Jillian Harris Just Had the Cutest Vacation at Disneyland And You Can Copy Her Trip
Check out all of the magical details from the Love It or List It, Too star's family vacation and how to book your own Disneyland getaway.
While most families wait until spring break or summer vacation for a trip to Disneyland, Love It or List It, Too star Jillian Harris and her family — fiancé Justin Pasutto, son Leo and daughter Annie — kicked off the new year at The Happiest Place on Earth. Justin surprised Jillian with the trip for her recent 40th birthday (Cheers, Jilly!) and it’s hard to tell who had more fun — the kids or the parents.
The designer and host is super-active in her Instagram stories and shared tons of adorable highlights from their trip. If you saw her posts and thought maybe it's time to take my kiddos to the parks, we’ve got all the details from their incredible trip. Here’s how to copy the vacation with your family — from the hotel they stayed at to the super-cute matching family T-shirts that Jillian posted in her feed.
Where They Stayed
The Jilly fam opted to stay on property at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa, one of Disneyland’s three official resort hotels. Grand Californian is the closest hotel to Disneyland and even has its own entrance right into Disneyland’s second theme park Disney California Adventure. It also has another entrance right in the middle of Downtown Disney, which makes this hotel super-convenient for taking afternoon nap breaks with little ones.
The Craftsman-style resort is inspired by California’s iconic national parks, and you’ll feel as if you’ve entered a rustic lodge the minute you walk into the giant lobby with soaring wood beams, a roaring fireplace and teeny, tiny rocking chairs for toddlers. As the name implies, Grand Californian is Disneyland’s top-tier resort and comes with a hefty price tag of $500+ a night, but you’re paying for location here, so if you’re the type of family who loves to maximize every second of a vacation the price is likely worth it.
If you want to stay on property but can’t swing that room rate, Disney’s two other on-site hotels are great and, in this writer’s opinion, have better Disney theming for kids over Grand Californian. The namesake Disneyland Hotel is the next closest hotel to the parks with close access to the monorail. And Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is a short walk away, but it’s still on the property and is the most affordable option of all three Disneyland hotels.
What They Did
Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland only has two parks and the resort area is much smaller. That said, you still need a couple of days to explore and cover the parks. The Jilly fam spent three days in the parks at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. They even used Disney VIP services to hop around the parks. If you’ve never heard of VIP tours, these are premium services you can book in addition to park admission. A dedicated Disney park rep takes you all around the parks, you get to cut the ride lines and, the best part, you learn Disney trivia and history throughout the day. If you’re a first-timer or haven’t been to Disneyland in over a decade, it’s a great service as the parks can be seriously overwhelming for newbies.
As Leo and Annie aren’t tall enough for thrill rides, the Jilly fam rode a lot of teacups, visited the Monsters Inc. attraction and made time to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen 2. Jillian and Justin were still able to go on more daring rides such as the Incredicoaster and Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout with Disney’s child swap feature. This option allows families to only wait in line once for a ride but lets multiple adults ride. So, one parent or guardian goes on the ride while the other parent or guardian waits with kids in a special waiting room. Then, the parents can swap in the room and don’t have to wait in line a second time. It’s genius and a godsend when you have little ones or even big kids who don’t like thrill rides.
What They Wore
Jillian’s love for design doesn’t stop with interiors. She’s known for her cute fashion with pops of pink and red, and the whole fam rocked some seriously adorable Disney gear on the trip that you can buy, too! Justin and Jillian both wore this retro-style Mickey Mouse tee. I love the way she styled it with trendy, pleated 90s slacks and white Vans.
And for most of the trip, Justin wore a baseball cap inspired by the original Mickey Mouse Club logo. I have the same hat and absolutely love it. You can wear it backward, too, and it looks really cute with the Mickey ears.
It gets chilly in SoCal in the winter, especially at night, so little Leo rocked this stinking-cute R2-D2 hoodie. The hood even features a rounded panel that mimics the droid’s dome head. I wish this came in my size!
And while the whole fam took some photos in front of the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, they got creative and posed as a group in Carsland with Lightning McQueen wearing these matching tie-dyed shirts that I think Cars’ Fillmore would love, too.
What They Instagrammed
Jillian’s Instagram account is popular for a reason. It has a playful, cheery aesthetic, and it’s just a happy, little corner of the internet. Naturally, she found some great spots to ‘gram while at Disneyland. Most often the crew was seen at Carsland inside Disney California Adventure. The land inspired by Pixar’s Cars series was designed to look just like the town of Radiator Springs and is packed with tons of retro Route 66 vibes.
What They Ate
Fans of Jillian Harris know she is very passionate about sustainability and plant-based eating. If your fam is vegan or trying to make more plant-based eating choices, Disneyland and Disney parks across the country recently rolled out hundreds of new vegan options, from fine dining entrees to quick-service items such as the Ronto-Less Wrap inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The galactic wrap has quickly earned a cult following on social media, and Jillian even said it’s the best vegan fast food item she’s ever had.