We love Disneyland. Because I’m a rule-follower I have always gone during breaks, but this year I just REALLY wanted to go at Christmas, but not have the hustle and bustle of 4 billion people around me.
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So, I am making the difficult call, to pull my kids out in early December to go to the happiest place on earth.
Here are a few thoughts about taking your kids on a mid-year trip to Disneyland (and don’t miss my post about Family Vacation Ideas for tips on your next trip!:
It will likely be less crowded — in general, times that kids are in school are less crowded. And I completely agree that kids need to stay in school. But, I also agree that families need to do what works for them. My oldest has a lighter year this year and I just felt good about giving it a go.
Some schools hate it when kids are absent. In California, it was district policy to give kids zero’s on anything that wasn’t an “Excused absense” — which forced vacationing parents to lie to the school about why their kid was absent or ruin their grades (totally hate this, btw).
I 100% agree kids shouldn’t be gone all the time, but a few days isn’t going to kill anyone.
Anyway — before you plan a trip, be sure what your school policies are on absences for something like this. So far, we haven’t had pushback for missing a day here or there — and neither have my friends. Thank goodness!
Can you child really miss a few days? Some truly can’t. They really need all those days. Mine, probably should miss more. 😉
Check with your extra-curricular. Honestly, the reason we could never do this before is that Marching band held our every free minute. I do have a middle schooler who loves being in drama productions, so that did block out a week from our plans. By being up front with the teacher, I hope he appreciated knowing and he was honest with what would and would not work.
Off times are often cheaper. Guys — I could NOT believe how inexpensive rooms with Get Away Today were at the time of year we are hoping to go. What a great deal! It might make that trip affordable, that would be otherwise out of reach!
Related post: Tips to save money at Disneyland
Go at that special time of year. I had always wanted to see Christmas. Also, my kids had only been at Halloween recently, and I wanted them to experience it at NOT Halloween.
Go for a special event. Maybe you wish your child could experience their birthday at Disneyland (get a button and everyone will wish you a happy birthday!)
Plan of action:
- Check your school calendar(s). Make sure you’re not skipping testing, big events your child would be sad to miss, or finals (or, even close to finals).
- Look at Get Away Today. Check out the deals that are available. Tickets AND rooms can be cheaper when you’re going during an off-peak time. It’s super simple to adjust your dates and see how the price fluctuates. ** Bonus tip — you can also CALL Get Away Today to get some of their expert advice. They truly are Disney experts! Be sure to still use my code CURLS10 to get $10 off!**
- Book your trip. The extra good part about going during a “lower” time of year is that you don’t have to book as far in advance to get a good deal or a great room! Get Away Today often has free nights available at their hotels, so be sure to check them out even if you think a trip is out of your reach!
You might be thinking you’d love to do this — I say check the calendars in the next month and see if you could find a time to slip away!
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This year we’re planning on staying at the Courtyard across the street.
- My Kids never eat the supplied breakfast, we do just as well eating granola bars on our way into the park
- They have 2 queens as well as bunk beds, which means each kid is going to have their OWN bed. A HUGE perk. No one likes touching anyone else.
- It’s super close to the park. Which is a favorite of mine.
It does have a water park, although I’m not sure that’s a huge perk during December. 🙂
We’re also going to be staying at the Great Wolf Lodge for a night after our trip to enjoy some water park fun (their’s is indoor!)
I’m excited to share my trip with you guys!
We did book through Get Away Today — because they have a low price guarantee. And I love them. I’ve loved them since 1998 — almost as long as I’ve loved my actual husband. 🙂 I am a Get Away Today affiliate but I started about 15 years after our first trip with them, and I always advertised it to my busy mom friends before that. 🙂
Anyway — that’s my best advice. I’ll probably have more advice when I get back. But I’m excited to be a bit of a rebel and have my kids to myself in the middle of the school year. With one leaving for college next year — I’m trying to wring-out all the fun while I can. 🙂
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