D is for Disneyland {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

For this week’s Blogging Through the Alphabet it seemed to my girls that Disneyland was a natural choice. I admit it, we are a Disney family and have been since I was a little girl. I can remember visiting the construction site for Walt Disney World before that park opened, we were so excited that there would be a park on our side of the continent (we were living in Toronto at the time). You can read about that visit and others in my post Looking Forward to a Sparkling Vacation¬†from a few years ago. I love having pictures from all that time ago and, of course, the memories.


One of my favorite Disneyland photos is the one above from EJ’s second birthday party. It was fantastic, all the decoration, entertainment, and a cake to decorate were included in this one price offering at the Plaza Inn during a promotion.

These days the special meal at the Plaza Inn is Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park. We’ve attended this character dining experience twice and loved it both times. There was a lot of interaction with the characters and the food was delicious!

This past fall we decided to visit Disneyland for Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. The day was crowded but it was a lot of fun. There were special buttons plus fancy soft drink sippers for the celebration that were super hard to find. It seemed everyone in the park wanted one and then some so we were pretty happy when we managed to find some. Certainly not inexpensive but a fun souvenir of the day.


We also visited the park on Thanksgiving. Another busy day and one where you really should have a reservation for dinner, we were lucky enough to find a table at the Carnation Cafe. They served a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings and EJ was able to order himself a build your own PB&J sandwich tray from the kids’ menu. It all worked out really well.

I don’t know about your family but ours love watching parades and the Disney ones are always so well done. We have learned over the years that it’s important to stake out your space early. This means that kids will get bored so we make sure to stop at a local dollar store to stock up on things like light up necklaces and bracelets plus anything else that will glow in the dark or be fun to play with and doesn’t make a mess. This costs us very little and we don’t have to worry about tears if something is broken or lost since we have a little bag of goodies rather than just one item we’ve purchased at the park.


Besides the parades, there are lots of no-cost entertainment options at Disneyland. There are shows and musical groups, scavenger hunts and stickers. There are also a ton of character meet-ups. These tend to be more organized than they were during my childhood visits but there are still those happenstance type of meetings that are so special for your family.


On our last visit, Belle and the Beast got on the carousel at the same time EJ and I did. This created a fun opportunity for him to ride next to a character and have Belle ask him all about his day. You really can’t pay for instances like this one.

So there you have it, a little bit about one of our favorite places to visit.

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7 thoughts on “D is for Disneyland {Blogging Through the Alphabet}”

  1. Dawn says:

    I love the idea of bringing a little bag of goodies from the dollar tree. We are looking at going to Disney in 2020 an I’ll have to remember that one.

    1. You can also find scavenger hunts and bingo cards to print off that help keep your littles occupied while sitting for a parade or in line for an attraction. They are so helpful!

  2. Lori says:

    Sounds like many wonderful memories from Disney. Those are wonderful things.

  3. Desiree Winz says:

    I will be posting about Disneyland too when I get my post up! How fun. I just recently fell in love with Disneyland, and can’t wait to take my family again. What a great place to make memories!

  4. Kristen says:

    I have lots of happy memories of visiting Disney World – specifically Epcot Center and getting to meet the Dreamfinder and Figment behind the scenes. Everyone was so nice.

    1. I loved Figment and the Dreamfinder. So wish they would bring them back!

  5. TaMara Sloan says:

    I love Disney, but we don’t get to visit Disney World nearly as often as I would like (haven’t been there since 2009). I’ve never been to Disneyland; it looks like you have made such wonderful memories there.

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