• On Aug 11, 2019
    Elena from AZ 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.

    We will be going to Disneyland at the end of Sept. I have 4yo, 3yo, and 15 mo. Other than the parks, what other experiences should we not miss out on? Any particular dining events? etc.

    Greetings, Elena, and thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! You’re going to love visiting the Disneyland Resort in September. Halloween Time will be in full swing, with frightfully-fun decorations and Character experiences, including seeing your favorite Characters in their Halloween costumes

    As the mom of three Mouseketeers under the age of 8, I’d be happy to pass along several ideas for “must-do” experiences for your family during your Disney days. For starters, I’d recommend booking the new Plaza Inn Dining Package for the Main Street Electrical Parade. Here’s how it works: Make a Dining Package reservation for your family anytime between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM for lunch at Plaza Inn. The Dining Package includes one lunch entrée and drink per Guest. The entrée includes delicious fried chicken breast, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, corn cobette, watermelon, and corn bread, along with New York cheesecake for dessert. There’s also a children’s version of this entrée for your little ones. When you’re done eating, you’ll receive a voucher that provides access to the parade’s reserved viewing area for the first parade of the evening, which is currently scheduled for 8:40 PM. This is a great help, so you don’t have to spend as much time holding a spot with restless toddlers!

    Speaking of Entertainment, I think your Mouseketeers would love Disney Junior Dance Party! in Hollywood Land, it’s my children’s favorite! This highly-interactive show features Disney Junior Characters like Vampirina and Doc McStuffins, and even Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Plus, it encourages kids to stand up and sing and dance along with their favorite songs, which is a great way to get the wiggles out. 

    Also, since September 24 is an Oogie Boogie Bash -- A Disney Halloween Party night in Disney California Adventure Park, I'd recommend starting your day there (if you're park-hopping) and ending at Disneyland Park, since Disney California Adventure Park is scheduled to close at 6:00 PM for the Party. 

    Lastly, the Resort offers wonderful resources for families with little ones, including Baby Care Centers, stroller rentals, and locker rentals. Don’t forget to download the Disneyland app, too! It’s a great handy helper inside the parks.

    Wishing you and your family a vacation filled with Disney magic!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, 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! Learn More About Kristin

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