Helping families plan their Disneyland vacations. Join our four travel experts, and Disneyland insiders, as they share tips to plan your trip to Disneyland with Kids in 30 minute episodes.
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Disneyland Tips From A Mom of Two (Kayla's Trip Report)
If you are heading to Disneyland, you might be wondering what to expect, where to stay, and how to plan for the trip. While listening to Disneyland experts is a great start, sometimes you want to hear from someone just like you. Someone that goes to the parks, but doesn't study them constantly. What do they wish they had known? What did they love? Today, we talk with Kayla about just this.
Kayla, a moderator in the Disneyland with Kids group, is sharing her recent trip. While Kayla has visited in the past, this was her first trip as a family of four, and her first trip back since the reopening of Disneyland Park. She has a lot of great tips and reminders for those planning their vacation.
Before checking out the episode, we are excited to share with you the Disneyland with Kids Digital Magazine, coming in 2022. We currently have an introductory price on annual subscriptions available. PLUS you will get a free Mini Issue as a signup bonus.
Tips for Disneyland with Kids Every Parent Should Hear On today's podcast, Becca from This Crazy Adventure Called Life interviews Kayla, one of the moderators of the Disneyland with Kids Facebook Group about her recent vacation at Disneyland. Kayla drops some great tips for those planning a vacation.
Kayla is the mom of 2, with a 7-year-old and almost-3-year-old. She recently took her first vacation since the reopening of Disneyland, and the first time with both of her kids. She talks about where she chose to stay, how many days she went to Disneyland, what she wished she had known, and what she loved that surprised her.
In This Episode Of Disneyland with Kids Podcast In this episode we cover:
Kayla's experience rebooking her trip Why she chose to switch hotels last minute Would she stay at this hotel again Walking to the park, versus taking the ART What she wish she had known before this trip Why she was a bit disappointed about the food How Kayla scored her dining reservations (hint: Mouse Dining) What surprised Kayla about this trip How many days did Kayla go, and was it the right amount of days Kayla's tip for parents planning a Disneyland vacation Be Sure To Also Check Out After you finish listening to this episode, you may also want to check out:
Luxury Hotels Near Disneyland (podcast episode) Planning a Disneyland Vacation? Start Here! (podcast episode) Best Rides for Toddlers at Disneyland (article) Disneyland Area Hotels for Large Families (article)
Luxury Hotels Near Disneyland
Looking for luxury accommodations for your Disneyland Vacation? The luxury options for your Anaheim vacation have more than doubled in recent years. While budget and moderate hotels are still the norm, several luxury, four-diamond options are now available for those looking for high-end accommodations. Today we are breaking down the 5 AAA four-diamond hotel options within the Disneyland Resort Area.
Photo: Becca Robins, A King Room at Westin Anaheim
Luxury Hotels At Great Prices
Before we dive into this episode, we wanted to touch on getting a deal on your luxury hotel. While these hotels are higher-end, that doesn't mean you won't be able to find a great deal.
Our partners at Get Away Today have locked in some amazing rates at the hotels we mention in this podcast episode. You can combine these hotel deals with our special discount on Disneyland tickets for the ultimate savings. Plus don't forget to use code DisneyKids to save even more when you stay two nights or more.
Luxury Hotels For Disneyland Vacations
In this episode of the Disneyland with Kids Podcast, we are covering the 5 luxury hotels (with a AAA 4 diamond rating) in the Disneyland Resort area. Which of these hotels does not offer a hot tub? Which one can you hear the sounds of the park from? And which one has Storm Troopers in the halls? Take a listen to this week's episode to find out.
In This Episode
In this episode, Leslie and Jessica discuss the luxury hotels in the Disneyland area. Between the two of them they have stayed at 4 of the hotels, and toured all of them. Leslie brings her experience with luxury travel to the conversation to compare rates, amenities, and more, while Jessica uses her extensive Disneyland lodging experiences, and rooftop bar visits to help you decide which hotel is right for you and your family.
Some of the highlights from this episode include:
A brief overview of the 5 luxury hotels A refresher of where to listen for more information on the Grand Californian and Disneyland Hotel Jessica's recent stay at the JW Marriott Anaheim What your kids might break at the JW Marriott What the JW Marriott is missing Location information Leslie's recent stay at the Radisson Blu Why the Radisson Blu is the luxury option for larger families Is the Radisson Blu walking distance Jessica and Leslie discuss the Westin and Jessica's recent tour Plus: Pricing, location, dining, and more on all five luxury hotels
If you are interested in Disneyland area hotels, you will love that we plan to feature hotel highlights in the all-new Disneyland with Kids Digital Magazine. Be sure to check out our subscription specials and more.
After Listening, Also Check Out
After you finish listening to this episode, be sure to check out these great articles and podcast episodes:
Grand Californian (Podcast Episode) Disneyland Hotel (Podcast Episode) Comparing the Grand Californian and Disneyland Hotel (Article)
Meet the co-hosts and founders of Disneyland with Kids
February 2020 Photo by A&C Photography, From left to right: Jessica Sanders, Becca Robins, Leslie Harvey, Julie Bigboy
Disneyland with Kids is an online community of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and more... who help each other plan trips to Disneyland with the littlest Mouseketeers. Disneyland with Kids was founded by four Disneyland experts and travel writers, who all happen to be moms. Each of them gives expert advice on their own sites, this podcast, and in the Disneyland with Kids Facebook Group.
Be sure to check out each of our co-founders' sites and social media channels:
Leslie- Trips with Tykes
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Becca - This Crazy Adventure Called Life
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Jessica - The Happiest Blog On Earth
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Disneyland Holiday Preview 2021
Heading to Disneyland for the Holidays this year? Check out what is returning, what is new, and get some tips to make the most out of your time at The Merriest Place On Earth.
Disneyland Holidays 2021 - What's Returning and What Is New
Disneyland Holidays are back. The Holidays begin at Disneyland on November 12, 2021, and we couldn't be more excited.
Old favorites return, and new experiences await. We are breaking down everything that is going on in this episode of the Disneyland with Kids Podcast.
In this episode, Jessica, from The Happiest Blog on Earth, and Julie, from Mom Rewritten, are sharing everything we know so far about the holidays in 2021.
Jessica and Julie talk about everything we know, and some ways your trip might be different this season at Disneyland Resort.
Before we get to the show notes, just a reminder that now is a great time to book your holiday and 2022 vacations. Get discount tickets, free hotel nights and more when you book via our partners at Get Away Today. Use code DisneyKids to save even more on hotel stays of 2 nights or more. BOOK HERE.
In This Episode
Two major changes to your holiday visit Holiday decor and overlays Live entertainment and parades Holiday in parks meet up Festival of Holidays and seasonal food
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After listening to this episode you might also be interested in the following podcast episodes and articles.
Disney Genie Preview (podcast episode) Holidays at Disneyland (2019 podcast episode) Holidays at Disneyland 2021 - Visiting Tips for Busy Days (article on Mom Rewritten) Merries Nites - A Disneyland Holiday Party (article on The Happiest Blog on Earth)
What's In Our Disneyland Park Bags
We are dumping out those purses, backpacks and fanny packs to tell you what is in our bags for a day in the park with our family. From items you have thought about, to items we have learned about the hard way, and even what popular items you should just leave at home, we are spilling our tips for what you need in the parks.
Join us on this episode of the Disneyland with Kids Podcast and don't forget to subscribe on your favorite podcast service!
What To Put In Your Disneyland Park Bags
From the minimalist to the "I have a pharmacy in my purse" mom (cough*Becca*cough), everyone has their own packing style. As moms who have been to Disneyland dozens, if not hundreds of times between the two of us, we have tips on what to take, no matter your packing style.
(Photo Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort)
Before You Pack, You Need To Book Your Trip!
Before we get to this week's episode, just a reminder that our partners at Get Away Today have discounted tickets, free hotel nights and more! Plus use code DisneyKids on your vacation stay of 2 nights or more to save extra. BOOK NOW!
In This Episode - What To Put In Your Disney Parks Bag
In this episode of the Disneyland with Kids Podcast, Becca, from This Crazy Adventure Called Life, and Jessica, from The Happiest Blog On Earth, discuss what we have in our bags for a day at the parks. Special shout out to Julie, from Mom Rewritten, as she created some talking points as we originally tried to record this episode with her, but had technical issues.
In This Episode We Cover
What is our packing style The no bag line at Disneyland security Our favorite bags for a day at Disneyland 5 must-take items for a day at the park Items to pack for a day at Disneyland with young kids What to pack for a day at Disneyland with tweens and teens Great tips on giving older kids more freedom in the parks Items we have learned we like to have in our bags from experience Where to get important items if you forget them Taking food into Disneyland Disneyland Picnic area Disneyland Lockers What to leave at home
Not to brag, but this episode has a lot of great tips in it and I definitely think everyone from the over-packer to the notorious under-packer can learn something from it.
Did we miss one of your favorite park essentials? Come tell us what you are packing in the Disneyland with Kids Facebook Group.
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After listening to this episode be sure to check out these other great episodes and articles to plan your Disneyland vacation:
Disneyland App (Podcast Episode) Disney Genie Preview (Podcast Episode) Sick at Disneyland (Podcast Episode) What To Pack In Your Disneyland Bag (Article) Bringing Food Into Disneyland (Article) Disneyland Picnic Area (Article) Disneyland Lockers (Article) Keeping Kids Entertained In Line (Article)
Planning A Disneyland Vacation? Start Here!
So you have decided to head to Disneyland. This episode of the Disneyland with Kids Podcast will make sure your vacation gets off on a magical start. If you are heading to Disneyland, there are some important steps you need to take, before you even book your vacation. Start here, whether you are a first-time visitor or an old pro!
Photo credit: Becca Robins, This Crazy Adventure Called Life
Disneyland has changed a lot over the years, and especially just in the last two years. Gone are the days of planning a last-minute trip, just showing up to the park, and walking in. We touch on some of the most important things that guests, old and new, should know before heading to Disneyland. From buying tickets and reservations to virtual queues, and beyond.
Start Here When Planning A Disneyland Vacation
There is so much information out there about Disneyland that it can be a bit overwhelming for those who want to know where to start. While it may be fun to look up the 20 best foods to try while at the parks if you skip the steps about buying tickets and making reservations, you won't ever get to try them. So this episode of the Disneyland with Kids Podcast is your "Start Here" guide for planning your vacation.
If you are already a Disneyland pro, bookmark this episode to send to friends planning their vacation so that you don't have to write out 20 pages of notes.
Before we get into this episode, just a reminder that we have negotiated a super-secret rate for our followers/listeners and Disneyland with Kids Facebook Group Members on Disneyland tickets.
This rate is available through our partners at Get Away Today, and can be used on just tickets, or combined with their hotel deals.
You must visit our unique link to get our rate, so be sure to CLICK HERE.
In this episode, Jessica, from The Happiest Blog On Earth, and Becca, from This Crazy Adventure Called Life, are breaking down the most important, start here, do not pass go things to know and do for your Disneyland with Kids vacation (or without kids... we don't judge).
In this episode we cover:
Buying Disneyland tickets and what to know Making Disneyland Park reservations How to score your Disneyland dining reservations (including our new favorite tip - Mouse Dining) How technology is a big part of your Disneyland Vacation Disneyland App Disney Genie (be sure to check out our previous episode) What rides require Virtual Queues Items banned at Disney Parks How to check current park info for your trip Planning a Disneyland day
After you finish listening, you might also like to check out these other episodes and articles on our websites.
Disney Genie Preview (podcast episode) Disneyland App (podcast episode) Top Hotel Picks for Disneyland with Kids (podcast episode) Monthly Guides to Disneyland (articles for the month of your visit) Disneyland VIP Plans (printables and service) Sign up for Mouse Dining (A free service)
Disney Genie Preview
We are all missing Fastpass and MaxPass, but don't worry, Disney has announced the newest version of in-park planning help and line cutting systems... Disney Genie. In this episode, we are breaking down everything we know about Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, Lightning Lanes, and pay-per-ride Fastpass?
Will Disney Genie be a hit or a flop for families planning Disneyland vacations? How will this affect your park plan? Take a listen to the latest Disneyland with Kids Podcast as we break down what we know, and what we think we might see with the new Disney Genie, coming this fall.
In this Episode - What To Know About Disney Genie Now
In this episode, Leslie, from Trips with Tykes, and Julie, from Mom Rewritten, are breaking down everything we know so far about Disney Genie - a new planning tool, line access system, and more coming to Disneyland (and Walt Disney World) Fall 2021.
Leslie and Julie talk about everything we know, and some educated guesses on what we might see when this new offering rolls out to Disneyland guests later this season.
In this episode we cover:
Fastpass and MaxPass - Goodbye dear friends What is Disney Genie - a free planning tool Disney Genie+ - A replacement for MaxPass What is a Lightning Lane How many attractions will have Lightning Lane Access through Disney Genie+ Paid a la carte Lightning Lane attractions Estimated pricing for the a la carte options How will this affect families on a budget Disney Genie release and Virtual Queues Questions we still have about the Disney Genie system
Just an hour after this episode was recorded, OC Register published an article stating the a la carte Lightning Lane options will be called Lightning Lane Select.
After listening to this episode of the podcast, you might also find these episodes and articles helpful:
Disney Genie+ - Your Questions Answered (article on Trips with Tykes) Things To Do While Waiting In Line (article on Mom Rewritten) The Disneyland App (Podcast Episode) Avengers Campus (Podcast Episode that talks about virtual queues)
Good Disneyland content
Not alot of GOOD Disneyland podcasts available. This is a good one, actually wish they did more podcasts.
Best podcast EVER!!!
This is the best podcast ever!! I feel like I’m in Disneyland listening to this!!! They helped me so much for my next Disneyland vacation!!!
Love this podcast!
I’ve tried many Disney podcasts and this one is my favorite! It has real advice that is super helpful for those planning a trip to Disneyland and it brings a little bit of Disney to my day. I highly recommend it!