If you’ve been around a while, you know we started saving for a debt free (no credit card) trip to Disneyland. Many gift cards and monthly deposits later we were ready. We set off on our road trip for four nights and three days in the parks. Hopefully, you follow along on Instagram for up to date pictures and tips!
We definitely went on a budget vacation but I tend to like to splurge a bit when it comes to trips. In this case, splurging met character dining and restaurant reservations in the park. Eating in the parks can really add up but it was so worth it. Each restaurant was pretty accommodating when it came to my little vegan so don’t worry too much about dietary restrictions. We did research before arriving but don’t be afraid to ask!
Tip: Make a late dinner reservation at the Carnation Cafe for right around when the evening parade starts. They don’t allow people to stand in front of the patio so the view is pretty nice and being able to avoid the crowds made it a fabulous experience for us all.
We gave each kiddo a budget for souvenirs (using gift cards we’d been given throughout the year) and let them shop on the last day. In addition to their own gift cards, I picked up some Disney items on sale and brought them along, hidden in my suitcase. Each day the kids found these little souvenirs in our hotel room. We also tried our hand at pin trading.
Tip: I picked up some Disney pins online (be careful of fakes or scrapers, but you can find great deals online) and the kids loved finding pin boards in shops and restaurants. We purchased some mystery pins in the park, too, and traded between ourselves. I highly recommend this activity; pin trading was a really fun experience!
We stayed at a wonderful Good Neighbor hotel within walking distance, Hotel Menage. It isn’t right across the street but it is down the street and the price is so reasonable. Accommodations were clean and friendly and the view of the Disneyland fireworks is one of the best aspects of this hotel. If the walk proves too much (I mean Disneyland is ALL about walking) Hotel Menage is right on the ART line, in fact, it was the last stop on the way to Disneyland, making it super fast to get to the park. My husband and I agree, we’d definitely stay at this hotel near Disneyland again!
Tip: Hotel Menage has a 24 hour pool (that is heated at night) which is the perfect way to end a long day of traveling!
The kids are still talking about all the amazing things they say and experienced on our fun adventure. I’m so glad we were able to take them and have zero debt involved. Disneyland can be pricey but with a plan and a budget you can make it work and make some amazing memories.