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  • On Mar 11, 2024
    Jeff from AR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We want to plan a full day at Disneyland in CA, but don't know where to start. There will be 5 of us. 2 adults, 2 13yr old boys, and most importantly a 5 yr old little princess girl.....

    Hello, Jeff!

    Thank you for stopping by planDisney! One of the reasons I love bringing my family to Disneyland Resort is that there are so many things to see and do for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages. Since your visit is only a few days away, I bet your kids are getting very excited!

    I recommend purchasing your theme park tickets today if you have not done so already, as theme park reservations are subject to availability. Guests need both a valid theme park ticket and a park reservation to enter a theme park. You will be walked through the park reservation process as you purchase your tickets, where you will be asked to select which park you want to begin your day in. Disneyland Resort consists of two separate theme parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Guests can choose between a One Park Per Day Ticket, which means you could visit one of these parks during your visit, or a Park Hopper Ticket, where you can visit both theme parks in one day. I always recommend Park Hopper Tickets for one-day trips! The two parks are located right next to each other and there are "can't miss" experiences in both parks.

    After purchasing your tickets, it is time to download the Disneyland mobile app. I recommend exploring the app before your visit to help make a list of "must-do" attractions and experiences. In the app, you can see park maps, view wait times, and read descriptions of attractions. There is even a "Filter" option at the top of the map where you can select which experiences your family is most interested in, including thrill factors, ages, height restrictions, and more.

    From there, you can prioritize your activities. I suggest choosing 3 to 5 priorities for the day, and then anything else is a bonus! My favorite attractions for young kids include Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Storybook Land Canal Boats, and"it's a small world". Your princess will also enjoy visiting Royal Hall in Fantasy Faire where Disney Princesses meet their admirers throughout the day. Just check the Disneyland mobile app for hours and wait times. Rides become more adventurous for Guests at least 40" tall, and some of my favorites are Radiator Springs Racers, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. If your princess is not yet 40" tall, you may want to utilize the Rider Switch Service on those attractions. This helpful feature allows adult Guests to take turns waiting with youngsters or Guests unable to ride an attraction.

    If you want a plan created for you, just ask Disney Genie! On the app, select the 3 small bars on the bottom and then choose "Rides, Shows & Lightning Lane Entry." From there, select "My Day" and "Start Here to Plan Your Day," where you can answer questions about your interests. Disney Genie will work its magic to create attraction and dining recommendations inspired by your answers! On the app, you can also purchase Disney Genie+, a paid service that lets you skip the standby line on many attractions.

    Jeff, I hope this information was helpful. I am happy to answer any other questions if you contact me directly!

    Wishing you a Wonderous Journey!
    Jen
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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Nevada

Hello from Nevada! I'm Jen - a married mom, social worker, and lifetime collector of Disney experiences. Disneyland Resort has been my "home away from home" since I was a child, and Walt Disney World Resort has become one of my favorite vacations spots as an adult. Whether it's celebrating special occasions, dining with food allergies, or making use of digital tools, I love helping Guests maximize their time and fun while visiting Disney destinations!  Learn More About Jen

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