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The Happiest Place on Earth {local family getaway}

A couple of weeks ago we went on a family vacay to Disneyland for our nephew Leo’s birthday and of course we had a blast (I mean who doesn’t at the happiest place on Earth?).  So here’s a little look into our fun family getaway as well as some tips on how to survive Disneyland {because even though it is the happiest place on Earth, we all know the stress-inducing crowds and the inevitable child meltdowns}. But beware the pictures you are about to see contain pure joy (on the kids’ and adults’ faces!) and will make you want to plan a trip to Disneyland ASAP.

First we stayed at the Grand California Hotel (which I totally recommend!) and this is what we woke up to…

baby at Disneylandcousins at DisneylandHow cute is that!?! Reese was so excited to wake up at Disneyland and then Jewell was keeping the kids entertained while we all got ready for the day.California AdventureDisneyland sisters Disneyland mother daughter local family Disneyland getawayWe started off in California Adventure and of course hit up Cars Land.  Another bonus if you stay at one of the Disneyland hotels is you get to enter the park an hour early for “Bonus Magic Hour”.  local getaway California Adventure California Adventure ridesAs you can see, even the adults were having a great time on the kiddo rides in Bugs Land. This is a great area for younger/little kids as they have a lot of rides and play areas geared for a younger crowd.  Reese was able to take her morning nap in my Ergo carrier while we walked around, something I definitely recommend bringing if you can.  family California Adventure kids at DisneylandLook at that adorable smile!  There’s nothing better than seeing a little boy so happy!  Another little tip is to make sure you bring snacks.  Little Leo has quite the appetite, as does Reese, so it’s always good to have some easy snacks on hand for in between meals or when in line for rides. We were able to keep Reese pretty happy thanks to cheese, puffs, and blueberries 🙂 Disneyland Main Street Disneyland NightWe went to Disneyland at one of the “off-season” times, right in between Halloween and Christmas.  If you can, try and visit mid-week, during “off-season”, or when the weather is a bit cold/rainy to beat the crowds.  We met all three of these criteria and it was still a bit crowded.  You can also grab fast pass tickets to beat some of the lines as well as ask for the “switch cards”.  These cards are for parents with little kids that can’t go on the rides at the same time.  You are able to get a card good for three people so once you get off the ride, you are able to switch with the rest of your party so they can go on without waiting in line again.

Lastly we took the kids to breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen the next morning before heading back home.  This is a fun character breakfast (also available at The Storybook Cafe) and they had a great time meeting all the Disney characters that morning. Family breakfast Disneyland Disneyland family breakfast Disneyland breakfastWhat are some of your favorite things about Disneyland or your tips for a successful trip? We would love to hear them! We had blast at the Happiest Place on Earth and can’t wait to bring Reese back when she’s a little older and actually knows whats going on 😉


Tanisha at LL805

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  1. Ashten
    3 years ago

    What a fun trip for the kids! Reese looks like she had a great time!

    1. Tanisha
      3 years ago

      It was so fun! And Reese had a blast even though she didn’t really know what was going on haha.


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