So, you’ve booked your Disneyland holiday, and now it is time to get excited and PREP. Not prep for things to do whilst there, but prepare for your actual holiday with exciting and fun things to do beforehand or to take with you. I think the more the better! Not only is it fun for the kids, but it is also a great way to count down until your holiday as well as get the kids super excited! Even if you decide not to tell the kids you are going (a lot of people do a Disney reveal), then you can still do all the below!
1. Buy matching T-Shirts or jumpers for the family. We did this on our first Disneyland Paris holiday. My daughter and I had matching personalised T-shirts made, and my son and my husband had matching T-shirts from Ebay. I also sourced a fair few tops for us all from Primark which sells so much Disney stuff! It’s a great way to feel united as a family when visiting and a fun way to get excited leading up to your trip. This year, the husband has already brought himself and I matching Donald Duck Jumpers!
2. Watch Disney films. I mean, the classics. Many of the rides at Disney are based around some of the classics; Peter Pan, Snow White and Pinocchio to name a few. It’s great to remind yourself of these amazing films (if you haven’t already) and also get your kids involved too. Whilst the new films are fantastic too, it’s even better when they actually know what the rides are all about. I’d also suggest getting the kids accustomed to the Toy Story films, Star Wars and any Disney princesses films too.
3. Listen to the Disney CD’s. As soon as we booked our first trip to Disney, we brought the multipack Disney CD and we still listen to it 2 years later during our car journeys. They know all the words and its so uplifting and such feel good music and a great way to learn the songs without having to watch the films. As they play a lot of the music around the parks, as well as in restaurants and in the Village, its a great way for the children to get used to the music.
4. Watch Disney vlogs. Ok, so if you haven’t already done this or started doing this…then do it NOW!! I am obsessed (of the healthy kind) and just love watching and learning all about the parks, restaurants and hotels via Youtube. It really is a great way to research Disney and find more about how your trip can be better planned and ensure your prepared, especially if you are Disney virgins. My favourite all time Disney vloggers are L&RDreaming and you can find their vlogs here (if you happen to subscribe to them please tell them I sent you!)
5. Buy Micky ears. Yes, you can buy Mickey or Minnie ears in the Parks but I think it’s always lovely to buy some before and wear them while you travel! You can get really cheap (and comfy) ears from the likes of Ebay and Etsy and some sellers can even make personalised ears for you. Some of the designs are just beautiful!
6. Download the Disneyland Game App. We did this prior to our first trip to Disney in 2016 and still have the app! It’s another great way for the children to get to learn about the characters, especially the traditional ones like Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. My kids love the game (and so do I!) You build your own Disneyland theme park and add rides, parades, food stalls and characters. It’s really interactive and a lot of fun!
7. Disney dress up. Aside from the Disney matching Tee recommendation, I’d recommend you take or buy any Disney dress up’s your children may have. It’s a great way to get interaction from cast members and characters. If you dress up as a character related to a ride, you also can miss the queue and enter the ride without queuing! For example, my daughter wore Snow White and we were able to go on the ride without queuing by entering the ride at the exit. The cast member will let then you on the ride! You can do this with Peter Pan’s flight, Star Tours, Buzz etc. And what about your feet? Check out Yorkshire Wonders post on the best shoes for Disney!
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