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#1 emjrose

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

We're flying to the US in May with almost 4 yr old and 10 month old DDs. We'll be spending most of the trip in NY but plan to spend the first 4 days on the west coast.
Trying to decide whether to go to Disneyland or spend those first few days in San Diego and do Legoland and Seaworld.
DH and I went to Disneyland together about 10 years ago and had a blast. We've never been to San Diego. DH is leaning towards Disneyland again but I'm thinking San Diego as it will be something different for us too. I know the kids will have a great time regardless and think that Disneyland may be overkill while they are so young.
Thoughts anyone?

#2 IsolaBella

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

Disneyland ph34r.gif  we took 2,4,6 yo to Disney Paris and they all loved it.

DS1 feels special as he has one up on his siblings as he has been to Disneyland.... At 5.5m of age. He lords it over his siblings as he has been there tongue.gif

Pass out for parents with child who can't go on rides is priceless. DS1 did go on many rides... Pirates, haunted house etc in baby Bjorn.



#3 ellebelle

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

We went to all three last September. I think Disneyland will be easiest for you if you are short on time. Legoland is actually in Carlsbad which is about an hour away from San Diego on a train. There's also no connection from the train station to Legoland - you have to catch a cab. I thought it was pretty poor, particularly on a weekend that there wasn't some kind of shuttle service. It was midday by the time we got there so we didn't get to see all of it. Seaworld was good but except for the whales you can have a similar experience on the Gold Coast.

#4 ellebelle

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

When you went to DL was California Adventure Park open? We went in 1999 and that wasn't there then. It's where you will find the new Carsland and Bugs Life world, both of which your 4 year old will love.

#5 emjrose

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:01 AM

Thanks for the replies.
Yes ellebelle, went to California Adventure Park back in 2003 but I see there are new attractions since we were there.
IsolaBella, did you go back to your hotel during the day for naps? Youngest DD does not sleep well in the pram so I think we'd need to spend a few hours in the parks in the morning, then back to the hotel for a nap, then back to the park for a few more hours.




#6 IsolaBella

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

My kids hardly ever slept, so did not go back to hotel for naps (perks of serial cat nappers). DS1 at 5.5m amazed us by falling asleep in baby Bjorn in middle of pirates. Our days with him were 9am-9pm.



#7 Carnival kid

Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

Another vote for Disneyland.

Seaworld and Legoland are great places but nowhere compares to Disneyland.

We took our 10mth old DD. There are plenty of rides they can go on with the adults and there are all the characters to meet and play with.


Stay at a hotel just across the street and you never need to leave the area. Very easy to walk back for naps we did this plenty of times.

#8 MrsLexiK

Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

Disneyland! but then I think everyone needs to go to Disneyland at least once, it is a very magical place!

#9 whipmix

Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

Go to Disneyland, like someone mentioned seaworld is pretty similar to the Aus one, except for the whales. Also there is more for the littles to do at DL.

#10 MothershipConnection

Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

I'd take the kids to Disneyland as well as San Diego, I just wouldn't bother with Sea World, but would consider Legoland.  I love San Diego though, fantastic food and soooooo close to Mexico, you could do a quick stroll through the turnstile and come back again haha.  There is also good shopping in San Diego, and there is the San Diego Zoo.  It isn't a bad drive from Anaheim, particularly if you decided to do the drive after peak hour in the afternoon.  Four days would be plenty of time to make the best of both without it being a drama.  You don't need to spend days and days at Disneyland, and I think it would be a real shame not go to San Diego if you are already that close.

Edited by MothershipConnection, 18 January 2013 - 02:01 PM.


#11 CheekyKids

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

Anywhere that YOU and your DH actually want to go.  We took our kids to both DL and San Diego at 4 and almost 2.  They had a good time then, but now at 7 and 5, they hardly remember any of it. They also went to Disneyland in Hong Kong last year, they remember more of that trip, but no doubt the memory will fade soon enough.  I hope to able to take the kids to Disney World when my youngest is about 10 so it would be a memorable trip for them.

At your children's ages, they will enjoy both places.  Go wherever makes you happy original.gif  Although I think it's easier to go to DL as it's one stop.

#12 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:05 PM

My 4 year old is a theme park tragic already.  If we were in the states, and didn't go to Disneyland, we'd never hear the end of it.  original.gif

I went over 20 years ago, and still remember how magical it felt.






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