• On Jan 26, 2017
    Amanda from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! I am planning a trip to Disneyland with my 4 and 6 year old. We are first-timers! All of the info is overwhelming, but wondering how to purchase meal plans and plan character meals, also fast pass info and Disney photo info. All help appreciated!

    Hi, Amanda!  I'm thrilled to help a fellow Coloradan plan a visit to the Disneyland Resort!

    To begin, character meals are a treat for the whole family. My absolute favorite meal is the Minnie and Friends - Breakfast in the Park at the Plaza Inn. The buffet has a wide variety of choices and I was shocked by how many characters we met at this breakfast. If you have a princess fan in your family, dine at Ariel's Grotto for breakfast or lunch to meet Ariel and few of her regal friends. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance online or by calling (714) 781-3463.

    Next, using Disney's FASTPASS service is an excellent way to make efficient use of your time. You will scan your park ticket at a FASTPASS kiosk and a FASTPASS will be distributed with a one-hour window printed on it. Return to the attraction during that time and enjoy a shorter wait. Also printed on the ticket will be a time when you can obtain your next FASTPASS. Use the Disneyland app to see the current attraction wait times and what FASTPASS return times are being distributed.

    Finally, Disney's PhotoPass service can get the whole family in the picture in some of the most iconic places at the Disneyland Resort. Photographers will scan a code in your app each time they take your picture. These pictures will be loaded to your account and you can purchase them at the conclusion of your trip.

    Happy planning!

    -Linda M.

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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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