Disneyland in One Day with Toddlers {Part 2}

Disneyland with Toddlers

Yesterday, I shared how to prepare for a one day trip to Disneyland with toddlers and what helped us make it to lunchtime.

I really thought skipping my daughter’s nap was going to make the afternoon and evening be full of eye punches (if you read yesterday’s post, you know what I mean), but seeing a show while eating lunch really was a great substitute for her nap.

With all the excitement of Disneyland, both kiddos weren’t going to nap at all (I already had that in the back of mind). With all the fun things to look at, I wouldn’t nap either if I were a 1 year old (to be candid, I wanted to nap. But, what’s that? Moms don’t nap). But doing Disneyland in one day, skipping a nap is ok with me. We are there for an experience not naps.

So, here are the rest of my tips and what helped us make it until 9:30pm (plus we drove home):

How to Do a One Day Trip to Disneyland with Toddlers (Part 2)

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Disneyland in One Day with Toddlers {Part 1}

Disneyland in One Day Part 1

The last time, I went to Disneyland was when I was 3 months pregnant with my son. That was about 4 years ago for my birthday. My hubby and I would go all the time before kids. We’d go for a day date. We’d go for a couple hours (when we were pass holders) to ride our favorite rides and then have dinner. It’s one of my favorite places to go. My hubby even proposed to me in the Blue Bayou restaurant 10 years ago (so it holds a really special place in my heart).

On Saturday, my hubby called me while in Long Beach, CA for work and said, “Pack your bags Babe. We’re going to Disneyland on Sunday to surprise the kids!”

What?!

My mind went a million different directions at the same time. Automatically to the worst possible scenarios. Like: my son is going to run away from me like he does sometimes at the grocery store; and, I’m not going to be able to find him in the sea of people. Or my kids are going to throw tantrums a few hours in, which will make it a nightmare experience causing us to have to leave the park (meaning, we spent a good chunk of money for nothing). You know where the mom brain goes.

But, I took a deep breath and told myself, “I am going to think positive thoughts and do this!” So, I got excited! And I packed our bags in less than an hour, loaded everything, got gas and became Disneyland bound!

I called my hubby while on the road and gave us a pep talk, “Babe, we have to go into this thinking it’s going to be a way different experience than when we use to go all the time. We gotta be realistic. You know our kiddos aren’t going to wait in a line that’s more than a 30-minute wait.” He agreed.

So, without anymore pre-story, here is How to Do Disneyland in One Day with Toddlers:

How to Do Disneyland in One Day with Toddlers (Part 1)

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