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  • On Apr 24, 2024
    Jarrod from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there, we are trying to plan a family trip with my soon to be 5 year old and grandparents. Some of us are interested in the disneyland half marathon end of january, but my wife is worried about crowds. How is the park after or before the event?

    Hi there Jarrod,

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you so much for your question! I'm thrilled to hear that you're planning a trip for early next year with your family - it's so fun to visit the Disneyland Resort with multiple generations of family members.

    From my past experience, January tends to be a really great time to visit the Happiest Place on Earth. I will note that runDisney race weekends do tend to be more crowded though, so I would recommend being prepared for that. When I visited around a race weekend last year, the theme park reservations were completely booked for both parks in the days surrounding the race, so you'll want to make sure to book those as soon as you can.

    The experience of being in the parks during this time can really be hit-or-miss depending on the day and time, so it's tough to say what it will be like when you visit. If you're nervous about visiting when the parks are crowded and the dates of your visit are flexible then I've found the weekend prior or just after race weekends to be a really great time to visit.

    However, I'll also add that there is still a lot of fun to be had - especially when visiting with a little one - even when the parks are crowded! My recommendation would be to purchase Disney Genie+ Service so you can get access to Lightning Lanes and then just slow down and take it all in!

    Thanks again for your question, Jarrod! I hope you and your family have a really fun time visiting the Happiest Place on Earth.

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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