• On Jul 4, 2021
    Abigail from CA 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 have been talking to my therapist about my upcoming trip next week and am concerned about my anxiety and crowds which has only been heightened after the pandemic. Is there any way I can avoid the larger crowds of lines during my visit while in the park.

    Hi, Abigail!

    Welcome to planDisney, and thanks so much for stopping by with your Disneyland Resort question. I’m glad to hear you’ll be traveling to the Happiest Place on Earth soon! 

    Summer is a popular time for many people to visit the theme parks, so it’s a great idea to identify strategies that can help manage your anxiety. If you become overwhelmed by crowds, noise, or heat, or if you just need some downtime while exploring, several quieter locations are available where you can regroup away from the hustle and bustle of the parks. To find the break area nearest you, simply ask a Cast Member for assistance. The First Aid locations in both theme parks are perfect for this, and another good choice is the World of Color viewing area in Disney California Adventure Park (when there are no shows being performed). For a relaxing outing in Disneyland Park, head across the Rivers of America to Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. You can wander the quiet walking trails or just sit on a shaded bench under the sycamore and oak trees to enjoy peaceful, scenic views of the riverbanks. 

    Lastly, you may want to inquire about the Disneyland Resort’s Disability Access Service (DAS) system, which was designed for Guests who aren’t able to wait for attractions in a traditional standby queue. It allows them and their party (up to 6 people total, including the person needing DAS) to receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. Each person’s needed accommodations are considered on an individual basis per request, so I can’t guarantee you would be approved to use DAS. However, if this sounds like a service that would make your visit more comfortable, don’t hesitate to inquire about it at City Hall in Disneyland Park or the Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure Park once you arrive. You’ll need to speak to a Guest Relations Cast Member in detail about your specific needs and they can advise you further. 
    I hope this helps, Abigail, and that you have a magical experience at the Happiest Place on Earth! Please send us any other planning questions you have.

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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