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  • On Oct 15, 2017
    Ashlee from ID Asked

    We are planning a trip to Disneyland at the end of January or beginning of February. We have 3 young children and we're hoping to avoid large crowds and long wait times. Could you help us know which week would be the best to visit? Thank you!

    Hi Ashlee!
    How very exciting to know you'll be traveling to the Disneyland Resort with your three kids!
    I'll start by sharing that in my experience, the Happiest Place on Earth is generally a very popular place year-round. Although summer is the busiest time of year, you'll find that even visiting on a weekday during off-peak season, the Parks will prove to be an extremely popular destination for local and out-of-town guests.
    With that said, there are several ways to prepare ahead of your visit and make the most of your time!
    For one, I would say to visit during the end of January.
    Since there always seems to be a surge at the beginning of each month, I'd say go with late January. If possible, I'd recommend you stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, because it will be very convenient to return to your hotel room so the kids can nap and freshen at any time you choose.
    Second, make sure you make dining reservations up to 60 days in advance. Making a dining reservation, especially one that includes Disney characters will prove to be a fun and memorable experience! You can make dining reservations online or by calling (714) 781-DINE.
    Also, you can purchase MaxPass, which is a fairly new service (it debuted over the summer), where guests can reserve FASTPASSES to their favorite attractions directly from their phones. The cost is $10 per ticketed guest. With this feature, you can avoid long lines and the app will provide you with a return time so you can head straight into the ride!
    Finally, a great way to avoid large crowds and get preferred seating for spectacular shows like Fantasmic! and World of Color is by booking a dining pkg.
    With the dining package (which has to be reserved in advance as well), you pay for a fabulous dining experience, which usually includes a special menu with an appetizer, entree and dessert. You also receive a voucher with access to special parade viewing areas.
    I hope this helps!
    See Ya Real Soon,
    -Anabel M.
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Meet the Panelist: Anabel, California

I'm a bilingual, Disney-loving happy wife & proud mommy of Benny & Toby (Woody & Buzz). I've always loved Disneyland. Each trip to this magical place makes me "curiouser and curiouser." I'm proud to serve as a Disney Parks Moms Panelist and look forward to helping with your Disneyland Resort questions. My best advice? Buy the mouse ears, eat the churro, sing out loud and forget about your worries and your strife while at the “happiest place on Earth” Learn More About Anabel

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