Last month we enjoyed our Disneyland Vacation over Mother’s Day weekend.
To be honest, the trip was planned around the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the dates collided in a magical way! While we didn’t seek out a Mother’s Day vacation it was really special spending it on vacation. A full week of not having to wash dishes sounds good to me!
Planning Mother’s Day
In planning how to spend Mother’s Day in Disneyland, I considered our itinerary carefully. I knew we would be going hard at Disneyland on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and another day might be too exhausting. Mother’s Day became our day for brunching, baseball, and pool time. I also wanted to keep the Disney magic alive so I added a Character Meal and time to explore Downtown Disney. I was also running a half marathon on Mother’s Day and didn’t want to over-extend myself.
Restaurants and Dining on Mother’s Day
Disneyland accepts reservations 60 days in advance, but in March when it was getting close to booking there was no Mother’s Day specific dining information available. Mother’s Day specific information is usually released closer to Mother’s Day on the Disney Blog. However, a quick Google search told me of past Mother’s Day events. These dining related events were typically a tea or special dessert being featured on a menu. I felt that obtaining a reservation 60 days in advance was more important than waiting for the information to be released.
I had reminders in my calendar to make my dining reservations exactly 60 days in advance. I’m up at 5:30AM for work, which was the perfect time to log in and get my reservation. Reserving this early allowed me to obtain the exact time I wanted (9:30AM) at Disney’s PCH Grill. I picked Disney’s PCH Grill because I knew I wouldn’t be in Disneyland or California Adventure that day and I wanted to keep the Disney magic alive. Disney’s PCH Grill is located at the Paradise Pier Hotel and upon arrival in the restaurant you are greeted by Mickey Mouse!
Mouse House Mom’s Mother’s Day Tips
My Mouse House Mom tips for a successful Mother’s Day at Disneyland are as follows:
- Slow it Down (unless you’re running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon)
- Ditch the fast paced park day schedule for a laid back day outside the parks.
- Character Meal at a Disney Hotel
- Keep the Disney magic alive when not in the parks by dining with characters.
- Pool Time
- May was hot! Go lounge in the pool. My munchkin loved jumping off the pool deck!
We added a baseball game to our Mother’s Day and I’ll talk about that later this week when I highlight Father’s Day fun.
Related Posts: Tinker Bell Half Marathon Race Report (Race was on Mother’s Day).