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  • On Jan 2, 2022
    Shadow from IN 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 honestly need help planning everything because there is a lot that goes into planning a Disney trip.

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Shadow, you’re as welcome as can be to planDisney! I appreciate your question, because there's so much that goes into planning a vacation to the Disneyland Resort! But, it’s nothing you can’t handle, especially with the help of your planDisney pals!

    It looks like you already have your arrival date set, so that’s one step down. You’ll want to make sure you have your tickets purchased and theme-park reservations made for yourself and any other members of your group. When selecting tickets, you can choose between a One Park Per Day ticket, or a Park Hopper ticket. With a Park Hopper ticket, you’ll have the chance to “hop” to the other park after 1:00 PM. If you have a One Park Per Day ticket, then you'll be selecting one theme park and remaining there the entire day.

    Next, do you have a hotel picked out yet? Depending on your needs, you can choose to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel or a Good Neighbor Hotel. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the closest hotel to the theme parks, and even has an exclusive entrance into Disney California Adventure Park! The Disneyland Hotel, which is my family’s favorite place to stay, is just a short walk away from the theme parks, and is adjacent to the Disneyland Monorail for a speedy ride into Disneyland Park. Last but not least, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is just past the Disneyland Hotel, and offers great views of Disney California Adventure Park. The Good Neighbor Hotels are also a great alternative, and many are located within walking distance of the Disneyland Resort, too. 

    You’ll also want to start thinking about dining reservations. These tend to book quickly, so you may need to continue checking the website in case new reservations open up as your trip gets closer. You may want to consider a Character Dining experience – these are a special way to see Characters (currently from a distance) and enjoy some entertainment while dining!

    Last but certainly not least, I recommend downloading the Disneyland app. This is the perfect tool to help you navigate your magical day at the parks. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to create a Disney account so that you can link your tickets to your app. You can also use the app to make dining reservations, check wait times, mobile order food and drinks, and use the new Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ services

    After all of this information, I’m sure you’ll have more questions, Shadow, and that’s why we’re here! Please come back so we can help you plan your special day… we’re all EARs!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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