Family with Mickey and Minnie
  • On May 9, 2019
    Curtis from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My children and myself have never been on any vacation at all, seriously! so this is very important tome as a single mother to do for my children, and even myself. Is there anything we can get sent to us Via Mail such as booklets? Thank you so very much!

    Welcome, Curtis!

    Wow! Planning not only your first Disney vacation, but your very first vacation with your children is a really exciting event! I'm so glad to hear that you've chosen the Disneyland Resort as your first official family vacation, because, as they say, it truly is the Happiest Place on Earth! My family and I certainly find that it's true each time we visit!

    Disney used to send out booklets and planning DVDs, however now guests don't have to wait to access that information, as it's all available on the Disneyland Resort website! First you'll want to choose when to visit and where to stay. Disneyland has three official Disney Resorts and also some great Good Neighbor Resorts. So, choose the one that best fits your desires and your budget. The nice thing is that all of them are close to the parks so you can walk to the parks very easily no matter which resort you choose.

    Then, check out the ticket options. If you plan to go back and forth between both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure in the same day, you'll want to choose Park Hopper tickets which allow you to do this. It's a nice option especially since the park entrances are directly across from each other, so it's quite easy to go back and forth throughout the day. Or to save a bit of money, just choose the one park per day tickets and plan to start and end your day in the same park, then visit the second park the next day.

    Dining is another thing to consider. I recommend booking at least one Character Dining Meal so that your kiddos can experience this true Disney must-do! If you visit for a week but only purchase park tickets for four days, for example, then a Character Meal on a non-park day is a great thing, as there are a few that are in the resorts, so no park ticket needed. Then, for the rest of your meals, choose from quick service or make reservations for other dining throughout your trip. On other non-park days, check out the dining and shopping which makes for a full day in itself, no park tickets needed, at the Downtown Disney District, right there between the resorts and parks. 

    Finally, check out all of the other Disneyland vacation planning information for your trip such as information on FastPasses (no additional cost!), MaxPass, and so much more! Just take it a step at a time because as a first time visitor, it may seem overwhelming, but I promise that with just a little pre-planning and research online, you can make a great plan to experience all that you'd like to see, Curtis!

    Have a magical time!

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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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