• On May 31, 2017
    Melinda from OR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    1 day DL trip w/ best friend and active 3yr old son May 12 2018 (90% sure during tink race weekend). What type of ticket should we get and/or which park to see? Maybe sign him up for kid race. How bad is parking and crowds during tink race weekend?

    Hi Melinda!

    Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I just had a very similar trip traveling for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend with just one day in the park with my little one!

    If it is within your budget, I would recommend the park hopper ticket. You'll find the parks at Disneyland Resort to be within 100 yards of one another so park hopping is a complete and total breeze! This way you can easily bounce back and forth and give yourself some time to take in the classics at Disneyland as well as all the fun at Disney California Adventure Park. If you are looking to just visit one park, I'd really go with your sons personal interest. At Disney California Adventure, you'll find all sorts of Pixar fun between the the Cars Land area, a Bugs Land, and two other attractions with Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! and Toy Story Midway Mania! Some of the rides at this park have a height requirement that you won't find at Disneyland Resort though so I'd definitely look into that before visiting!

    If you have more of a classic Disney toddler, Disneyland Park is where you'll find Peter Pan's Flight, Storybook Land Canal Boats and It's A Small World! I do think Disneyland probably has more for you to do with a toddler, but if your son is big on any of the Pixar films, it may just make his day to see some of those characters!

    Historically, I believe the weekend is very manageable with crowds, but I did find this past year to be a little busier at Disneyland Park than expected, but still relatively low at Disney California Adventure. For parking, I would just give yourself ample time if you plan on coming before the race. I know there was some traffic for those Guests that left immediately after the race, but since you plan on spending the day there, this shouldn't affect you. 

    -Lindsey ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Illinois

My name is Lindsey and I'm a wife, mommy, engineer and self-proclaimed "Disnerd!" I've always loved Disney and the joy it brings to so many people. I've been to Disney more times than I can count, but I found an even greater passion for all things Disney after discovering runDisney events. There is no better motivation to train for a race than a trip to the most magical place on earth! Learn More About Lindsey

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