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  • On Apr 28, 2022
    Megan from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! My husband & I will be there for my 40th birthday on May 9-10. I just went on to by tickets, & it says that neither park is available! Does that mean there's no way to get in, or can we go the day of and see if there are any options.

    Hiya there, Megan! Welcome to planDisney!

    First of all, I'd like to send a big Mickey-shaped Happy Birthday shoutout to you! The Happiest Place on Earth is even more magical when celebrating something special. Whenever you do happen to stop by, be sure to pick up a Celebration Button! Available at City Hall on Main Street U.S.A. or Guest Relations at Disney California Adventure Park, these buttons are a staple of a Disneyland Resort birthday.. and they bring many good wishes from passing Cast Members and Guests!

    Megan, you do need theme park reservations to enter either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park, along with a valid admission ticket. As there are a limited number of reservations available each day, the parks do sell out. If the dates are blocked out on the ticket calendar, there is unfortunately no magic spell to make new reservations appear. However, there may be a way that your wish could be granted.

    The Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar may become our best friend in the next few days as the date you'd like to visit approaches. When one Guest cancels a park reservation, that slot becomes available for others to reserve. The calendar is kept up-to-date, so your best bet is to keep checking to see if the dates you'd like to visit become available. I'd recommend checking daily, even multiple times per day, as you never know when you could hit the jackpot! If you show up the day of, you do run the risk of not being able to enter if there are no park reservations available still.

    Megan, if you are unable to find reservations for your preferred dates, you may consider checking out some of the options available outside of the parks. The Downtown Disney District is an excellent place to celebrate! With delectable dining locations, endless shopping and all the tasty treats your heart can desire. The unique flavors at Salt and Straw are worth a stop! I'd also suggest trying out a character dining experience at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels. Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Goofy's Kitchen over at Disneyland Hotel will keep you young by dancing, singing and curtseying with your favorite characters throughout a delightful meal!

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that you can find a park reservation for your birthday, Megan! While it would be the best gift of all, I'm sure you'll find a way to make magical memories no matter where you are!

    Until next time,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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