disneyland

We recently took a quick trip to Disneyland to celebrate Phill’s 30th birthday! It was SO much fun. We weren’t sure how River would enjoy it and he absolutely loved it.

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Question: Who takes an eight month old baby to Disneyland?

Answer: We do!

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Was it worth it? Absolutely! First off, who knew babies could go on so many rides? I was surprised at how many River was able to go on. If you are planning a trip to the Happiest Place On Earth with a baby, here are some of our favourite things and tips that we found most helpful.

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We had 3-Day Park Hopper tickets. We went on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We spent the first whole day in Disneyland. On Day 2, we did our Magic Morning in Disneyland and then went over to California Adventure for a couple of hours in the late morning. It was the warmest day of our trip, so around 1pm we shuttled back to the hotel to enjoy the pool. We went back to the park for a few hours in the evening. On day 3, we started at Disneyland again and then went to California Adventure in the afternoon. Overall, I’d say three days is a good amount of time to fit everything in without feeling too rushed.

Feeding: I would find a bench in the shade and breastfeed River. We fed him his meals, snacks and water wherever we were eating, or when we were sitting down somewhere.

Diaper Changes: there are change tables in every bathroom. Each station has it’s own garbage can and toilet paper–thanks, Disney! There is also a Baby Care Center near the front of the park’s gates. I never actually went in and checked it out but have heard that they are awesome for changing, nursing and just taking a few minutes to relax.

Rides: Babies can pretty much go on any ride that doesn’t have a height limit. There were plenty of rides to take River on, and we didn’t even get through all of them. For the most part, we would just have him in the carrier or sitting in our lap. Some rides required him to be sitting on the seat between us, which was no problem. River rode the Mad Tea Party Spinning Teacups, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Alice In Wonderland, The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s Small World, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Toy Story Midway Mania, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and more. One thing to take into consideration is that some rides can be loud. I covered River’s ears with my hands to diffuse the sound so he didn’t startle. You could also bring noise cancelling headphones if you wanted. He absolutely loved every single ride, and didn’t cry once on the rides. He was mesmorized!

Since I have visited last, there are several changes to both Disneyland and California Adventure parks. The ‘Disneyland’ app is seriously amazing, and is a total must. All of the rides, wait times, restaurants, showtimes, MaxPass’ and PhotoPass’ are on there. We loved the MaxPass feature! For the MaxPass, you pay $10 per ticket, per day and have access to all the FastPasses on your app. You simply select whatever FastPass you want from your phone. No more running all over the park to stand in a line to get one! It is SO convenient and worth getting IMHO. We would get the FastPasses for the big rides and when I’d stop to feed Riv, Phill would go on and then we’d switch out. Being able to skip the line is always nice, but especially when you’re going solo. I also highly recommend making reservations for any restaurants, which you can also do through the app. Our favs are the Blue Bayou, and the Carnation Cafe (get the deep fried pickles. Sooo freaking good). Oh, and the beignets! Definitely get the beignets (available in Downtown Disney, or Disneyland).

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On Phill’s birthday, we had dinner at the Blue Bayou!

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For regularly updated tips before you go, check out the Magic Kingdom Mamas blog (@magic_kingdom_mamas on Instagram), as well as Disneyland Daily on Facebook. S/O to my friend Ashley for that intel, both of those sites were super helpful!

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Disneyland several times over the years and to have the opportunity to take River was such a dream come true! The second I set foot on the property and heard the music playing I teared up. I also cry when we leave and wave ‘Goodbye’ to the castle (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?). When Phill and I were 18 and 20 years old, we went and it was our first real trip we ever took together. I hope we can go back in a few years when Riv is a little older and can ride all the rides together 🙂

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River’s Disney sweater and jacket were both from HM, and we purchased them before our trip.

River’s highlights:

first ride ever: The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh | favourite thing about Disneyland: smiling at everyone in the line ups, haha! | other: cut two top teeth on Phill’s birthday/first day in Disneyland | first character encounter: Pluto | favourite ride: It’s A Small World

Phill’s highlights:

favourite ride: Pirates of the Caribbean | favourite snack: corndog | favourite treat: Dole Whip | peak of the trip: seeing River’s face as we walked down Main Street.

My highlights:

favourite ride: a tie between Space Mountain & Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | favourite snack: deep fried pickles from The Carnation Cafe | favourite treat: churro, so classic! | peak(s) of the trip: showing River all the magical sights, seeing Phill wear his birthday pin, and getting River his first pair of ears.

What are your Disney favourites? I’d love to hear them!

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