|08-25-2009, 12:52 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Back from Aug15-21 trip
First time to DL and loved it! Even DH who was hesitant to go on a longer plane ride for what he thought would be a "lesser park". At one point in the trip, he even said he thought DL was BETTER than WDW.
On our first day, Saturday, we got to do a ton of rides with little wait, and this was with arrival at 2pm.
The next day MM was awesome - we did all of Fantasyland and then WALKED on Nemo after 8am - this was a big surprise. At first we thought it was shut down because there was no line.
Loved Aladdin and Magical fireworks.
Fantasmic was also better than WDW but a logistical nightmare. We got the reserved seating but had a very hard time getting to the seats. Each way we tried to go, we were blocked by CMs and sent back the other way. Crowds were a nightmare. This was on Monday. This was the only major annoyance during the whole trip.
Stayed at DLH hotel, which we also loved. Was worried based on negative reviews on the boards. We were in the Wonder tower. The walk from the hotel to the parks was a breeze, so nice not to have to wait for transportation.
After Sunday when all blockout restrictions were lifted it became much more crowded and hard to get around. Heard many guests and CMs in the park saying this was the most crowded they have ever seen the park. We got up for opening all days but one due to exhaustion.
We got to go on all the rides we wanted to at both parks, plus several repeats. Thought most rides were equal or better than those at WDW, except for Splash Mountain.
Also thought DTD was much nicer than the one at WDW.
Thanks to Hydroguy, Blackjackdelta and all others on this board for the great tips and help before our trip.
We definitely plan to return to DL
|08-25-2009, 12:25 PM||#2|
The code is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules
Inquiring fairy minds want to know: Does Hydroguy like World of Color?
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Colorado, USA (formerly SoCal - now SoCol)
WDW - May (Swan), DLR - August (CCI and D23 Expo)
DLR 10/2012 CCI, 07/2012 GCH, 08/2011 CCI (D23 Expo), 06/2011 GCH, 09/2010 BWPPI, 07/2010 GCH, 08/2009 (Day Trip), 05/2009 Doubletree Anaheim/OC, 11/2007 (Day Trip), 06/2007 BWPPI, 08/2006 (Day Trip), 11/2005 BWPPI, 08/2005 BWPPI, 07/2003 HoJo's, 07/2000 PPH, 1966-1998 Numerous Day Trips Including... 06/1981 (Grad Night)
WDW 02/2012 CBR, 03/2011 Dolphin, 05/2008 AKL, 06/2006 FW Cabins
DLR Paris 06/2007 - Newport Bay/Santa Fe/Holiday Inn (solo) - see my Trip Observations
Tokyo Disney Resort 11/2009 - SunRoute Plaza (with DS13) - see my Trip Report (with photos)
HydroGuy DLR Tips Compilation, DLR Abbreviations List, World of Color Superthread
|08-25-2009, 02:39 PM||#4|
Loves the star on the mountain
Join Date: Dec 1998
Location: Near the original Magic Kingdom
Welcome back. Both parks are special in their own ways. I'm so glad you were able to see the magic in the original.
|08-25-2009, 04:14 PM||#5|
The challenge is - who can find me?
Join Date: Oct 2006
yay for DCA... thats my park!!! :D
oh sorry, Disney's California Adventure...
~ Your Ex Cute, Little, Fuzzy, Silly, and Chubby Cast Member ~
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