• On Oct 5, 2019
    Eileen from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Going to Disneyland next weekend worried about crowds being crazy for a first time 3 year old boy. Any hints staying at the Grand California hotel

    Hey, howdy, hey, Eileen!

    "Adventure is out there" at the Disneyland Resort! You and your little Mouseketeer are going to have a magical time at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. With quick and convenient access to the parks as well as plenty of amenities for hotel guests, you are well-situated for an amazing time. I'd love to share some of my thoughts on making the most of your visit.

    The best time to visit the theme parks is first thing in the morning. With Extra Magic Hour early admission available at a designated park each day of your stay, you can access even more of the morning magic. As the sun heats up and the crowds fill in during the afternoon, you'll find the perfect time to take a break. With convenient access to your hotel, you'll be able to relax at the pool or take a nap. Not only does this help with avoiding the busy afternoon time in the parks, but it also helps you recharge and be ready for evening entertainment to cap off your day. I love shows like Fantasmic! But I can tell you from first-hand experience that these nighttime spectaculars are far more enjoyable when the little ones are not feeling tired and ornery.

    If you enjoyed visiting Disney Parks as a child, take this opportunity to pass on those fun memories. You might share your love of classic Disneyland attractions such as it's a small world, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Jungle Cruise. And you will want to take this opportunity to create new Disney memories and traditions. You can greet a resident of Radiator Springs. Or strike a pose during an encounter with a Super Hero.

    At times, young preschoolers may seem like they have endless energy. Help release some of that energy by taking your little one to an attraction or activity that gets him moving. Get up and move to the beat at the Disney Junior Dance Party! Explore Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. Climb, swing, and learn at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. These fun activities coupled with a hearty lunch might even be just the things to get ready for that afternoon nap.

    You'll be able to experience the joy and wonder of the Disneyland Resort through the eyes of your little one. When you let him lead the way, choosing the next attraction or character to visit, you'll gain sweet memories of discovery and imagination. For those attractions that you and other taller guests may want to experience, take advantage of the Rider Switch service to help save time waiting in lines.

    Have a magical time, Eileen!

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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! I’m excited to help you discover the storytelling magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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