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    Talking Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    My family and I have been to the WDW resort in FL before, but Disneyland is not familiar to me. We live in TX, and I am taking my little girl on a surprise birthday trip (she has only been to Disneyworld one time).

    We will only have 1 day in the park, and she won't even know where we are going until we get there. I am sooooo excited :-) She is #4 of 6 kids, and one on one time with mom will be a real treat.

    Anyway, since I'm not familiar with Disneyland at all (and we've never been to the World for a birthday) , can y'all give me any tips for a great day?

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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    The most common advice is to head to Guest Relations at City Hall to get your Birthday button, remember to sign your daughter up and register online for her free birthday gift card, of course that is if you are actually visiting Disneyland on her birthday... which I think you are.

    If you are dining at any of the resturants don't forget to get priority seating ahead of time and once you're seated do let them know that it will be your daughter's birthday celebration that you're celebrating. I'd suggest a character breakfast at The Crystal Palace. There's loads of characters there in the morning or there was during my December trip.

    Grab her something memorable that she can get characters to autograph. Either an autograph book you made yourself via scrapbook method or buy one at the park.

    Request to ride on the Lilly Belle on the Disneyland Train, it's the one of three trains circling the park that has a very nice train car that only a few people can ride in due to limited space. Just head to the main train station building, ask the Cast members there about when the Lilly Belle will circle back around and that you'd like to request a ride with your family in there. Most likely they will grant you your wish, that is if you're first in line to request it.

    I'll think of more later today
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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Welcome to Mice Chat! Celebrating birthdays at Disneyland is great, always a treat...even for someone who lives near by. I recommend getting to the park at opening and going to City Hall to get a birthday button. Sometimes the kids get to listen to a special birthday message from Goofy or a friend of Mickeys. Are you going on her birthday? If you are, sign up for free admission for her. I think any trip to Disneyland with a small kid is a great day, granted that they are not evil, so take your time and enjoy the park.
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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Quote Originally Posted by Micoofy Duck View Post

    Request to ride on the Liberty Belle on the Disneyland Train, it's the one of three trains circling the park that has a very nice train car that only a few people can ride in due to limited space. Just head to the main train station building, ask the Cast members there about when the Liberty Belle will circle back around and that you'd like to request a ride with your family in there. Most likely they will grant you your wish, that is if you're first in line to request it.





    You might have an easier time requesting a ride on the Lilly Belle...

    I'd check with City Hall first though, cuz they will be able to offer you a commemorative ticket with your name and special event for the day.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Use advice before. But for attractions i'd say go to fantasyland and toon town rides. Do our pirates of the caribean and haunted mansion. Do splash mntn Matterhorn big thunder and space mnt. Cause these r all very differnt than wdw.

    Pooh always has a short line compared to WDW. Remember it's by splash mountain in critter country.

    Those r what I recomend and finding memo sub voyage.

    Plan it out since it's only one day. Remember to c the fireworks in front of the castle. And when u c a character y don't have to rush to him. We don't mob our characters here.

    If u have older kids do a park hopper to DCA if it's in ur budget. If not I say let them do there own thing and meet up for lunch and family attractions.

    Plan it out and don't tell ur kids. Let them pick each a ride.

    If ur goin ok a Saturday, sunday, or Friday. Make sure to get there at opening time. Plan out the first couple of hours on what u will ride see of fadtpass. Then just go where the day takes u.

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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Quote Originally Posted by bagheeramom View Post
    My family and I have been to the WDW resort in FL before, but Disneyland is not familiar to me. We live in TX, and I am taking my little girl on a surprise birthday trip (she has only been to Disneyworld one time).

    We will only have 1 day in the park, and she won't even know where we are going until we get there. I am sooooo excited :-) She is #4 of 6 kids, and one on one time with mom will be a real treat.

    Anyway, since I'm not familiar with Disneyland at all (and we've never been to the World for a birthday) , can y'all give me any tips for a great day?
    Happy Birthday to your little princess and HELLO to you Welcome to mice chat. Does she like the princesses? If so, I strongly advise you get to the princess fantasy fair early and get that out of the way. Is she a tinker bell fan? If so I strongly recommend you hit pixie hallow FIRST. The line gets very long very quickly. Then you can get to city hall for her button. City hall tends to have long lines in the morning cause many if not half the guests go there first, as you can see in your suggested other posts from responders. Who is her favorite character if she is in to hugs and pics with them? You can ask a cast member escort who is with a character out on main street when her favorite is wandering around. As for the rides, all depends on the crowd levels. The food stops again depends on the crowds. BUT if YOU want to have some fun to while you're eating, don't miss Billy Hill and the Hillbillies show at the Golden Horseshoe. You are allowed to have some fun on her b-day too

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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Welcome to Micechat! I would say if you REALLY only have one day here, and its only your 7 yr old and you, then just buy a 1 day 1 park ticket to Disneyland(don't waste your $ at California Adventure!). If she is a daring child, take some time to do the fast rides, but put some time into the classics like Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean, and other Fantasyland rides. Even the little or minor things at Disneyland make wonderful memories! Just have an idea planned out on what you think you might do, and just explore from there. Good luck and enjoy your trip!

    P.S.- Visit Disneyland.com to see better descriptions of all rides, shows, etc., and you can even print out a customized park map with all the favorites you select!
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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Welcome to Micechat!

    My tips would be....

    Early, early, early, early, fastpass, fastpass, fastpass, early, early, fastpass, early, fastpass, fastpass and fastpass.

    In that order.

    I always recommend getting into the park as early as possible and start making use of the fastpass system and use it religiously during the day. Wait times will be lower in the early morning, and by the time things get crowded in the afternoon and evening, you should have a pocket full of fastpasses to help deal with the crowds. Keep in mind that you don't need to return to those rides BEFORE a certain time as they only check that you don't come back early.

    Meal times should also be on the early side. Aim for an 11 am lunch and a 4:00 -5:00 dinner. My kids and I have gone several times during the summer and on crowded weekends and have usually done really well with wait times for rides and food. Some people don't mind 45 minute wait times, but that's just not us. If you and your daughter aren't into waiting, the two key words are early and fastpass.

    Have a great time!

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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchoolMickey View Post
    You might have an easier time requesting a ride on the Lilly Belle...

    I'd check with City Hall first though, cuz they will be able to offer you a commemorative ticket with your name and special event for the day.

    Enjoy!
    Yes.. the Lilly Belle.. I don't know what I was thinking... got too much on my mind lately. ;o)
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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Quote Originally Posted by Dlandclub33 View Post
    And when u c a character y don't have to rush to him. We don't mob our characters here.
    Know this. People at Disneyland MOB their characters just as bad as WDW. I've seen it first hand. Lines are not always formed and it's always a mess of "who's next" and "my kid was here first" crap.

    Just simple ask the Cast Member who's there with the character to control the crowd and form a line. It works everytime.

    Now when you see a character and you still want to rush over to get a good place in line, have someone in your party ask the Cast Member how long the character will be there and when their "magical break" will be so you won't be standing there for a number of minutes only to have to wait even longer for the character to return from a much needed break. Just move onto the next character because let's remember, It's all about saving time.
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    Re: Birthday surprise for my 7yo... I'm new here

    Roger Rabbit is another attraction you should go on. (and you should at least see the fronts of Mickey and Minnies houses, as Toontown is still much nicer that WDW's version. Small World is significantly larger than WDW's version. Storybookland is also nearby. I'd also suggest Mr. Toad, as it is also sadly absent from WDW. And I would still suggest Peter Pan as it's my favorite since my first visit. If Pinnochio and Snow are short lines, might as well take advantage of them. See if they want to go on Dumbo and Teacups, several like Alice, (although it's not my favorite) If the line is less than 1/2 hour, you may want to consider Finding Nemo.

    Of course the Matterhorn is exclusive to DL, as is Indiana Jones, and DL still has (most) of the original version of the Tiki Room and the Tiki room preshow. Jungle Cruise has a few things that WDW doesn't have.

    Pirates and Haunted Mansions are musts, If you do Splash, beware, it's unfortunately TOO WET of a ride at DL, now

    Some are BIG fans of Big Thunder, even though most agree the WDW version is better. It really is the only thing worth doing in Frontierland. If your girl is more tomboyish, you might want to do Tom Sawyer/Pirates Lair Island, otherwise I would skip it. Pass on Pooh, WDW version is so so. If the line is a walk on, I suppose you might want to waste a couple minutes on that.

    If your birthday girl is more into princesses or fairies you may want to wait in line to meet those characters, if the lines are reasonable.

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