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Old 12-03-2012, 12:07 PM   #16
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It wasn't until I started researching our trip for next spring that I realized how much we missed, but we really didn't feel deprived at all (IMO). Maybe that was the good thing about my lack of planning?
We have spent a total of 6 weeks at WDW in the past 10 years. I use the "non-planning" method every time we go to WDW. It makes every trip different. I just do what the kids want to do and pick the rides as we see them. No worries!

This trip is totally different because we picked the busiest week of the year to go to DL. It's been 13+ years since the last time Ive been there, my 2 kids have never been there, and I'm not sure when we will be back. Hopefully sooner than later, but since it's been 13+ years, I want to make sure we ride as many rides as possible.

We frequent WDW due to the location and 4 parks. I do have to admit that Disneyland is my favorite park out of all. Disneyland, in my mind blows away the Magic Kingdom. Hey it's the original and the same rides are just better at DL.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:40 PM   #17
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I suggest a 3 day hopper ~ what are you going to see on your LA day?? I say skip it and enjoy the parks, hopping is easy. Where are you staying?

Enjoy your visit ~ luckily you found "us" prior to your trip.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #18
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Are the FP's good all day? (after the time on the ticket) In other words if I get one in the morning that I can use in 45 minutes, I can use it that night? I'm sure they are but I just want to make sure.
Yes, as of right now you can use your FP anytime AFTER the window opens. But do check back before your trip as there have been rumors that FP enforcement will start at DL sometime soon.

The first rumors were that it would start sometime during Thanksgiving and be gradually enforced until Christmas, when rigid enforcement would kick in. So far, there has been no word from Disney and no change in policy at the parks. So just be aware of that.

I think having a game plan during the busiest time of the entire year is a good plan. I am not saying you have to follow a schedule like its a military operation, but setting yourself up for a good day in the morning pays off in spades as the parks get busier during the afternoon and evening. I normally have a game plan for the first few hours and then let the rest of the day unfold as it will. It is not unusual for me to have 5 or more sets of FPs by lunchtime during less busy periods. I think you will be doing well to have 3 or so.

I hope you have a great trip and please report back on how things went for you.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:16 PM   #19
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I suggest a 3 day hopper ~ what are you going to see on your LA day?? I say skip it and enjoy the parks, hopping is easy. Where are you staying?

Enjoy your visit ~ luckily you found "us" prior to your trip.
Wow DisneyMomma81, now you got me thinking I should do 3 days at the parks instead of 2. I really wanted to show my 12 year-old daughter how "glamorous" Hollywood is not. I was thinking the last day we can chill and drive around and look at places and things. (beach)

We are staying at the Annabella. We got a good deal through American Airlines Vacations. Flying on Christmas afternoon is a lot cheaper. I don't really care where we are staying because we want to be outside the entire time.

I AM lucky to find you guys (DIS) before my trip. ArchOwl has been a HUGE help!
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:22 PM   #20
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The first rumors were that it would start sometime during Thanksgiving and be gradually enforced until Christmas, when rigid enforcement would kick in. So far, there has been no word from Disney and no change in policy at the parks. So just be aware of that.
ArchOwl, I saw were WDW was going to implement this to 15 minutes after the end time. In other words, if your time is from 1:30 to 2:30, you couldn't use your ticket at 2:46. This stinks!

I will check back often, as there are many nice people on the DIS with great stories and great advice. I will also make sure I give a good trip report.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:24 PM   #21
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Wow DisneyMomma81, now you got me thinking I should do 3 days at the parks instead of 2. I really wanted to show my 12 year-old daughter how "glamorous" Hollywood is not. I was thinking the last day we can chill and drive around and look at places and things. (beach)

We are staying at the Annabella. We got a good deal through American Airlines Vacations. Flying on Christmas afternoon is a lot cheaper. I don't really care where we are staying because we want to be outside the entire time.

I AM lucky to find you guys (DIS) before my trip. ArchOwl has been a HUGE help!
I've heard good things about the Annabella. I've never been *no desire* to Hollywood. Take a mid day break and drive to the *cold* beach, we did that last November. I think we went to Huntington beach.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:31 PM   #22
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Wow DisneyMomma81, now you got me thinking I should do 3 days at the parks instead of 2. I really wanted to show my 12 year-old daughter how "glamorous" Hollywood is not. I was thinking the last day we can chill and drive around and look at places and things. (beach)

We are staying at the Annabella. We got a good deal through American Airlines Vacations. Flying on Christmas afternoon is a lot cheaper. I don't really care where we are staying because we want to be outside the entire time.

I AM lucky to find you guys (DIS) before my trip. ArchOwl has been a HUGE help!
From experience- it is not worth it to try to "just drive around"- traffic is a nightmare and us out-of-towners don't know the best ways to get around. Everything is so spread out. Going to Hollywood is okay- but from there to the beach (Santa Monica) is quite a drive with all the freeway work and crazy drivers. Stay close to Disney- do Downtown Disney up right- treat dd to a fun long lunch and shopping or do an extra day in the park- don't be fooled that just because something is 22 miles away that you will get there in under an hour...
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:42 PM   #23
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Wow DisneyMomma81, now you got me thinking I should do 3 days at the parks instead of 2. I really wanted to show my 12 year-old daughter how "glamorous" Hollywood is not. I was thinking the last day we can chill and drive around and look at places and things. (beach)

We are staying at the Annabella. We got a good deal through American Airlines Vacations. Flying on Christmas afternoon is a lot cheaper. I don't really care where we are staying because we want to be outside the entire time.

I AM lucky to find you guys (DIS) before my trip. ArchOwl has been a HUGE help!
I am glad I could help. Going to DL myself on Friday of this week until Monday, escorting a good friend who has never seen the Resort all decked out for Christmas. It is so much fun to help people have a good time at DL.

Hollywood isn't much to look at. Unless you are scheduling a tour of the studios or something else of that nature, it won't take you very long to see stuff. The beach in December is cold (but maybe that is just my native California thin blood). And the traffic that week will be interesting. Lots of people will be out and about.

Honestly, unless your heart is set on it, I would skip Hollywood and get a 3 day ticket. I think it will be way more fun. DL has a promo price on 3 day park hoppers. You have to buy online, it is not available at the ticket booths.
Here is the link: http://disneyland.disney.go.com/tickets/

It comes with one Magic Morning you could use at Disneyland. This will let you in an hour early and could be very useful to beat some of the crowds. Give it a thought.

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ArchOwl, I saw were WDW was going to implement this to 15 minutes after the end time. In other words, if your time is from 1:30 to 2:30, you couldn't use your ticket at 2:46. This stinks!

I will check back often, as there are many nice people on the DIS with great stories and great advice. I will also make sure I give a good trip report.
Yeah, I have a feeling it is just a matter of time until DL enforces the FP window. And yes, I am going to have to adjust. But I am hoping that whatever replaces it (FP+, NextGen, whatever they are going to call it) will work for me as well.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:25 PM   #24
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I suggest a 3 day hopper ~ what are you going to see on your LA day?? I say skip it and enjoy the parks, hopping is easy. Where are you staying?

Enjoy your visit ~ luckily you found "us" prior to your trip.
I totally agree with this! It's going to be hard to see everything you want to see in two days and with those high crowds. I would absolutely get a 3-day park hopper, since you have that extra day in there.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:10 PM   #25
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I also think you will have more fun staying in the Disney area either doing Downtown Disney or a 3rd day at the park. Having the extra hour one morning will make a big difference.
If you are only doing the 2 days or even if you decide to do the 3 days you might think about trying Ridemax. I decide to subscribe to it since we are going during a busy time and it came up with plans for DL and DCA where there is only 1 ride out of 28 that is longer than 15 minute wait even during a day Touring Plans says will be 10/10 busy. There web site is http://ridemax.com
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:45 PM   #26
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In the recent past the 26th has been the day that the Rose Bowl teams (and their bands) go to DL or DCA, so the OP might want to keep that in mind, to either avoid or seek out. This year's Rose Bowl teams are Wisconsin and Stanford.
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In the recent past the 26th has been the day that the Rose Bowl teams (and their bands) go to DL or DCA, so the OP might want to keep that in mind, to either avoid or seek out. This year's Rose Bowl teams are Wisconsin and Stanford.
Oh wow! Can you give more info on this? We have 5 day park hoppers, with the 26th being our last, and was just going to use it as a "whatever we missed" kind of day with no particular plan at the moment. We might want to check this out! (or avoid it)
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Basically, they set up a stage in front of the castle to introduce the teams. For some reason I thought this was done on the 27th, but maybe it is the 26th. The teams often bring a lot of family. The entire week has teams, cheer squads, bands, flag teams performing the parade route. ANd there will be lots of cheering!
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Basically, they set up a stage in front of the castle to introduce the teams. For some reason I thought this was done on the 27th, but maybe it is the 26th. The teams often bring a lot of family. The entire week has teams, cheer squads, bands, flag teams performing the parade route. ANd there will be lots of cheering!
Great, another obstacle on the 26th! I was thinking the 26th would be better at DL, because the early morning for that day is for DCA. When Ive gone to WDW, it's a good rule of thumb to avoid the park that has early mornings...and that's when I can go early morning too. Crowds in FL are more crowded during the entire day when there's early mornings entry that day. It's best NOT to go from my experience. Now, late nights for resort guests is a TOTALLY different story. The other thing to keep in mind is that DL only has 3 hotels and WDW has a butt load.

I just thought it was going to be a good thing that DL doesn't have early mornings on Wednesday the 26th. That way everybody gets in at the same time, and maybe the early morning people would be at DCA all day. I might be right, I could be wrong.
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Great, another obstacle on the 26th! I was thinking the 26th would be better at DL, because the early morning for that day is for DCA. When Ive gone to WDW, it's a good rule of thumb to avoid the park that has early mornings...and that's when I can go early morning too. Crowds in FL are more crowded during the entire day when there's early mornings entry that day. It's best NOT to go from my experience. Now, late nights for resort guests is a TOTALLY different story. The other thing to keep in mind is that DL only has 3 hotels and WDW has a butt load.

I just thought it was going to be a good thing that DL doesn't have early mornings on Wednesday the 26th. That way everybody gets in at the same time, and maybe the early morning people would be at DCA all day. I might be right, I could be wrong.
I am pretty sure the Rose Bowl stuff happens in the afternoon. I think last year it began around 1-2pm or so. Plenty of time to do DL that morning if you wish and get FPs for later. You can avoid the front of the park if you want. I don't think it will be a big deal. They usually do photo ops after the ceremony at Matterhorn and Tea Cups I think. So get those done in the morning.

Last year I believe a lot of the players did an appearance in the late afternoon and evening at ESPN Zone, so they aren't in the parks all day or anything. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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