The first stop on our 3 week West USA road trip was Disneyland! Our visit was just as magical as I’d imagined it would be. Here’s my 6 reasons to visit Disneyland, and why it really is the happiest place on Earth.

1. That ‘Disney Magic’

The Disney magic really is everywhere from the moment you step through the entry gate. We visited in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and the decorations throughout the park were spectacular! The atmosphere, roaming characters and attention to detail all combine to make it the happiest place on Earth. Plus, it’s totally acceptable to wear Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears all day long.

2. The Characters

There’s nothing like spotting your favourite Disney character as you wander through Disneyland, getting their autograph, or even dining with them. The characters are seriously amazing, with their extraordinary costumes and the incredible ability to stay in character during all their interactions with the public.

3. The Food

Giant churros. Dole Whip. Corn dogs. Massive turkey legs. Huge pretzels in the shape of Mickey Mouse. A visit to Disneyland is not complete without trying some of the delicious food and snacks! Try searching with #disneyfood on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean.

4. The Rides

There is a ride for everyone here, from the classic boat ride through It’s A Small World to the heady thrills of the Incredi-Coaster. Rides like Radiator Springs Racers are a show and ride all-in-one featuring your favourite Cars characters! My kids still talk about getting drenched on Splash Mountain, or having Mum accidentally take them on Guardians of the Galaxy because she didn’t realise it was a ‘drop’ thrill ride (sorry kids!).

5. The Parades, Shows and Fireworks

For our visit, the only running parade was the Christmas Fantasy Parade. Although I was disappointed to miss Paint the Night and Fantasmic, the Christmas parade made up for missing them! Seeing our favourite characters waltzing and parading past our seats, and then the fireworks lighting up the night sky afterwards was magnificent. Plus the live-action shows and productions during the day, like Frozen at the Hyperion, are amazing to watch.

6. It’s For Everyone!

Disneyland is perfect for all ages! Our visit reminded me that we are still young at heart, as even I was getting excited when spotting a princess strolling down the street. The memory of the pure joy and excitement on my kids faces will stick with me forever.

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