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  • On Oct 1, 2019
    Mike from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi DPMP, I’ve been visiting WDW since ‘73 & consider myself a fully trained guest. Now planning first trip to DL. It’s website makes describes quite a different guest experience. How should I prep and plan for a immersive visit

    Hi there, Mike!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. As someone who also started her Disney Parks journey with the Walt Disney World Resort as a child, I can say with certainty that you are in for SUCH a treat visiting Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom at the Disneyland Resort!

    You are correct that vacationing at both of these Resorts is a very different experience when it comes to planning and navigating the parks. You will find that you can definitely be a little more flexible with planning at the Disneyland Resort and have more spontaneous, on-the-go experiences. For example, dining reservations can only be made up to 60 days in advance at the earliest. I have even been able to make some very last-minute and day-of reservations on my trip. Also, there is no pre-planning when it comes to making Disney FASTPASS selections. You will make all Disney FASTPASS selections on the day you visit either in person at FASTPASS distribution kiosks or using the Disney MaxPass service on your mobile device.

    One of my the reasons I love the Disneyland Resort is that everything is so accessible by foot. Disneyland Resort Hotels are all just steps away from the parks and the parks are a stone's throw away from each other and the Downtown Disney District. It makes heading back to your room a breeze. I recommend downloading the Disneyland app right now to begin planning and familiarizing yourself with park maps. This app will be your one-stop-shop for all things Disneyland Resort during your trip. You can locate Characters, see attraction wait times, and even mobile order food and beverages at select Quick Service restaurants. This has been one of my very favorite features of this app!

    I hope this helps, and I'd be happy to assist you with more detailed information if you have any other questions. Have a Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah day!
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, New Mexico

Hi there!  I'm Jennifer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a toddler mom, military wife, and dentist who is constantly inspired by Disney. One of my greatest pleasures is helping others experience the magic of a Disney vacation! I can't wait to answer your questions so that you can easily explore the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy at the Disneyland Resort. Learn More About Jennifer

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