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Tips for Taking Your Tiny Baby or Toddler to Disneyland

Tips for Taking Your Tiny Baby or Toddler to Disneyland

The most common question/request we get is asking for tips for taking tiny babies or toddlers to Disneyland. Hamm’s first trip to Disneyland was in October 2017 when he was a little less than 2 months old. Although he will never remember it, we took […]

Q & A with Toy Story Dad and Family

Q & A with Toy Story Dad and Family

I just wanted to write a little post so you could get to know us a better. Below are the questions we are most frequently asked. Where did you and Rachel meet? -To make a long story short we met each other in high school […]

DIY No Sew Peter Pan Costume

DIY No Sew Peter Pan Costume

If you are looking for an easy costume idea, then this Peter Pan costume is exactly what you need. The best part about this costume is that no sewing is required. All you need for this costume is faith, trust and a little Pixie Dust (aka hot glue). If you would like a video tutorial for this costume, check out our segment on Good Things Utah.

Materials Needed:

  • Green T-Shirt
  • Green Pants (Sweats, Leggings, or Tights will do)
  • 2 Sheets of Green Felt
  • A Red Feather
  • Brown Ribbon
  • Permanent Marker
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fabric Scissors

Making The Hat

To start making the hat take one of your green sheets of felt and draw a hill shape. Note: Depending on the head size of the person who will be wearing the hat, you may need a larger sheet of felt. You will want the width at the bottom of the hill shape to be at least half the diameter of the subjects head plus a couple inches.

Once you have the shape drawn on one piece of felt, use your fabric scissors to cut it out. You can use that shape as a stencil to draw the shape on the second sheet of felt.

Now that you have both pieces of felt cut out, it is time for the that magical Pixie Dust aka hot glue. Start at the bottom of one end and slowly start glueing down as close to the edge as possible. You will want to press down the edges as you work your around the hill shape. DO NOT glue the flat bottom edge of the hat.

Once you have glued around the edges, gently press down with your finger and let the glue set for a few minutes. Once the glue is set, gently reach inside from the bottom and grab the top of the hat to turn it inside out. Once the hat is inside out, fold the bottom edges of the hat up about an inch.

As you can see the hat is just about finished. We just need to add the finishing touches by adding a red feather with a little hot glue.

Making The Shirt

If you have seen any Peter Pan movie, you will know his shirt has triangles on the arms, along the bottom, and at the collar. We can achieve this same look with some scissors. Turn your shirt inside out to draw the triangles on the edges of the arms and bottom of the shirt as shown in the picture below. Turning the shirt inside out will keep the front looking clean if you don’t cut perfectly on the lines.

Now simply cut out all these triangles. A trick we have learned is to start at the bottom and cut up from both sides. This makes it a lot easier and quicker to cut the shirt. One thing to note is that with a thin t-shirt like this, the triangles will begin to start curling up. We have been able to combat this by ironing down the triangle edges with liquid starch.

Congratulations, the hard part is done! Now all you have to do is throw on some green pants with the shirt and hat. The final touch is to tie a piece of brown ribbon around the waist and you are done. Now give yourself a high five and go take some fun pictures with this new costume. If you end up making this costume, I’d love to see it. Just tag @ToyStoryDad on Instagram!

Planning Your Disneyland Vacation

Planning Your Disneyland Vacation

We are Annual Passholders to Disneyland from Utah. Because of this we are often asked how we plan our trips. The secret really is in the planning ahead. There is nothing better than an impulse trip to Disneyland, but in reality these trips do take […]

Disney Movies You Won’t Want to Miss in 2019

Disney Movies You Won’t Want to Miss in 2019

As a die hard Disney fan I was so happy with all of the amazing movies Disney Studios blessed our lives with in 2018. Incredibles 2 was the perfect sequel and helped me realize just how much my little boy Beckham is exactly like Jack […]

Disneyland Attractions with No Height Requirement

Disneyland Attractions with No Height Requirement

If you are looking for a list of attractions at Disneyland with no height requirement, you are in the right place. If you are looking for tips on taking a baby or toddler or Disney check out this post.

Disneyland Baby Friendly Attractions

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Haunted Mansion (can be scary for little ones but Beckham does GREAT on it)
  • The Disneyland Railroad
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Rafts to Tom Sawyer’s Island
  • Mark Twain River Boat
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventure
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • King Arthur’s Carrousel- You can sit and hold newborns on the benches on this ride. If your baby can sit up on their own, they can sit on a horse with you next to them.
  • Dumbo- Babies have to be able to sit up on this ride
  • Mad Tea Party (teacups)
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Main Street Vehicles

Disneyland Entertainment

  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Mickey and the Magical Map- Check the app for show times. This is one of our MOST FAVORITE shows at Disneyland! It is great place to take a break and relax and enjoy the shade.
  • Main Street Cinema
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Shows on Mainstreet- Dapper Dans and The Disneyland Band- We LOVE hanging out on Main Street and enjoying the fun music. One of our favorites is the Happiest March on Earth with Mickey and Friends.
  • Parades- Seasonal
  • Fireworks- Disneyland has season firework shows.They’re typically only on weekends during the slow seasons, but every night during summer and the holidays.
  • Fantasmic- The BEST viewing spot is on the ramp above Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Character meet n greets- Little ones love to explore Mickey’s house in Toontown!

Disney’s California Adventure Baby Friendly Attractions

  • The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Golden Zephyr- No lap riders are allowed on this ride so your baby must be able to sit up on their own
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round- Babies can go on either the Swinging Gondola Side or the Non-Swinging side (Beckham seems to enjoy non swinging more)
  • Red Car Trolley
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Toy Story Midway Mania- This one can be a bit jerky so it’s best not to take newborns on

DCA Entertainment

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Disney Junior Dance Party
  • DJ’s Dance ‘n Drive
  • Frozen- Live at the Hyperion
  • World of Color
  • Operation Playtime! Featuring the Green Army men from Toy Story
  • Animation Academy Building- This is a GREAT place to rest and cool off. There are huge screens surrounding you in this room always playing fun clips from your favorite Disney/Pixar shows (No strollers are allowed inside)
Mary Poppins Returns Family Activity Sheets

Mary Poppins Returns Family Activity Sheets

The wait is over, Mary Poppins Returns is now playing in theaters everywhere. Do you plan on seeing the movie soon? I am hoping to see it over the holiday break. Until then, Disney Studios has released these activity sheets with fun for the whole […]

Club 33, A Dream Come True

Club 33, A Dream Come True

Have you ever had something happen where still, to this day, it doesn’t seem like it was real? That’s what happened to us during our last trip to Disneyland. It started on Friday the 13th, which most people believe is an incredibly unlucky day. For […]

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground (Our Recent Stay/Review)

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground (Our Recent Stay/Review)

 

We were so stoked to stay at The Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water playground during our last Disney trip. The “HoJo”  sits directly across from Disneyland Resort and the beautiful Matterhorn Mountain. The hotel sits on a 7 acre lot full of gardens and secluded walkways. The best part is that the walk is only 8 minutes from the hotel lobby to Disneyland’s security line, we timed it. 😉 This made it very convenient to walk back to our room when we needed to escape the heat of summer or take a cranky baby to have a nap.

 

The hotel has over 300 rooms with different options including double, queen, king beds and even newly built pirate themed kids suites with two rooms. We stayed in a premium 2 queen room with an amazing view. I still can’t believe how perfect our view of the Matterhorn and more importantly the fireworks were. We arrived to our hotel on the first night at the perfect time to watch the incredible “Together Forever” firework show right from our balcony and Beckham loved it, and so did I! I think it’s safe to say Beckham got his obsession for fireworks from me.

 

The rooms have all been recently remodeled in early 2018. We just loved how bright and fun the room was. It was accented with bright blues and oranges as well as fun Disney themed artwork. The most important thing we look for in a hotel is cleanliness and our room was very clean. The housekeeping team did a great job of keeping things tidy and fresh during our stay. Our favorite things about the rooms were: Mom- The light up mirror over the double sink vanity making it nice and easy to get ready. Plus the bathroom light turned on by itself whenever we walked in! Dad- The smart TV that had built in Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, etc and Wi-fi for working. Baby Beckham – Hamm loved the rubber ducky that they left for him at check in for his baths.

 

The thing that really sets this hotel apart from the rest is it’s watery pirate themed playground, Castaway Cove! As part of your stay you get unlimited access to this fun water playground full of slides, water cannons, a 200 gallon drench bucket and so much more. Beckham was a little too young to truly appreciate this part but we all still loved getting wet and cooling off on a hot summer day. The hotel also has a seperate garden pool if you would rather just jump in and go for a swim. Beckham completely loved swimming and wasn’t pleased with us when we got out. I guess we’ll just have to go back!

 

Although the hotel does not serve breakfast there are plenty of close dining options. If you just need a quick snack or drink the hotel market has just what you need. It is also the perfect stop to grab any miscellaneous supplies you may need during your stay. If you forgot to pack your disney wear the market is full of Disney clothing and other souvenirs. Located right across the street from the hotel is Mimi’s Cafe, Panera Bread and good ole Mc. Donalds. All three of these restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

One other quick thing to note is that parking is free which is awesome because most hotels charge $18+/night. Overall we seriously loved our stay at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and we will definitely be going back. The location, price, views and water park seriously make it the perfect family hotel for your next trip to Disneyland.

GREAT NEWS!!! If you are planning a Disneyland trip and want a great place to stay Howard Johnson Anaheim has offered to give our followers/readers a great deal. If you book online at www.hojoanaheim.com and use code LNLR you will get 15% off your stay. You can also call to make your reservation: 714-776-6120, just make sure to use the code to take advantage of that great deal.

To Eternity and Beyond – The story behind it all

To Eternity and Beyond – The story behind it all

ONCE UPON A TIME… My wife and I first met in high school. I moved out to Tooele, where my wife grew up, my sophomore year of high school in 2006. I never met Rachel till the summer before our senior year in 2008. I […]