I spent the past week at Disneyland and I picked up some handy knowledge that I thought I would share with you all, just in case you plan on going someday. I also wanted to share the intense burning in my legs, but that’s impossible to do over the pages of the internet. You’ll have to trust me when I say that your legs will feel like they’ve been dipped in a volcano.

3 Things You Need To Know About Disneyland

Having more adults than children is NOT helpful. My party had 5 adults and 2 children under the age of six. We thought we were so smart. We were not. Those kids won every round! Carrying critical supplies like snacks, shoes, and coats, the adults were guaranteed to need frequent breaks that those small legs just didn’t seem to need. Even when the children were tired, the adults we were punished brutally with the additional weight of little body parts that could no longer function on their own. How can kids have so much energy for running and then suddenly be incapable of walking back to the hotel?!

You’ll walk until you can’t walk even one single step further. That’s when you’ll come to the realization that you are only halfway back to your Disney hotel and burst into tears – Mickey Mouse has designed the world’s best human trap. Your only hope at this point is to find a churro cart. Hopefully the sugar will jumpstart your body long enough to get you to a bed where you’ll collapse for the next 8 hours. Too bad you actually needed 12 hours of sleep…

Leaving the park on your final night will break your spirit. There’s no avoiding this one. You will be bitterly upset that you aren’t rich enough to live in the park castle as a permanent resident, and you’ll plead with everyone in your group to figure out a way to stay just one more day. When that doesn’t work, you’ll desperately look at your airline app and pray that it went out of business. Oops, guess you have to stay one more day!


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59 replies on “3 Disneyland tips that no one ever tells you…

  1. I have been to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World several times. Believe me, the older you get, the more difficult the whole process becomes. Even had the misfortune of being at Walt Disney World in Florida, the day they broke all attendance records. Two and a half hour lines for the most popular rides, which, of course, my children had to go on. The kids’ whining gets worse as the day goes on and patience gets shorter. Then there is that song at It’s a Small World which stays in your head for six months after a visit. Is it worth it? I guess it is when you see the photos with smiling faces after you arrive home.

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    1. We did pick a time when the parks were not overly crowded, and the longest line we stood in was 45 minutes. But most of the lines were less than a 25 minute wait which was amazing. I don’t think I would ever want to experience a packed capacity, none of us would’ve survived that.

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  2. I stood in line for over an hour with a dead weight of a sleeping 3 year old in my arms, the entire time. We finally get on the ride and he proceeds to not wake up until we pulled in at the end of the ride….The Irish guys behind me thought it was the most hilarious thing ever…#Dreamteam

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    1. I do have to say, that is pretty hilarious. He must’ve been so exhausted to sleep through a ride. But look at you holding a sleeping dead weight for three hours, that is crazy! You must be some sort of superhero.

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  3. Aw Disneyland is amazing, we actually went pre kids! We said we would return when we had kids, but then had 6 kids and it was never affordable again! There is certainly a lot of walking involved. #DreamTeam

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  4. Oh those aching feet and tearful goodbyes. I know it all too well after our trip to Orlando in 2017. And yes, there are so many things you only find out when you’re there x #dreamteam

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    1. That does seem to be key. My family would go in for the early morning opening and then we would head back to the hotel for lunch and early afternoon and head back to the park at dinner time. Most people spend the whole day because they get a later start and then they leave the rides to have dinner. It did seem to work out when we went opposite to the crowds.

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  5. Never been to Disney Land/World – but thanks for the tips if we ever decide to take our little humans (2 & 4) . With all that walking, I might just wait until they’re that wee bit older and have a bit more stamina! #DreamTeam

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    1. Stamina is definitely a good thing. My nieces are three and six and we planned large breaks in the middle of the day to return to the hotel and nap. Funnily enough, the adults always took naps as well.

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  6. Ah we’re all kids really when it comes to Disneyland aren’t we? That part never really leaves you. I have been to the one in Paris but I have yet to bring my daughters. They are still a bit too small for it. But I think about it and look forward to it when the day comes. However much I enjoyed it on my own, I know it will be ten times better when they are with me!! Oh and I’ll remember to pack a good pair of runners! #dreamteam

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    1. Definitely pack good shoes! And it’s always a good idea to wait until the children are old enough to ride (and enjoy) most of the rides. There was only one that my youngest niece couldn’t go on but it was heartbreaking to watch her sob while half the group went without her.

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  7. Haha! I love this Heather. There is so much walking to be done isn’t there!? We have yet to go to DisneyWorld, but we walked miles in the smaller Disneyland Paris. I think I even lost a pound or 2! Thanks for being a brilliant #dreamteam host. Let me know if you figure out a way to live in the castle… we’ll be coming with you!! xxx

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  8. I went to Disneyland Anaheim prekid and Disneyland Hong Kong when my boys were in primary school. They weren’t as excited as I had expected them to be so luckily for me, there were no issues leaving. Maybe it was because we were going to Ocean Park (another theme park) the following day.

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    1. Oh that must have been scary! I was nervous because one of my nieces is a runner, she even got on an elevator by running ahead of us and walking into open doors. Luckily another lady made her come back up to our floor and delivered her to our waiting hands.

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  9. We did 4 adults and 4 kids in Florida – I swear the saving for us was that we went with a 2 year old so we had a buggy with us ALL THE TIME. But carrying the kids back in the dark was hard work… why do they do the car parks so far away from the park??? #MondayEscapes

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