Mom And Daughter; Mad Tea Party; Alice; girl in costume as Alice
  • On Jan 31, 2015
    Gillian from OR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'll be visiting Disneyland in March with my 7 year old son and 2 year old daughter. I'll be the only adult. How should I plan our days to keep both kids happy and entertained while minimizing meltdowns?

    Hello Gillian!

    Disneyland Resort is fun for all ages, so I know you and your children will have such a magical time when you visit! Kids and meltdowns almost always go hand in hand but I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I use while visiting the parks.

    If your kids are early risers like my youngest, then I suggest getting to either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park when they open. This way by early afternoon you can head back to your hotel for a power nap for the kids (and maybe yourself too!) and then head back to the fun in the evening well rested and ready for Fireworks at Disneyland Park over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. 

    I also have my 10 year old be our CFO “Chief Fun Officer” and he gets to be in charge of my youngest’s day of fun. By letting him pick out the attractions and characters he thinks his brother would enjoy, he ends up having so much fun making sure his brother is having fun that he doesn’t care if we have to skip some of the rides for older kids. 

You can see a full list of attractions and sort them by age on Disneyland’s website as well. This can be a useful tool ahead of time to plan out your days as well.

    I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions as you plan your trip!

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Emily, Colorado

I’m a wife and mom to three boys, ages 15, 10 and 6. My youngest is autistic so I love helping other special needs families plan Disney vacations and show them that they, too, can have a magical time together. In addition to being a total Disney fanatic, I am also a blogger who enjoys fashion, shopping and knitting. Learn More About Emily

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