Looks like we will be forced to go to the L.A. area over valentines day weekend (4 days) and my hubby thought it would be great to spend a few days in Disneyland with our 16-month old.
Have any of you taken your toddlers there and did they enjoy it? What did you do? Trying to figure out if it would be worth the money...
Now that I type all that, we also went to DisneyWorld this past summer when #4 was 17 mos. and he had a good time, as well. He spent a lot of time in the stroller, though. It was 9 days as opposed to 1 day when we did Disney Land, so if we hadn't had older children, that would have definitely been too much. I would plan one or two days, but really unless you have someone to help with the toddler (or switch off with DH) there aren't many rides you can go on. But still plenty to see and do.
Gone but not fogotten.
By 16 months, though, I do feel like she could enjoy it more. Now the rides are not that interesting to me, some of them are loud and lights flash and I didn't particularly enjoy them, but there were some that were more lowkey that my daughter liked. So we rode various rides, saw different shows (the country bears, the tiki room), ate ice cream, saw horses, watched a parade, played in the water jets, bought a toy, rode out on a boat in the lagoon where she threw her sippy cup over the edge and took great pleasure in seeing it float away until she wanted it back again. I think what she liked most, though, was just the opportunity to see and experience different things, be around other children, etc. It's visually interesting, I let her walk around at times, there were different pathways and things she enjoyed walking on, steps and curbs to climb, etc. Heck, she liked the parking garage too. I also carried her in the sling at times if she was tired and just wanted to ride and maybe nap.
So I think if you think that you two will get something out of it, then it's worth it, and it might be new and different for her, but that may not be worth the money to you.
Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
We are getting very excited about going!
Another perk was that DS got into the parks for free, so I didn't feel like if he didn't get a lot out of it that we would be wasting that money. Are they running some deals on tickets now or just hotel rooms?
I wish we could go back to Disney World this year. I love that place, I love the way it makes me feel like a kid again. And DS LOVES Mickey Mouse, I'm sure he would enjoy it even more now. Oh well, if you do decide to go, tell Mickey hi from us!!
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Hey thanks for everyone's input- I think we will go! Now I'm really excited! We do love disneyland so this will be a fun treat for everyone. I never even remembered the Tikki room or the country bears...I think she will love them.
I'm on the disboards dot com Disneyland Resort forum...ignore the rest of the site and go straight to the DLR forum. If you want to find out more info, they/we can be of help.
My guy's first trip was at 17 months...he spent most of the day on my front in a mesh-bodied mei tai, it was great! He went on everything that we wanted to go on and that he could, no complaints...it was only a year or two later that he decided he had his own opinions on what was scary or not!
I took my DD to DL when she was only 8.5 months and even at that early age she LOVED it.
There were so many things to see, hear, smell, touch and so on!! She had an ear to ear grin the entire time we were there. AND she took her FIRST steps in the park.
Then, when she was 15 months, we went to WDW. And again, she had a blast.
Just go with the idea in mind that sometimes the people watching and wandering around the walkways and stores is just as much fun as the lines.
Get a schedule of the parades and shows too and plan your day around those! Disneyland is more than just rides...its about the entertainment. My DD really enjoyed the little things, like the Barbershop Quartet and the bands that come out and play.
Sitting on the train for a round or two around the park is a good way to be on a "ride" and yet still relax.
I'm a diehard Disney fan, so if you need any more ideas or suggestions, feel free to PM me!
R~Mama to my sweet A 7//07 & bubbly Z 3/12
AND due 9/13