• On Jan 9, 2018
    Kim from LA 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.

    We go to Disney World every year. We have never been to Disneyland. We are planning a trip to California to see our oldest son who is at the army base there. I was wondering how many days do we need to see Disneyland since it is smaller?

    Hi, Kim!

    I’m thrilled that you’re planning a vacation to the Disneyland Resort. I know you’re going to have an amazing time exploring the Happiest Place on Earth here on the West Coast!

    Personally, I like to spend at least three to five days at the Disneyland Resort to take in all it has to offer, from attractions, to entertainment, to dining, to shopping and recreation. It’s a great idea to build downtime into your schedule so you can rest, account for jet lag, and explore the Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney District in addition to the theme parks without feeling rushed. Disneyland Park may be smaller in size than Magic Kingdom Park, but it is rich with attractions and history. After all, you’ll be walking in the footsteps of Walt Disney himself! 

    Be sure to explore Cars Land and ride Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park. Pay close attention to the Cadillac Mountain Range—the six range peaks represent Cadillac tail fins from 1957-1962! I like to see Cars Land during the day and also at night when its neon lights are aglow. During World of Color, Disney California Adventure Park’s nighttime spectacular, characters come to life as more than 1,000 jets of water dance to the music and form a colorful medley of fantasy. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen in a Disney Park before!

    I hope this helps, Kim, and that you have a wonderfully pixie-dusted visit with your family!  Please write back with any other planning questions you have.

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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