How To Plan a Family Trip to Disneyland

Family ready for the trip

If you ask most any child where they’d like to go on vacation, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were to choose Disneyland. Disney characters, such as the classics like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, and Tinkerbelle call Disneyland home, and today’s kids are often fans of Hannah Montana, High School Musical, The Cheetah Girls, Handy Manny, and the Imagination Movers, all Disney productions. One thing hasn’t changed in a few generations; a family trip to Disneyland is a child’s dream some true.

 Planning a family vacation to Disneyland doesn’t have to be difficult, or even particularly expensive. With some forethought and a willingness to do a little homework, a family trip to Disneyland can be both fun and affordable.

Step 1

Know your budget. Few families have the luxury of traveling without a budget, so it’s smart to decide in advance exactly how much you can afford and then do your very best to stick to that number. Remember to consider all of the costs involved when creating a vacation budget, including travel expenses, accommodations, entertainment costs, meals, and of course, souvenirs.

Step 2

Consider the benefits of traveling off-season. Not only does the cost of a vacation vary a great deal according to travel dates, but many people find that scheduling vacations during less popular times can mean fewer crowds and shorter lines. Sure, Disneyland has a terrific Christmas parade, but if you are willing to go in early November instead of Christmas week, you can save a bundle!

Step 3

Be web-smart. The Internet is loaded with great travel deals, especially in these tough economic times. Airlines, hotel chains, restaurants, and theme parks are all feeling the pinch as consumers tighten their belts, so many are offering reduced rates to entice potential customers. Be smart—shop for the best deals before booking your trip.

Step 4

Look for packaged deals. Travel packages can often save you a considerable amount of money over purchasing tickets and services separately. An experienced travel agent may be able to help with trip planning and are often aware of great last minute travel deals if you are able to go without much notice.

Step 5

Getting there is half the fun. Many people automatically think of airplane travel when they begin planning their vacations, but there are several other options for family vacations. Kids especially, may like to travel by train, where they can see the countryside as they ride the train. Another great way for families to travel is the good old-fashioned road trip. Packing up the car with snacks and games and heading out the door can make for a fun and memorable trip. When taking a family vacation, the destination matters, but getting there can be quite enjoyable, too.

Step 6

Off-site hotel or Disneyland Resort? You may assume that you could save a lot of money by staying in an offsite hotel, rather than booking a room in a Disneyland Resort, but that isn’t always the case. Depending on a number of factors, including the season and the length of your stay, you may be able to enjoy the convenience of staying at one of the Disney Resorts without sacrificing your budget.

Step 7

Consider Other Disney Theme Parks. Disneyland is in California, but the family of Disney theme parks includes Disney World in Florida, as well as a number of other locations around the world. Depending on where you call home, Disney World or anther of their theme parks may be better for your family vacation and I’m guessing that Cinderella’s Castle is beautiful at ALL of their theme parks!


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