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  • On May 8, 2023
    Monika 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.

    Have an upcoming trip with my 10 year old and 18 month old kids to Disneyland California (both parks) along with my senior citizen parents. My mother has mobility issues. I need help with planning itinerary and how can I make the most of my 5 days

    Oh boy, Monika!

    I’m so glad you brought this question to planDisney! I feel thrilled to answer it because talking about things to do with our littlest Mouseketeers at The Happiest Place On Earth is simply my favorite subject!

    I see that you’re planning to visit later this month. My oh my, what a wonderful time to visit, Monika! Not only will plenty of Southern California sunshine be headed your way, but the Disney 100 Celebration will be in full swing! I can’t decide which part of it is more exciting: the culinary cabaret that's only available this year or the resort’s newest attraction: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway! My bouncy toddler Tigger cannot get enough of this ride. I’m sure that both of your little Mousketeers will love this attraction too! This is one that they can ride together and create a core memory forever and ever! 

    Now, if anyone in your cast of characters has trouble waiting in line, the special service called the Disability Access Service (DAS) can help. It's completely free and allows guests to schedule return times for attractions instead of waiting in line.

    Since you're in the ideal pre-registration timeframe (2 to 30 days before your trip), it's a great opportunity to request a live video chat with a Cast Member. Simply use a device with a working camera and microphone. In the 10-minute chat, the Cast Member will take a photo of you and your little one, ask some questions, and add extra pixie dust to ensure your family has a magical visit.

    If it's easier for you, you can also call Disability Services at (407) 560-2547 or email

    Renting a wheelchair or ECV (Electric Convenience Vehicle) scooter can be a great option if needed. You can easily rent one right outside the theme parks. The rental location is situated just east of the Disneyland Park Main Entrance. Remember, they can't be reserved in advance, so arriving early is best. I would even suggest arriving about 30 minutes before the parks open at 8:00 AM, especially on busy days with long lines.

    When it comes to the rest of your visit, I love spending time with my little one in Fantasyland. We enjoy "it's a small world" and riding the King Arthur Carrousel multiple times! The Storybook Land Canal Boats are a hidden gem, and if you head to Critter Country, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a great ride with short wait times. It leads to Pooh Corner, my favorite spot for delicious treats, as it's usually less crowded than other confection shops. But let's keep that between us, alright?!

    Speaking of secrets, did you know that both parks have very comfy, air-conditioned Baby Care Centers? They have everything you need for your baby or toddler. And here's a tip from my husband: the changing stations here are super cozy for diaper changes. Dads love it too!

    Well, I've reached the word limit for this answer, Monika. But keep those questions coming! I’m as committed as you are to making your vacation as magical as can be, so feel free to come back and message me directly for a quicker response now that you’ve got a friend in me!

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Danielle, California

I'm Danielle, a happy wife, toddler mom and virtual teacher who grew up just around the riverbend from the Disneyland Resort. I love to find ways to experience all of the magic that The Happiest Place On Earth has to offer. I always find the yummiest snacks, take practically perfect photos and add magic to a romantic night out. I'm thrilled to share ways to keep our little ones happy and cozy in the parks and hotels, so if you're feeling overwhelmed planning your dream trip, then you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Danielle

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