OF THE SIMPLE FOLK
If you’re planning to jet off to sunny California to visit Mickey Mouse and friends, then look no further. Bohannah of The Simple Folk has all the tips and tricks to make your trip with the kids their most magical adventure yet… Bohannah is mum to three – Indiana (4.5 years) Archer (3) and Olive (8 months). They live in the beautiful hills of Perth, Western Australia in a little shed house they’ve recently renovated. Her husband Tye works a fly in fly out career and their lifestyle revolves around slow early mornings, chasing the sun and spending wholesome time together. Bohannah is easily inspired by nature and the outdoors which is where she and her family spend most of their time. She loves encapsulating their life and childhood moments in photos and sharing them across her Instagram feed. Read her tips on how to make the most of your Disney adventure with your kids below.
We recently came back from our first overseas holiday as a family of five as well as our first ever trip to Disneyland California! Walking through the gates at Disneyland is something we will never forget and the five days we spent exploring the parks were full to the brim of wholesome childhood memory making. Below are my list of tips to get the most out of your time at Disney as well as creating a joyful travelling experience with young children.
The Plane Journey
We had two flights from Perth, Australia with a maximum of 20 hours on the plane – one way. We were lucky enough to have two very successful long-haul flights which took us by surprise. Snacks are a big YES, they kept the kids distracted during turbulence and take off/landing. We packed fresh fruit and crackers in airtight bags which was a healthier option than some of the food served on the flight. The toys that kept them best entertained were mini magnetic sketch boards that we found at our local supermarket. These were a no – mess activity and they constantly drew on them through all flights and while we travelled. They also loved their colouring/activity books which occupied them during our trip too.
Stroller and Baby Carriers
We made a last minute decision to pack a stroller and it was the best thing we ever did! Although you can hire strollers from the park, the kids loved the comfort of being in their own from home and were often found fast asleep on long days. I also wore Olive in the carrier which meant she wouldn’t be disrupted and could sleep soundly during the hustle and bustle of the parks. There were also multiple rides we could go on as a family with her tucked inside against my chest in the carrier.
We made a last minute decision to pack a stroller and it was the best thing we ever did! Although you can hire strollers from the park, the kids loved the comfort of being in their own from home and were often found fast asleep on long days.
Parades, fireworks and experiences – Making time to see the multiple shows on offer at the parks was a huge highlight for the kids and us adults. The ‘paint the night’ parade at the newly opened Pixar pier was a favourite and we were dancing during the entire show. The emotional and thrilling ‘together forever’ firework spectacular in front of Sleeping Beauty castle was an incredible show and one not to be missed. We also met with Anna and Elsa which was the most magical experience Indiana and Archer will never forget.
Highly recommend staying at one of the Disney Hotels as they offer something called ‘magic hour’ for guests with a valid ticket which allows them an hour at the park before its open to the public. This means you get to go on all your favourite rides, without waiting in queues – which is a big YES if you have children. If you visit in summer like us it’s also good to get the park nice and early before the temperatures rise!
Highly recommend staying at one of the Disney Hotels as they offer something called ‘magic hour’ for guests which allows them an hour at the park before its open to the public. This means you get to go on all your favourite rides, without waiting in queues – which is a big YES if you have children.
I was genuinely surprised at how many rides we could enjoy together as a family with Olive (6 months old) cuddled in the baby carrier. These rides included It’s a small world, Peter Pan’s flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, King Arthur Carousel at Disneyland Park.
At California Adventure Park: Pixar Pal-A-Round Swinging, The Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc, Heimlich Chew Chew train, Flik’s flyers.
Archer’s favourite: Maters Junkyard Jamboree
Tye’s favourite: Soarin’ Around the World
Mine and Indiana’s favourite: Radiator Springs Racers
The Most Important Thing To Remember:
After a week in Disney, the most important thing to remember is to embrace all the moments. We literally had that ‘movie’ moment where Indiana’s ice cream cone flipped straight out of her hands and landed smack bang upside down on the concrete. There were tears but she managed to laugh it off and we all shared instead. You can’t control the good or the bad but you can make the most of every situation you are in. Always choose happy, especially when you are at the happiest place on Earth!
With thanks to Bohannah X
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