• On Dec 2, 2017
    Nykedtra from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I have two children ages 2 and 4. It overwhelms me to plan a Disney trip because of all it has to offer. Where to begin? What is the suggested length of stay for an initial trip? Thanks.

    Dear Nykedtra,
    From a mom who has two kids very close in age to yours (my sons are 5 and 2), I will tell you there's a lot of fun to be had and planning ahead will make your trip to the Happiest Place on Earth an unforgettable experience!
    So...where to begin? I'd say book a vacation package directly through the Disneyland Resort. This way, you can select a Disneyland Resort Hotel, Park Tickets and even a character dining meal as part of your vacation and pay as you go. Meaning, you can leave a deposit and you'll have until 30 days before your arrival date to pay the balance.
    Next, I would recommend a four or five night vacation. This way you can spend three days at the Parks and take a day or two to enjoy your hotel features like the amazing pools and shopping at the Downtown Disney District.
    As far as Park Tickets, I would go for two regular park tickets and one Park hopper ticket per person.
    Here's why–– In my opinion, you should start your Park experience at Disneyland. You'll need a full day to enjoy the many classic attractions and enjoy incredible shows like Fantasmic! and the Fireworks.
    The nice thing about staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel is that you can walk (or take the monorail) back to your hotel for a Park break or nap time!
    The second day, I would explore the hotel, spend a day at the pool and take the kids for a walk at Downtown Disney so they can relax a bit from the Park crowds and hang out at the Lego Store (they have outdoor block building activities) and enjoy lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.
    The third day, I would visit Disney California Adventure Park... they'll absolutely LOVE Cars Land and the super  cute Pixar Parade.
    Then on day four, I would use the Park Hopper tickets to return to both Parks and buy/ride/experience/see anything you may have missed the first time around.
    I hope this helps!
    -Anabel M.
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Meet the Panelist: Anabel, California

I'm a bilingual, Disney-loving happy wife & proud mommy of Benny & Toby (Woody & Buzz). I've always loved Disneyland. Each trip to this magical place makes me "curiouser and curiouser." I'm proud to serve as a planDisney panelist and look forward to helping with your Disneyland Resort questions. My best advice? Buy the mouse ears, eat the churro, sing out loud and forget about your worries and your strife while at the “happiest place on Earth” Learn More About Anabel

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