Mom And Daughter with Glass Slipper; Prince Charming; front of castle; tiara
  • On Jan 17, 2016
    Leah from MN 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.

    Hello, this is my first time going on a big trip with my son. My top three questions are Top things parents with preschoolers should know? Best plan in case of separation? My last one, best places/ time to meet big hero 6 and star wars characters? Thanks.

    Greetings, Leah. Thank you for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting you and your son will be taking your first BIG trip to the Disneyland Resort.

    To answer your questions:
    1) There are exciting attractions at both Disneyland and California Adventure your preschooler will love. When my children were younger, we all enjoyed Disney Junior - Live on Stage! It was so fun watching them sing and dance along with their favorite Disney Junior characters. Cars Land and "a bug's land" are great places in California Adventure for preschoolers as well. Hop on over to Disneyland and you'll again find numerous attractions suitable for preschoolers, with my family's favorites being "it's a small world", Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Peter Pan's Flight. 

    2) There are Lost Children facilities at both parks in case you and your son separate. Before each day at the parks, my husband and I both take photos on our phones of our kids and note their outfits. My daughter is older and has her own cell phone now, but we used to write numbers on their forearms with Sharpies in case we separate. Also, we let them know it is okay to ask for help from cast members who wear badges. 

    3) You will have opportunities to see some Star Wars characters at Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland. While there, your preschooler can learn to duel with a lightsaber in the Jedi Training experience. Currently, Big Hero 6 characters do not have meet-and-greets at the parks. Character experiences are subject to change, so check the Disneyland website for the most updated schedule.

    I wish you a wonderful trip to the Happiest Place on Earth with your son. Please come back to visit me here on the panel if you have more questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Kiki, California

Greetings from Northern California! I have been fascinated by the magic of Disney since I was a little girl; now that I am a mother of two, I love watching my children experience Disney Parks through their own eyes. I am also surrounded by fellow Disney-loving nurse friends whom I enjoy quick adults-only Disneyland Resort escapes with. Whether you are planning your once-in-a-lifetime family trip or a short adults-only getaway to the Happiest Place on Earth, I am here to help!

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