• On Aug 30, 2019
    Jennifer from OR 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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    Hi! I’ve only been to Disneyland once before and it was for one day. We’ll be there for 3 days with our 3 yr old. Best things to do / see? Places to eat? Any tips? Thank you!

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Jennifer, you’re as welcome as can be to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing your excellent question to me… I’m so excited to help you start planning your October adventures at the Happiest Place on Earth!

    As the mom of three Mouseketeers, including a 3-year-old, I can definitely relate to your situation! I am so excited for you to experience the magic of the Disneyland Resort through the eyes of your child… there’s something so magical about seeing their face light up when they first spy Sleeping Beauty Castle!

    Before your arrival, I recommend downloading the Disneyland app – it’s a great tool inside the parks! I enjoy using it to find Characters, check wait times, and even mobile order food and drinks. Speaking of food, I recommend making a reservation for Minnie & Friends -- Breakfast in the Park for a wonderful Character Dining experience. You and your child will meet classic Characters while enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet!

    Three days is an ideal amount of time to see and do everything you’ll want to do, without feeling rushed. Breaks are important at this age, especially if your little one is still napping. When you find your child needing a break or nap, I recommend heading to The Disney Animation Building in Hollywood Land. Not only is it air-conditioned and dark, but it also features plush couches in the lobby.

    Your preschooler is also going to love Disney Junior Dance Party!, located just down the street. This indoor show features favorite Disney Junior Characters, including Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and even Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

    My three-year-old also enjoys attractions like Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, Jessie’s Critter Carousel, Toy Story Midway Mania!, Golden Zephyr, and Jumpin’ Jellyfish. And just wait until your little one sees Cars Land! The details are sure to impress both you and your kiddo! Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters are both so much fun, too. 

    In Disneyland Park, you won’t want to miss “it’s a small world,” Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train, and Mickey’s Toontown. You can even meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their homes there! When little feet get tired, opt for a ride on the Disneyland Monorail or Disneyland Railroad. This is a great way to see the sights while taking a break. Mickey and the Magical Map is another favorite show to keep your family entertained and happy!

    Lastly, check out the Baby Care Centers, available in both parks, for tiny toilets for your little one, or changing tables, if needed. These Centers are also a great place to purchase items you may have forgotten, such as sunscreen. 

    I can’t wait for you to start making magical memories that are sure to last a lifetime!

    See ya’ real soon!
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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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