Having a Magical Moment at Disneyland

Disneyland Baby's First Trip

On New Year’s day, we took our one month old son on his first trip to Disneyland. That may have been my first mistake. No, not the taking our one month old son to Disneyland part. That part is actually fairly easy: lots of sleeping and mandatory sit down time every 3-4 hours for feedings. Good stuff. No, I meant the New Year’s day part. The larger our family has gotten over the years the more I have come to realize that holiday trips to the land of Mouse are slightly more stressful. Do NOT get me wrong. I think that Christmas is the most magical time to visit Disneyland as it not only has it’s usual charm and magic, but it has a little extra holiday pixie dust as well. However, doing a constant head count for your children and trying to corral the walkers in between strollers while getting from the Tiki Room to Pirates is a little unnerving. Moving on.

We had spent a surprisingly low key day at both Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland. We were just leaving dinner at the Plaza Inn, where we ate this delectable masterpiece:

Disneyland Yule Log

Totally off subject, but doesn’t it look amazing!?!? Anywho…

So we were making our way It’s a Small World Holiday so that we could take our son on the ride, like we have taken all of the other kids on their first trips to Disneyland. Well this was my second mistake. I should have gone on any ride that was important to me first so that what happened next wouldn’t have happened. By the time we got there, it was closed for fireworks and wouldn’t re-open until afterword…and for multiple reasons, we had planned on leaving before the fireworks. I was biting my lip hard on this one so that I wouldn’t lose it. I told myself that it was okay, because at least we could get our other tradition taken care of while we were over there. That is taking a family picture off to the left of the attraction with the gorgeous lights in the background. It is the perfect spot because you get the lights and no random people! But nope. Third mistake. Cast members were ushering people back in preparation for the fireworks and not allowing anyone to get to my photo spot. The mistake that I made there was waiting until the end of the night to take a family picture. What on earth was I thinking? Who knows, but either way, the tears were coming and I was on the verge of an all out cry fest at Disneyland. Even though we had had a wonderful day, I was only able to see the fact that two things I wanted to do with my family were not going to happen.

In a last ditch attempt to get the picture I wanted, I approached one of the cast members and calmly asked if there was any way that I could get by them to take a family picture for one second. ย Her answer was no. Out came the tears. Upon seeing this (which I am sure wasn’t pretty) another cast member whispered something to her and she had us follow her. She escorted us to the Storybook Land Canal boats which were still open and got us our own private boat, I had never experienced some of that “extra” cast member magic until that night. It meant the world to me that we were able to have that special experience on my baby boy’s first trip. That magical moment went a long way to turning my night around. And we even got a family picture…

Disneyland Storybook Land Canal Boats


Okay, so it wasn’t a great picture, but we were all in it and these days, that is good enough! After we got out of the boat, we did find a nice person to take another picture of us with Small World in the background. It wasn’t the exact picture I wanted, but really, it was perfect. A Disney magical moment for sure.

Disneyland Small World Holiday


I don’t know if that cast member truly knows how much that boat ride meant to me. Her kindness really was the thing that helped the day to be remembered as the great day that it was and not a disaster.

Have you ever experienced any of that special magic while you were in the parks? Feel free to share your experience with us!

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 20:10h, 25 January Reply

    Love this post Michaelyn! You have a lovely family! I love that you have a tradition like that! I’m hoping to start one this year!

  • Christina
    Posted at 14:35h, 21 September Reply

    This probably isn’t nearly as magical but I’m going to share this super short story anyway, just because you made me think of it.

    We live in Portland, Oregon. But I grew up in Southern California. Knott’s Berry Farm used to be my all time favorite park, but thinking back on it, the reason for that was because it was closer than Disneyland and a lot cheaper. My dad absolutely hates crowds and only took us to Disneyland once and since my mom didn’t drive she wasn’t able to take us either.
    Anyway now I’m all grown up and have two kids of my own and I think I’m suffering from lack of Disney magic! :-p

    So last year we took our kids and this year in August we made the trip again, and when I say trip I mean we drove! So gas alone was quite the cost. Then food, the tickets, the hotel! Wow it adds up! Parking last year was $15 this year it was $16. I know, I know, what’s $16 dollars compared to the hundreds of dollars it costs for the tickets?

    But as we pulled in my husband said to the parking cast member “The price for parking just keeps going up huh?” He was really just teasing, and making an observation, and then he mentioned that we drove from Portland.

    The Cast member took our money at first, then all of a sudden he handed the money back and said “So you’ve been chosen as our guest of the day. And basically what that means is you get free parking and a spot right next to the tram.” I was so excited! LOL!! We even got special buttons! Hehe! It was only for one day (we went two more days after that) but it was still a little extra Disney magic!

    P.s. I doubt saying that would work everytime though ๐Ÿ˜€

    • MousekaTools
      Posted at 20:20h, 25 September Reply

      I LOVE that! That extra parking money could mean a meal or an extra souvenir! Definitely a little bit of Disney Magic! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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