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  • On Apr 2, 2022
    Laura from BC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! We are taking our son to Disneyland to celebrate his 16th birthday in August! I am looking to plan an amazing Disney experience for him, and would love your insights on the best eats, extra ads ons etc. to make his trip extra special

    Hello, Laura! 

    Thanks so much for stopping by with this great question. I'm so happy that you and your son will be able to enjoy special moments together on his birthday! Way to go, mom! 

    Since you want to make this extra special, my first suggestion is to stay inside the Disneyland Resort. There's something truly unique about a trip that keeps you immersed in magic from dawn to dusk. I love to enjoy quirky, whimsical Disney touches all day long, and I bet your boy will love them too. My favorites are the Disneyland Hotel (with fireworks on the headboards!) and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, but you can't go wrong inside the Disneyland Resort! 

    My second suggestion is to plan at least a character meal and a fancy dinner. My favorite character meals happen at Goofy's Kitchen and Storyteller's Cafe. Depending on where you're staying, one would be more convenient than the other, but both will be wonderful! 

    For your special, fancy dinner, Carthay Circle and Napa Rose are the places to be. If your boy is more of a foodie, Napa Rose is phenomenal. But if he is a massive Walt Disney fan, then Carthay Circle is perfect. This restaurant showcases Walt's more refined, sophisticated side, and you will have a wonderful time looking at the details and pictures that make this place so extraordinary. 

    You'll also find a lot of exceptional eats in Quick Service locations, and the best tip here is to find what would be special for him. If he's a Marvel fan, Pym Test Kitchen is the place to be, but if he's into Star Wars, Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo is a must-do. 

    If he's into Star Wars, you could also surprise him with a custom lightsaber experience at Savi's Workshop. It's undoubtedly the most remarkable experience for a Star Wars fan!

    Finally, I also recommend looking into Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane purchases. These add-on services will save you time and enhance your trip! 

    The key to unlocking many of these magical add-ons is the Disneyland Mobile App, so I encourage you to download it and play around before the trip. 

    Laura, I hope these ideas help you create a fantastic trip for you and your boy, but let us know if you need more. We will be here!

    May the magic be with you, 


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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist, and amateur cook. I grew up in Brazil, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now I love to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events, and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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