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Disney Parks Are For Preschoolers Again!

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With growing crowds of Disney Adults and talks of “Adult Only” days at Disney theme parks, Guests with families and young children voiced concern about the purpose of Disney Parks. While Walt Disney wanted his attractions to serve not only the young but the “young-in-heart,” parents felt their children’s experiences were getting lost in the shuffle of the Walt Disney Company’s desire to cater to and make money of off an older crowd.

Parents of young Disney fans can rejoice because Disneyland just announced its preschooler-specific offering coming to California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District this August!

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Preschoolers and parents prepare for Disneyland’s “Disney Junior & Friends Playdate!” The Disney Parks Blog describes the lively event as “a three-day event celebrating the magical, entertaining, and music-filled stories” of your preschoolers favorite shows!

Disney Junior on Friday, Aug. 18 at Disney California Adventure Park

A Playdate Party Parade will feature some Disney Junior favorites! Of course, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and their friends will be there, but so will Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Vampirina, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Mira, Royal Detective.

“Playdate with Winnie the Pooh,” an event specific stage show and NEW “short-form series” will have it’s world-premiere during Disneyland’s “Disney Junior & Friends Playdate!”

Decorate the maddest of cupcakes with your preschooler at “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party,” inspired by the Disney Junior hit Alice’s Wonderland Bakery!

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There will be a “Spidey and his Amazing Friends” photo wall at the Hollywood Backlot for all the superheroes in training out there.

And of course, Disney California Adventure’s regular “Disney Junior Dance Party” will be going on as normal too!

Specialty food and beverages include the Winnie the Pooh-inspired Honey Pot Caramel Apple and Tigger Marshmallow Tail from Trolley Treats, as well as specialty cotton candy “at select outdoor vending locations.”

Disney Junior at the Downtown Disney District on Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20

The following two days move the Disney Junior celebration to Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District and will offer themed treats at Marceline’s Confectionary. Young Jedi’s can also find a “Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures” photo op wall!

Guests can enjoy live entertainment for the whole family on the Downtown Disney Live! Stage or hang out at the Playdate Play Zone for arts & crafts activities. The Honey Pot Caramel Apple and Tigger Marshmallow Tail are available here, too, at Marceline’s Confectionery!

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Overall the “Disney Junior & Friends Playdate!” summer weekend from August 18 through 20 at Disneyland’s California Adventure Park will be a wholesome good time full of character celebrities. Also, look out for the “find-and-search experiences featuring Disney Junior-themed clues!” The clues will be around Disney California Adventure Park on Friday the 18 and Downtown Disney on Saturday the 19 and Sunday the 20.

Preschoolers assemble!

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!