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  • On Feb 4, 2024
    Andrew from London Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family (me, my wife, 6 year old son) are going to Disneyland Park for 2 days in April, staying at a Disney hotel. Can you give me an example itinerary for those two days including as many rides as possible.

    Greetings, Andrew!!

    It's an honor to welcome you to planDisney and to help you plan your Jolly Holiday across the pond to what we locals like to call "Walt's Park." One of the magical things about the Disneyland Resort is its timeless charm, preserving Walt Disney's vision for nearly seven decades. Have you seen "Saving Mr. Banks" on  Disney+ yet? Most of the attractions featured there remain unchanged since Mr. Disney designed them himself.

    Here's my advice for your 2-day adventure:

    Day 1

    • Enjoy the privilege of Early Entry on Tuesdays. Take advantage of this extra half-hour at some of the most popular attractions like Space Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, and Alice in Wonderland. 
    • Begin your day with breakfast at the Carnation Café on Main Street, USA, savoring the classic Mickey-shaped waffles and other classic American breakfast delights. It's best to make dining reservations for table-service restaurants beforehand.
    • Head to Fantasyland and enjoy timeless attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and "it's a small world," perfect for little ones.
    • Lunch at Red Rose Taverne, indulging in their delicious seasonal menu items. 
    • Explore Adventureland. Ride the Jungle Cruise and visit the newly re-imagined Adventureland Treehouse. Don't miss the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which was the last project overseen by Walt himself
    • Take a break in the afternoon for a snack (like a churro or a Dole Whip or a Churro) and downtime. Explore the sights or watch a parade. Make sure to check the Daily Events Calendar weeks before your visit for the specific offerings.
    • Dine at Plaza Inn, famous for its fried chicken dinner.
    • End the day with a nighttime spectacular ,also found on the Daily Events Calendar.

      Day 2
    • Enjoy breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel for special attention from Goofy and pals.
    • Ride the Disneyland Monorail directly into Tomorrowland for attractions like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
    • Lunch at Alien Pizza Planet for creatively topped pizza slices and hearty pasta.
    • Visit Mickey's Toontown, where your little one can enjoy Disneyland's newest attraction- Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
    • Discover Frontierland. Ride classics like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
    • Indulge in beignets from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
    • End with a Disneyland Railroad ride around the park.

    Remember to take breaks during these jam-packed days, Andrew! Enjoy the luxurious rooms and themed pools at your hotel for relaxation. If you have further questions or need more tips, feel free to message me directly!

    You've got a friend in me,

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Meet the Panelist: Danielle, California

I'm Danielle, happy wife and mom of two of tiny tots. Raised just around the riverbend from the Disneyland Resort, I love finding ways to experience all the magic that The Happiest Place On Earth has to offer! From finding the yummiest snacks, to taking practically perfect photos and adding magic to a romantic night out, let me share A Whole New World of tips to keep your Mouseketeers happy and cozy in the parks and hotels. If you're feeling overwhelmed planning your dream trip, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Danielle

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