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  • On Nov 13, 2019
    Michael from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello, My wife & I are planning at trip on the first week of the new year (2020). We have a 2 year old & she is expecting. Any suggestions for our little one/expecting mother? Thanks in advance. We look forward to the Happiest Place on Earth.

    Hi there, Michael, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! First, I want to offer a big congratulations to you and your wife on your newest addition to the family! What an exciting time to visit the Disneyland Resort to celebrate your soon-to-be family of four!

    You are going to make so many special memories during your January visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! As a mom of three Mouseketeers under the age of 8, I have several tips I’d love to share with you. First, you’re going to want to get familiar with the Baby Care Centers, available in each theme park. You’ll find the Disneyland Park location at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., and the Disney California Adventure Park location on Pacific Wharf. These Centers are the perfect spot to change or feed your little one. You’ll also find a handy vending machine inside each Center with diapers, wipes, sunscreen, and more. Each Center also includes a small lobby with chairs and children’s books, where your family is welcome to take a seat when your wife needs a break. 

    Another one of my favorite spots to take a break is the Disney Animation Building in Disney California Adventure Park. Not only is it air-conditioned, but it also includes comfy couches in the Animation Courtyard, where you and your family can sit back and watch Disney animation come to life! The Disney Animation Building is also home to experiences like Turtle Talk with Crush, and Animation Academy, which are two of my family’s favorites! Just down the way from the Disney Animation Building is Disney Junior Dance Party!, which is always a hit with toddlers!

    When your family needs a break inside Disneyland Park, I suggest taking a ride on the Disneyland Railroad or the Disneyland Monorail. Both the Railroad and the Monorail offer the perfect way to explore the park while resting weary feet. 

    Be sure to take the time for Character Experiences, too! My children loved giving their favorite Characters hugs and high fives as toddlers, and still do today. You can easily find your family’s favorite Characters throughout the day using the Disneyland app. Just select “Characters” from the drop-down menu above the park map, then “Show List” in the upper right-hand corner to find out when and where you can find them!

    Lastly, I recommend taking advantage of Mobile Ordering food and drinks, which can also be done using the Disneyland app. This is a great way to avoid toddler meltdowns while waiting in line for food. My family loves the convenience of Mobile Ordering, and I think you will, too!

    Wishing you and your family magical adventures at the Disneyland Resort in 2020!
    Kristin
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Hello from sunny California! I currently live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids under the age of 8, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth!

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