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  • On May 30, 2022
    Sarah from UT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have a family of 6 including 2 adults and 4 kids (Everyone is able-bodied). Kids ages will be 9, 7, 5 and 1.5 years old. We have no idea how to enjoy Disneyland with kids this young. We were told that we could get personal help so we could try to go?

    Hey howdy hey, Sarah! You’ve got a friend in me at planDisney, so let’s get started!

    As a mom of three Mouseketeers ages 10 and under, I can understand your plight! Visiting the Disneyland Resort with little ones can feel like a daunting task. But I’m here to tell you that it is possible, and it's so worth it!

    One way to get personal help during your visit to the Happiest Place on Earth is to book a VIP Tour, which is the most magical way to experience Disneyland Resort! With a Disneyland Resort VIP Tour, your family will be assigned a friendly Disney expert and “personal concierge” for the day, who will plan your day based on your family’s needs and priorities. Plus, your guide can make your dining reservations and help you receive expedited access on your favorite attractions! Tours can be booked up to one year in advance, with a maximum of 10 Guests per tour and a minimum of 7 hours. The hourly rate currently fluctuates based on the day of the week and the time of year, though the latest pricing is usually set about three months in advance. To schedule your red-carpet tour, you can contact the helpful Cast Members at Disney Special Activities at (714) 300-7710, or via email at DisneylandVIPTours@disney.com

    Another way to make your visit easier is to stay on property at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is your best bet, since it’s the closest to the theme parks. In fact, it’s located adjacent to Disney California Adventure Park, and it even has an exclusive entrance into the park! So, your family could easily leave the park for a quick nap or pool break, and be back to the magic in minutes! The Disneyland Hotel is also a great option, offering the convenience of the Disneyland Monorail for a quick ride into Disneyland Park from the Downtown Disney District station. 

    You’ll also want to get familiar with the Baby Care Centers located inside each theme park. These Centers are the perfect spot to take a break and feed or change your little one. You can find the Disneyland Park location on Main Street, U.S.A., and the Disney California Adventure Park location on Pacific Wharf.

    Last but not least, I have a few handy helpers to recommend using in the Disneyland app. The first one is Disney Genie+ Service, and it will save your family valuable time by avoiding waiting in long lines. Of course, you wouldn’t need to use this service on a day you have a VIP Tour scheduled, but it’s the perfect tool to use on any days you don’t. I recently used Genie+ with my family, and we were amazed at how many attractions we were able to ride in just a few hours! 

    You’re also going to want to take advantage of mobile ordering food and drinks on the Disneyland app – this has saved me from many toddler meltdowns when hunger strikes! You can schedule orders ahead of time and change them as needed to accommodate your schedule.

    I hope this information helps you and your family enjoy a memorable, stress-free visit, Sarah! Please stop by with any additional questions… we’re all EARs!

    Happy planning,
    Kristin
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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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