Now that the world is opening up and more of us are vaccinated, we are all eager to plan our next fun outing or trip. We have been in the house for over a year. And if you have what many are calling “covid babies” – children who have spent the majority of their life in the house without seeing others – you are eager to let them experience the world.
One of my closest friends has been pretty deep quarantined for almost a year and a half because her parents and in-laws help them with the kids. She, surprisingly, told me they were planning a trip to Disneyland as one of their first big family outings. Disneyland is currently only open to 35% capacity so I get it! We started having a conversation about whether her two-year-old child whose spent most of her life in the house would enjoy Disneyland.
It reminded me that I had this conversation with five different friends a few years ago before Ellington turned three. The question we all asked was, is Disneyland worth it for two year olds? Should we shell out the money? Will there even be things for young kids to do? Should we go or wait until the kids are older?
The answer to these questions somewhat depends on whether you are one of those adult loving Disney people and/or whether you live in the LA Area. If you are the former, you probably have already taken your kids to Disney and have already stopped reading this. If you fall only into the latter category, the short answer is yes, you should go, it is fun for the whole family and free for kids under three.
the mamas were clearly having fun
I hadn’t been to Disneyland in about 10 years. Although we live only 40 minutes away, I was never really in a rush to take the kids. I figured we’d wait until they were older and had gotten more into the whole world of Disney. When he was two, the only Disney movies or shows Ellington had seen was Cars (which he was absolutely obsessed with). Since most of the Disney characters and Disneyland were somewhat foreign to him, I thought we’d wait to go.
But, a couple months before Ellington turned three, close friends of ours came to LA for a birthday party and invited us to go to Disneyland with them. It was a last minute decision, but I’m so glad we went.
QUEUE mommy making a quick trip to Target on Disneyland-eve to grab a few Disney books and some Disney clothes so Ellington wasn’t totally in the dark. I mean I had to talk up Mickey and Minnie so it didn’t seem like we completely deprive our children. Even though he doesn’t know all the Disney characters, he was all the way in. He fed off of his little friends’ excitement for the characters and was in the middle of all the fun. He ran right up to Mickey, Minnie and Goofy for hugs! One sideways look over to Goofy and then he was all smiles. I mean he was huge.
IT WAS MAGICAL – not just for Ellington, but for Mommy too. It was magical to see the twinkle and wonder in Ellington’s eyes. To see the glee when he saw Toon Town where the activities are just his size. Kids can climb in all the fun toy cars. They can walk right through Minnie and Mickey’s house without assistance. He was in heaven.
I also wasn’t sure if there would be enough things to do for young children. There is plenty to do for a full day of adventure. In short, its worth it for all ages!