Kids with Daisy Duck
  • On Feb 7, 2020
    Amy from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    This will be our first trip to Disneyland! We have 4 kids, ages 4-10. Not sure where to start. Best hotel? Certain passes? Anything cool we should know about, or important info to remember?

    Hey, howdy, hey, Amy! 

    You've got a friend in me! I'm happy to share some suggestions and insights based on our experiences with taking our family of four children to the Disneyland Resort. So get the Roundup Gang together and giddy up to The Happiest Place on Earth with me.

    Hotel: Ideally, I would suggest staying within the magic by reserving a room at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. Frankly, since standard rooms at the Disneyland Resort Hotels sleep up to five guests, I understand how that may not quite work out for a family of six like ours. Take a look at this list of some of our favorite Good Neighbor Hotels that can accommodate a family of six.

    Theme Park Admission: I recommend three-day Park Hopper Tickets for a first visit to the Disneyland Resort. With three-days, your family can experience a full day in Disneyland Park, a full day in Disney California Adventure Park, then a third day hopping between the two parks finishing up missed attractions and entertainment or even experiencing favorite attractions again.

    Tony's Tip: Purchasing Disney MaxPass with your theme park tickets grants you enhanced access to the Disney FASTPASS service. You can book FASTPASS return times for select attractions and entertainment from the convenience of the Disneyland mobile app. Plus, MaxPass includes complimentary downloads of all of your Disney PhotoPass photos so you can keep your Disneyland Resort vacation memories forever.

    Important Information: There is so much to experience at the Disneyland Resort. Seriously, don't worry about trying to do it all. Focus primarily on the attractions and entertainment that most interest you. Then let the Disney magic help fill in the gaps. With younger children, it's also important to take things easy and allow them to help set the pace. To help keep everyone fresh and happy, I recommend taking a short afternoon break to rest in your hotel. Booking a hotel that is within walking distance is very helpful. Climbing about the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, exploring the Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, or finding surprises throughout Mickey's Toontown are also great ways to slow down and let the magic just happen.

    Something Cool: If you are looking for a special, secret surprise, you can ask a cast member in Adventureland where The Little Man of Disneyland lives. Exploring Adventureland and looking for Patrick Begorra's house might be an excellent activity for a parent to do with little Mouseketeers who may be unable to experience an attraction like Indiana Jones Adventure while your party takes turns using the Rider Switch service.

    Hop on Bullseye, ride like the wind, and have a magical time, Amy!

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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! I’m excited to help you discover the storytelling magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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