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  • On Apr 13, 2023
    Thomas from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I wanted to plan a trip to Disneyland, as a surprise can I purchase the tickets while booking the room without making the park reservations until the surprise is revealed? Or do I have to choose the park for the given day as soon as I book everything?

    Hi there, Thomas!

    Welcome to planDisney! Oh boy! Planning a surprise trip to Disneyland sounds like such a thrill and I understand that you might want to keep some of the details hidden until the big reveal. The good news is that you can buy your tickets and book your hotel room separately, without having to make park reservations right away. This way, you'll have more flexibility to surprise your cast of characters with the news of the trip without committing to a specific park day just yet.

    However, it's important to note that the theme park reservation system requires all guests to have a reservation to enter the park. And since we’re coming closer and closer to Olaf’s favorite season, summer, those reservations can become more and sparse. I wouldn't want you and your Mouseketeers to be left out in the cold like Queen Elsa! So, once you're ready to make your park reservations, it's important to do so as soon as possible to ensure that you get the days you want. Depending on the time of year and the popularity of certain rides or events, some days may fill up before Ana and Hans can finish each others’ sandwiches. So it's always best to plan ahead as much as possible.

    To make your park reservations, follow these simple steps once you have your tickets. 

    Also, I have great news for you, Thomas!  You're in for a treat this summer, if that’s when you’re planning to visit. The Disney100 celebration is in full swing, and a new area, San Fransokyo Square, will be opening this summer at Disney California Adventure.

    I hope these tips help, Thomas! I feel so excited for you and your crew as you plan such a magical time for them. I know you’ll all make memories that you’ll never forget. If you think of any more questions as you plan, please follow up, it's an honor for me to help!

    You’ve got a friend in me,

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Meet the Panelist: Danielle, California

I'm Danielle, happy wife and mom of two of tiny tots. Raised just around the riverbend from the Disneyland Resort, I love finding ways to experience all the magic that The Happiest Place On Earth has to offer! From finding the yummiest snacks, to taking practically perfect photos and adding magic to a romantic night out, let me share A Whole New World of tips to keep your Mouseketeers happy and cozy in the parks and hotels. If you're feeling overwhelmed planning your dream trip, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Danielle

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