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  • On Apr 29, 2023
    Jennifer from AZ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When is the best time to go to Fantasyland at Disneyland? Morning? Afternoon? Etc. On that note, where is the best place to start in Disneyland? I have a 2 and 4 year old and we will only be at Disneyland for one day.

    Hello Jennifer! Welcome to planDisney - it's always a pleasure to answer questions from a fellow Arizonan. 

    It sounds like you are well on your way to planning a fantastic day for you and your little ones. My wife and I have two young kiddos as well, and from our experience, it has been ideal to visit Fantasyland as early in the morning as you can. 

    When we've visited, the lines for Fantasyland attractions get longer throughout the day and have tended to peak by around dinner then will usually start to shorten (or remain constant) until closing. Though, since you're visiting with two little ones, I'm guessing you won't be sticking around that late. Additionally, though it will likely be nothing compared to our peak summer weather here in the Grand Canyon State at that time - it will get pretty warm in the afternoon.

    Having said all of the above, here would be my suggestion for structuring one magical day at Disneyland Park with your little ones.

    I'd plan on getting to the park as close to opening time as you can - even better if you can make it into the park for "rope drop" when the park officially opens (you can enter the park and wait on Main Street, U.S.A. - grab snacks for the kids and a coffee for you!). After the park opens, I would head straight to Fantasyland! All of the rides in this land are so much fun for families with little ones, but I would prioritize Peter Pan's Flight as this one seems to have the longest line. This should definitely cover your first few hours in the park, so just take your time and soak up the magic with your kiddos!

    Next, you could head over to New Orleans Square to ride Pirates of the Caribbean (this does have a small drop near the beginning, which made our oldest a bit nervous on the last trip but he ended up loving the ride). Next, you could try the Haunted Mansion (though this can be a bit spooky for some little ones) and then head over to Critter Country for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

    It should be around lunchtime now, which is a perfect time to head over to Mickey's Toontown! Grab some picnic items from Good Boy! Grocers and find a nice green spot to relax and eat. There is a lot of fun in this area, then after that you could head to Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island or explore the rest of the park.

    I'm clearly running out of room for a response here, but I'm hoping this will help you start your day well. Thanks again for your question, Jennifer, and have a great trip!

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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