdin stage show in Cal. Adventure. The Muppet and Bug's Life theaters are fun in Cal. Adventure. Disneyland has a lot of the same stuff as Disneyworld, so much of it is probably familiar.
Lots of dining in Downtown Disney, but if you like Japanese, Yamabuki at the Paradise Pier Hotel was pretty fabulous. Carrie
I've read on the BPN website about folks brining their own food into Disneyland, but I've read on the Disneyland website that outside food is not allowed. I'm wondering, is this a new rule or just one that doesn't get enforced? Do they search your stuff? Can you not even bring in water bottles or snacks for a toddler? Kim
First, you can't bring hard-sided coolers in, nor hard ice (like Blue Ice). You can put them into lockers outside the gate, and once you pay for a locker, you can go in & out as much as you want during the day (which is nice). I was able to put 2 small coolers into one small locker (but it was a challenge). I think that was $5/day. You get (and keep!) a slip that gives you the locker # and the electronic ''combo.''
Second, you technically can't bring food into the parks. Really, though, we brought it in several times. I usually had it in a small zippered cooler bag (with a Ziploc of ice) in the basket of the stroller. Not an issue (and great to have a snack to head off the Uglies in your kid!).
Third, there are picnic tables at which to eat (kinda hidden to the left of the Disneyland entrance), but we enjoyed eating out on the plaza, people watching and planning the rest of our day. Hope this helps. Jennie
We're considering taking our 3 kids (5, 3 and will be 5 months) to Disneyland in May for the first time. We plan to stay at a hotel on or near the premises, and we're basically clueless about the whole trip. The older 2 kids are girls and really into the Disney Princesses; any advice on which areas to look for, what to avoid, etc.? We're thinking we'll be focusing on things other than the big rides...Thanks. Heidi
Here is my advice, based on our experiences. (We did not go to the California Adventure at all, just because time didn't permit):
- Get there early: the park really fills up as the day goes on. We got there when it opened.
- The princesses were the highlight of my 4 1/2 y.o. daughter's YEAR. Basically, different princesses appear hourly (every hour on the hour) around/near the Disneyland castle (Sleeping Beauty's Castle). They stand around to talk to children, pose for pictures, and sign autographs (children buy these autograph books for that purpose! Weird to me, but there you go. We actually didn't buy one, so my daughter just talked to each princess and posed for a picture that we took ourselves). They can also be found roaming around and talking to children, at seemingly random times. But the place to be for maximum princess time is Fantasy Land. We tried to return every hour, or every other hour.
- All the Fantasy land indoor rides (Peter Pan, Mr. Toad, etc), with the exception of the Carousel, were too dark and scary for my toddler (my daughter loved them).
- Our toddler loved: Small World, Tom Sawyer's Island (it's like a park), Winnie the Pooh ride, and everything in Toon Town. I find Toon Town exceedingly boring, but it is perfect for small children. It's toward the back of the park--past Small World. You might spend the majority of your time there!
- Our adventurous 4 1/2 yr old loved: Thunder Mountain, Pirate's of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, the rollercoaster in Toon Town, all the Fantasy Land rides, and pretty much everything we did. She is tall (45 inches) and was tall enough for pretty much every roller coaster, though both Matterhorn and Space Mountain were closed.
- We missed the light parade and fire works, because we left at 6:30 pm after a long and tiring day. However, I'm sure my kids would have loved the parade.
- Food is expensive in the park ($5 for a HOT DOG). I noticed many parents brought their own food--probably locals! We couldn't be botherred grocery shopping, making lunches, etc., but if you can, you might want to bring at least some food to offset the costs.
- You can rent a stroller (don't know if it costs $$ or not). I noticed people ran toward the stroller rental area after they entered the park--I guess the strollers go fast!
- For accommodations, we stayed at a very cheap Howard Johnson's across the street. I found it on the web. You can go to certain sites that show you cheap hotels and where they are in relation to Disneyland! I think our room rate was $79/night for a room with 2 double beds. We walked to and from the park, but it was just far enough away that we didn't want to return for naps. You will be doing a TON of walking just in the park, so even hotels right across the street can seem too far away for ''in and out'' experiences. Have fun! I love Disneyland more than my kids
Has anyone split a Disneyland Park Hopper pass lately? I bought five day passes for our family when we went to Disneyland two years ago and split the cost with some other people. I'm just wondering if they are still loose about checking the passes. Technically I think you are supposed to sign the back of the pass but we didn't and they never checked. We want to go to Disneyland again this Spring Break. I think the only way we can affort it is if we go with the 5-day Park Hopper passes again and split them with another family. We are going the week of Marck 28. If you are interested in splitting the pass with us drop an email. (2 adults and 1 child) We plan on using two days so you could use three days the week of April 4th. Dawn
We are considering taking our 3 and 6 year olds to Disneyland during winter break, between Christmas and the New Year. Has anyone done this trip at this time in recent years? I'm mostly concerned that it may be too crowded because of the winter holidays. Roemerfam
With that said, Disneyland is always crowded and I've been on those overly crowded days. I still think it is worth going if you don't have another option and if you think you can handle the crowds. If you do go during the busy week, try getting there early, leave for the busy middle part of the day (Downtown Disney is fun and free!), and come back during the not as crowded evenings. Also, most of the more crowded rides have ''fast passes.'' Fast passes allow you to get time slotted for rides and makes the potentially hour-long lines into 10 minute ones. Have fun if you go! Karen
We are going to Disneyland for the first time with our 4 and 8 year old. I would love any thoughts and recommendations about spending a day there. We are planning only one day. Is that enough? Elyse
Jungle Cruise (Silly, but fun.)
Splash Mountain (One big drop, but great fun!)
Pirates of the Caribbean (A Disney classic!)
Autopia (Let the child drive, but have an adult in the car to push the gas pedal--it's really hard!)
Tom Sawyer Island is good for children that like to climb and explore.
''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience''--3D movie is OK, if your children are not overly sensitive. (My 12-yr-old does not like the special effects!)
Haunted Mansion--the same. My children were older than yours before they began to like this one.
Indiana Jones is one to go on early in the morning before the lines are too much, but it may be too ''Herky-Jerky'' and scary for your children, especially the 4-yr-old.
Winnie the Pooh ride was totally boring and because it is new, has a really long line. Get a fast pass if you must go on.
Take advantage of the ''Fast Passes''. Many of the big-ticket rides have this option. After going on a ride in the morning, if you all really like it and want to go again, you might want to get a ''fast pass''. This allows you to go on later, after a certain time, and bypass the long standby line. The down-side is unless you have a special unlimited park ticket, you can only get one fast pass at a time (per ticket) or until the posted time on the fast pass. If you have any specific questions, email me Marcia
Oh yea, although the junk food is part of the experience I would take at least some provisions of your own if you can (check the rules) like water/juice, fruit, sliced cheese, etc... so you're not relient on the outragiously priced stuff for your every need.
Just my thoughts. I'll be interested to hear what the parents have to say who've been there since I'll be in a similar boat in several years (not so far away).
hi i am a single mum of a 4 year old. he is going through some insecurities ( just realized he doesn`t have a dad-my husband left when i was pregnant) anyway i promised him a trip to disneyland. i was thinking of going by car from albany since the fares are so expensive but everyone thinks i`m crazy. any ideas on stopovers on route or where to stay on route to break the journey? i believe its about 6-7 hours and i feel i can do it, but i`ve lost my confidence a bit now, in case something goes wrong. single mum
Since Anaheim is on the southern side of LA, you could also take your son to Legoland which is less than 2 hours away, people say it is not a bad place for little kids. istratov
An important note if you drive the 5. It can get extremely hot during the summer, so a car with working air conditioning is strongly advised. Also, it is important to make sure your car doesn't have problems with overheating, as this can be a real problem when trying to get over the Grapevine during three digit temperatures. Turn off air conditioning if you are not sure when going over it. Don't worry, most cars make it just fine. I've never had problems. You'll do just fine. Don't let your friends tell you that you are crazy. They probably never did it themselves. You'll have a good time. Just take your time, stop at a hotel half way, and relax. And have fun at Disneyland! 3loons
We had packed activities for them (books & drawing stuff & small plastic figures for them to do play activities). They did fine. We stayed inexpensively (~$75/day) within a few blocks on the strip across from Disneyland.
The best advice we got was to go as soon as it opened in the morning, go back to the hotel & rest during the day, and then go back in the evening until closing time. This way we avoided the crowds to some extent. Our young-uns got a chance to rest & swim which they need as a result of the over-stimulation.
Our kids still talk about it - it was a highlight of their young lives! Have fun & don't worry - it's very doable. Anonymous
Disneyland has fireworks only on Fridays and weekends before 6/15, and every night after that in the summer. When school is out on weekends and the summer, the park is very crowded. So try to attend on a Friday before school is out. It means travelling on a weekday. To avoid commute hours along I-580 and in L.A., start out at dawn expecting to arrive around noon. By the way, they allow you to bring your own stroller, if you want to try and save on the rental. They have locker rentals and do airport-style security checks at the entrance. kim
We just came back from Disney land yesterday. We took our 4 year-old son, and 6 month old baby. Since we did not know how our baby will be in a car trip, we decided to stay one night at Pismo Beach, near San Luis Obispo, then drove to Anaheim the next day. Both trip is around 200 ~ 230 miles, and it was managable for both kids. On the way back from Anaheim to the Bay Area, we took a chance, and drove I-5. We said that if kids could not bear with long drive, we just stop at a motel off the highway, and stay overnight. Well,, we left Disneyland area at 10 am. By 6pm we were eating dinner at Tachibana, Japanese restaurant on College Ave. Luckily our baby slept 3 hours and a half straight during a trip, and older one also napped for 1 hours and a half. We just kept going until kids finally became fussy. I know we were lucky that our kids slept in a car. We thought our little one could not bear with this long drive, but now we know it is sometimes possible.
About Disneyland, we took our days easy. We went there for 4 days from 10am to 2pm. My 4 year-old son enjoyed easy rides such as ''It's a small world'', ''Autopia'', Casey Jr. Circus Train'', ''King Arthur Carrousel'', ''Mad Tea Party'', and most of Mickey's Toontown attractions. He was a bit scared of new ''Winnie the Pooh and Friends'', ''Alice in Wonderland'', and any ride which goes inside of buildings. Actually most of such rides are dark and loud, which can be scary to little kids. I took my baby in a sling, and rode to most of attractions together. He had great time looking at people and being in my arm all the time. Afterall my sons enjoyed Disneyland, but I felt I could have been able to wait to go there until he reaches 6 years old. By then he will be able to enjoy more rides.
Dining there can be very costly. We bought healthy fruits and snacks here and brought them there, and it helped.
Last advice, if you are going to Disney's California Adventure, be warned for ''It's tough to be a bug'', 3D movie type entertaiment. It was way too scary for my son that we needed to get out of the theater immediately when a huge spider run toward us (visually) with a huge sound and a blast of air toward us. Too sensational for a little one. In fact, I am going to write a complainment to Disney. I do not understand why it is located in a ''district'' for small children. If you want to know more about our experience, e-mail me. Good luck! Mika
I have noticed that a couple of posters felt that their kids were too young, small or overwhelmed by Disneyland. It is funny how different kids react. My son loved it. His cousin went a few months later... at around the same age, and didn't have as much fun. Some of it I think you can tell before you go though... my neice gets nightmares more easily so the rides will be scarier to her. My son was tall enough to ride every ride in the Disneyland park except Indiana Jones and Autotopia. He LOVED it all. We felt he was just the right age to really experience the park. Since we got there late his first experience of the park was the parade with all of the princesses and characters. He just stood with his mouth gaping in awe. We rode the train and Dumbo and Peter Pan that night... all very fun and non- threatening. He had seen all the movies that went with the scarier rides like Pinocchio and Snow White and while we were on them we just whispered reminders of all the happy, fairytale ending parts of the story to help him place the images. He wasn't frieghtened at all.
California Adventure was a little less fun. It was raining pretty bad the night we went, and there wasn't much we could do except over in bug land. (The park is more spread out but with the rain we weren't to up on exploring.) My son LOVED all of those rides though. He also really liked the Tough to be a Bug 3D movie and the 3D Muppet Movie (both were very simillar... the Honey I Shrunk the Audience movie in the Disneyland park was more of the same). He didn't keep the 3d glasses on the whole time, but really didn't seem to notice the physical tricks. He was small enough that the air and water jets didn't hit him in the face as they did me. He also loved getting to see the characters from the movies. I have to say that the thing he liked best at Adventure was the Electric Light Parade. We had found a seat right by the fence where the characters emerge (across the street from the Hollywood area) so he got a really great view of them all. It was really fun to see him enjoying it all.
The ride back we did all during the day as well. Both kids were so tired from the whole trip that they slept all the way from LA to Harris Ranch, (which really isn't half way in our opinion... it just seems that way because it takes so long to go through the Bay Area.) If you are looking for a good place to stop close to the middle I recommend Split Pea Andersons. They have a huge parking lot, as well as a huge front yard area where we could all stretch our legs. The restrooms were huge and clean. If you feel like stopping to eat the food is pretty good too.
It has been several months and recently he has started to ask when we can go again. He says he misses Mickey Mouse. I would love to go again while he is still young enough to be excited by the ''baby stuff'', but the baby is toddling now and won't be so good about sitting in the stroller as he was at 7 mos. Mom is missing Mickey too.
I just had two friends bail on me for this trip we had planned for Disneyland with our kids. I have a 14 yo and a 10 yo --both girls--who are both EXTREMELY hormonal right now, and exhaust me with crying, nagging, whining, bickering, you name it, night and day. the only way I agreed to this trip was because my good buds were going to drive down with me, and one of them has a 16 yo daughter who's very mature and could influence/distract/amuse my girls (or at least shame them if they got too unruly). Now I'm looking at either flying or driving by myself with these two, and I feel like I do enough self-sacrificing already!! They've never been to Disneyland--I was planning on taking them 5 years ago with my mother and she died suddenly. I must admit I'm fearful with all the kidnappings and stuff on the news--how Stainer was stalking the one family-- two daughters and a mom, and switched to the Pelosi family. It starts to get to you! I also had to put this on a credit card--I've already charged $800, and one of my friends was going to get a limo to drive down in, saving us about $200-$300 in airfare or car rental. Now I have to add that to the tab, and my husband and I just refinanced to get out of debt and prepare for a long overdue divorce. I need to either decide to take them and plunk out the bucks and pluck up my courage and maybe spend five days of hormonal hell, or call the travel service and cancel TODAY before I rack up any more cancellation fees (I will already lose $50). Does anyone have any ideas? I'm stuck!! Does anyone want to drive to Disneyland? Distraught Single Mom
You can save money by buying your park passes here at AAA. The 3-day passes are $25 cheaper at AAA than they were at the park or hotels in Anaheim.
The drive was long but do-able. You might want to consider flying if 8 hours in a car will put you all over the top. Please feel free to contact me directly if you want to ask more questions. I think your daughters are at a great age for this trip. Also, it will be something positive to remember about this summer, especially if a divorce is part of your summer plans. Wendy
We are planning our first trip to Disneyland this summer (July!), and would be very interested to hear any recommendations for places to stay (we are a family of four) that are near the park, and not quite as expensive as the Disneyland Hotel. I checked the web site, and all recommendations are for 1999 or prior. Has anyone been recently who has a hotel recommendation? Any other tips that might ease the way? Thank you! Claire
has tons of great advice including a good section on hotels. We are staying at the Anaheim Marriot, because that's the place I got for $35 on Priceline. It's supposed to be three star, but who knows. Last time we were there we stayed at the Castle Inn and Suites directly across the street from Disneyland, and while it was a little run down, the kids liked the theme atmosphere, and I liked the microwave and fridge. There's a new deal called "passport" which allows you avoid lines (you still have to wait, but not in the line). Other news we needed to tell our kids ahead of time... Cinderella's Castle is being remodeled and Splash Mountain is closed. In any case, I'll know more when I get back and I'll no doubt be disney-ed to death and singing "It's a small world" to everyone I know. Myriam
We stayed at the Anaheim Convention Marriot. We got the hotel via priceline, for $35 a night and it was really a good deal, in our opinion.We rented two rooms and got adjoining rooms on the bottom floor, on the same wing as the pool. The Marriot was *full* of families, most using priceline and I think we paid the least of anyone I heard. The hotel has a very prompt shuttle that runs every half hour to Disneyland, and you should definitely use it instead of driving your car to Disneyland... You end up walking a little less from the shuttle than the parking lot. The hotel had refrigerators which we made liberal use of... We brought cereal for breakfast, juice boxes, milk and some snacks so we didn't end up spending a huge amounts on low-impact meals. The pool was lovely, the hot tub great.
In terms of Disneyland, we got a three day ''Park Hopper'' pass which would have been less expensive had we gotten them through AAA. If you plan ahead, that's the best deal or the deal through U-Hall or many other benefits offices. FastPass works great, but you may end up getting a FastPass for five hours later for some of the big rides (Indiana Jones, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad) which may or may not work with little kids. We were there on some VERY busy days, and lines were interminable in most attractions. If you arrive EARLY (At opening) you will get more rides in the first hour and a half than you will for the next six hours. My toddler was afraid of any dark rides but liked most of the outside rides (Dumbo, the teacups and It's a small world), My five year old liked most of the rides she was able to go on, but we didn't try any of the really wild rides with her. My nine year old loved the big rides, but was a little crabby on the little kid rides. We got a guidebook called the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, which was mildly useful. In general, what it says is, arrive early and go on the big rides first. If you want to borrow this, let me know.
We found it worth it to go to a character breakfast so the girls could ''meet'' the characters. The one at Goofy's Kitchen was actually pretty good, though expensive. Book ahead or come early. Folks who arrived after 10 were told that there would be a two hour wait.
Disney's California Adventure is lousy for little kids with the exception of the ''pretend Yosemite'' playground, which the girls really liked. The flume ride was really fun for everyone. California Screaming is a big, bad roller coaster and very fun for those who love them. Soaring over California is just as amazing as everyone says. Use a fastpass for it, or go RIGHT in the morning. You only need a half a day for DCA, and it costs the same as a ticket to Disneyland(not worth it, in other words).
Leave the park for the middle of the day... the lines are SO long, and the kids will be happier... We were at the park from 8-11 (roughly) went back to the hotel from 11-4 or so, and went back for great fireworks and parades and a few rides. New annoyance I hadn't anticipated was teenagers renting wheelchairs so they'd get ''disabled'' access to the rides... They were very wild with them. We also went to Universal Studios. Great for older kids, but not toddlers or more reserved younger children. The studio ride was fun, and the Jurassic Park flume ride was really fun. They had a discount running with Coke, so if you brought a coke can in they'd discount the ticket $4 each.
We drove there and back. Total time back: 5 hours 45 minutes to our door in Oakland, but folks who don't drive with a professional commuter may want to budget more time based on a more reasonable 75 mph pace. Myriam
I wanted to thank those who gave recommendations about Disneyland a few months back. I've since been there and wanted to give a strong recommendation for visiting the new "Disneyland Resort." Disney has added a whole new theme park to its Disneyland center (so now they call it Disneyland Resort) called California Adventure. We visited for three days over President's Weekend and we absolutely loved it. It wasn't too crowded (but once more people learn about the new park I bet this will change) and the rides, attractions, food and ambiance are wonderful. We stayed in a very nice and clean hotel literally steps from the entrances to both Disneyland and CA Adventure (closer even than the Disney hotels) called the Best Western Park Place. We made our reservations through AAA, but the prices would be the same directly through Disney's website. The Park Place is one of the "Good Neighbor" hotels affiliated with Disney but is considerably cheaper than the Disney hotels. We splurged on a mini-suite (2 queens and a pull-out couch), got three-day flex passes to the parks, a "character breakfast" in the Disneyland hotel (equal to $16.95/adult) - with two adults and a 2-yr-old for $550 for three days. It would have been cheaper if we'd gone with a smaller room. Compared to the $900-1100 it would have cost to stay in any of the Disney hotels for the same time it was quite a bargain. And since we spent the majority of our time in the park(s) it didn't really matter what kind of room we had, anyway. Disneyland is still Disneyland, more oriented toward the younger kids. CA Adventure is definitely more geared for older kids and adults, but there are still several attractions appropriate for youngsters. The Paradise Pier (sort of a copy of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, only better) is really fun, the restaurants are interesting with a range of prices. GREAT food, even at the lower end of price. Plus, the best part of both parks is Disney's relatively new FASTPASS system where you can go to any of the popular rides and get an assigned window of time to come back and get directly on the ride without waiting in line. You know what the return time will be before you get the reservation, so you can plan things out. We never waited in line for a ride more than 5-10 minutes - even Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, the new rollercoaster, etc. We simply had a wonderful time (so did my 9-year-old neice) and I recommend visiting soon before the summer crowds arrive!
I got back Saturday from a week in Southern California (3 days at Disneyland, 2 days at Legoland, and a couple of "rest" days) with my husband, almost-3-year-old daughter, and just-turned-5 son. I saw a lot of people who brought their own strollers and a lot of rental ones. We carried both kids at Disneyland when they got tired (in arms or on shoulders) and ended up renting a double stroller for both of them when we went to Legoland. Disneyland does rent double strollers, and although they don't recline, if your kids are tired enough (as mine were) they'll probably sleep in *any* position!
As for the rides, my kids liked the merry-go-round, the Dumbo ride, and "It's a Small World" in Fantasyland. All the rides like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland where you ride a car around in a dark place were too scary for my almost-3 year old. In fact, other than the merry-go-round their favorite place in the entire park was "Goofy's boat" -- a two-story stationery boat for climbing and make-believe that is in "Mickey's Toon Town". Even my 5 year old liked playing in the completely stationery model of a car next to the "Autopia race track" more than actually driving the moving car on the track!
Please note that this type of thing (which rides and activities your children will prefer) is so varied. My best friend's 5-year-old son loves wild rides and would be bored with rides like Dumbo. My kids thought the tram ride between the parking lot and the Disneyland entrance was fun!
One other note, I bought a copy of the "Unofficial Guide to Disneyland" from amazon.com and found it tremendously useful. This message is getting long, but I want to include what they said about strollers since that was your main concern: "Strollers: They are available for a modest rental fee just inside the main entrance and to the right. The rental covers the entire day. If you rent a stroller and later decide to go back to your hotel for lunch, a swim, or a nap, turn in your stroller but hang on to your rental receipt. When you return to the park later in the day, present your receipt. You will be issued another stroller without an additional charge.
Strollers at Disneyland are large, sturdy models with sun canopies and cargo baskets. We have seen families load as many as three children on one of these strollers at the same time. The rental procedure is fast and efficient. Likewise, returning the stroller is a breeze. Even in the evening when several hundred strollers are turned in following the laser and fireworks show, there is no wait and hassle.
For infants and toddlers the strollers are a must, but we have observed many sharp parents renting strollers for somewhat older children (up to age five or six years). The stroller prevents parents from having to carry children when they run out of steam and provides an easy, convenient way to carry water, snacks, diaper bags, etc."
They also mentioned that one of their readers brought a fancy $300 stroller of her own to Disneyland and just brought a bike lock to secure it while they were on rides. That may be an option for you if have an expensive stroller and are worried about theft, although I haven't heard that it's a problem. Also note, the double strollers for rent put both kids in side-by-side and they share one seatbeat over both their laps. Good luck and have fun!! Sharon
We just completed a 2 day trip 2 weeks ago with a 4 year old and an 11 month old. We were in the park for 7 hours the first day. We used an umbrella stroller for the 11 month old which I find to be the easiest to deal with in the park. They're small enough that you can actually stand in line with one, eg Dumbo was 45 minutes long, I kept the baby in the stroller all the way until the end and then just collapsed it and set it over the final railing before we got on the ride. The line areas are too narrow to fit a standard size stroller. The 4 year old did fine w/o a stroller. Whenever she was tired we would just carry the baby for awhile and let her ride. It seems like they get enough rest when they're actually on the rides to do OK walking between them. An umbrella stroller also collapses for easy riding on the train when you don't want to do a round trip or when taking the tram.
We stayed at a wonderful hotel in Orange County last weekend, the Embassy Suites in Santa Ana, 7 miles from Disneyland and 5 from Newport Beach. Only $89. a night for 2 queen size beds and a separate living room with a fold out sofa bed. Two TV's, 3 sinks, a mini-kitchen with fridge and microwave, a full "hot" breakfast, pool and hot tub. The center of the hotel has an Atrium that goes up 10 floors, open to the skylight top. It is sort of a Disney type mix of Rococo/ Mexico/Italy/Hawaii, but it works! The staff is great (many of them), it is new and well run. A great place for the family.
It looks as though I will be taking my 7 year old boy to Dizy - I mean - Disneyland sometime soon and need support and suggestions for this trek. When I was a kid I imagined that being in Disneyland was about as close as one could get to experiencing what it is like in Heaven. As an adult I imagine that it is more like Hell. Any suggestions or support for how to make this enjoyable would be greatly appreciated. People do tell me that it is alot of fun. I am ready to go beyond a reasonable budget to make the adventure less stressful. I don't mean that I would consider helicoptering in ( I know they must have a Mickey copter that lands at the heliport in the Apocalypse Now theme ride --- please excuse my sarcasm. It is just that I feel that our society is Disney infested. Hey, I'm anti junk food but Ronald Mc Donald at least does some good with him money. Has Michael Eisner ever........ OK , I'll stop. Obviously, I need support here guys) but I hear that the Disneyland Hotel is very convenient and you can go back and forth with ease to avoid melt down. Help!
While I am not thrilled with the way Disney squeezes every cent they can from you, I do enjoy Disney and have been a Disney fan most of my life. We have been annual pass holders for years and my husband and I recently, as in two weeks ago, visited Disneyland (DL) with our 2 1/4 year daughter. It can be a hectic place, but if you plan your trip, it shouldn't wipe you out. I just gave the following advice to my sister who is visiting DL with her two kids next week.
Disneyland is undergoing major construction and is not as easily accessible as it used to be. You definitely want to stay at a hotel near the Park that offers free transportation to and from the Park (my friend who went this morning said it took 20 minutes to get from the off-ramp to the hotel), but you may not need to spend mucho bucks to stay at the DL hotel as the really convenient feature, the monorail, is closed Monday -Friday until 6:00p due to the street construction below it. There is a shuttle between the Park and the DL hotel and Pan Pacific Hotel (also owned by Disney) every 20-30 minutes. You should check out the other hotels in the area since you will have to take a shuttle to and from the Park anyway.
I think the best way to enjoy the Park is to not *expect* to go on every ride and to not feel like you have to squeeze in every ride because you paid a ton of money to get into the Park. You can purchase a 5-day Flex pass for the price of a 2-day pass at any Disney Store (you cannot purchase this pass at the gate): price is $68/adult and $51/child (3-11) here at UCSF; I think it costs $75/adult at the Disney Stores. This includes the "Early Entry" feature which allows admission to the Park 1 hour before the regular hours (take advantage of this!!). There is an attractions board at the end of Main Street, near the Carnation food area, which lists the attractions and the waiting times for the rides.
The best times to go on rides is early in the morning and late in the evening. The most popular rides currently are Astro Orbiter, Rocket Rods, Indiana Jones, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Star Tours and Splash Mountain. Of course, the perennial favorites like Dumbo, Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, Matter Horn, and Thunder RR also attract long lines. Plan to go on 2 or 3 popular rides as early as possible to avoid waiting in long lines. The lines are also quite short an hour or so before the Park closes. *OR* pick a morning, and visit the popular-but-not-new rides like Pirates of the Carribean, Haunted Mansion, Small World, Mr. Toad, etc. first thing -- we did this and *walked* on the first 4-5 rides. Watch out for the lines in Tomorrowland as that section of the Park just reopened 5/22 and the lines are incredible! Visit the Disney site: http://www.disneyland.com/ and check out the rides. You can get an idea of what rides you want to go on and an idea of the Park layout before you get there.
When the lines are long and you're feeling a little tired, have lunch outside the Park, play in the water areas -- they just opened a new water area in Tomorrowland that children love (but bring extra clothes or have them wear swim clothes underneath), visit the new Innoventions area (I personally like this a lot and it's air-conditioned!) in Tomorrowland, see the shows in the afternoon (Disneyland Presents Animazement - The Musical is great), go on rides with short(er) lines like the Carousel, Pinocchio, Snow White ...
There is just something about the magic of Disneyland that brings joy to every child. I hope you have a great time.
My husband and I took our 5 year old daughter to Disneyland just this past May. We purchased one of those Magic Kingdom Club packages (available through UC Visitors Center) which included hotel and Disneyland passes (also has airfare if needed). If you have the time, I highly suggest getting the 5-day passport for Disneyland. It's very tiring trying to see all of Disneyland in one day. We also stayed at a very reasonable and clean hotel, Park Inn International, which is right across the street from the main entrance to Disneyland....about a ten minute walk. We often took breaks throughout the day and headed to the hotel for a swim and rest.
I also suggest to first time Disneyland visitors, this book " Unofficial Guide to Disneyland". Can't think of the authors name but I got my copy from Barnes and Noble. It's a great guide for parents and gives wonderful hints so your visit is less stressful. There is a section in the book where each ride is critiqued and rated for its fright factor for each age group.
Took the kids (ages 4 & 6) to Disneyland to celebrate my graduation (yeah!) in May. Had a terrific time with a minimum of planning. Went on a weekday which made for somewhat lighter crowds. As I refuse to pay $2.50 for a small bottle of water, we carried in a backpack with a few water bottles in it. We also brought in some orange juice. This small effort saved us from having to buy sodas/water and hunt for drinking fountains. We also carried in some acceptable (acceptable to me, that is) treats like granola bars, fruit roll-ups, licorice, and a couple pieces of chocolate. I also brought in some cut-up apples. Thus we were able to snack while waiting in some of the longer lines. This saved time, gave us something to do while in line, and kept me from having fits about overpriced foods/snacks. The backpack was not a burden mostly because we hung it on the ancient, el-cheapo umbrella stroller that we brought from home. My daughter hasn't used it in quite awhile, but it made all the difference for us because it gave her a chance to sit while waiting in lines. She even napped in it in the Matterhorn line! (Strollers in general are not a burden because every other family there has one and there are huge parking areas outside of almost every ride.) Anyway, we had only one day and we went like crazy from noon until the park closing at midnight. (We nearly slept away the next day!) Our motel was the Best Western Park Place Inn which straddles the crosswalk that leads to the park entrance. I think only the shuttle buses can park closer than that motel. We couldn't have been closer if we tried to get the best Disney parking place. It was a blast and we have no regrets except that we couldn't have afforded to stay longer. I hope you have lots of fun and go with a positive attitude. (Just close your eyes to all of the gift shops attached to the ride exits!) Our kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves as did the two overgrown-kids they have for parents. As proof I can say that our 6-year-old only whined once during the entire day and that was because he thought we were walking too fast in the Swiss Family Robinson Tree house. I think it also helped that we kept the trip a secret until the last minute. This avoided the "build-up" that sometimes messes with kids' expectations. I guess it also gave us as parents a thrill to know we were surprising our kids with something they were going to love. (P.S. don't forget lightweight windbreakers if you plan to stay late into the night.)
Hi all, We recently took our two-year old to Disneyland, and checked out the information on the UCB parents website before our trip. We all (Grandma was there too) had a really great time watching the Lion King Parade, and we never would have gone to it without reading about it at the website. Thank you all for passing on your suggestions. I actually have a few suggestions (maybe these can be added to the site):
1) Get there when it opens, and call Disneyland to find out the exact hours before you go. We found out the night before we went that they were opening at 8am. The hours listed on Disney's website were 9-midnight, and weren't up-to-date. We did have to wait in line for our entrance ticket, but once we got in we had the rides to ourselves.
2) If there are lots of crowds, and the waits are overwhelming at the cool rides, go on the Jungle Cruise ride. The tourguides give a really silly talk, because the ride is so campy and outdated. We all enjoyed it much more than we expected to.
3) If your kid(s) likes to climb and run around, visit Tom Sawyer's Island.
OK, here's my Disneyland advice. 1. Find out what time it opens the day you're there and arrive at opening time. (Opening time varies; call) 2. Get a locker first thing. Right by the main entrance. You can stash jackets (it will get cool later) and other supplies and lockers may fill up by the afternoon so get one early. 3. Will your kid consider riding in a stroller? They are very handy by mid-day when they're tired and don't want to walk/stand anymore. Strollers are right by the main entrance too. 4. Plan out which 2 of the most popular rides you want most to see and go there first, or wait until after 9pm to go there. For example, Indiana Jones is new, and lines will be long, but the wait will be quicker in the morning. 5. My faves are Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted House and Star Wars. The first two are a lot of fun for nighttime. They all 3 had long lines last summer but not at night. 6. If you're staying at a motel with a pool, consider leaving the big D around noon to go swimming, eat lunch, maybe even TAKE A NAP. Then you can go back in the afternoon when it starts cooling off. Disneyland is really fun at night, and they're open till midnight, if the little one doesn't wear out. 7. Don't miss the night-time show, which people will start lining up for in an obvious way. The one last year was a totally cool laser show on the big pond in the middle. It's true that you can easily get on any ride while the shows are going on, but the show itself is better than getting a short wait for a popular ride. 8. food: I don't think there is a MacDonald's. There is plenty of kid-oriented food around and it does tend to be expensive, about what you'd expect. But I did find plain pasta for pretty cheap, hot dogs, stuff like that. Also I took in snacks in a backpack, which I ended up stashing in the locker. However, be forewarned that unless the snack is really good, your child will probably prefer one of the ever-present goody stands. By the way, from a mom's perspective on food, there was no beer anywhere to be had, I can tell you that. And it gets hot down there!
Have fun! My boy keeps talking about going back.
There are McDonald-like places all over D-land, more expensive, but not that bad. For a healthier item, the hamburger place in Bear Country makes a great tuna sandwich. We filled a backpack with snackss, and it kept the price of impulse food buying down. Don't miss the parades (the Lion King parade and the nighttime Electric Parade). The crowds are big, but it is easy to find a spot to see since the parade routes are so long you might have to sit on a curb for 30 mins., but it's a good time for a rest and a snack.
Hope you have a great time!
Yes the food was very expenisive. If my memeory serves me right I bought the kids a lunch box juice for 1.00. When ever we go to the movies or out for the day, I freeze the kids their own personal water bottle that I keep in my bag. I also pack them fruit snacks, jello etc. This worked well when we went to universal studios last month. The kids want to eat until dinner time. We bought them 1 drink & we took breaks...they pulled out a snack and enjoyed the freedom of having their own stuff. Since we were on the move & there was so much to see they worry about what was in there bag.
I also saw a women with lots of fruit in her bag! Hope this info is helpful!
I don't recall a McD's but would imagine the cost is the same. My advice is to get a package deal and stay at the Disneyland Hotel. I took my now 15 year old and 3 year old a couple of years ago and boy did it make things convenient. I could go back on the train with the baby when she got tired and the rest of the family could continue to enjoy the park. Food varied in prices so look around.
I do recomend to show up early, if you pick up the discount package from U-hall, you may pick some special packages and be able to have breakfast with the characters! : these packages include combinations of Universal studios tour, hotels, etc. Have fun!
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