Mom And Son Red Car Trolly; mickey balloons; Main Street; mother and son;
  • On Jan 19, 2013
    Ashley 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.

    We have been to WDW a lot, n a Disney cruise, now we are planning a trip to California... My questions: Do they do pin trading there and can we take snacks inside Disneyland? How many days do we need for each park? Best Disneyland hotel to stay at? Thanks!

    Hi, Ashley!

    I’m glad to hear you’re planning a trip to "the Happiest Place on Earth!" 

    Yes, there certainly is Disney Pin Trading at the Disneyland Resort! I’m also a pin trader and I know that you’ll find lots of opportunities for trading throughout both parks and at all the resort hotels. 

    If you wish to bring your own food to enjoy an outdoor meal before entering the parks, there is a picnic area located just outside the main entrance to Disneyland Park. With the exception of food items for Guests with specific dietary restrictions, outside food items are not permitted in either of the theme parks. 

    Since this is your first visit, I suggest visiting for at least four days to experience all the resort has to offer, including the Cars Land expansion and new Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park and the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire that will open this spring at Disneyland Park.

    Each of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels has its own unique benefits. Paradise Pier Hotel is typically the least expensive and the rooms have a bright, beach-inspired decor. The Disneyland Hotel rooms are quite large for standard accommodations and have been recently renovated to include chic, modern furnishings with a touch of Disney magic. I love the carved wooden headboards featuring fiber-optic fireworks for your very own in-room light and music show with the flip of a switch! My personal favorite is Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa because it’s the closest to the parks and features a private entrance into Disney California Adventure Park. 

    I hope this information is helpful, Ashley. Please let me know if you have any more questions as you plan your pixie-dusted vacation!

    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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