This year we had been planning to go to the beach on a family vacation. Last year we didn’t do a big family vacation (though Matthew and I went to the Bahamas), so the kids have been particularly excited about a trip.
All that planning changed when I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Disneyland. This is an invitation only blogger event and families are invited to attend too. I have wanted to attend for years and cried when I received the invitation. Such a blessing.
The event is April 10-13, so we decided to go to Laguna Beach for two days (Tuesday-Wednesday) and then Disneyland for four (Thursday-Sunday). That way we could still get the beach in! We are thrilled that the Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach is sponsoring our beach stay, and then we will be staying at the Disneyland Hotel for the conference (conference attendees pay a reduced rate, which we are thankful for!).
We kept the trip a secret for the past month, not wanting 60 days of “when are we going to Disneyland?”. Since our kids are little (5.5 and 2.5) we kept the unveiling pretty simple.
I bought them Trunki suitcases a few months ago. and I filled them up with all things Disney (mostly acquired from Target clearance shopping) such as Mickey and Minnie plush (70% off Christmas clearance – I simply cut off the Santa hats!), Mickey and Minnie stickers, shirts, markers, soap, etc.
With just 33 days til our trip, I am in full planning mode. (If you are a Pinterest user, be sure to check out my Disney board, which has tips for both Disneyland and Disney World.)
Here’s what we have done so far:
- Booked a character breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen
- Booked the Disney photo pass: Of course we will be taking lots of our own pictures, but multiple people told me this was worth the investment. I will be sure to review the service after the fact.
- Ordered a free Disney vacation planning DVD (click the graphic below to get one for your family)
We will be doing Disney on our own on Thursday (the conference starts that night) and then Matthew and the kids will be doing the park during the day Friday while I have conference stuff). Saturday and Sunday we will just have conference activities in the morning. We are leaving Monday in the late morning, so we booked Goofy’s Kitchen as our farewell activity before going to the airport.
Will you share your best Disney/Disneyland tips with me? Would love any insights you experienced Disney parents have! I went to Disney World 20 years ago and have never been to Disneyland, so I think I am as excited as the kids.
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