• On Aug 19, 2021
    Sarra from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Heeelp! I am planning a last minute surprise Disneyland trip for my 5 yo and husband. We will arrive at the park on Aug 23rd and stay until aug 25th. It’s my first time going. I bought a hopper pass n reservations but need help!!!

    Hello Sarra,

    Thanks for coming to see us here at planDisney!

    It's so fun to hear you're planning a surprise trip to the Disneyland Resort. That's such an exciting and magical surprise adventure! 

    When my wife and I and our son took our very first trip to "The Happiest Place on Earth," our kiddo was about the same age as your little one. We'd already enjoyed many trips to the Walt Disney World Resort and a Disney Cruise Line adventure, and we were so looking forward to experiencing the Disneyland Resort. We have so many cherished memories from that trip, and it was all so extra special as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of  the Disneyland Resort. 

    You've come to the right place here to ask for planning help for your trip. We planDisney panelists love to share tips and ideas for making the most of a Disney destination vacation. While I don't know what specific help you're looking for, I'm happy to offer some general suggestions.

    It sounds like you already took care of what I'd typically offer as a first suggestion, which is to purchase your theme park tickets and make your theme park reservations. It also sounds like you purchased Park Hopper Tickets to visit both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in the same day. That's great to hear, as I always suggest Park Hopper Tickets as a way to add even more magic to your theme park days. With a Park Hopper ticket, you would first enter the theme park for which your made your theme park reservation, and then you could hop over to the other theme park beginning at 1 p.m.

    Speaking of theme park day fun, I think you'll find so much to love when you visit the parks. Whether you're talking about classic attractions like Peter Pan's Flight and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, or new experiences like Avengers Campus, you'll find lots of magic awaiting you. What I also think you'll find is there there's a wonderful walkability to the whole Resort and its theme parks.  

    I recommend downloading and using the Disneyland Resort mobile app as a great way to manage your day-to-day plans and theme park fun. The interactive theme park maps are super helpful and and easy tool for seeing what's where around the Disneyland Resort and the theme parks.

    I also recommend checking out the planDisney Video Library to see the Disneyland Resort videos that offer a variety of fun and helpful planning ideas.

    As always, Sarra, if there are specific types of suggestions you're looking for, just ask away here at planDisney. We're here for you and happy to help!

    Enjoy your first visit to the Disneyland Resort!

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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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