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Discovery & Adventure in Disneyland

This is my second contribution to Beyond the Wanderlust Photography blog and magazine. To see the original post, click here.

Our family, and my 6 year old daughter in particular, has anticipated a trip to Disneyland for years. We were lucky enough to go with my parents, and it was so wonderful to share this experience with them! There was a lot involved in the planning process, so I am hoping by providing a few pointers here, it will help anyone who is planning a similar trip in the future. At the top of my daughter’s list was to dine with princesses at Ariel’s Grotto in California Adventure Theme Park. You’ll want to book your reservation 60 days in advance in order to insure a spot. You can read more on how to do this here. The next step for us was to figure out where to stay. You can stay inside the park, which has certain advantages: you can get early access to certain attractions before the park opens to the rest of the public, and of course you are just steps away from all the action. However, we felt booking with a nearby Vacation Rental by Owner (www.vrbo.com) fit our needs best. We ended up with a fantastic rental complete with a beautiful yard to play in, a hot tub, games, and a great kitchen where we could save some money by preparing our own meals. I highly recommend going this route, especially, if like us, you don’t intend to be at the park from open until close. We enjoyed relaxing at the rental after a busy day in the park.  We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and spent the evening enjoying all the amenities of our rental!

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