Many years ago, Honey and I mentioned to a very little John that when he turned ten he could pick a place to go celebrate. We were first time parents of a four year old. “Newbs” as that kid would say now. It seemed realistic at the time, and honestly, we knew he’d never remember that conversation. Besides, age ten was like eons away. Practically a lifetime. So, that’s exactly why I’m in utter disbelief that my four year old is now ten. Ten. A ten-ager. Double digits. Two full hands worth of fingers. And he’s got a mind like a steel trap (he obvs gets that from Sister.) The boy has wished upon a star to travel across the country and visit Disneyland and so we’ll be jet-setting across the country in a few short months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will spend the first half of our week in LA (I’ve already got your amazing tips and tricks for that leg) and then the rest of the week at Disneyland.
I know Disney World like the back of my hand, but when it comes to Disneyland I really am a “newb”. I’ve only even been to California once, and that was on a 24-hour work trip to LA. Of course I have started reading blogs and boards and facebook pages, but y’all have provided extremely knowledgeable on so many topics of the years that I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask for your input. Keep in mind that this is likely a once in a lifetime trip for all of us. We want to do it all and do it right.
We originally had a room at the Disneyland Hotel but I found out last week that the pool is under construction and Goofy’s Kitchen will possibly be closed. SO… I moved us to the Grand Californian. We have 3-4 days in the parks. I keep hearing that it can be done in 1 day but I don’t have to tell y’all how Disney crazy we are. Besides, Honey needs his down time.
- Any places we must-eat?
- Any tips and tricks on navigating the parks?
- Any must see shows/events?
- Any shows, souvenirs, food, etc. we must see/try/do as part of the 60th Diamond Anniversary?
- Any tips on how to manage the time change from Georgia to California?
- How would you design your days – ie. what would you do each day?
So, if you will, post your thoughts in the comments. I’ll compile them later for everyone to use and I will definitely report back as we firm up our plans!!!
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