Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run; Family Walking away from Storm Troopers holding hands
  • On Oct 25, 2023
    Jennifer Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Traveling to Anaheim for work in Dec. and have ONE day to visit Disneyland with my son & husband. Aside from buying our selected date in advance, what do I need to do? Hard to find advice for single day visits vs. long trips.

    Hi there Jennifer!  Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your great question.

    How exciting that your work is bringing you to Southern California!  My best advice for planning a one day trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth" is to identify your top 3 priorities for your visit, and make sure you accomplish those first.  That could include attractions, entertainment, or certain characters that you'll want your son to meet for that special photo or video.  I'd definitely explore the attractions and entertainment before you arrive so you can better plan your day!

    In terms of which theme park to visit, it will come down to personal preference!  Our family loves the Marvel Universe, so we never miss a chance to explore Avengers Campus and visit Disney California Adventure Park.  If you have Star Wars fanatics in your house, I highly recommend spending the day at Disneyland Park and visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.  

    For single day visits, if you think you and your family will want to ride as many attractions as possible, then I highly recommend purchasing Disney Genie+ Service.  This will give you access to Lightning Lane entrances and shorter wait times.  You can also consider purchasing Individual Lightning Lane selections for those highly desired attractions such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disneyland Park, and Radiator Springs Racers in Disney California Adventure Park.  We purchase Disney Genie+ Service each visit since we are always looking to maximize our day.  

    I hope this information helps you plan out a magical day for you and your family, Jennifer!  If you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to come back and ask, I'd be more than happy to help.  

    Have a magical day!
    Melissa
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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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