Mom And Daughter Sailing Ship Columbia
  • On Feb 9, 2014
    Jill from CO Asked

    So excited for trip in 1 month to DL with my mom and son for his 16th. First time w/o little ones. One day hopper. What are so must do's in both parks for my teenager and I? Thank you!

    Hi, Jill!

    As much as I love exploring the parks with my spunky 3-year-old, there is definitely something to be said for having time to enjoy the resort with other adults or older children.  

    The nighttime water spectacular World of Color at Disney California Adventure Park is a must-do for our family. Since you’ll be visiting with your teenage son and mother, the three of you might enjoy an elegant meal at Carthay Circle Restaurant for lunch or dinner. It’s my favorite fine-dining restaurant in both theme parks because of the glamorous 1930s-Hollywood atmosphere and top-notch cuisine. I suggest taking advantage of a World of Color dining package so you can enjoy a special meal followed by a viewing of the popular show. Reservations are recommended and can be made in advance online or by calling Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE (3463).

    You’ll want to explore Cars Land and ride Radiator Springs Racers! If you’re into thrill rides, you also can’t miss California Screamin’ or, my personal favorite, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. All three of these attractions offer FASTPASS service. 

    At Disneyland Park, it’s all about the mountains for me—I love Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (which has been closed for a major refurbishment, but may be open by the time you visit), and Splash Mountain in the warmer months. “Mickey and the Magical Map” is a live show that debuted at Fantasyland Theatre this past spring and has quickly become one of my must-dos! It's a show unlike any other in the theme parks and combines innovative technology with favorite Disney characters and songs. In addition to our old pal Mickey Mouse, the show currently features friends like Sebastian, Stitch, four Disney princesses, and more familiar faces.

    I hope this helps, Jill. Please write back with more questions as your planning continues!

    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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