Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 6:22 PM Last Post By: SusieGirl7
Feb 18, 2013 10:17 AM
Feb 18, 2013 10:51 AM
1What kind of information are you looking for? Lodging in the area? Weather in March? How to get there without a car? Best time of day to go? Best places to eat? How to get Mickey's autograph?
If your questions are about how best to enjoy your time in the park, then you might have better luck with one of the dedicated Disney forums. Mouse Planet, for example.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Feb 19, 2013 9:09 AM
Feb 20, 2013 6:08 PM
3We're going to California and have our hotel and passes purchased. Was looking for any advise or tricks for the park. I was also wondering about transport from lax. The intel mentioned the Disney express bus but then I had a friend mention some shuttle service from the airport that is free. We are staying at a hotel close to the park but not inside.
Feb 20, 2013 6:52 PM
4Free shuttle service from the airport is only to airport hotels. Disneyland is a good 40 miles from LAX. I would rent a car - that will allow you to drive to restaurants or anywhere else you want to go. The area around Disneyland is not really walker friendly.
Feb 24, 2013 3:43 PM
5My friend is a Disneyland Annual Pass holder and goes to Disneyland often. She wrote up some tips for visiting friends a couple of years ago. Here are her suggestions, though changes may have occurred over the years, it would be best to extract what you think is important.
The best time to ride as many rides as possible is to get to the park first thing in the morning.
I'd recommend them getting to the parking structure by 7:30am.
Once they get in, they should head to The Finding Nemo Submarine ride (this was when it first opened, and thus very popular. Not so much now). I'm sure everyone else will be heading there too. Currently, that's the longest line, so to get there first thing in the morning
would be great. Average wait used to be 60-120 minutes if you went later in the day.
After Nemo, I'd recommend getting FastPasses. There are four I'd recommend, if they think they'll like these rides:
1) Space Mountain (fast roller coaster ride)
2) Indiana Jones (bumpy jeep ride)
3) Buzz Lightyear (slow ride but fun because you get a laser gun to sheet targets and get your score. Make sure after the ride they go to the screen and look for their picture and get it emailed to them)
4) Big Thunder (there's never a long line here, so there might not be a need to get a FastPass)
You can only get one FastPass per ticket per time period. Just stick your ticket inside the FastPass machine and you'll get a time frame for when you can get on the ride. Using this example, if the FastPass says 9:00-9:20am, you can't get on the ride before 9:00am
but you can use it anytime after 9:20am and you can't get another FastPass until after 9:00am. Hope that makes sense. I usually use mine later at night when it's more crowded and it's OK.
Peter Pan also has a long line so I'd recommend going early.
I like the Billy Hill and the Hillbillies show at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. Showtimes are usually 11:15, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00,5:15. It's a nice place to relax. They sell drinks and snacks.
Parade is at 3:30 and 6:30 (may have changed). They can sit/stand along Main Street.
Fireworks show is 9:25 (?). I totally recommend this. I stand on Main Street between Coca Cola Corner & the Photo shop, which are the last 2 shops along Main Street before you hit the circle and Castle. They should be able to view the castle and Matterhorn (big white mountain). They should line up in Main Street 30-40 minutes prior to the show. Pick up some extra Disneyland program/maps at the entrance and use those as mats to sit on while they wait. I'm sure their feet will be tired.
My comments regarding California Adventure:
Get passes to The World of Color show right away for one of the evening shows. Soaring over California is one of my favorite rides. Tower of Terror is also fun, as long as you have a strong stomach.
Feb 25, 2013 8:38 AM
Feb 25, 2013 6:22 PM
7Pretty sure a 4 year old can't go on Space Mountain or Big Thunder Railroad due to height restrictions. Ditto on a 6 year old. I'm guessing OP will be spending most of her time at Fantasyland and Toontown plus the parade/shows.
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