Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disneyland > Disneyland (California)
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-26-2010, 02:53 PM   #1
Smiling Cheshire Cat
DIS Veteran
 
Smiling Cheshire Cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 6,368

How many days to really see everything?

I have seen where some say you can easily see DL and DCA in 3 or 4 days. Is this really enough time to see and do most everything? DS12 and I are lovers of all things disney. This will be our first and possibly only trip during his childhood to see DL. We will be there for 8 nights and 7 days. DH has a conference for the first 4 days. On the first morning we are there, which will be a Sunday, I hope to do the Welcome to Disneyland Tour for DS and I. Also since we will be there the week before Halloween we also will go to the Halloween party hopefully one week night.

I'm considering getting the 6 day hopper ticket. If we do this it will leave us with only 1 day to do something non Disney which will probably be Legoland if it is his choice. We will only have access to go somewhere in the rental car probably the last 3 days of the 7 because of DH's conference.

Will this be too much Disney? We're not big fans of Universal in Florida so are we missing out if we don't visit other places while we are in California?
__________________

Rachel
AKL, ASMovies(2), ASMusic(2), ASSports, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Caribbean Beach, Contemporary, Dolphin, French Quarter, Gaylord Palms, Grand Californian, Grand Floridian, Kidani Village, Polynesian, Pop Century(2), Riverside, Wilderness Lodge
Smiling Cheshire Cat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 03:04 PM   #2
goldies 5
DIS Veteran
 
goldies 5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 610

If you are a major Disney lover more is definetely better. From what I have seen on this board October can get very busy. If you have more time for the parks you might feel more relaxed about it.
__________________
Kim) dh(Aric) dd 18 ds 17 ds 10 ds 9 dd 4 dd 2
goldies 5 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 01-26-2010, 03:45 PM   #3
HydroGuy
The code is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules
Inquiring fairy minds want to know: Does Hydroguy like World of Color?
 
HydroGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Colorado, USA (formerly SoCal - now SoCol)
Posts: 14,835

There is a difference between "seeing everything" and merely having a fulfilling trip where one does not feel like they missed alot. Three days is really the minumum so that when you leave you did not feel like you missed a lot. To really see everything then 5-6 days is probably about right.

The answer also depends on how you tour. Do you get to the gates 30 minutes early? Do you use FP aggressively? Do you know which rides are best done in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Do you take hotel breaks? Are you going during high season? Are you going in low season weekdays? Are you in good physical condition and have a lot of stamina?

We did a four day trip once and it was too many days for us. Now we do 2-3 days. But we do not go with the idea of seeing everything. We go with the idea of seeing most or all of the things we enjoy most.
__________________
Upcoming:
August 2015 for the D23 Expo | WDW, 2015 May?
Completed:
DLR 07/2014 (DLH), 11/2013 (Day Trip), 8/2013 GCH (CCI for D23 Expo), 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 05/2013 Swan, 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
HydroGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 04:12 PM   #4
blackjackdelta
Uncle had an "in" with Walt
I love those rainy days with the decreased crowds
 
blackjackdelta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: So. Eastern Washington
Posts: 8,450

There are usually 6 of us so we stick to 5-6 days with breaks away from the parks. After an 18 hour drive, we make the most of what time we have. By doing this I am out of the attack mode and more into enjoying the sights and sounds.(getting there eventually if it kills me.)
Everyone in the family has something different planned so we tackle as much as we can.

Jack
blackjackdelta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 04:27 PM   #5
dmked
Mmmmmm I love the iced coffee at DL!
I'm looking forward to seeing the changes!
 
dmked's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 520

Last time we went, we went for 4 days. We did EVERYTHING in 3 days and re-did everything we loved again on the 4th day. I thought 4 days was perfect. We had 2 small kids with us, so if you don't have little kids you could move along even faster. I had a plan written out and we got to the parks every day before they opened (we had one MM) if you don't have a plan set, I would think you would need more like 5 days to go around at a leisurely pace.
__________________
Half the fun of going on vacation is coming home with pictures!

Disneyland, August 2002 for our honeymoon!
Disneyland and SeaWorld, August 2006
Disneyland, July 2008
Universal Studios and SeaWorld, July 2009
Disneyland, August 2010!
Disneyland and Knott's March 2011
Disneyland February 2013
dmked is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 04:32 PM   #6
Mugglemama
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Finally back home in CA!
Posts: 1,439

5 day trips usually feel a little bit long for us (we are ready to leave for home by about noon on the 5th day). 2 days is not enough for us. 4 is usually perfect.

HOWEVER, we have to keep track of 4 kids, and many of our trips have been when they were toddlers/preschoolers. being as this might be your only trip to DLR during your son's childhood, coupled with the fact that he's 12 and can take care of basically all his own needs (no diapers, no tantrums, etc....issues that make a disneyland trip pretty taxing for parents taking little kids), then i would suggest taking all 6 days if you think you will enjoy it enough. i'd suggest just 4 except that october has become a really busy month. maybe compromise and do 5?
Mugglemama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 04:40 PM   #7
bumbershoot
DIS Veteran
 
bumbershoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Tacoma WA
Posts: 46,703

Quote:
Originally Posted by HydroGuy View Post
There is a difference between "seeing everything" and merely having a fulfilling trip where one does not feel like they missed alot.

To really see everything then 5-6 days is probably about right.
Obviously I have to tour with HG. Because we've gone several times since '05, I've been there something like 28 days total, and I still have not seen or done *everything*. I haven't even done/seen everything I WANT to see/do!

So obviously I'm doing it wrong.

For what you think will be a once-in-a-childhood trip, I'd do as long as the tickets allow (so annoying they don't have a longer ticket before needing to upgrade).
__________________
-molly + robert + eamon (10!!)

DLR '05-'09 found within this link
DLR 7,9,12 2012 Universal Feb '12 DLR Dec '11 and Feb '12

Made weight goal 1yr8m8days after starting...currently working to maintain 85 lb loss thanks to Weight Watchers!
bumbershoot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 05:00 PM   #8
Mommy2PrincessAbby
DIS Veteran
 
Mommy2PrincessAbby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,939

We really like 5 days, and could easily do 6... 4 seems too short, can never get enough done, but we do take afternoon naps which cuts into our time in the parks!
__________________
hubby and I & princess Abby (10 y.o.)


Walt's Park:Two trips as a kid, stayed off-site. Oct '07, 4 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. May '08, 5 days "girls only trip" @ GCH dm, dd & I. May '09, 6 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. October '10, 5 day trip, dd and I @ PPH. Dec '12, 6 days @ PPH, dh, dd &I. Can't stand it anymore--DLH here we come Oct 25-29, 2015!

OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
Mommy2PrincessAbby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 05:29 PM   #9
HydroGuy
The code is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules
Inquiring fairy minds want to know: Does Hydroguy like World of Color?
 
HydroGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Colorado, USA (formerly SoCal - now SoCol)
Posts: 14,835

Quote:
Originally Posted by bumbershoot View Post
Obviously I have to tour with HG. Because we've gone several times since '05, I've been there something like 28 days total, and I still have not seen or done *everything*. I haven't even done/seen everything I WANT to see/do!

So obviously I'm doing it wrong.

For what you think will be a once-in-a-childhood trip, I'd do as long as the tickets allow (so annoying they don't have a longer ticket before needing to upgrade).
Molly, you can come with us anytime. To me "see everything" usually means "go on all the rides", "see all the shows", and "eat at a few good restaurants". If one defines it more narrowly like purists maybe like yourself as in "see every little detail and corner" then I need to go with you as I agree I see something new every time!
__________________
Upcoming:
August 2015 for the D23 Expo | WDW, 2015 May?
Completed:
DLR 07/2014 (DLH), 11/2013 (Day Trip), 8/2013 GCH (CCI for D23 Expo), 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 05/2013 Swan, 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
HydroGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 05:37 PM   #10
Disney Dider
Mouseketeer
 
Disney Dider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Idaho
Posts: 381

I think you need the whole 6 days. The older I get, the more time I need/want. When you find things you really love, you have time to do them extra. I love 6 days!!
__________________


Disneyland Adventures:
1989,1990,1993,1996,1998,2003,2005,2007,2007,2008, 2009,2010, and soon to be June 2011!!!
Disney Dider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 07:12 PM   #11
SeattleTink
Why do I always feel like I am 5 years old when I am at Disneyland?
You all understand this strange addiction
 
SeattleTink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Auburn, Washington
Posts: 480

I say go for it!

In the past we have had 7 and 8 day hoppers, (sadly these aren't available any longer) and have used every day. We love having the opportunity to really relax, take in every sight and sound, see Billy Hill twice, ride Space Mountain 10 times, and walk through every shop on Main Street. We love these long trips and never have we left the parks feeling like we were Disney'd out.

I agree with Bumbershoot, I still don't think we have done everything...maybe close but I'm sure we have missed something.

Maybe we are weird...but 7 days in Disneyland/CA for us is the most perfect week ever!

Enjoy your trip.
__________________
Hi, my name is Barbi and I am addicted to the Disneyland Resort.
SeattleTink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 07:38 PM   #12
carebee21
DIS Veteran
 
carebee21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: 8 Miles From Disney World!
Posts: 1,124

I'd do the six days in Disney. I don't think it's too much Disney at all. We have always done 3 day trips in the past, and though sufficient to ride most of the rides, this was the first year we have done a 4 and 6 day trip. It was so nice to be able to sit and relax at dinner instead of trying to hurry up and eat to get to the next ride/show. It was nice to know when my son was tired or we were tired, that we could sleep in a little later or leave the park early because we had some extra time in the park.

We have done things that we usually don't do, just because they are not high priorities and we run out of time, like innoventions and Tiki Room, etc and we have learned that my son loves ASIMO and could watch that robot for hours on end

So in my opinion, I would do the six days. There's plenty to see and do!!!
__________________
Family:Me(33) DH(35) DS (10)
carebee21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 08:24 PM   #13
mad hatter fan
DIS Veteran
 
mad hatter fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Cottage Grove, MN
Posts: 642

You really cannot buy a 7 or 8 day hopper anymore??? We had them in Dec. '08.
__________________
Me DH DS18 DD14 DS11 Koda

DLR July 02 DLR Jan 04 DLR Dec 04 WDW CR Jan 06 DLR Jan 07 WDW POR Jan 08 DLR Dec 08 DLR "Just the Two of Us" Aug 09 DLR just me and DS9 May 09 WDW POR Oct 2010 DLR June 2011 just DH and DD
Disneyland July 2012 DLR Mar 2013 Just DS17 and I POR March 2014 DLR Jan 2015 Just DH and I!
mad hatter fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 09:54 PM   #14
Judy from Boise
Watch out – might take away your birthday
Not superfluous in the least!
DIS World Traveller
 
Judy from Boise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Beautiful Boise,Idaho
Posts: 9,631
DISboards Moderator

To our family vacation is synonymous with "sleeping in"......so more days removes the need to arrive early from the equation . It also allows you to schedule sit down meals, shopping, or a movie in DD.
Judy from Boise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 09:59 PM   #15
lilsprstr
Mouseketeer
 
lilsprstr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 257

I could definitely spend six days there, but with my husband 4 is pushing it. The first time we went we were there 3 days and I wished we had been there longer. The 2nd time we went, we spent 4 days there. It was good, but I still would've like to stay longer. I'm a Disney nut!
__________________
Blythe

2007 Disneyland - Paradise Pier
2008 Disneyland - Anaheim Fairfield Inn
2010 Disneyland - Anaheim Portofino Inn & Suites
2012 Disney World - All Star Music Family Suites
lilsprstr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.