Sunday, October 30, 2011

Disney or Bust

This week my family and I took a much needed vacation. The last time my husband and I went on vacation was before I got pregnant three years ago! We decided to go to Disneyland and California Adventures. We stayed at the Paradise Pier hotel right across the street from the two parks.

This is the view from our room, don't mind the floating lamp that's my bad photography skills at work. We started with California Adventures which was basically empty this time of year. Most of the wait times were between five and ten minutes the entire day.

My daughter LOVED this park so much, we went on Ariel's Undersea Adventure at least three times. We also were able to see plenty of characters here and the lines were very short. Here favorites were Mickey and Buzz Light Year. Her favorite show was the Disney Junior Live on Stage and we all loved Aladdin the musical, the genie was hilarious.

Since we booked our travel using Costco Travel character dining was included. We decided to do breakfast at Ariel's Grotto and I am SO GLAD we did. We met Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Ariel, and Snow White plus we had an awesome breakfast. You can stand in line at Princess Fantasy Faire but the line is between one and two hours long. Can you imagine standing in that line with a two year old? Not pretty!

The next day we went to Disneyland and it was PACKED. Most of the rides were a forty minute wait which is impossible to do with a two year old. We weren't able to go on many rides but we did the most important ones like Dumbo and Winnie the Pooh. The Disney Soundsational parade was the highlight of this day but make sure you get there no later than one hour before the parade starts if you want to find a seat. The Pixie Hollow line was very short and we were able to meet Tinker Bell.

Some words of advice if you decide to go to Disney with a two year old. Plan to go during off season and during the week because small children can't handle the long lines. If you need to take a break, it's hard work going with a toddler, then I suggest taking in a show or going to get a meal. DO NOT go to the shops until you are ready to leave or willing to buy them a toy. My daughter is very good at stores and never cries about wanting toys but since Disney is so good at marketing to children she had a melt down when we didn't buy her the $30 doll she wanted.

If you have a car then I also suggest going to a grocery store and getting water and snacks. A small bottle of water is $3.25, yes you read that right, and you will quickly go broke if you stay hydrated. We were able to get a case of water for $3.99 at the local grocery store. Also the food is really bad, not to mention expensive, at the parks. My daughter would hardly eat anything because it tasted so bad, the only exception was Ariel's Grotto food. So make sure you stock up on snacks before heading to the park and bring a sweater because it's chilly at night this time of year.

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