The happiest place on earth becomes even happier when the day is going well! If you’re planning on taking the whole family out for a memorable day at Disneyland, there are a few things you’ll want to prepare ahead of time to make the day go as smoothly as possible. So make sure your daughter has decided if she wants to dress up as a Cinderella princess or Snow White princess, get out the park map and get ready for some quick tips on how to make her day more special and healthy. .
Where will we go? This is one of the most important decisions you have to make, and it is usually best done before even heading to the park. Having a general idea of how your family wants to interact with the park will help make your day less chaotic. If you have older children, you may want to separate in the morning, meet for lunch, and spend the rest of the day together. Do your kids want to spend more time in TomorrowLand or in their Disney princess costumes shopping at Sleeping Beauty’s castle?
Check out a Disney map online if you can. If not, check with your children. See if the family will split up and suggest they get together for a meal. You can discuss the second half of the day over lunch. Space Mountain’s Pizzeria is a popular place for kids to eat.
Before entering the park, make sure the family has agreed on a designated gathering place if someone gets lost or separated from the group. There is a place for “lost children” in the park, if you choose that as your destination.
What should you wear to the park? To wear a Disney princess costume or not? Girls love to go to Disneyland in their Cinderella princess costumes or in a Snow White princess dress. While you don’t want your Princess Cinderella or Snow White dress to get dirty, letting your daughter dress up in her Disney princess costume provides an added bonus of fun for your little one. She will love to have her photo taken at Sleeping Beauty’s castle and when she meets a princess in the park, she will surely be excited that she is dressed in a Disney princess costume too.
Don’t worry if the dress gets dirty, you can keep an eye on it during the day and the memories of your daughter really feeling like a princess all day will make up for the wear of the dress.
For the rest of the family, check the weather before you go and be sure to encourage family members to wear hats and light sandals or jackets, whatever the weather forecast. You want everyone to be as comfortable as possible! Having a second layer (a light coat or long-sleeved shirt) is a good idea if you plan to stay in the park overnight when the temperatures drop.
A pleasant necessity, eating at Disneyland adds to the enjoyment of the day. If you’re looking to stay on a budget, pack your snacks and plan to eat out for meals only. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from at Disneyland, from casual hot dog stands to fine dining cuisine within the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. To enhance your experience, choose a place that your family is comfortable with (like a casual hot dog spot) and one that can take you out of your comfort zone, like Ariel’s Grotto or another fancier restaurant.
Just remember to be patient, take pictures, and prepare for a nice family day!