Good morning! As many of you know, we recently went to Disneyland. I first have to say that we live completely clean, natural, organic, green, anything else you want to call it. But I definitely think there are times we need to let all the obsessing go, and just enjoy life as it is. Avoiding EVERYTHING can be really hard at times (like on vacation…) because there are unhealthy things e v e r y w h e r e.
So that is what we did, for one week, we weren’t concerned about all the horrible things that may or may not be lurking, because it would have been exhausting and taken away from the experience we wanted our kids to be able to have. I wish everything was 100% organic and clean, but it’s not.
TIPS FOR THE ORGANIC LIVING FAMILY:
1.bring your own snacks and food into the park
2.bring your own water!
3.if you do eat out, and avoid certain foods by choice (or allergy!) the hostess asks before you are even seated, and they bring you an allergy menu. Every place has great alternatives and a TON of vegetarian/vegan choices. They are very thorough about this, so you know you can trust it!
4.let yourself off the hook of being totally organic for a minute. I know how hard that is and trust me I cringed getting our kids some of the things we did, but it was ONE time. And it wasn’t TOO overboard, either. They ate churros, and some cookies, etc. There are some decent options there that I was really okay with, for one time. 😉
5. be sure you bring your own organic sunscreen, because you won’t find any there! We were so happy to have our Raw Elements Sunscreen that works really well, too!
6.for all my fellow booch lovers out there, glass bottles are not allowed in the park, so you better drink it up before you get there… or they will have you pour it into another cup before you go in.
TIPS FOR BUDGET AND TIME SAVINGS:
1.again, bring your own food and water.
2. pack a bag full of dress-up clothes and items and let your kids wear those each day instead of buying ALL the ones they have out. I recommend The Little Dress Up Shop for a great price and quality.
3.buy souvenirs from amazon before you go to the parks
4. when you do purchase stuff in the park, be sure you bring them with you the following days! Also, you can check your bags of purchases all over, so you don’t have to carry them around or worry about them being stolen.
5. use the Disneyland app for a map, wait times, character spotting, etc. This is your total guide!
6. there are great live shows and things like that on both sides of the park (Fantasy Faire for princess storytelling shows (DL), Enchanted Tiki Room (DL), Turtle Talk with Crush (CA), Frozen Show (CA), and Disney Junior Live Show (CA), etc.) these are GREAT for a break. Our two toddlers loved all these shows, and they were so great for a little rest for them.
There are so many tips and guides out there that it can be really overwhelming. I wanted to keep this as short and simple as possible, because that’s how I like it! 🙂 Another thing I wanted to share was about our hotel situation.
We booked through Get Away Today by recommendation from everyone, working with them was great. However, the hotel they booked us was REALLY horrible. It was so close to the hotel, which was amazing and exactly what we wanted, but the hotel itself was not good at all. After the first night they switched our rooms, and it was honestly no better. The shower barely worked, it was loud, and the building itself was just awful.
I definitely recommend staying FAR AWAY from The Castle Inn and Suites. If you book through Get Away Today, be sure you tell them you DO NOT want that hotel. Refuse it. We actually left a night early to Newport because we were so sick of it. Get Away Today said they could change our hotel that first night, but recommended switching rooms instead, which I really didn’t like. So we did that. They said the other hotel they could change us to was pretty far away, which we then would have had to figure out transportation or parking to get to the parks. It was so frustrating!
We were told that many of the hotels in walking distance from the park (ours was directly across the street) are horrible like that. We did find out that The Marriot hotel there was wonderful, highly recommended, and only a bit further so walking COULD still be an option, or you could get other transportation. I would rather deal with parking than a bad hotel again. We were Disney-newbies, what are you gonna do?!
What is your #1 tip?