We recently made our first trip to Disneyland. We visited Disneyland to celebrate my niece’s second birthday. As much as Josh and I wanted to wait until we absolutely had to take Little Nugget (which for us meant 5+ years old), I have no complaints about having gone earlier than expected. I am extremely happy that we were able to enjoy the day as a family.
My sister and her family are avid Disneyland goers, so she had some very useful advice. She advised us to go without any expectations, and that is exactly what we did. Josh and I had a couple of rides that we wanted to take Little Nugget on, but other than that, we didn’t push him to do anything. We allowed him to take charge of the day, and it resulted in a beautiful day of discovery.
My sister also suggested that we travel with a stroller, so we traveled with Little Nugget’s stroller that held up very well. It had enough room for us to pack all of the “essentials”. I put essentials in quotations because you would’ve thought we were going camping at Disneyland. Hey, it was our first visit with our kid, so we wanted to be safe and not sorry. We didn’t buy ANY food at Disneyland. We packed lunch, snacks, and water. We had numerous changes for Little Nugget in case he got wet or dirty, and we had an extra pair of socks, underwear, and a shirt for ourselves (it’s ok to laugh because I’m actually laughing now). May I not forget to mention the various other emergency items that we felt like we had to take. We were able to store our entire campsite at the bottom of the stroller. To our surprise, all of our items were safe while we were on rides. Next time, which won’t be anytime soon, we will most likely consolidate a lot of what we packed.
Everything at Disneyland was completely new to Little Nugget. To give you an idea of how unfamiliar he is with it all, he (very) recently learned who Mickey Mouse is and in the past couple of months has seen Toy Story and Cars. Josh and I have nothing against Disney, but we prefer to have some distance between Little Nugget and all the “magic”. We prefer him to find that same “magic” in nature, animals, or something a bit more generic. Josh and I went into parenthood with the agreement that we didn’t want Little Nugget to be obsessed with any characters. We know there will come a day when his room will be decorated all in one character, but for now, we’re enjoying his simplicity.
My favorite discovery from our visit was seeing how much Little Nugget enjoyed all of the rides. It was a relatively “light” day at Disneyland, the longest line was 30 minutes, so we were able to get on a handful of rides without too much of a struggle. What I didn’t think about was that a 20 minute wait was too much to ask for from a toddler. Little Nugget did get antsy on the few rides where we had to wait longer than 10 minutes, but I’m still very impressed by how well he reacted to the waiting. We visited the following: the Enchanted Tiki Room, Disneyland Railroad, Jungle Cruise, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, King Arthur’s Carrousel, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Autotopia, Mad Tea Party, It’s a Small World, and the Disneyland Monorail System. I’d say that’s a solid list of attractions considering we got to the park around 11 am and left by 5 pm.
It was so beautiful to see Little Nugget’s reactions. Experiencing his first trip to Disneyland was such a privilege, and I am grateful to God for the opportunity as his mother. His reactions didn’t include shouts of excitement or jumps of joy as everything was new to him, but they did include completely overwhelmed expressions (positively overwhelmed), countless pointing for us to look at what he saw, and laughter.
I was very nervous about the potty situation, but the fact that there’s a bathroom at almost every corner helped with Little Nugget’s success. He had one minor accident (which was more my fault), but other than that, Little Nugget proved to be responsible enough to inform us of when he needed a potty break. My heart swelled with motherly pride, and I realized how big my “baby” really is. ::insert crying emoji here:: Where is the pause button??? If any parent finds it, please do share. I feel like once you become a parent, you stop looking for that fountain of youth and start searching for that pause button, but that might just be me. Or are the fountain of youth and the pause button really the same thing?
That last paragraph completely threw me off topic, so why not finish off with pictures?
Cheers to successful family trips!