As a self-proclaimed Disney geek (and proud of it) I couldn’t come to California and not visit Disneyland. Since mini-man was little we decided to just visit a couple of times.
Our first trip was when mini-man was six-months old. Looking back, he might have been a bit too young – but we still had fun. He really enjoyed the outdoor rides – the carousel and Casey Jr. He didn’t quite understand the dark rides – Winnie the Pooh.
However, it was a stressful visit – it was hot, crowded, and we didn’t really have goals to accomplish anything.
After this visit we waited a year to go back. The main reason we went back was so I could see Paint the Night before it left. But this time, I was more prepared.
After the first visit, I realized I couldn’t power through the park and try to do everything – kids just can’t do that.
This time I researched everything and made a loose goals for the day. I wanted everyone to have fun.
In the end, the goals worked really well and everyone had fun. What worked best was taking lots of breaks to let mini-man walk and explore in his own.
And I got to see Paint the Night (which was incredible!). Best of all, mini-man loved seeing it too.
I am so happy that we got to go to Disneyland and create some great memories.