• On Aug 9, 2018
    Yolanda from NY 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.

    I will be visiting in sept with my 2yrold. Are the dining options w/ reserved viewing area of the parades worth it? and are the viewing areas kid friendly? I'm assuming everyone is standing so it'll be hard for a toddler to see over an adult?

    Hello, Yolanda!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I’m happy to hear you plan to visit the Disneyland Resort this fall with your toddler!

    My two little ones have limited patience when it comes to waiting in one spot for a parade, so the dining packages work well for us. As foodies we also really enjoy the unique dining experiences they include! The Plaza Inn Dining Package allows you to enjoy a hearty lunch plus reserved viewing on Main Street, U.S.A. for the Pixar Play Parade, and kids’ meals are also available. You’ll receive a voucher that provides access to a reserved viewing area for the parade, plus a festive Pixar-themed souvenir lanyard.  My family watched from a curbside spot near Refreshment Corner and Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. It was a great place to see the parade floats headed our way with a view of Sleeping Beauty Castle and Matterhorn Bobsleds in the background! There was ample space in the reserved area so my 2-year-old had an unobstructed view.

    The high-energy Paint the Night parade is a dazzling nighttime entertainment option offering dining packages. My family’s favorite is the Wine Country Trattoria option, which includes a full-service 3-course meal of California- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. At the end of the meal your server will give each of you a voucher to enter a Paint the Night reserved viewing area later that evening so you can spend more time enjoying the park! Again, if you arrive at or prior to the return time listed on your voucher, you’re likely to snag a spot where your child can see the parade floats without being carried by an adult.

    I hope this helps, Yolanda. Please ask any other questions you may have as you continue to make your pixie-dusted plans!

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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