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Guide to DLR for WDW Veterans!

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

  1. Martin T.

    Martin T. Member

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    I'm a Disneylander. I went to WDW the first time in 2016. We spent a week with at least 1 day a park, and we still did not see or do everything that is to be done. When I plan a Southern Californian adventure it is just that. We usually spend two or three days at Disney, and for cheaper in a non-Disney hotel. The biggest difference is that it is a Californian adventure. We would have a day at Knotts's Berry Farm, a Day at Universal, A beach day. Now My wife is a fly down and usually stay at a DLR area hotel and drive to the other places. In my youth, my family would road trip from Seattle. So, it would be the parks as Icing after going to Reno or Vegas, Yosimite, Redwood, San Juaquim Valley, San Fran, Deigo.
    When you do go to DLR for 2-3 days you pretty much can see everything in that time. Character Dining vouchers are good, but meal vouchers is a loose. Many of the passes ans attractions are first come first served the day of. Blue Bayou is a must, it was first come first served for reservations, but I am told that has changed. It has been some time since my last DLR trip. I have not been to DCA yet, so you might need to go 4 days. Even if you have a similar ride at WDW, you still need to ride the west cost version.
     
  2. phruby

    phruby Well-Known Member

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    A note for WDW veterans, when referring to going to Disneyland, never refer to it as going to 'Disney'.

    "They're tourists. What do they know." - Rizzo
     
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  3. PiratesMansion

    PiratesMansion Active Member

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    ^Even worse than that are the people that call it "Walt Disneyland." Makes me cringe.
     
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  4. mickEblu

    mickEblu Well-Known Member

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    To me it will always be... The Park.
     
  5. phruby

    phruby Well-Known Member

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    Right and they are in the Magic Kingdom when they say it.
     
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  6. Witchy Chick

    Witchy Chick Well-Known Member

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    WDW vet here, working on our CA itinerary for July. Our family is me (super uber planner :cautious:), DH, DD8, and DS7.

    For our CA trip, we have four days in San Francisco (DH is a marathoner and running the marathon to cross CA off of his 50 states goal/list) and then four days in Anaheim. We fly from SFO -> SNA on a Monday, arriving at SNA around 11am. I'm figuring with getting luggage and shuttling to our hotel, we only have the afternoon/evening for DLR that first day, then three full days Tues - Thurs after, checking out/flying home Fri morning (no park time that day). Sounds like our total of 3.5 days in the parks is enough time to get most everything done.

    Day 1 Monday
    • mid-dayish arrival to Anaheim, head to DCA for afternoon/evening, possible dinner/WoC package (I'm back and forth on this, or just getting regular old FP for WoC), just hang around Paradise Pier area

    Day 2 Tuesday
    • MM at DL, trying to hit as much as we can before regular park opening
    • Breakfast approx 10am at Minnie and Friends at The Plaza Inn for the kiddos (who are just about outgrowing the "character thing"). We just purchased 4-day PH tickets from aRes that include character meal vouchers for the kiddos; since this character meal is inside the park, we thought this was a good option for this day.

    Day 3 Wednesday
    • DCA? Park hopping to both parks?

    Day 4 Thursday
    • DisneyLand park? (This is another MM but not for us since we're using ours on Tuesday. Thought we could get there at park opening, though, and head to Frontierland/Adventureland for an early start.)

    Questions:
    1. Did ToT/Does GotG: MB have a single rider line (or rider swap)? The kiddos were not big fans of ToT at WDW, so DH and I may tag off on riding this one without the kids.
    2. Summer of Heroes (sorry, locals): Will the Avengers Initiative and the Jedi Training Academy both be available? Our kids have done JTA at WDW, and I think it would be neat to do it at DLR as well. They might also want to do Avengers Initiative (since they and DH are huge comic book dorks). Would we be wasting too much time doing both training things for the kids?
    3. MaxPass -- any word yet on when this goes live?
    4. Aside from WoC (possibly) on our first night, I have not even thought about other nighttime entertainment. Rumor is Fantasmic!! might still be down (our trip is late July)? My kids had not seen MSEP at WDW yet, so that might be nice to see at DLR. And fireworks one night. Any recommendations for parade/fireworks viewing? I've read staying for the second parade is probably a better option, but I don't know if my kiddos can hang that late.
    5. Anything else I should know?

    Thank you!!!
     
  7. GiveMeTheMusic

    GiveMeTheMusic Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    1. No single rider, yes child swap
    2. Both shows will be available all summer, and I'm not hearing great things about ATI vs JTA. JTA may be a better use of your time.
    3. Nope
    4. Fireworks are best with a view of the castle, 2nd parade i always better than the 1st. Fantasmic does not have an opening date set as of yet
     
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  8. Reggie Colorado

    Reggie Colorado New Member

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    Witchy Chick, on the days you do not have MM, consider visiting the park that does not have early opening, as it will be relatively less crowded. For example, if DCA has early opening, Radiator Springs Racers or Toy Story will already have long lines even if you are there at rope drop for the regular opening. On your MM day, also consider park hopping mid-day for the same reason. And given that the parks are right next to each other, aggressively use your PH tickets by monitoring the wait times in each park and walking over to the other park if you see better wait times.
     
  9. Witchy Chick

    Witchy Chick Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!! I'll check back in a month or so (if you don't mind) for feedback/improvements (hopefully?) re: ATI. And if the Black Widow meet and greet is worth it (DD8 loooooooves BW). I think the nighttime entertainment I will have to play by ear as we are East Coasters. Not sure how my kiddos will do adjusting to the time change (although we do have the four days in SF first so they might be on PDT by the Anaheim portion of the trip). Thank you again!

    Thanks!! I added that bit of advice to my notes. I'm not sure how much bouncing around park-to-park we'll be doing throughout each day. I was thinking more midday (depending on wait times, crowds, etc) as the "hey let's hit the other park" break point. And/or maybe hit a different park in the evenings after dinner (ex. DL for morning, DCA for afternoon, dinner break, DL for evening). If I were solo without DH and the kids, I'd be bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball. LOL
     
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  10. disneygeek90

    disneygeek90 Well-Known Member

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    I love hearing people call WDW "Disneyland"
     
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  11. InsideDisney

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    Few years ago fox news in california called Disneyland walt disney world I was done :hilarious:
     
  12. Kira Nerys

    Kira Nerys Well-Known Member

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    I call Disneyland the Magic Kingdom.
     

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