Disneyland Max Pass
- January 11, 2019 at 1:39 pm #100005
I stay at the Best Western Park Plus Anaheim Inn usually. It has changed names as much as I change my clothes it seems. It used to be called the Main Gate.
These are not plus hotels. These are crash and cross the street places. They are clean, but you wont find the scale of Disney design and story.
There are 8 places on Harbor
Here is a link to the map
Select Good Neighbor in the drop down list and it will pin all the hotels. Book far ahead, these places fill fast.
If your son is young, I HIGHLY recommend you return to the hotel around 1:30 and nap. Tell him that he must sleep for 60 minutes, not toss and turn and fidget in bed for 60. sleep. Stick to this rule or meltdowns will occur. Also, bring 2 pairs of shoes for the day. Change them after the nap. This will alleviate much of the foot fatigue you and your son experience. Most of the hotels have a continental breakfast, take advantage of it. If they have hard boiled eggs, put a few in a bag and take them with you. Best hunger curbing snack you can get.January 11, 2019 at 2:10 pm #100009
Yes, I have an 8 year old (with Down syndrome, autism, sensory processing disorder, ADD, and a heart condition) so naps, downtime – MUST. I also have a 3 year old (almost 4). I love continental breakfasts! And heck, we don’t need immaculate hotels. Just a place to sleep and shower. And if it’s literrally acros the street returning to the hotel is totally do-able.
At WDW we always have a special needs stroller (big, heavy-duty with a big cover) find a cool spot and rest for like 45 to an hour. Since it’s such a pain in the rear to leave, wait for a bus, drive back to the hotel, unload, walk to the room, then try to get the kids to rest.
I appreciate everyone’s insight. When I saw that number, my heart fell. Like… no way….
BUT! If we can cut down costs for the hotel and maybe flights too (Thank you for the insight on airports! @dngnb8 ) it might be totally do-able. And heck, we are looking at next year, possibly January 2021.January 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm #100014
Some hints you can think about since you have a spectrum child
1) Emphasize a Refrigerator. Tell them youre a diabetic and it will be free. My wife is diabetic so I know they do this.
2) 1/4 mile south on Harbor is a Target Superstore. You know your childs comfort foods. Go to target and stock up
3) Get one of those Styrofoam coolers at Target. Fill with ice and drinks. Throw it out when you leave.
4) Get ziplock lunch bags and prep hand foods for the day. This will provide a comfort zone for your child, prevent hunger meltdowns.
5) Im gonna emphasize the shoes for you and your child. You will be amazed at the difference
6) Rent the stroller from a local provider like they have at WDW
7) Nap is for both kids AND!!!!!! you. You being refreshes is as important as the child getting rest
8) Check ahead for shopping services so someone can get all that crap for you and deliver to your room. It may be worth the service
Spectrum children meltdown most when fatigued and there is no consoling them. I know you already know this, so I might add a day for your trip. This will give extra time for rest and you wont feel like you have to steamroll the parks. Your kids are at the age where DCA is a full day. Something to think about.
There is a burger place, a Tony Romas (BBQ) and a Dennys right there on Harbor. Food costs are cheaper but not by much. Maybe order out and eat in your room. This gives another chance for napping.
If sammys are a good thing for the kids, target does have all the fixens.January 11, 2019 at 5:42 pm #100027January 15, 2019 at 12:06 pm #100347
Hotel wise-you have TONS of options. We’ve stayed at Best Western Plus Stovalls In and Best Western Plus Pavillions. They’re both about a 15 min walk from the park so they’re perfect if you are planning on naps.
Now for the Max Pass. WORTH IT. You can reserve your FP times AND you also get all your ride and photopass photos with your pass.
You can also still get paper fast passes for rides, should you want to do that and since they dont collect them anymore (they’re tied to your park ticket which you scan before getting in the FP return line) it’s a cool souvenir too.
Since you are coming from out of town and are not sure when you will be back, I highly recommend the MP. My mom (who has an AP and the MP comes w/ her pass) took my daughter last summer and paid the extra for the Max Pass for her for the day and they said it was AMAZING.January 15, 2019 at 1:26 pm #100353
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