Lisa: 1st Trip to Disneyland
Around Christmas time, we were invited to go to Disneyland with my side of the family. My husband and I immediately jumped at the chance and attempted to find someone to watch Molly because it was on a Saturday (she was 9 months old at the time). We weren’t able to find anyone to watch her so we were faced with the decision do we not go at all or do we dare take her to Disneyland!?
As I’ve shared before, one thing I didn’t anticipate about mommyhood was Molly not enjoying her stroller, so I immediately got high anxiety about bringing her with us because I couldn’t picture her being willing to sit or nap in her stroller. All I could imagine was large crowds, a screaming baby and my husband and I going home early because it was such a bust.
After some convincing from my mom and husband, we decided to give it a try! Up until that day I was anxious and couldn’t knock the feeling that we were going to have a miserable time (I know, I am SO optimistic =). I asked family & friends about tips in traveling to Disneyland and came up with back-up plans on how we could get her to nap if she didn’t want to be in her stroller.
The morning of the actual day, I noticed my anxiety (for the most part) was gone and I was truly excited to experience Disneyland through my daughter’s eyes! The entire day was AMAZING!!! Molly enjoyed every second of the day and the only time she ended up in her stroller (because family members wanted to hold her) was for naps and she napped twice without any trouble or fussing!!!! As we left the park (it was nighttime by the way!), we stopped at a store in Main Street to buy her first pair of Mickey ears and the picture I’ve included was the very last picture of the day. Her expression pretty much sums up our entire day and I got teary eyed when we left because it was so wonderful! My lesson, don’t underestimate my daughter and always go into new situations with an open mind!
Are you thinking about taking your little one to Disneyland for the first time? Here are some tips (feel free to post more tips by ‘leaving a reply’ to this post!):
Bring a stroller- there is stroller parking throughout the park that is monitored by Disney staff
Put valuables and most important baby items in a backpack for ease when carrying it on the rides, everything else we left on the stroller
Bring your own meals and snacks for baby- Disneyland is really great about letting you bring in food for your baby
Remember to pack lots of antibacterial and wipes =)
On the tram ride to and from the parking structure, you’ll need to collapse your stroller, so stand in line for one of the cars with the wide leg room so you can fit the stroller with you
Be flexible with the schedule and enjoy your day (don’t forget to go on It’s a Small World)!!!