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5 tips to make your trip to Disneyland better for your kids (and you!)

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Buy food before the little ones get hungry. There are wonderful food venues all over the park. If you don’t want junk food all day long, find the carts with fresh fruits and pickles. Disneyland prices aren’t anymore than mid-priced restaurants. Keep the kids from melt-down, eat some good food every few hours.

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Buy bubble guns for the wait in the lines. Not only will your kids have fun but they will be entertaining other kids (and some adults) who are also waiting in line. Consider a bubble gun a community service.

Make your stroller easy to find, attach a balloon to the side. There are stroller parking lots at various places around the park. On busy days, a cast member has to rearrange the strollers to keep the walkways clear. Instead of freaking out or spending lots of time searching for your stroller, you’ll find it easily knowing that a pink Minnie Mouse balloon flies over your child’s chariot.

Buy and trade pins with cast members. Cast members will trade one for one. You can upgrade with your trade. It’s common to come home with a favorite character pin that isn’t available in the stores. Searching for just the right souvenir? A pin trade may be just the special thing your child wants to take home.

Let everyone pick the one thing they want to do most, do it. Sounds simple but I’ve heard parents tell their kids that they’re saving the favorite ride for last. That’s backwards. First do what they want most because you never know if you will run out of time. If everyone gets to do what they want, everyone is happy.

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