|His first plane ride – sacked out to the sweet lull of a jet engine.|
We took my son, Liam, to Disneyland for the first time when he was four months old, then at ten months, one year, two years old, and we’re headed back this summer for his fifth trip and his sister’s first. The first few times we went, more than I was worried about how he would act in the parks, I was worried about getting there. I’d always imagine the worst case scenarios; like having to listen to my screaming child for 16 hours in the car, or perhaps worse, a plane full of passengers -and myself- listening to my child throw a tantrum for two-and-a-half hours. But, oh-so-thankfully, that has never happened. Trips one through three were flights, and the fourth was a roadie. Both types of travel certainly presented their own challenges – but they each have positive things about them as well. So now that you have your park tickets, part two of this “traveling from out-of-state” series will be about getting to good ol’ Anaheim, CA. Here are some things to think about when you are deciding whether to fly or drive, and some tips that have helped me survive the journey.
**If you are bringing a “lap child” with you – as in, they fly free because they sit in your lap – when you check in for your flight, ask if there are extra seats. If there are, most airlines try to accommodate you and rearrange things so you can use that empty seat.**
If you have a car seat you are bringing along, and your child get’s their own seat, I recommend bringing it. Babies just seem to sleep better in them, plus if you have a bigger kid, then they are strapped in and not trying to slip out from under the airplane seat belt and play on that nasty airplane floor. But if you need to check your car seat, a great purchase will be a car seat travel bag – those things are heavy to carry around an airport, the travel bags have nice long straps and even wheels on them (plus, in a pinch you can stuff jackets or extra stuff in there – and you don’t have to pay!)
If you do choose to fly, I recommend flying into Santa Ana/Orange County/John Wayne Airport – it’s a really nice, less busy airport. Plus, it’s so much closer to Disneyland, which means less of a commute (and less chance you’ll run into traffic) and cheaper shuttle costs.
|11 hours – 0 meltdowns,
maybe I’m just lucky.