Tuesday, August 23, 2011

the happiest place on earth

even though i try to limit media and the amount of characters elodie is exposed to, my one weakness has been disney. my family grew up going one to two times a year and it has been really cute to take elodie with her cousins. i'm really not a fan of the princess worship and so far she has been content with pluto, donald duck, winnie the pooh and thumper. my friends recently went and asked for some tips so i thought i would share them here! 

1. prepare
bring a bag with a change of clothes, sunblock, a hat and your toddler's favorite nutritious snacks/drinks. it is so expensive there and the majority of the food offerings are awful and very tempting for the toddler. bring a stroller so your baby/toddler can sleep. it is so easy to just park it and walk around so it's worth bringing even if you don't think you will use it. don't forget your sling! 

2. activities we have liked for a 2+ child 
a stroll through the castle
casey jones circus train
tea cups
a nice stroll to frontierland
tarzan's treehouse or jungle cruise (if your child is sensitive to noise, skip it)
winnie the pooh
the riverboat (this is great if you are nursing and want to get your child to sleep) 
rocket ships in tomorrowland
it's a small world (you might end up doing this twice!)
minnie mouse's house
the tiki room for a pineapple whip and some cute singing birds

3. slow down and enjoy yourselves
it is a very stimulating place (understatement) and we typically go for an afternoon. there are lots of places to take your little one for downtime while the rest of your party rides big rides and they have a fantastic baby center for nursing mamas. she has fallen asleep on it's a small world, the disneyland railroad, the monorail and the carriage that goes up and down main street. if you are going to go to disneyland, it's best to have no expectations and slow down to see things through your child's eyes. it really can be magic!

this is obviously just a fraction of the activities and i didn't cover california adventure. we are saving peter pan, mr. toad, nemo, etc until she is a little older!


  1. How sweet! I have been wondering if my little guy was old enough to enjoy Disney yet and what he could do, you answered all my questions. Thank you!

  2. I love how excited she looks after talking to Pluto!

  3. I am the friend (with an almost 3 year old) who asked Elizabeth for the tips! We followed every one, stayed for 10 hours (which included a 1.5 hour nap in the stroller) and left with huge smiles on our faces. Can't wait to go back! Thanks E! xoxo

  4. ugh, Elodie is just SO beautiful, you must look at her every second of every day and be sort of taken aback, because I know I am, and I only see her through photos on your blog! Her big eyes! She is so darling, and your husband has great style, and it goes without saying for you! I've been reading your blog for quite some time and have never commented but something inspired me to do so today. Maybe it was the giant earthquake we just had here in DC that's inspired me and changed my outlook a little bit on life. I don't know how you Californians do it...it was truly frightening! But something about seeing such a sweet and pure girl, living it up at Disneyland (happiest place on earth, afterall) made me want to comment : ) xo!

  5. I don't really think it's good to take children to Disneyland but you have almost convinced me. Pretty pictures!

  6. This post couldn't have come at a better time...we are taking our 3 year old next week. I'm right there with you- I grew up going to Disney at least once a year and I love sharing it with my little one. :)

  7. We took our kids (ages 1 & 3) six months ago and the highlight by far was It's a Small World. We rode it three times and they loved it. I had not ridden it in years and was so sweet to see it through their eyes.

  8. These photos are so sweet. They have a completely nostalgic vibe!