• On Mar 30, 2018
    Lisa from WA 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.

    Good morning! If my granddaughter is turning three during the trip do we buy a kids ticket for her or is she grandfathered in?

    Hi, Lisa!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and thanks for stopping by with your great question about the Disneyland Resort. I bet you’re looking forward to visiting the Happiest Place on Earth with your little princess!

    If you have booked a vacation package that includes theme park tickets and hotel accommodations at either a Disneyland Resort Hotel or a Good Neighbor Hotel, then your granddaughter is considered her age at check-in for the duration of your visit and will not need a park ticket. However, if you purchased or plan to purchase your theme park tickets separately, then yes, she will require a ticket on the day she turns 3 years old and on all subsequent days. This rule is based on the requirement that children’s ages be provided when you book a vacation package, but not when theme park tickets are purchased individually. 

    Be sure to pick up a complimentary birthday button for your granddaughter at City Hall in Disneyland Park or at the Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure Park. It can be customized with a name so the birthday girl will receive personalized wishes from Cast Members all day! If you have any table-service meals planned, let your server know you’re celebrating a birthday because she may receive some extra magic during your dining experience.

    I hope this answers your question, Lisa, and that you have a wonderfully pixie-dusted vacation with your family! Please visit us again with any other planning questions you can dream of as your trip approaches.

    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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