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  • On Dec 22, 2019
    Franchesca from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My daughter and I may be traveling to LA in early March to check out USC. Thinking about taking 1 day to visit Disneyland. Can we enjoy a day in Disneyland on the fly or do we need to heavily plan (like we do for Disney World)?

    Hi there, Franchesca, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It’s great to see you here at the Disneyland Resort this time around! 

    What a wonderful idea, to enjoy a day at the Happiest Place on Earth with your daughter between college tours! I’m happy to report that the Disneyland Resort is a short distance from Los Angeles, so it’s definitely doable. I’m also happy to report that a 1-day visit to the Disneyland Resort can easily be done on a whim, too! Unlike planning for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, the only pre-planning necessary for the Disneyland Resort is if you hope to dine at a specific table-service restaurant that tends to book up quickly, such as Lamplight Lounge or Blue Bayou Restaurant. Otherwise, if you aren’t set on a particular dining experience or reservation-based activity, then you shouldn’t have a problem! 

    I do, however, have a few recommendations to help you prepare for your fun-filled adventure! First, I recommend downloading the Disneyland app. This is my favorite handy helper in the parks. I use it to check attraction wait times, find favorite Characters, make dining reservations, mobile order food, and utilize Disney MaxPass and Disney PhotoPass

    Speaking of MaxPass, I highly recommend adding it to your theme-park tickets for the day. MaxPass allows you to make digital Disney FASTPASS selections from the convenience of your phone, as soon as you enter Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. Unlike at Walt Disney World Resort, you can’t make selections ahead of time. So, you can add MaxPass to your tickets as soon as you enter either park, by using the Disneyland app. As soon as your transaction is complete, you can start making FASTPASS selections!

    If possible, I recommend arriving at the parks early. The first two hours of park opening are the ideal time to check off your “must-do” attractions. If you can, stay at one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels to avoid any busy morning traffic from Los Angeles to Anaheim. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa actually has an exclusive entrance into Disney California Adventure Park, making for a super-easy early-morning experience!

    I’m so excited for your upcoming Disneyland Resort adventures, Franchesca! Please stop by with any additional planning questions… I’m all EARs!
    Kristin
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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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