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  • On Jul 9, 2018
    Michelle from HI Asked

    We are heading to DL for the FIRST time and I have had no time to plan! What are the best rides for 11 and up at Disneyland / California Adventures? Which should we try to max pass first?

    Aloha Michelle!

    Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I can't wait for you to discover all the fun and magic that is in store during your very first Disneyland Resort vacation. If I could give you one piece of planning advice while you still have some time, I'd recommend downloading the free official Disneyland mobile app. This handy app is your one-stop-shop for all things Disneyland. Before your trip you can view park maps, dining locations, book dining reservations, and see entertainment schedules. Once you arrive you can use the app to check attraction height requirements and wait times, locations of Character meetings, and even mobile order food so you can bypass lines at select Quick Service restaurants.

    My favorite way to utilize this app is to purchase Disney MaxPass when I enter the parks to start making digital Disney FASTPASS selections. Most Guests ages 11 and up are able to experience every attraction at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. The most popular attractions (and the ones I advise grabbing FASTPASSES for right away) are Radiator Springs Racers, Incredicoaster, and Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! During the holidays, some limited time attractions like Haunted Mansion Holiday, "it's a small world" Holiday, and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are also very popular. The "mountain" attractions are full of fun thrills for older kids such as Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain. Many of the classic attractions, though, are still fun for kids and parents of all ages like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan's Flight, or Mad Tea Party to name a few.

    I hope this helps!
    -Jennifer
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, New Mexico

Hi there!  I'm Jennifer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a toddler mom, military wife, and dentist who is constantly inspired by Disney. One of my greatest pleasures is helping others experience the magic of a Disney vacation! I can't wait to answer your questions so that you can easily explore the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy at the Disneyland Resort. Learn More About Jennifer

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