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  • On Feb 28, 2023
    Katie from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I got great ideas from Melissa M on how to spend a day in DCA with an 8 and 11 year old and was hoping for the same for 1 day in Disneyland - maybe best order of rides /attractions and best overall tips!

    Hello Katie, welcome back to planDisney!  I'd love to help you plan out a great day for the family at Disneyland Park!

    We always love to start our day off in Fantasyland with some of the classic rides we all remember from when we were kids.  Our favorite attractions are Peter Pan's Flight, Alice in Wonderland, and the Storybook Land Canal Boats.  A fun tip for the Storybook Land Canal Boats is to ask the Cast Member on the boat if your kids can be "whale watchers", and they may be able to sit on the flat part on the front of the boat!  

    If you have any Star Wars fans in your family, then a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is a must do!  The Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attractions are located here and are always a priority for us each trip.  We usually try to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane selection for Rise of the Resistance since the standby line can get long during the day, and it helps us maximize our time in the park.  Saving time is always worth the additional cost to us!   

    If your little Mouseketeers are thrill seekers like mine, then I would definitely make Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad a priority!  We also can never pass up Pirates of the Caribbean, it's a classic for a reason, and it is a longer attraction, which can be a nice break for the whole family.  

    Another tip here Katie, if you can budget to purchase Disney Genie+ service for the day, it's always worth it for us since we have only a day or two in the parks.  It truly can save valuable time, and then you can use that time for a table service meal, shopping along Main Street, U.S.A., or resting your feet with a Disneyland churro in hand!  

    I also have to mention that the "Magic Happens" parade also just came back to Disneyland Park, you can find the showtimes on the entertainment schedule or in the Disneyland app.  This parade is whimsical and full of energy!  The new Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction also just recently opened in Mickey's Toontown, and is now available for a standby queue, or you can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane selection as well.  

    Finally, if you're looking to take a break during the afternoon when the parks usually are busy, we love to grab a snack and take a ride on the Mark Twain Riverboat, it's such a peaceful ride along the Rivers of America!  Another option is to hop on the Disneyland Railroad at one of the four stations, and you can ride as many loops as you'd like.  We've definitely been known to close our eyes on a loop or two to recharge!

    I hope all of this information was helpful for you Katie, if you have any other questions feel free to come back to planDisney!

    Have a magical day!
    Melissa
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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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