The Happiest Place on Earth

“The Happiest Place on Earth!!” It’s totally a magical, wonderful place for all ages. We’ve been there more times than we can count, and we keep going back because there is always something new and thrilling. We’ve taken our daughter through the years, gone alone as ‘an adult couple’ and now we take our grandchildren. It never gets old. And each season presents its own unique celebrations and decorations within the Parks.

We could gush on forever, but let’s just give a few tips instead. Then contact us at Love To Travel for packages whenever you’re ready for the MAGIC!


  1. Get up and into the Park early. Morning is the perfect time at the Park. Temperatures are cooler, crowds are less, (and the kids are still happy). Get a couple of FastPasses before the crowds get crazy (Fantasyland rides fill up with families by mid-morning and most don’t offer FastPasses, so do those first).
  1. Speaking of FastPasses, use them! They are easy to get (and attendants are nearby to assist) and allow you to move to the front of the line at a pre-set time on your pass. No need to wait in long lines on the most popular rides.
  1. Eating in the Parks can be expensive. Pack a lunch (you can bring it in your daypack), and snacks for when the kids say (constantly)… “I’m hungry. ” When eating inside the Park, the lines at Critter Country and Frontierland are shorter than elsewhere during peak meal times. Character Dining is a winner with the kids every time (costumed characters roam around the restaurant and interact with kids, young and old). They take time for one-on-one photographs and welcome the chance to sign autograph books.
  1. Buying MouseEars? Get ’em at the beginning of your vacation so you can get a lot of photos in them throughout your visit. Other souvenirs are best purchased at the end of your day so you don’t have to carry them around all day (or better yet, stay at one of our on-site Disney hotels and have your purchases sent directly to your room. Ask us for more details).
  1. Pics with Mickey/Minnie or the Princesses are probably high on your kids’ to-do list. So check out where the characters will be throughout the day. Bring (or buy at the Park) an autograph book and pen and keep it handy. Yes, they do sign them!
  1. Parades and Shows. Find good seating for parades by asking which direction the parade route will be that day. Follow the path until you find what works for you, then sit (and grab the snacks out of your daypack). Watch the Fireworks from anywhere along Main Street, but the best spot is literally right in front of the castle. Truly magical!
  1. Take a sensory-overload break. Mid-day is the perfect time to return to your hotel for some swim time. Then return refreshed and ready for the late afternoon/evening excitement at the Park. There’s something very magical about Disneyland’s twinkling lights.

We can share more tips and advice for Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Walt Disney World, and Disney Cruise Line. We’ve all been there many times!!!! Contact us!