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  • On Jul 3, 2022
    Itien from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best,most affordable method to guarantee photo with Mickey or Minnie for my daughter's 4th birthday? I'm confused if Character dining or PhotoPass ensures this.

    Hi there, Itien! Welcome to planDisney, and thank you so much for stopping by with your question.

    You must be so excited about your upcoming vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth... especially because you'll be celebrating your daughter's birthday! In my opinion, there isn't a better way to spend one's special day.

    Itien, I'm happy to let you know that you and your daughter will be able to meet Mickey, Minnie, and many other Disney friends at no extra charge during your magical vacation. Your Disneyland Resort Theme Park tickets include admission to all attractions, experiences, entertainment offerings, and character meet & greets, except for those specifically labeled as Special Events, Reservation-Only, or Enchanting Extras Collection experiences.

    If you'd like to secure a meet & greet with Mickey, just know that he'll be happy to see you and your precious birthday girl at Town Square in Disneyland Park and at Carthay Circle in Disney California Adventure Park. The good news is that you'll be able to check exactly when and where to find the characters all by yourself! To do this, simply open the Disneyland mobile app, click on the pin icon at the bottom of the screen, click on the arrow at the top of the screen, and then select Characters. Once you're here, click on Show List at the top right corner of the screen and scroll down! Here, you should be able to see all the characters that are currently meeting Guests at the Disneyland Resort.

    I would also like to point out that you can absolutely take pictures of your daughter's character interactions all by yourself with your own camera or mobile device, but I do believe that nothing can top the magical pictures taken by the amazing PhotoPass photographers. These awesome Cast Members will be ready to snap away at most character meet & greets and park icons! In order for you to take advantage of this service, you will need to purchase the Disney Genie+ Service or the Disney PhotoPass+ One Week Service. If you'd only like to have your daughter's birthday pictures, however, I would suggest that you purchase the Disney Genie+ Service!

    The Disney Genie+ Service will let you book Lightning Lane entrances to your favorite attractions, give you access to special Audio Tales filled with fun facts and fascinating insights, and give you unlimited PhotoPass downloads for a full day... all for a very reasonable price. To purchase this service, you will need to head to the Disneyland mobile app, click on the three lines at the bottom right corner of your screen, click on My Genie Day, scroll down, and click on Get Disney Genie+ for Today. Then, simply follow the steps on the app and you'll be all set!

    I hope that your daughter's birthday is nothing short of magical, Itien. If you need any more help, you know just where to find us!

    Have a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Day,

    Ana Paula
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Meet the Panelist: Ana Paula, Mexico

¡Hola from Mexico City! I love to sing, hang out with my dogs, listen to Disney music, read, and watch Frozen on repeat. I am also an English teacher, and I love surprising my students with pixie dusted lessons and warm hugs whenever I can! I am thrilled and excited to share my knowledge about EPCOT and the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort–in English and Spanish–with you. ChEARS! Learn More About Ana Paula

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