My hubby and I are taking our 3 yo and 5 yo boys to Disneyland this summer as a surprise. We are celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary and my oldest starting kindergarten in the fall. It will be their first trip but my husband hasn't been in over 15 years and I haven't been in 10 years. Needless to say we are very excited. So my first question is: Do I tell the hotel we are celebrating our anniversary? Will there be any perks?
We are driving as my hubby and I both enjoy cross country drives and my boys have been doing this since birth and are fine in the car (not angels but they do okay). Since it will take 2 days (we're in Texas) we aren't surprising them with the trip until the 2nd morning. They'll think we are taking our usual trip to New Mexico. Any tips or tricks for a memorable surprise?
We're staying at the Disneyland Hotel as it kind of just pulled at my husband and I. It seemed to me (after hours of research) to really encompass all that is Disney. We are currently booked in a Premium View Concierge. Is the concierge service worth it? We tend to prefer staying in suites as we don't go to sleep as early as the little ones but to add the concierge service to a suite is a bit ridiculous. My pull to the concierge service is the breakfast and free snacks. But with the suite we'd have a fridge and microwave so I could easily take care of that in our room. Thoughts?
We have 4 day park hoppers and the 4 day dining plan. To be honest the dining plan is really about the convenience for me as I know most people feel it isn't worth it. We ARE the types to order the biggest meal and my boys can eat football players under the table so I really think we will get our money's worth. Any favorite dining spots? Or preferences? Tips? Tricks?
I'm an overly prepared mommy, as my oldest has an allergy to corn, so we will drive cross country with enough snacks and drinks to feed a small army. I know I can't take a cooler into the park but is there a limit? Like if we have 2 backpacks and 1 of them is nothing but snacks and water bottles and Gatorade will they say no?
My oldest is very tall (5 yo and 47") and chances are that by the time we get there he'll be able to ride everything, currently he can't get on California Screamin'. And my "little" one, who is 3 and fearless, is 41" so a couple of things are off his list but not many. Any thoughts on toddlers/ young kids and rides? Overcoming fears? Tips on helping them overcome said fears?
And last, we get one night to ourselves, as we have family in the area who are going to babysit. Ideas for a date night at Disney?
I lied, one more thing... anything I've missed or should include? I'll take all info I can get, I don't believe in being too prepared. I'll have that map memorized, I promise!