Family Walking by Castle; mom; dad; son; sleeping beauty castle
  • On Feb 28, 2024
    Heidi from AB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My MIL worked to plan a large family trip to Disneyland. This will be the first time at DL for the 4 kids going. Unfortunately she passed away unexpectedly in November. Any suggestions on unique memorabilia or activities to honour her memory in the park?

    Hello Heidi, thank you for bringing this question to us at planDisney.

    I am sending my deepest condolences and a very warm hug to you and your family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother-in-law.  I hope that a visit to the "Happiest Place on Earth" can allow everyone to honor her memory and help heal from your loss.  

    My first suggestion would be to honor her through your itinerary during the trip.  Did she have a favorite attraction at Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park that she always had to experience during a trip?  A family photo in front of her favorite attraction or with her favorite Disney character is a wonderful way for her to be there in spirit with you.  If she had a favorite dining spot or treat, there is no better way to bring families together than the love of food, and you could have a wonderful toast or celebration in her honor!

    When I have experienced tough times in my life, I have found that spreading joy and love can help bring the light back into my life when it feels hard to find a smile.  Could you purchase one of the beautiful Disney balloons on Main Street, U.S.A., and pass it along to another family to help spread a smile?  I love the idea of spreading joy throughout the Disneyland Resort to a fellow Guest, I often think of how Snow White said "Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine."  We were gifted a balloon on our very first trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I'll never forget how happy it made my son!  

    My final suggestion would be to head to Disneyland Park and make a wish in her honor at Snow White's wishing well near Sleeping Beauty Castle.  Everyone could share a favorite memory of your Mother-in-law, and make a wish for the family for the coming year.  

    Heidi, I hope these recommendations are helpful, and help honor her memory during your trip.  If we can help with any other questions you may have as you continue your planning, please do not hesitate to come back and ask.  

    Sending you and your family love,
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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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