I have always been a huge Disney fan. In fact if I could choose to go anywhere for a vacation it would be a Disney resort. I have only been to Disneyland but I would just love to go to Disney World! By the time my oldest son was 4 years old we had gone to Disneyland 3 times. Then money became tighter and more kids joined the family and we were not able to make it back for some time. This past year the kids were a bit older and we decided it was finally time to visit the happiest place on earth! The best part is that we surprised them - but I will write more on that later :)
When we got home I wanted to write a blog post about our vacation right away but there were a million photos to go through and I didn't make it a priority. In a couple of months it will be a year since we have gone so I told myself I had to write about this now, better late than never!
I thought it would be fun to share with you my planning, preparing and fun that we had. There is so much to write and share that I thought I would split this up into a series. So my hope/goal is to add to this series every Sunday. I would love for you to share your tips and ideas as well so please be sure to leave comments!
Disneyland Series Part 1 - When to go?
When your family makes the decision to go to Disneyland one of the first decisions is when to go? For me it is usually "Let's go tomorrow!" and then Ryan has to talk some sense into me and he helps me realize we have to plan and pack.
Every family is different and has to decide what works best for them. For us it is going during the off season - but for others that is not practical because of work and school. So I decided to come up with some pros and cons
Going to Disneyland during the "on" season
-Longer hours of operation
-Majority of rides/attractions are open
-Fireworks happen more often *I think*
-Eating in restaurants takes longer due to crowds
-During the summer it is usually way too hot (Thanks for the tip from Jackie who commented on my Facebook post - I completely agree with her!)
There are many more pros and cons - but that is what I can think of right now. Can you think of anymore? I will add them to the list.
Going to Disneyland during the "off" season
-Not as many crowds so you can get through lines faster
-No crowds! - Yes, that bears repeating twice!
-Shorter hours of operation
-More rides will be closed for maintenance
-Kids might miss a little school
Can you think of any other pros/cons for going to Disneyland during the off season?
For our family the off season is clearly the winner. For us we need to make the biggest bang for our buck since we don't get to go that often. So we need to go when there are hardly any crowds so we can experience more rides and attractions. Our kids did miss some school but I arranged everything with the schools/teachers before we left and had our kids do the schoolwork prior to vacation. In fact they even stayed after school a few days to make sure they understood everything. The only downer for us is that we miss the fireworks. We usually arrive on a Sunday and leave on a Friday - so we don't get to see the fireworks they have over the weekend during the off season. I have heard that they are awesome!
So when is the "off" season? Well it's not during the summer time and it's not during the holidays. I have gone to Disneyland in May, June, November and February. Out of all those times June was the busiest. My favorite was in November. They were starting to put out the Christmas decorations but we went early enough in November that we did not have any holiday/Christmas crowds. You can visit the Disney website for to see when their on/off seasons are to get a better idea of what works for your family. Disney also has a fun and free trip planning DVD available for when you start thinking about going on your trip.
Do you have any tips you would like to share on when you choose when to go?
Oh and just so you all know Disney did not ask me to write this post or my Disney series - I just happen to Love Disney and Love to talk about them - all opinions are my own :)