Visiting Disneyland or Disney World in the near future? We are sharing 15 Acts of Kindness that you can do as a family while visiting the parks (Walt would approve)!
“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”
-The Walt Disney Company
The Disney parks are amazing, magical places. They’re filled with joy and fun and imagination. They also can feel pretty opulent. Let’s be honest, ticket prices aren’t exactly small and that’s just what it takes to walk through the entrance!
As annual pass holders, we visit Disneyland on a regular basis. As we planned our trip to Disneyland to celebrate Lydia’s third birthday…..she started to ask questions. She wanted to know how many rides we could go on, which characters she would meet, and which toys she could buy on Main Street. And it started to worry me. Were we focusing on the wrong things? Encouraging her to focus on objects more than the joy of the experience?
Earlier this week, we did something a little different during our trip to Disneyland. We started Lydia’s Disney Acts of Kindness. To celebrate her third birthday, we did three acts of kindness during our day at the park. We still went to our first character breakfast, rode rides, and ate more sweets than I care to admit….but we balanced the scales a bit (and yes, Lydia still brought home a special toy from her favorite store on Main Street).
We wanted to share our brainstorming list with y’all…..fifteen ideas for acts of kindness families can do while visiting Disneyland AND to do one more act of kindness. We’re giving one of YOU a $100 Disney Dollars gift card (good at the parks or at any Disney store)!
“Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those who that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”
-Walt Disney Company
15 Disney Acts of Kindness:
1. Pay for Someone’s Parking.
2. Offer to Take Family Photos for Fellow Parents and Kiddos.
3. Let a Restless Family Cut in Front of You in Line for a Popular Ride.
4. Say THANK YOU to the Cast Members You Meet.
5. Buy a Balloon for a Toddler.
6. Bring Disney themed Jewelry with you and hide it around the park (we teamed up with Whosits and Whatsits to do this, it was SO fun).
7. Save Seats for the Parade, and Offer them to a Family with No Place to Sit.
8. Bring Sunscreens Packets and share with families in need.
9. Share Your Fastpass: Get a Fastpass and decide you can’t use it? Hand it off to a family in line!
10. Bubbles: Waiting in long lines for rides can be torture for toddlers (and their parents). Bring along a couple of bottles of bubbles, and pass out as needed!
12. Diapers: Changing your kiddo in the diaper change stations? Offer extra diapers or wipes to the parents in line behind you.
13. Security: The Security Guards at Disneyland are probably the most underappreciated. Bring a small gift to say thank you to them for keeping us all safe in the Happiest Place on Earth. A small gift card, a wrapped snack or treat, or even just a thank you card!
14. Bring extra water bottles to share with thirsty guests.