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  • On Jan 29, 2023
    Ali from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hey y’all! I’ve planned many trips to Walt Disney World but I’ve never, ever planned a Disneyland vacation or even been to the park! HELP! It seems so daunting and I don’t know the best place to start!

    Hi, Ali!  Thanks for bringing this great question to planDisney!

    It sounds like you and I have a lot in common when it comes to our vacation styles.  Like you, my Disney vacation experience began at Walt Disney World Resort.  However, over the past few years, I've branched out and have visited Mickey's west coast home, Disneyland Resort as well.  With a little guidance from your friends here at planDisney, I think you'll find that planning a trip to Disneyland Resort is as easy as bibbidi bobbidi boo!

    As with any vacation, I think the best place to start with your planning is to decide when you want to go and where you'd like to stay.  There are three Disneyland Resort Hotels and several Good Neighbor Hotels that are all within walking distance of the theme parks and Downtown Disney 
    .  My family's favorite place to stay at Disneyland Resort is the Disneyland Hotel.  Any Disney fan will be charmed by this hotel's nostalgic and whimsical touches, especially the magical headboards found in the Guest rooms.  

    Next, I would suggest you decide how many days you will want to spend in the theme parks.  I would recommend purchasing at least a three-day ticket for your first time exploring the Disneyland Resort theme parks.  I also think it's a good idea to add the Park Hopper option to your tickets.  Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure Park are mere steps away from each other, so this makes Park Hopping a breeze!  Once you purchase your tickets, be sure to make your park reservations as well.

    After those trip details are planned, I think your next step should be doing some research on the Disneyland Resort website.  You can look over the attractions and experiences to create your list of must-dos.  You'll definitely want to check out the attractions that are not found at Walt Disney World Resort such as Avengers Campus and Cars Land but don't skip the attractions that can be found on both coasts.  My family loves to find the ways that the two versions of an attraction differ and debate which one is our favorite.  While you're exploring the website, don't forget to also check out Disneyland Resort's dining options.  

    Ali, I hope that this helps you get started with planning your first Disneyland Resort vacation.  Please visit us again if you have any other questions or need some additional advice.  We're all ears!

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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