4 Reasons Disneyland Resort Is Hands Down The Best Way To Spend Summer Break With The Kids

Prepare yourself for the best family memories ever.

Written by Una LaMarche

Ever since Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” hit theaters in 2015, parents everywhere started trying to create “core memories” — childhood experiences that help shape kids into who they’ll become, and memories they’ll hold close when some of the more tedious responsibilities of adulthood (lookin’ at you, doing taxes and putting on the duvet cover) threaten to dim some of the wonder from their world.

With summer stretching ahead, it’s the perfect time to make some of those core memories at the place that started it all: Disneyland Resort. With incredible hotels and dining, rides that run the gamut from toddler-friendly to thrill-seeking, and opportunities to meet beloved Disney characters and see stunning live performances, these are our top four reasons Disneyland Resort is this summer’s can’t-miss family vacation destination that truly has something for everyone — inside and out:

It’s Not Just The Happiest Place On Earth, It’s Also The Most Kid-Friendly Place On Earth

Planning a vacation with kids, especially little ones, can be stressful. Will the hotel/restaurant/pool you picked be family-friendly? Will you spend most of your precious “relaxation time” bribing your kids not to have lightsaber battles with breadsticks while childless couples give you the stink eye? At Disneyland Resort, you never have to worry about your kids being welcome in all of their energetic glory!

Disneyland Resort caters to kids of all ages. A favorite destination for younger visitors, Mickey’s Toontown, is newly reimagined and open for all sorts of animated fun, from the brand-new ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway to interactive sensory play in CenTOONial Park. And, of course, kids (and kids at heart) can look forward to meeting beloved Disney Characters and Heroes throughout Disneyland Resort, filling each day with magic moments.

Disneyland Resort Is About So Much More Than Rides

You might come for the attractions, but you’ll stay for the incredible attention that Disneyland Resort has given to all aspects of the guest experience. Three distinctly Disney hotels onsite offer everything from fine dining to a full-service spa to monorail-themed water slides that make a pool day at the hotel as inviting as a day at the parks. Plus, staying at a Disneyland hotel offers special perks like theme park early entry. Who doesn’t enjoy a little VIP treatment?

Disneyland Resort offers a variety of tickets, price points, and helpful guest tools — like the Disney Genie service in the Disneyland app — to make your trip more relaxing. And can we talk about the food? Whether you’re looking for Character Dining with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, or Chef Goofy, a family dinner with table service, or an on-the-go treat like the iconic Premium Mickey Bars, every meal here makes memories.

Every Land At Disneyland Resort Is An Adventure Of Its Own

When you plan a family vacation at Disneyland Resort, you’ll have time to explore it all. Hit up Fantasyland for fairytale-filled fun with characters from classic Disney movies like Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Dumbo, and more. Tale of the Lion King, a live-action retelling of Simba’s journey through music and dance, is perfect for kiddos who might not be ready for rides.

Visit Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park, a whimsical boardwalk featuring themed rides and restaurants and sightings of favorite Pixar friends, or venture to a galaxy far, far away (in theory — at Disneyland, you can totally walk) at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where you can join the Resistance, ride on the Millennium Falcon, and pick up a hand-built lightsaber or custom droid. Every path at Disneyland Resort takes you to a new, wonderfully rendered world that you (and your kids) will never forget.

2023 Is An Extra Special Year To Visit Disneyland Resort

This year, Disneyland Resort is celebrating 100 Years of Disney. That means you’ll see new attractions, bigger celebrations, super special anniversary merch and festive decor throughout the parks, and a special 100 Years of Wonder exhibit at the Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A. Don’t miss the beloved “Magic Happens” parade, in which Mickey Mouse leads a colorful, musical parade through the park featuring floats with favorite Disney characters!

2023 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this milestone at Disneyland Resort and treat your kids to an unforgettable experience. So what are you waiting for? Those core memories aren’t gonna make themselves.

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