Thursday, March 21, 2013

Special Edition Scavenger Hunt: Cars Land

As a very special THANK YOU to my fans, here are TWO Special Edition Cars Land Scavenger Hunts.  Thank you for helping reach over 100 Likes on my Facebook page.  Your support helps me stay motivated to continue to bring you monthly scavenger hunts for your enjoyment at the parks.  Enjoy!



Monday, March 11, 2013

Ditching the Stroller

After experiencing my first visit to Disneyland with a stroller 4 years ago, I could not wait for the day when I could kick it to the curb.  I always found it difficult to navigate a stroller in crowds or stores.  

Sure, having a stroller at the park is nice so you can carry all your stuff as your roam around.  But it's so annoying when trying to board the Disneyland train or Monorail and have to empty out the stroller, fold it up, board the train, get off the train, open up the stroller and load your stuff back.  But once your kid reaches a certain age, it's time to say bye-bye.

So how do you prepare your kid for walking around all day?

I arrived at Disneyland in the afternoon and was going to spend the rest of the day at the park.  Since it was a half-day, I prepped my daughter and talked to her about being a big-girl and walking like everyone else.  I told her that if she walked for the rest of the day without me carrying her, then she would get a special treat at the end of the day.  She was very excited about this.

A couple hours after walking she complained of getting tired.  If she wanted to be carried,  I told her only for one minute and then she'd have to get back down.  It must have been hard for her little legs to walk around but she was a real trooper.  She was very motivated to get her special treat.  After watching the fireworks we were done for the day.  We went over to Main Street and got her a rice krispies treat.  She ate her treat all the way to the hotel which was nice that I didn't have to carry a sleeping 4-year old back.

The next day, I told her again that she would get a special treat for walking all day.  We've kept this method up since that trip and has worked very well for us.  She even went to Walt Disney World and didn't need the stroller!  

A couple of key things to keep in mind when ditching your stroller:
-Your child's age.  I don't recommend making a 2-year old walk, but if they're 4 or 5, they're probably ready.  If your child still naps, then you might want to keep the stroller around for that if you're not going to go back to your hotel room.
-Determine if your child is motivated.  Do they want to show you that they're a "big kid now"?  Take it from my kid, she does almost anything she can so show us that's not a baby anymore.

Good luck!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March 2013: Monthly Disneyland & California Adventure Photo Scavenger Hunt List

The March Scavenger Hunt lists are here!

This month's hunt has a snap shot of the item you're tasked to find in each land. Once you find it, snap a photo with it as proof that you found it.  Don't forget to click the image to enlarge and print.



Need to find the rules to the Photo Scavenger Hunt? Visit the tab at the top of this blog for a printable Rules page.

Print out your list and go hunting for the items on your next Disneyland/California Adventure visit. If you’re stuck on something, let me know and I’ll be happy to provide a clue.

Good luck and have fun!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Finding the Characters

Welcome to those of you joining me from Can Do It Mom AKA Mouse Fan Diane and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

March Topic: Which character do you seek out at the parks?

I've been to Disneyland and California Adventure so many times that there really isn't a specific character that I go hunting for.  My main goal is to get photos of characters that rarely come out so I can add to my collection.  Some of my favorites include the Evil Queen, Peter Pan, and Jack Skellington (although he's starting to become more visible).

But for my daughter, she loves seeing all the characters.  She gets excited anytime she sees one so we take a picture even if she's seen Minnie 100 times already.  But there are two characters we have yet to meet.  Rapunzel and Periwinkle.  Rapunzel's line at Disneyland is always 60 minutes or more.  Even if you get there early, you still have to wait for them to open the queue and then wait some more.  One day we'll get lucky and find a wait time of less than 30 minutes or they'll let Rapunzel wander around Fantasyland so we can have a spontaneous meet up.

As much as I love a dedicated character greetings location where the background is themed to the character (think Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell), a lot of great memories come from the random greetings we get from characters who are roaming the park.  I wish more characters would roam.  It just makes the experience more exciting and memorable.

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Peach this month. We will be back in April with an all new theme. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
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