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  • On Oct 26, 2023
    Philip from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi I have planned a trip to go to Disneyland for my first time! When I went to purchase my tickets for the date we will be there it wasn’t available. I was planning on going January 13th or 14th but neither date looks available. How can go those dates?

    Hey there, Philip!

    Welcome to planDisney and you've come to the right place if you're planning to take your first trip to the Disneyland Resort! It's such a special place and means so much to all of us here at planDisney. It was Walt Disney's original Park and you can still see his hand in some of the design choices that were made. I love showing new visitors around and I know that you're going to have such a fantastic time!

    First, let's get your reservation issue settled. Every visitor to the Disneyland Resort will need a valid ticket and Park reservation for the day of their visit. If you purchase your Theme Park Tickets through the Disneyland website, reservations will automatically be made for you as part of the Checkout process. When I check the Reservation Availability Calendar, the dates that you've listed are still available for both Park Hopper and 1 Park Per Day Tickets. Reservations can become limited, so I encourage you to go ahead and purchase your tickets if you know when you'll be visiting. 

    Once you have your tickets and park reservations secured, the next consideration would be to make any dining reservations you might want. These can be made 60 days before the date of your visit, so get an idea of which restaurants you might want to try. Personally, I love the Lamplight Lounge in Disney California Adventure and grab reservations there whenever I see them. But the great thing is that the Disneyland Resort has so many quick service venues available that I often visit without any reservations and do just fine. 

    Be sure to download the Disneyland Mobile App to your smartphone prior to your visit. It'll serve as your Park map and inform you about those all important wait times. Familiarize yourself with how to mobile order food because that will save you tons of time. Two of my favorite places from which to mobile order are the Lucky Fortune Cookery in Disney California Adventure and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo in Disneyland Park.

    Philip, I hope that you're able to grab your tickets and reservations without issue. There's so much more that we can go over and we'd love to help you plan your vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth! If you have any more questions for us, please feel free to write back. You're always welcome at planDisney. Until next time!

    Wishing You a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow!
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Meet the Panelist: Al, California

Ahoy there from the heart of Steinbeck Country in central California! I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since childhood and fell in love with the sense of absolute immersion that the Imagineers have achieved. My favorite attraction is Pirates of the Caribbean because where else can you go from a California day to an evening boat ride in the bayou with "salty old pirates"? I'm a veterinarian and an all-around Disney geek and enthusiast. I'd love to help you plan your next Disneyland trip! Learn More About Al

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