You guys gave me the best tips ever in this post about going to Disney with a toddler! Thank you so much! Here are just a few more little things that helped make it pretty much the best 72 hours of Brooke’s life.
1. Save their legs as much as possible. I rented a stroller at Disney (THANK YOU for telling me about those so I didn’t have to worry about my stroller getting taken while we were on the rides!), we took a shuttle to and from our hotel and I carried Brooke most of the time we were in line for rides. I knew that we would want to be at the park from open to close and so I wanted to save her little legs from getting tired from too much walking. I did the math and 1 mile of adult walking is equivalent to 6 miles of Brooke’s little legs walking—> wanted to keep her legs as fresh as possible.
Just chilaxin at the bus stop.
2. Let them sleep. After about an hour of Brooke taking her nap I so wanted to wake her up to keep up the partying but I am glad I didn’t… these little ones have so much more fun at Disney when they get plenty of sleep.
3. I think this is my biggest tip ever. This is a tip I am going to start incorporating a few hours every day too. I turned my phone on airplane mode while we were at Disney. I needed my phone to take a million pictures/videos but I didn’t want to have any distractions of texts/emails/phone calls/instagram etc. I wanted to savor every second of being there with Brooke with zero distractions. It was so nice to disconnect. When Brooke napped I did turn it on to instagram a pic or send 500 pictures to my sister though:)
4. Get take-out for dinner. By the end of the day Brooke was obviously exhausted. It felt so good to go back to the hotel, give her a bath, get her in her pj’s and eat salads on the bed rather than deal with any more crowds or noise at a restaurant… it was a lot easier to discuss our day in a quiet hotel room:)
Other little things:
-We stayed at the La Quinta which was .4 miles away. The hotel room was really nice (I am easily pleased:) and it came with a second room for Brooke’s crib for about $110 a night! It was a great deal!
-We brought a ton of snacks with us to save money on not buying a ton of park food.
-We LOVED being there in October. The Halloween decorations were amazing. It wasn’t even really that busy… on Wednesday the longest we waited in line was 10 minutes and that was for Dumbo. We walked right on to a lot of rides! But we also weren’t riding splash mountain etc so I don’t know how busy those lines were.
-This is just completely my opinion—> I just like Disneyland the absolute best. We bought a 3 day park hopper ticket but only spent about 4 hours in the California Adventure part (we loved it too but there is just something about Disneyland). There were more rides at Disney that Brooke loved and so we spent all of our time over there! I did go on the white roller coaster at California Adventure when Brooke was napping and I realized I have really aged lately because it made me so sick ha!
-Brooke’s FAVORITE ride ever was It’s A Small World. She also loved the Pooh ride, Dumbo, the Tikki Room, the Disney Clubhouse show (California Adventure) and Pirates of the Carribean (she loved the drop in the ride).
-My biggest regret= I didn’t get a churro.
-The best thing I ate= chocolate/caramel covered marshmallows. I died. We bought it in the candy store on Main Street.
And just a few more things to talk about.
– This is why I tell you how many miles or about my workouts every day:)
-And the reason that I blog/write in my journal about all the other stuff in life. From Kristin Armstrong:
-Megan sent me this and I absolutely loved it.
We are ALMOST HOME NOW!!!! See you in the morning:)