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  • On Feb 1, 2020
    Alicia from AZ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If my child turned 3 on the second day of our 3 day trip to the Disneyland park would I have to purchase a ticket for the 3rd day we are there?

    Greetings, Alicia, and thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It’s great to have you hEAR! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your child’s birthday than at the Happiest Place on Earth!

    As the mom of three little Mouseketeers, I understand what an important question this is when making your magical plans. The answer depends on how you’ve booked your Disneyland Resort getaway. If you booked a Vacation Package that includes theme-park tickets and hotel accommodations at a Disneyland Resort Hotel or a Good Neighbor Hotel, then your child’s age at check-in will remain their age for the duration of your visit, and they won’t require a theme-park ticket. However, if you plan on purchasing your theme-park tickets separately, then your child will require a ticket on the day they turn 3, and on all the days thereafter. Just look for the “child” ticket, which is available to Guests ages 3-9, and is slightly discounted from the adult price. 

    Visiting the parks with a 3-year-old is so much fun! Once toddlers hit the 40” height requirement, they can start enjoying attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, and Radiator Springs Racers! Here’s a helpful guide to visiting the Disneyland Resort theme parks with a preschooler. Be sure to check out the Baby Care Centers, located inside each park, for the perfect spot to take a break, change clothes, or even use the tiny toilets! 

    Last but not least, don't forget to nab a complimentary birthday button for your special 3-year-old! You can find these at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A., or at Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure Park. 

    I hope this helps, Alicia! Please stop by with any additional planning questions you have… I’m all EARs!

    Wishing you a magical visit,
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Hello from sunny California! I currently live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids under the age of 8, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth!

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