• On Jun 30, 2018
    Courtney from CA 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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    My fiancé and I are thinking of taking our daughter to Disneyland for the 1st time for her 5th birthday in July. We are on a budget. Do you recommend Disneyland or Disney California? And what are some things to do on a budget but make it worth it

    Hi there Courtney!

    I'm so happy you decided to bring your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Your family is going to create such magical memories at the Disneyland Resort. Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park offer fun for the whole family. You will find more classic and kid-friendly attractions at Disneyland Park, but there are still MANY ways for your daughter to enjoy herself at Disney California Adventure Park as my son has. The more days you spend in the park, the cheaper each day is. For example a 2-Day or 3-Day park ticket comes out to be much less expensive per day than purchasing only a 1-Day ticket. My advice would be to spend at least two days in the theme parks choosing a 1-Park Per Day Ticket (over a Park Hopper Ticket) to save money. You can them spend one day at each park experiencing the numerous attractions, entertainment options, parades, and fireworks.

    There are many ways to make your visit special without breaking your budget. When you enter Disneyland Park head to City Hall to pick up complimentary "1st Visit" or Birthday buttons to let everyone know what you are celebrating on your vacation. I also love bringing coins for the Pressed Coin Machines since they are so inexpensive but a wonderful way to remember my trips. Another inexpensive but completely unique souvenir from your trip could be a hand-cut silhouette of your daughter at the Silhouette Studio on Main Street in Disneyland Park. We also like to save money by choosing Quick Service Restaurants over Table Service. We have found portions are often big enough to share at restaurants like Plaza Inn and Rancho Del Zocalo, plus we don't need reservations at these restaurants giving us more freedom.

    I hope that was helpful, and please return 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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