467.1 #464 (DL Qual #1263

Dec 12, 2012 11:53 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
I'm having a really hard time understanding why my 6 and 3 yr old kids don't have a good time while at the parks... This was the third trip in a row that I had to take them back to the Grand Parents house early... This past weekend they literally made it about two hours before losing it... They both have been going to the parks since they were 5-6 months old.. All they could talk about the two weeks leading up to this trip was how they wanted to ride certain things etc. the oldest was bragging to his teacher that he was going to Disneyland for his birthday. Then after two attractions he said he wanted to go back to the Grand Parents. The youngest is so into Cars and they never got to step foot into Cars Land, which in pretty sure they both would have went ape over... Any thoughts? My very first trip was when I was 6 years old and from that point I was hooked. I would go to the parks everyday if I could. I would love to be a Cast Member too. I'm just at a loss.

Maybe bring their grandparents? Next time walk straight into Carsland. It could be they just don't want to wait in lines. Try to go when it's not as busy. Like tomorrow when it rains :) - pinkmonkeys  528.7 #393 12:07AM
Would love to go tomorrow. Too bad were in vegas and they have school hahaha. Grand parents won't go. They think they are too old. They don't get around well and would refuse any assistance. I actually told my mom she should come with us since the kids act like Angels for her hahaha - Disneylanddad702  467.1 #464 12:10AM
Well I hope you get to enjoy the park one day, all day without midtrip delays :) - pinkmonkeys  528.7 #393 2:00AM
Maybe they get nervous around so many people... I know I do.😧 - BambooMike  133.8 #2984 11:58PM
I didn't really enjoy Disneyland as a young kid. It was too many people and too much noise. I'm better now, lol. Do you go very often? Maybe they need a break? - JustCantWait  1141.5 #156 11:59PM
How often do they see their grandparents? Maybe they just love being with them more than anything else. - aidensmama  340.3 #704 12:00AM
We go twice a year for their birthdays so its not burnout. They get to see the Grandparents every few months. Wish it was more of course. It was just a complete 180 in attitude and enthusiasm. They big me to watch the home videos of our prior trips all the time too. Idk - Disneylanddad702  467.1 #464 12:05AM
Kids are entirely unpredictable! I think it can be overwhelming for little ones. I think their reaction is normal, but from my own experience, I know it can be frustrating. They will love and appreciate the parks when they're ready. For now, short visits may be the answer. I was exactly in your position when my children were younger. My oldest is a CM in Florida:-) - lovesdisney4  27.2 #6255 12:13AM
I started taking my kids more often and they would get so overwhelmed. By the time we got there their nerves were shot. We cut back to once or twice a year and they enjoy it a lot more. We also go early in the day when it's less crowded. They'll come around. Give them time. - supertracy  471.9 #453 12:18AM
Well the wife and I are going to go without them next week or so like we did last year around this time. It's a good break time for us and quality time for them with their other set of grandparents and cousins - Disneylanddad702  467.1 #464 7:26AM
Yeah sounds like they are getting overwhelmed, try and go early, take your time, use a stroller so they have an escape, eat frequent snacks and leave for breaks or check out some of the play areas. Prepare them by watching the planning DVDs and brush up on movies that have attractions. Give them time. You could also try doing separate trips with them, I'm assuming you are annual passholders...or that could become costly. Hopefully someday they will share the love for Disneyland with you. - Linzee  1188.5 #146 8:00AM
We don't have annual passes right now. With both kids in school and living in vegas I don't think we would be able to go often enough to make the expenditure worth while... My wife and I used to have passes for years and I got my first pass back in 1990 and had one every year up to 1998 except for 1994.. Then we moved up here and only make it back once or twice a year. If we lived in SoCal again which won't happen, we would have passes for sure. Ill talk to the wife about the seperate trips. Good idea. - Disneylanddad702  467.1 #464 8:13PM
Maybe try taking them individually? Leave one with the grandparents if possible, maybe to a half day with each so they both get grandparent time and park time. That way they have your full undivided attention and they can do the things they want to do without having to be considerate of the other. I am not a parent but I have seen this technique work with friends of mine and their children. - Lola027  452.7 #486 8:47AM
I'm gonna run the seperating the kids to my wife - Disneylanddad702  467.1 #464 8:13PM
Maybe they just aren't ready for Disneyland (i know--crazy concept!), and you need to just wait until they are a bit older. Leave them with the grandparents and go enjoy the parks with your wife. It should be fun for everyone. When you're ready to try again with them, prepare them as someone mentioned by showing videos of the park and talking to them about what to expect. Make sure they are well rested before the visit and take frequent breaks away from the crowds. Good luck! Hopefully they will outgrow this and grow to love the parks like all the rest of us do. - MeridaFan  4243.7 #34 9:23PM
Thanks. We have talked a lot about waiting until they are older for sure. I want them to have as good a time that I always do. I've been over 300 times, got married at the Disneyland Hotel and could go everyday if I could and it wouldn't get old. That's what I want for them... We shall see.... - Disneylanddad702  467.1 #464 10:25PM

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