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  • On Jun 7, 2023
    Jennifer from AZ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Visiting Disneyland for the first time with my 4 yo & 2 yo. I have a reservation for my 4 yo at BBB at 9:40am or 11:10am. We plan to visit Fantasy Faire afterwards. We want to maximize our time with rides, etc. which reservation time would be better?

    Hi there, Jennifer!

    Welcome back to planDisney, thanks for letting me help strategize your upcoming visit! Your question is an awesome one, I totally understand wanting to maximize your time in the parks.

    While magical balls are often held late at night, my favorite time at Disneyland Park is bright and early in the morning! I'm so excited that you are planning to take your princess to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, I'm sure that you both will have a delightful time. My strategy would be to cancel the earlier time so that you can use those valuable morning hours enjoying attractions before taking a break for your daughter's makeover at your 11:10 AM reservation. 

    My kids are early risers, so we aim to be at the parks 30-60 minutes before they open so that we can take advantage of lower crowds for a little while. Those early morning hours are priceless! There's something really exciting about waiting for "rope drop" and listening to the announcement welcoming guests to the park at the start of the day. With young kiddos, I would spend the morning enjoying Fantasyland attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Peter Pan's Flight (maybe head to visit Neverland first, Peter and Tink are very popular). Because most of the lines in Fantasyland are outdoors you'll be much more comfortable waiting for these attractions before it gets too warm. We also love Snow White's Enchanted Wish and the Mad Tea Party in the mornings.

    My absolute favorite Fantasyland attraction is the Storybook Land Canal Boats, which are also home to some of the cutest wild residents of Disneyland Park...real ducks! If you take a cruise early in the morning you might find that some of the ducks are still snoozing, my own little princess loves spotting her sleepy friends when we ride.

    When it's time for your makeover don't forget to ask some pixie dust for anyone in your party who wants an extra happy thought! A Fairy Godmother's Apprentice will be happy to sprinkle some sparkle on your younger child...or you, if you want! I always do, because who can't use a little extra pixie dust? You're also welcome to shop for accessories in the boutique, which might be fun for your child who is too young for a makeover.

    By the time your makeover is complete there will likely be shows going on at the nearby Royal Theater. Check the Entertainment Schedule for performance times so you don't miss these comedic and sweet retellings of our favorite stories! The path between Fantasyland and the Royal Theater is also a wonderful place (with fewer people) to take some photos of your beautiful princess after her makeover. If you purchase Disney Genie+ that day you'll also get unlimited downloads of any photos taken by Disney PhotoPass Photographers, so even if you're not using Lightning Lane queues (we sometimes don't with small kids) it's worth it for one person to buy it and download the pictures!

    Jennifer, I'm afraid that the clock is about to strike midnight on my response (and my word limit!) but if you have more questions please send them on over!

    Keep moving forward!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Utah

Hi! I'm Amanda—a pixie-sized wife, mom, engineer, content strategist, and Disneyland Resort specialist! I fell in love with science as a kid at Disneyland Park, learning about physics while I waited to ride Space Mountain. I love how Disney combines art, words, science, and music to create incredible experiences. Solving challenging problems is one of my favorite things, I'm so excited to help you design the perfect strategy for a magical day! Learn More About Amanda

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