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#1 Jellybean 3

Posted 12 June 2019 - 01:01 PM

We are going to Disneyland in July and I need some tips please on how to navigate it all. When to buy tickets and how long to spend there. What are the must dos and must sees? I have 2 girls 9 and 6, the younger one has health and fatigue issues so I’m wary of her having to stand in long queues in the heat. Older one is having her 10th birthday while we are there . Any special ideas that we could do to mark the occasion? Thanks so much

#2 2good4u

Posted 12 June 2019 - 02:04 PM

Go to the character breakfast. Must book.
Maybe a stroller for the 6 year  old.
Comfortable shoes are a must.
Be prepared  for long waiting times.

#3 eachschoolholidays

Posted 12 June 2019 - 05:37 PM

We’ll be there from 14-18 July!
Have you looked at the Breakfast with the princesses? We are taking our kids. It’s super expensive but looks amazing. We’ve also paid for maxpass (it allows you to book fast passes on your phone) as its going to be super busy with the opening of the new Star Wars Land and US school holidays.
There are provisions for people with disabilities. https://disneyland.d...h-disabilities/
Have a look at Disneyland Daily. She has a website / Facebook/ Instagram. She has heaps of really useful info.
Happy planning!

#4 .Jerry.

Posted 12 June 2019 - 07:30 PM

I've just been to Disneyland (April).
We also went when DD was turning 6.  We used the Disneyland stroller for her.  She was small, so fit in well and it meant we could stay longer.
The Disney strollers now are a bit smaller, so if your DD is large she may not fit, but I would definitely consider using a stroller if you can.

It will be hot then, so be prepared for that.  Even in early April it was very hot out and about.  Not too much shade there at all.

We didn't get fast passes or max passes even though we were there at a very busy time (Spring break / easter).  Found that we could easily get on rides first thing in the morning.  Also at parade time it was a bit easier.
The ultra-popular ride (mostly the roller coasters etc.) were harder to get onto.  The Cars ride had along wait.

You need a park hopper pass, so go between Disney and California Adventure.  I think 4 days is plenty.  We were over it by then.

#5 Poughkeepsie

Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:59 PM

Download the Disneyland app, it gives lots of info on wait times, fast pass locations and parade/show info. It can drain your phone battery though so have it fully charged!
Arrive early to get through the security checks. Often the wait to get through these are longer than the queues for the actual parks. Once you’re in, head straight for whatever ride you really want to do first. We had 4- day park hopper passes, and did alternating days in Disneyland and then California Adventure Park each day. Use fast passes, it really does make a difference esp when you are travelling with kids! Saved us hours of waiting in line each day for the big rides like Spring Racers, Matterhorn, Big Thunder Railway.
Take snacks and water bottles (food in Disneyland is expensive and mostly junk food) and it keeps bored kids busy when waiting in lines.
Get a good spot early, for the nightly parade. We sat near the start of the parade, and it was much less crowded.
Have fun! Crowds and wait times are all part of being at Disneyland so expect some waiting and then it isn’t such a big deal. We literally waited a max of 20mins for any ride.

#6 LucyGoose

Posted 12 June 2019 - 11:24 PM

Book a character breakfast.  We went to Storytellers Cafe and it was great.

Definitely take or rent a stroller.   We had a double for my 3 year old and my older kids 7 and 8 would alternate in the second seat.  But the 8 year old would have been fine without.

We paid for the max pass each day.  $10 pp for fast passes on your phone.  Definitely worth it.  

We only went 4 days and wish we had an extra day.  Star Wars land wasn’t opened either.

Try to take snacks/food to save money.

Don’t miss the parades.  It was a push to stay out late for my kids after a long day,   But they are so memorable.  

Take advantage of any early morning/magic morning day you can get with a multi day pass.  You really can cover a lot of ground in those first few hours.

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