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Old 01-31-2014, 05:56 PM   #1
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First EVER Disneyland Trip---AND FIRST EVER FAMILY VACATION!

We are so excited to be going on our first ever family vacation this May! My husband and I are taking our 3 kids in May, My son will be turning 10, daughter will be turning 8 and my littlest boy is 4!

We will be driving, its about 17 hours and will be doing it in 2 days. We have already decided to stay at the Desert Inn and Suites across the road from Disneyland entrance. We booked a double room. And we decided on 4 days in the park.

A few questions/pointers APPRECIATED

1. My 2 older kids have a lot of anxiety and ADHD which is why we have never braved a vacation before. We are going the first week of May because I read on a website it's one of the slowest times to go.
Anyone have any pointers for kiddos with anxiety?

2.Any MUSTS???

3. Any TIPS????

Thanks! We are so excited, I've already decided we are going to be that crazy family in matching shirts! =) I found some iron on transfers from etsy I want to get. We will be matching all 4 days!! My husband and 10 year old will be thrilled.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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We are so excited to be going on our first ever family vacation this May! My husband and I are taking our 3 kids in May, My son will be turning 10, daughter will be turning 8 and my littlest boy is 4!

We will be driving, its about 17 hours and will be doing it in 2 days. We have already decided to stay at the Desert Inn and Suites across the road from Disneyland entrance. We booked a double room. And we decided on 4 days in the park.

A few questions/pointers APPRECIATED

1. My 2 older kids have a lot of anxiety and ADHD which is why we have never braved a vacation before. We are going the first week of May because I read on a website it's one of the slowest times to go.
Anyone have any pointers for kiddos with anxiety?

2.Any MUSTS???

3. Any TIPS????

Thanks! We are so excited, I've already decided we are going to be that crazy family in matching shirts! =) I found some iron on transfers from etsy I want to get. We will be matching all 4 days!! My husband and 10 year old will be thrilled.
WELCOME!!! Congrats on deciding on taking a Disneyland trip!!

17 hours.......are you coming from Oregon or Washington by chance? We live in Oregon and have taken many a road trip down to Disneyland. We also have stayed at Desert Inn & Suites. The location is fabulous but it's not a fancy place (so just be aware of that). I would stay there again......it's not a bad place.....just no frills. Pool is inside and small and if they still offer a breakfast, don't plan on a big meal....it wasn't that spectacular.

I have 2 kids with anxiety & ADHD.....they LOVE Disney!! We found letting the kids see youtube videos of the rides and the park helped ease some fears and actually get them excited to see things. Make sure your kids see pictures of the characters so they understand how big they are. Your kid could love Mickey Mouse but when they see a 5 foot Mickey coming at them.....it can send even the bravest kids running.

Go on the Disneyland.com website to familiarize yourself & your kids with the parks & what is there. Fantasyland is a must for all families. Do this first thing in the day, as this part of the park tends to be the busiest.

Get an idea of the restaurants & menus by checking out allears.net (prices are sometimes listed as well). 2 months prior to your trip, you might want to make a few reservations for table service meals (ones you sit at and get waited on) or character meals. (which are a great way to meet characters, get autographs & pictures and a meal too).

Read thru trip reports to get ideas of things to see & do. This is one of my reports from December 2011 with my kids. Lots of pictures!! CLICK HERE

Good luck in the planning.....it's half the fun of the trip!!!
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:34 PM   #3
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We are so excited to be going on our first ever family vacation this May! My husband and I are taking our 3 kids in May, My son will be turning 10, daughter will be turning 8 and my littlest boy is 4!

We will be driving, its about 17 hours and will be doing it in 2 days. We have already decided to stay at the Desert Inn and Suites across the road from Disneyland entrance. We booked a double room. And we decided on 4 days in the park.

A few questions/pointers APPRECIATED

1. My 2 older kids have a lot of anxiety and ADHD which is why we have never braved a vacation before. We are going the first week of May because I read on a website it's one of the slowest times to go.
Anyone have any pointers for kiddos with anxiety?

2.Any MUSTS???

3. Any TIPS????

Thanks! We are so excited, I've already decided we are going to be that crazy family in matching shirts! =) I found some iron on transfers from etsy I want to get. We will be matching all 4 days!! My husband and 10 year old will be thrilled.
How exciting!! You are going to create wonderful memories for your family.
Same question as above poster, are you from OR/WA? I'm also from Oregon and have made the road trip to DL before. I think breaking the drive up over a few days is a great idea. We stopped once in Yreka and also in Roseville (near Sacramento) to visit friends. Made it such a better drive.

Do your kiddos know you are going or is it a surprise?

What are they interested in? We love to watch Disney movies before our trips. Cars, Monsters Inc., Alice in Wonderland, even Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones since those are favorites of ours.
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