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  • On Apr 29, 2019
    Aurea Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My son will be turning 3 on the exact day we will be visiting Disneyland. Should I buy him a "Child" ticket or he can still get free admission?

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Aurea, and thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I can’t think of a better place to spend your son’s third birthday than the Happiest Place on Earth! He is going to have the time of his life, and you’re both going to be making so many special memories. 

    Disneyland Resort Tickets are broken up into three categories: Ages 10+, ages 3-9, and free admission for children under the age of 3. So, since your son is technically turning 3 on the date of your visit, you will need to purchase him a ticket in the ages 3-9 category. If you decide to add Disney MaxPass to your ticket, you will also need to add MaxPass to his ticket, too. This way, he can be linked to your account via the Disneyland app, and he can also take advantage of the mobile Disney FASTPASS Service functionality. 

    Be sure to stop by City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park, or Chamber of Commerce on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park, for a complimentary birthday button for your little Mouseketeer! Once he’s wearing it, you’ll notice Cast Members going out of their way to give him their best wishes. Characters also try to give special attention to those celebrating a birthday in the parks, too!

    An extra-special way to celebrate a birthday at the Disneyland Resort is to plan a special Character Dining experience. You can make a reservation at one of the five Character Dining options up to 60 days in advance. Book online, or by calling (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. You can even pre-order a celebration cake and have it delivered to your table-service restaurant! Just keep in mind that cakes must be ordered at least three days prior to your reservation. 

    Wishing your son a magical celebration at the Disneyland Resort!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Hello from sunny California! I currently live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids under the age of 8, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth!

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