|Pockets to keep things organized. There are two zipper openings for the main section of the backpack so that you can go straight to where you need to go in the bag without having to fish around.|
|Insulated cooler at the base of the bag. I think this would be ideal not just Disneyland, but for families hiking/walking around national/state parks.|
|Great side pockets for electronics. They are easy to grab when you need them fast!|
|This extra insulated bottle
cooler is removable and
perfect for a baby bottle or a
pick me up for Mommy.
- If you are traveling by plane, this backpack is a great carry-on piece and even provides a safe place for your laptop and baby items. It also comes with a diaper changing pad which fits in the same space as the laptop. I like the idea of carrying the changing pad in the laptop pocket (sans laptop) since the pad comes in contact with so many nasty germs. The laptop pocket keeps the pad stashed away from all of your other items.
- I love the specific insulated bottle cooler (which is removable). Since I don’t need it for a bottle, I use it to keep my coffee drink cold because sometimes Mommy needs a pick me up.
- The bag is comfortable to wear. I found it easy to also hang around my stroller’s handles.
- Although I have not had the backpack long enough to discuss how it holds up long term, it seems to be very strong and well made with lots of reinforcement around the handles and such.
The backpack easily fit over my stroller’s
handle. Notice the extra padding on the
back of the backpack. So comfortable!
Don’t forget that today (July 26) is the last day to enter to win the ERGObaby carrier! There’s lots of ways to enter. Make sure to leave a comment for each entry. Click here to go to the review and giveaway.
This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Baby Sherpa who supplied me with the Alpha Sherpa backpack for this review.
Yesterday I did it. I took all three of my kids to Disneyland…alone… That’s three boys ages 11 weeks, 2 1/2 years, and 5 years. I’m not going to lie to you. It was tough, but really fun. It was hot and crowded and after pushing “the limo” (our double stroller) around California Adventure and Disneyland yesterday I am admittedly a bit sore.
Here’s the secret on how I actually had fun with my three boys under pretty trying circumstances: I didn’t wait in any lines. That’s right. If you are a mom with an annual pass or thinking about getting one, you can do Disneyland with the kids on a crowded day and actually do it without waiting for any attractions…you just have to be creative and think outside of the box. Our day played out like this:
|Who says babies don’t have
fun at Disneyland?
- We got to the park at 1 and went to California Adventure to play a couple of games at the Midway. We go for the fishing game in which everyone gets a prize and the prizes don’t stink. (No line.)
- We went on King Triton’s Carousel, which had no line. I must admit, I didn’t think that one through before going on it. Just close your eyes and imagine me with the baby in the Baby Bjorn plus a backpack trying to lift my boys onto their sea creatures. It was not easy.
- We then visited with a friend who was visiting with her daughter and ate some snacks and walked over to Award Wieners and got a delicious Italian sausage dog. I absolutely recommend it. We rested for a good 30 minutes.
- It was then time to get in line for the Playhouse Disney show…which means we didn’t really wait at all. I was able to nurse the baby during the show and watch my middle son in seventh heaven as he watched Mickey and Handy Manny–two of his favorite guys on the planet.
- We then took a bathroom break (see yesterday’s post for more on that) and took a picture with Stitch (who had NO line).
- After that we went to Turtle Talk with Crush. And wait for it…no line. We got there just as the show was about to start. If you haven’t experienced Turtle Talk with Crush, it is an absolute gem. Guests get to interact with Crush–ask him questions, etc. I cannot for the life of me figure out how they do it! Adults and kids were in stitches and my middle son (a child who honestly believes that all of Disney characters are his friends) was once again in seventh heaven.
- We then decided to go over to Disneyland and head over to the Stage Door Cafe in Frontierland. We quickly ordered our food and took it over to the Golden Horseshoe. We arrived half an hour before the show began, which was perfect. The kids were just about finished eating when the show started.
- We ended the day by taking in a show at the Enchanted Tiki Room, which started just after using the “secret Tiki Room restroom.” Another “no wait/no line” attraction. We left the park just before 7.
|Proof that I made it through
the day. Please don’t enlarge
this picture! By this point I
had sweated off all of my
makeup. Not good!
|My future tour guides.|
Moms, I’m telling you that you can do it too. Just be a little creative. Disneyland and California Adventure have lots to offer that are absolutely wonderful but don’t require you to wait in line for 70 minutes. Keep in mind we did all of this on a day that was CRAZY busy…with one adult and three kids that needed frequent stops, snacks, and diaper changes. Not bad, huh? I will put together a post in the next few weeks about “no line/low wait”
In today’s electronic society, it’s easy to forgot to have cash on hand. I rarely have cash with me. When going to the Disneyland Resort, however, it is still very important to carry cash. Many outdoor vending Cast Members still only take cash (although many do take cards). Also, and very important for parents with babies and toddlers, the Baby Care Centers only accept cash for those items you may have forgotten at home like wipes, diapers, pacifiers, etc.
If you need to get cash while at the resort and want to stay away from the ATM machines and their fees, consider getting Disney Dollars. Disneyland guests can purchase Disney Dollars with their credit cards/check cards and use them in the parks just as they would cash. Click here for more information on Disney Dollars.
Beyond the attractions and shows, Disneyland offers unparalleled shopping for Disney enthusiasts and park guests. With stores and shopping experiences at every turn, it’s tough to know where to go to find exactly what you are looking for.
Here’s a few of my favorites stores if you find some time to hang out on Main Street:
- The Candy Palace on Main Street
The Candy Palace, on the west side of Main Street features an amazing array of candies and goodies. Much of the candy is available only at Disney parks and there are even treats made right in the Candy Palace, including amazing English toffee. I think it’s a great place to pick up unique souvenirs for friends and family back home–not everyone may want a Disneyland t-shirt, but no one can resist Disneyland’s fantastic fudge. (Click here for a fun fact about the Candy Palace.)
- Main Street Magic Shop
Magic shops are a rarity these days and the Main Street Magic Shop offers great tricks for shoppers of all ages. It is truly a step back in time.
- Disney Clothiers
If you are looking for higher-end Disney clothing while inside Disneyland, Disney Clothiers is the perfect spot to stop and shop. The items in the Clothiers shop is a bit above normal “souvenir” wear but not the couture you might find at the Vault store in Downtown Disney.