Vacation Mission: Cali-Stylin’ Part 1

Recently we decided to take our moderately large family to the Happiest Place on Earth; Disneyland.  We’ve never taken our kids before and now that the ages are 14, 11, 10 and 7 we thought it would be the perfect time.  We’ve talked about doing this for years but between worrying about the kids being to young and how expensive it is we always pushed the idea aside and went camping instead.

So, we finally make the commitment to the kids and it’s time for step 1: Reservations.  Whenever I tried to make reservations I would get stalled because I couldn’t find a room big enough and the airlines wouldn’t let me search for more than five.  I quit and got frustrated more than once thinking how odd it was that I was having such a hard time.  Wondering if it was operator error or if the websites just don’t accommodate families larger than five and thinking maybe I should call.

Then yesterday the planets aligned and it all fell into place!  I’m talking serious good fortune (or what seems like it to me).  Maybe that’s what they do, frustrate the hell out of you then when something works you are overjoyed and pounce on it.  Maybe I was set up but never the less, my first inquiry yesterday took me right to the suites for larger families and the airline website let me put in 6 (not 5) passengers!  Even better – the package I purchased and the flights were even cheaper than expected.

Now for step 2: Activities.  This is where hopefully some readers out there can help.  What are the must see or must do activities in Disneyland and California Adventure for various ages?  The boys are 14 & 10, the girls are 11 & 7 and I’m pretty sure they won’t all be loving the same things.  I was there with my mom and aunts last year for a fun trip with my 90-year-old grandpa who loves Disneyland.  I didn’t do too much recon while I was there but I saw enough that it looks like there is a lot more for the girls than the boys.  Thoughts, advice, tips?  I would love to hear your suggestions!  -TJ

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Giant Lego Gandalf at the Lego store in Downtown Disney!