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  • On Jun 8, 2024
    Margaret from central Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    First time visitors 2 adults,more interested in rides. How much should we look at in order to have a million dollar experience? Is it more affordable to use in park hotels or out of the park hotels, whats your advise for us to maximize our time?

    Hello there Margaret!  Welcome to planDisney, we're so glad you're here!

    When my family visits the Disneyland Resort, we also have a mission to ride as many of our favorite attractions as we can!  Not that we don't love catching the wonderful entertainment, shows or parades, but we are all about the Disney thrills.  

    My first recommendation is to explore purchasing Disney Genie+ Service during your visit.  Disney Genie+ Service is so valuable since it helps save time with access to Lightning Lane entrances and shorter wait times.  You can purchase it as soon as you scan your theme park ticket at the entry gates to either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park through the Disneyland mobile app.  I like to secure one of the more popular selections first thing in the morning such as Indiana Jones Adventure or Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission - BREAKOUT!  

    We have had great stays at both Disneyland Resort Hotels and Good Neighbor Hotels, but we prefer to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel because of the access to early entry.  Guests who are checked in and staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel will receive early entry into a designated theme park each day 30 minutes early to enjoy select attractions, shopping, and dining locations.  We find that we can ride several of our favorite attractions first thing in the morning, so I highly recommend taking advantage of early entry if you can!

    If you're really looking to maximize your time in the parks, I recommend that you arrive early to the theme parks, at least an hour before they are scheduled to open, you can check the hours & events calendar prior to your visit.  The parks are usually less crowded first thing in the morning, since many people are looking to sleep in during their vacation!  If you prefer to stay up late, the parks do get less crowded as the night goes on, so you could opt to stay later, and ride attractions all the way until the parks close!

    I hope this information is helpful for your upcoming trip, Margaret!  Make sure to stop by City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park or Guest Services at Disney California Adventure Park to pickup your complimentary "First Visit" celebration button!  If we can help with any other questions, please come back and ask.

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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