My wife and I have wondered this for YEARS now; how do people keep from making their Disneyland vacation in to a MARATHON like we do?
We've been to the park twice as a family; for Molly' Fourth birthday and for her Fifth birthday. First trip was 3 days, second trip was 5 days.
Our average day is like this: Up at the crackm of dawn, first in line at the gates, stand right at the ropes for the morning dedication, fly in to the park and let the day take us wherever we will go; what ride catches our eye? What shop looks intriguing? What am I hungry for right now? If we get tired we just get on the train and ride around till something catches our fancy and then we go do that. If the kid gets tired we push her around in a stroller. And at the end of the day we have to be escorted out by security because we're the last ones in the park. Repeat 3 to 5 times, come home happy and exhausted :)
But this last time we were in the park we met up with my Sister and her family, and their Disney experience was MUCH different. They paid a premium for a room at the Grand Californian and then spent maybe an hour or two in the parks each day(!?!?!) preferring to lounge by the pool and/or make their kids take nap so they wouldn't get "Cranky".
It' as if they didn't even really want to BE THERE!!!
I thought this was odd, but then I read a bunch of on-line articles about family tript to Disneyland and they all seem to side with my Sister; make sure to go back to the hotel often for naps, try to eat all your meals outside the park, have an itinerary of which rides and/or attractions you want to do... it's almost like a guide to Disneyland for people who don't actually want to go to Disneyland!!!
IMHO, it's not a proper Disneyland trip unless you can barely move once it's all over and done with :)