• On Oct 21, 2019
    Leah from BC 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.

    I don't want to miss a thing! What are some things (besides dining) that you need to book in advance?

    Hey howdy hey, Leah! You’ve got a friend in me at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and I can’t wait to help you start mapping out your magical adventures at the Happiest Place on Earth!

    It’s definitely a good idea to make a few dining reservations before your vacation, since most restaurants tend to book up quickly this time of year. You can start making dining reservations up to 60 days before your visit. I highly recommend booking at least one Character Dining experience – one of my favorites is Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park. Not only is this all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet delicious, but it’s also a great way to meet favorite Disney Characters, all in one spot!

    Other experiences you’ll want to book ahead of time include Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers,  Droid Depot, and Oga’s Cantina at the Disneyland Resort. My daughter recently had a royal transformation at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and it was truly magical! In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, I recommend booking reservations for several amazing experiences, including creating your own custom lightsaber inside Savi’s Workshop, building a custom astromech droid unit at Droid Depot, or sampling exotic concoctions at Oga’s Cantina.

    It’s also a good idea to plan ahead with making your Disneyland Resort Hotel reservation. Choose between the three Resort Hotels, including the classic Disneyland Hotel, the beach-inspired Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and the luxurious Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. My heart is with the Grand Californian and its prime location, adjacent to Disney California Adventure Park!

    If you plan on experiencing any Guided Tours during your visit, you’ll want to make a reservation. If you’re new to Disneyland Park, you can’t go wrong with the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour. 

    Here’s a great tool to help you start planning – just insert your vacation dates in the Entertainment Schedule, and you’ll be able to get an idea of show times, parades, fireworks, and any attraction closures. This Schedule is typically updated about six weeks in advance. Also, don’t forget to download the Disneyland app, which is an awesome handy helper inside the theme parks!

    I hope this helps you start planning your dream Disneyland Resort vacation, Leah! 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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