• On Jan 3, 2018
    Christa from CA 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 know the 7th is the last day for the holiday events/decor for both parks. My son is 3 yrs old and it's his first time at Disney, so wondering which park would be better/recommended to visit on the 7th? We would be visiting the other park on the 8th.

    Hi, Christa!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Wow, your pixie-dusted vacation is just around the corner! I hope you and your little one are getting excited for all the magic that awaits you!

    While both theme parks have holiday-themed decor, attractions and entertainment to enjoy, I recommend that you visit Disneyland Park on the first day of your trip. January 7 is the last day for your son to experience the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and the "Believe...In Holiday Magic" Fireworks Spectacular. After the fireworks, snow will fall in the skies above “it’s a small world” Holiday in Fantasyland, over portions of Main Street, U.S.A., and near the Rivers of America as a special seasonal treat. Although it’s not a holiday-themed attraction, Dumbo the Flying Elephant is also slated to close January 8 for refurbishment, so that may be another reason to visit Disneyland Park first.

    The exception to this advice is if your son is a big fan of the movie Cars (like my son was at 3 years old!), in which case you may want to experience Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi's Joy to the Whirl, two Cars Land attractions that are decked out for the holiday season. It’s also worth noting that some attractions at Disney California Adventure Park, including California Screamin’ and Mickey’s Fun Wheel, are expected to close January 8 while the Paradise Pier area is re-imagined, so it would be your last chance to experience those. 

    I hope this helps you, Christa. Please feel free to write back with more questions!

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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