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  • On Jan 8, 2024
    Heather 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.

    I was planning a last minute trip to Disney Land for my daughter's birthday. It looks like the park may be sold out this weekend. Is there any other way to obtain a reservation to go to the parks?

    Hey there Heather,

    Thank you for your question and a warm welcome to planDisney! 

    Let me get the bad news out of the way first - unfortunately, if there are no available theme park reservations then you are not able to visit the parks of the Disneyland Resort. You need both valid theme park tickets and theme park reservations to visit. Sorry if that's not what you were hoping to hear!

    However, I'm hoping that you have some flexibility with your visit dates, because when looking at the Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar (quite the mouthful, but a helpful resource!), the reservations open back up significantly after this coming weekend. I imagine this weekend is unavailable because of runDisney returning - it's likely to be a pretty packed few days!

    January and February are amazing times to visit the Disneyland Resort because, in my experience, the crowds tend to be a bit lighter. Plus, at the Happiest Place on Earth, it doesn't have to be your actual birthday to celebrate (just ask the Mad Hatter - he loves celebrating UnBirthdays). 

    If you already have your tickets and your dates are flexible, then all you'd need to do is make your theme park reservations on the My Plans hub for a different time later in the month or whenever you're able to make it. Then, when you arrive, make sure to grab a Birthday pin for your daughter so everyone knows to celebrate her!

    Thanks again for reaching out, Heather! I do hope that you have a fantastic time celebrating your daughter's birthday!

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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