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Guide to DLR for WDW Veterans!

Discussion in 'Disneyland Resort' started by GiveMeTheMusic, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. jeffk410

    jeffk410 Well-Known Member

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    WDW vet visiting Disneyland.

    Will two days suffice? One day Disneyland and one day California Adventure?
     
  2. GiveMeTheMusic

    GiveMeTheMusic Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    If you are crunched for time, you can do that. Just be sure to skip clones and focus on unique or better attractions.

    If you can swing 3-4 days, that's ideal to really get everything in and be able to enjoy some details.
     
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    Any little must-do tips you'd recommend for a longer trip like that?:D
     
  4. Bairstow

    Bairstow Well-Known Member

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    That's squeezing it pretty tight. You'll want at least 3 days. 4 if the trip falls over a weekend.

    Break up your Disney days and spend a day at Knotts Berry Farm?
    Or even better, rent a convertible for the day and drive out to Huntington Beach and drive up and down the Pacific Coast Highway for a few hours. You'll never forget that.
     
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  5. BrianV

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    We were you. We however has 2.5 days. It depends on your style. We were relaxed, enjoyed seeing what we could and skipped what we couldn't. We felt like 2.5 days was good enough and 2 would have been fine too. More is always better of course. :)
     
  6. jeffk410

    jeffk410 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I could have 2 1/2, but not sure I can justify adding on a 3rd day to my ticket for only a half day in the parks.
     
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  7. jeffk410

    jeffk410 Well-Known Member

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    We arrive Thursday AM and leave Sunday afternoon. Staying at the Grand Californian, so planned on spending Thursday / Sunday morn there and focus on the parks Friday and Saturday. May end up caving and going on Thursday too! Thanks for the advice.
     
  8. 75disney

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    My DH and I went to DL in 1999 and stayed at the DL Hotel. We are planning our first and probably only trip there with our DDs (ages 15 and12) in August. We are spending 5 days in San Diego first and then moving up to Anaheim for 5 days - 4 at Disney and 1 exploring Hollywood. We are debating where to stay... Paradise Pier, Howard Johnson, or Candy Cane Inn. I want Paradise Pier but my DH is bulking at the exorbitant cost of this trip. Any recommendations or thoughts about the 3 hotel possibilities?
     
  9. GiveMeTheMusic

    GiveMeTheMusic Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Your husband is right. PPH is way overpriced and has no real advantage other than the Disney name. It's an old hotel that is badly in need of being bulldozed. I haven't stayed at Candy Cane in years, but if the price is right HoJo or the new Courtyard next to it are great options.
     
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    HoJo is super charming for those of us who have grown up staying there, but the Courtyard next door does look to be the nicer newer option.
     
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    But NEVER let him know this!!!!!
     
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    GiveMeTheMusic Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Yes, it is key to never let your husband win!
     
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    I can't find it now, but I think someone mentioned that if you're staying close to the Toy Story transportation center, you can just walk to there and catch a tram (or bus or whatever)? I was thinking of putting us at the Convention Center Hyatt Place, and that Toy Story transportation center would be pretty convenient (especially for coming BACK, but maybe even going)...
    Can anyone confirm or deny that?
     
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    and people wonder why the divorce rate is so high. :p
     
  15. GiveMeTheMusic

    GiveMeTheMusic Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    It is still a bit of a hike to the lot entrance and then to the shuttle area, but it's shorter than walking all the way to the esplanade from there.
     
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    If you make it there before say noon, bite the bullet and pay for another day. You can use that day to wander and have fun. Make sinnder reservations in the park somewhere..

    Enjoy!
     
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    We're leaving today for CA and will be spending 2.5 days in the park. More like 2.75 days, I guess, so we bought a 3 day ticket. Hope it's worth it! I just didn't feel like 2 days were enough.
     
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    Another Question: Are the Halloween parties at Disneyland worth the price increase? I've been to MNSSHP in WDW and enjoyed it, but not sure it warrants it with only 2-3 days at the parks.
     
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    Let us know if you think it was worth it - thanks!
     
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    No.
     
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