• On Jun 11, 2018
    Shiralee from Victoria 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.

    Hi there -- planning a trip to Disneyland (Anaheim) in September this year with our 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter. Will stay across the road but need some serious advice on how long to realistically allow for a really good look around

    Hi, Shiralee! Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I recommend spending at least three days at the Disneyland Resort. This will allow you to dedicate one day per park and on your third day you can do anything you might have missed or repeat some favorites. Everything at the Disneyland Resort is within walking distance from one another so navigating the Resort is extremely easy. Keeping this in mind, I believe having three days to explore will allow you to experience the majority of the magic, but still keep a leisurely pace. 

    Furthermore, with a three-day or longer ticket, you will have access to one Magic Morning at Disneyland Park on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. This extra hour is absolutely invaluable in my opinion because you can get so much done when the crowds are lower in the morning. Additionally, I always suggest purchasing Park Hopper tickets. It is incredibly simple to hop back and forth between the parks and Park Hoppers allow for maximum flexibility. 

    The last consideration is if you will attend Mickey’s Halloween Party which takes place on select nights in September and October and requires a separate ticket. The party is a blast for families as you can dress up in costume, trick-or-treat around Disneyland Park, and enjoy exclusive Halloween entertainment. If you don’t plan on enjoying the party, Disneyland Park will close early to those without party tickets, but Disney California Adventure Park should remain open. 

    If you have any more questions as you plan your adventure, please stop by again!

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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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