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  • On Nov 20, 2018
    Eizabeth from CA Asked

    I’m taking my 4yro daughter for her 1st Disneytrip on the 23 as a single mom & finances are tight so special experiences like this are rare I want to make the most of it. Her GG, GGpa, Great Aunt, Cousin & I are going together. Suggestions, tips?

    Hi, Elizabeth!

    Welcome, and thanks for your question about exploring the Disneyland Resort with your little one. 

    I suggest that your family checks out the Attractions list to make a list of must-dos for each park. I think you’ll be pleased by how many attractions all of you can enjoy together. If there is no minimum height requirement for an attraction, then your daughter can ride with you! You and your family may want to take advantage of Rider Switch, which allows Guests with children who don’t meet the minimum height requirement to take turns experiencing attractions. One adult can ride while another adult waits with a child. They then "swap" so the second adult can enjoy the attraction without waiting in line all over again. 

    Be sure to use the Disney FASTPASS system to maximize your time in the parks. To obtain a FASTPASS, visit the distribution area for each attraction offering this service. Insert your valid admission ticket into the FASTPASS machine to obtain a return time. Not all attractions offer FASTPASS service, but a list of those that do is available online and in the park guide maps at the resort. 

    There are many magical character interaction opportunities throughout the theme parks that will be a big hit with your little one. Be sure to download the official Disneyland Mobile App so you can locate characters in the theme parks by checking the Characters tab!

    Once you arrive at the resort, pick up complimentary “1st Visit” celebration buttons at City Hall in Disneyland Park or at Guest Services in Disney California Adventure Park to add a little extra magic to your vacation. I hope this helps, Elizabeth, and that you have a pixie dust-packed visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! 

    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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