1.ENTERING DISNEYLAND: If you are planning on riding in on the tram, you will have to fold your stroller up (that’s a pain!). However, if you are able to get in the first row or the last row, those are wider and you may be able to load up with the stroller in tact. Of course, you must take your kid out, but at least you can keep all of your gear in the stroller basket.
Another reason to take the monorail in is so you bypass the crowds at the gate’s entrance. If it is a weekend you can get back to Toon Town faster and have the opportunity to see many characters without waiting. If you go to the characters at the front of the park you will wait at least ten minutes to see one character.
2. BABY CARE CENTER: At the end of Main Street is a mom and baby retreat, the Baby Care Center. They have comfy feeding chairs, clean changing tables and short potties for potty-training babes. They have essentials you can purchase there too! Overall, it’s a nice place to getaway from the chaos and help your baby to relax.
3. We try to go to Disneyland when there are fewer people, like Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the longest lines we wait in are 20 minutes. But, when we do I also bring the TULA to carry Dean. He wouldn’t last in line more than 5 minutes without it! Sadly, Disneyland is always crowded now.
4. PHOTOGRAPHY TIP: Instead of photographing your kids right in front of the castle go to one of the sides. These side angle shots make it look like you are the only ones at the park!
5. Buy your souvenirs ahead of time! I know this sounds cheap and cheesy, but your bank account will thank you. Buy a few things ahead of time and in the morning right before going into the park, present your kids with a shirt and something fun they can carry (for a minute, of course). Going to Disneyland is no cheap endeavor, and you will encounter moments of weakness when you see something you MUST have, but at least you won’t be fighting with crowds on Main Street looking for a shirt with a picture of the Mouse. You can get custom Disney shirts before your trip on Etsy!