September 21, 2014

8 Perks of Disney With a Toddler or Preschooler

It's Disney Daddy, and I am here to share with you the perks of going to Disney with a toddler or preschooler. See, I had a lot of fun going to Disney as an adult pre-kid, and while my visits have changed since having a toddler (riding the same ride in Fantasyland over and over) and I miss some things about going pre-kid I have to admit there are definitely perks of going to Disney with a toddler/young child.

1. Excuse to hang out in the "kiddie areas." Yes, prior to my son, we would still do all the rides, including those that are considered kiddie rides, but with a son, I can hang out in these areas more, and not seem like the weird adult male who enjoys riding the carousel. Especially since Becca gets motion sickness on things like the carousel and Dumbo so I used to have to ride alone.

2. More snack stops. When we went pre-kid, we ran around and barely stopped for snacks. We might stop for meals, but snacks, heck no. With a toddler, we have a bag full of snacks on hand and we stop at least every couple of hours to dish some out. When he was a baby or a young toddler, the snacks weren't necessarily my favorites- cheerios and puffs- but now that he is older, that kid has the good stuff. We are talking fruit snacks, granola bars, chips, popcorn, gold fish, and more. It is great!

September 18, 2014

Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure

In July, I ventured to Disneyland for the Type-A Bootcamp Conference. This trip was a bit different for me in that I went without my son or husband. That is right, I left them home and went with my friend Sarah. I missed my family a ton and worried if going on a Girls' Trip made me a bad mom (which I wrote about HERE). At the same time, I had a lot of fun. Going without a preschooler and my husband gave me the chance to experience things that neither of them had the desire or patience to do. One of those things was the Mad T Party in Disney California Adventure.

Everything you need to know about the Mad T Party at the Disneyland Resort

I had walked through the Mad T Party a few times before. It is a great time to do Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to The Rescue! with little to no wait. But I had never actually stayed and enjoyed the party. So this was new to me. To be honest, what I had caught of it on previous trips often reminded me of a rave or dance club and I thought I would have no interest in hanging out here, until we got there right as the Mad T Party band took the stage.

September 16, 2014

Meet Disney Daddy

Disney Daddy here! I don't know if any of you have noticed, but the blog was a little slow this summer. That is because Becca has had a lot going on and she has been busy being a mom, learning how to improve her site by going to conferences, and taking care of the Goof when he got very sick in August.

I decided it was about time for me to start contributing to the site a bit more. I already work behind the scenes quite a bit, and of course, I take all those Disney vacations so Becca can write about Disney for you. Let me tell you, those vacations are hard work.

Becca thought it might be a good idea if I got on here and introduced myself. My name is Mike, but since you all know me as Disney Daddy, that is what I will be posting as on the site. I am a video gamer, currently going to school to become a computer programer, work in IT, and of course, a Disney addict. I love my family and spending time together and I love that the Goof enjoys Disney as much as the rest of us.

Becca knew I probably wouldn't know what else to tell you so she made me a list of questions I should answer.

  • Favorite Ride: Tower of Terror or California Screamin' for sure
  • Favorite Food at Disney: We don't eat a lot of foods in the park but I love a Mickey Pretzel
  • Least Favorite Ride: it's a small world. That song drives me nuts
  • Favorite Disney Memory: my son's first trip, when he tried to climb into the characters arms
  • Favorite Disney Movie: New- Wreck It Ralph, Old- The Sword in the Stone, Pixar- Toy Story
So that is me. I will probably write something for the site every 1-2 weeks or as often as Becca can get me to actually sit down and write.

To Infinity and Beyond!

Disney Daddy

September 14, 2014

DIY Photo Displays For Your Disney Memories

*I received free product from Oriental Trading Company to create these projects and talk about them on my blog. All opinions are 100% my own.*

One thing I really struggle with after vacation is what to do with all of those photos. I am awful at getting them in scrapbooks, and especially awful at making digital photo books. I often print photos and then they just sit there. Oh, and don't even get me started on how instagram and having a good cell phone camera has made it even harder for me to do something more than post a photo to facebook.

When Oriental Trading Company asked me to try out some of their craft supplies, I knew this was the perfect time to change that.

DIY Clothesline Photo Display and Disney Character Frames by
First, can I just say that I had no clue that Oriental Trading Company had so many awesome craft supplies? I was totally overwhelmed looking through all of the options. I always thought of them for party supplies and decor, not for craft supplies. I found a lot of stuff that is now on my wish list from their site.

The package arrived while I was on vacation in Disneyland. I was so excited to get home and open it up.

September 12, 2014

Disney During (and just after) Potty-Training

 I have a few friends heading to Disneyland with newly potty trained toddlers, so I thought it might be fun to take a look back at our first trip after we started potty training the Goof.

Disney takes a lot of planning with kids. I thought I planned a lot with a baby, and a new toddler, I was wrong. Planning a trip with a newly potty-trained toddler has probably been the trip that took the most preparation yet. So here I am to help you learn from my mistakes, and my triumphs, and give you some tips on going to the parks with a toddler who doesn't 100% have that potty thing down yet.