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Monday Aug. 26, 2013

Going to Disneyland is one of the most exciting and memorable things you can do with your family. But, before you go, here are the top 7 things ALL parents should know when taking a Disneyland vacation – no matter the age of your kids!

Baby Care Centers with exceptional changing stations, high chairs, extra baby supplies for purchase and more can be found on Main Street in Disneyland and Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure Park.

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First Aid Stations in both parks and Downtown Disney are staffed by registered nurses and keep select medications available free of charge in single doses. The staff will treat minor injuries and direct you to the nearest and best medical facilities should further attention be required.

Stroller Rentals are available at the Parks for $15/day for one or $25/day for two. Strollers cannot leave either park, but you can return your stroller at the rental booth at your current park, then show your receipt at the next park to receive another stroller for free.

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Disney’s “Child Swap” option makes it easy for families with young children to experience thrill rides without wasting hours in line. Take your family to the ride’s entrance and ask a for a child swap pass. Your group will stand in line and ride while an adult waits with children under the height requirement. When the group is done riding, the second adult can bring a guest with the Child Swap Pass for a much shorter wait time.

Stay Close By. The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort are the most magical and convenient places to stay. If possible, stay on-site or at one of the Good Neighbor Hotels across the street to easily go to and from your hotel for nap time, a quick swim, meal or rest.

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Bring Snacks. Disney will allow you to bring in stocked lunchbox sized bags and coolers. It’s healthier and less costly to keep your family’s favorite snacks on-hand. You can also bring in water bottles and refill regularly to keep everyone hydrated and happy.

Have a Plan. Most likely, your vacation will go off without a hitch, but it’s good to be prepared “just in case.” Consider wearing coordinating colors to make each other easy to spot. Make sure your kids have your contact info on them at all times and talk about what to do if you get separated. Point out the “helpers” (anyone with an official Disney badge) who will bring all lost children to the Baby Care/Lost Children Centers.

Most of all, remember you’re on vacation! Slow down, take your time and allow your family to enjoy making memories that will last a lifetime.

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L. C. on August 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM
Bring in your own lunch and snacks. If you are planning on purchasing meals have the kids split an adult lunch, the kids meals are a totally rip off. Bring in empty waterbottles, and refill them as needed. Plan ahead. Cars Fastpasses, first thing, the go fast. Get fastpasses when you can. Afternoon shows are great way to get out the heat of the day, and are nice break. Bring a poncho for the wet rides. Take a picture of your car, where you parked, and your family, to avoid an confussion or if some is lost.
Bobbie on August 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Bring your own glow sticks/wands for the night time. Kids will want the thins in th park, but if you already have them from the dollar store you will not need to pay$7-$20 for one!
Douglas on August 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM
L.C. brings up a lot of good idea's. To maybe add or a different approach, I like to text my wife where are car is. Same goes for if we get a locker. I text her the locker number. That way we both have the information.
Poulin family on August 17, 2015 at 12:41 PM
L.C. and Bobbie both have great ideas, I like to put a piece of paper with our names and contact info inside the girls fanny packs incase we get separated...yes I make our family wear ugly old school fanny packs cause they are hands free unlike a purse or bag and back packs must be removed for rides and fanny packs don't. Also fit a few snacks in those fanny packs as well to get thru the day w/o having to spend a ton of money.
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