Disney Cruise or Disneyland?

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  1. PizzieDuster

    PizzieDuster DIS Veteran

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    Yes, I just read in our local paper of the dates of ride closures today. Don't know if that's important to you. There is so much to do in So Cal. It's a bonus you don't have to pay for air fare. The weather in September is gorgeous and everyone goes back to school :)
     
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  3. dorkeemn

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    Another vote for the Cruise - get trip insurance - and don't fret a storm. Disney will reroute the ship around any storm - and you won't even notice it (Unless it is covering the entire area, which is unlikely).

    DL was made to fit available space - unlike DW, where the company bought up as much land as they could using covers and false names. We've been to all 3 and by far prefer the cruise experience. Less hassle, fewer lines (they still exist), and all included.

    No thrill rides - unless you para-sail or jet ski - but good family time!
     
  4. MamaToDavis

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    Thanks so much for the replies! You've given me a lot to think about. Still not sure! I'd love to do both. Honestly, the one thing holding me back from the cruise is the idea of claustrophobia in those tiny guest rooms. How much of an issue is this? I'm assuming we won't be in the room much? :confused3

    Quick question about DLR... Could we easily get to the other SoCal attractions (Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, beach) from a DLR or neighboring hotel. It would be fun for our boys to rent a convertible during our stay. Sorry, but I have no clue regarding west coast geography.

    Thanks again for your input!
     
  5. pannm

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    It, honestly, depends on what type of a vacation you want. When we do Disney World and Disney Land, there is little to no 'relaxing/sitting back' on those vacations. We go (and go and go and go and go)...

    We've done Disney World several times. Last summer, we went to Disney Land. I was told by MANY people that we would be 'dissapointed' because DL is A LOT smaller (2 smaller parks) and because there are a lot of repeat rides. First of all, we weren't dissapointed. We are huge Disney fans and if we WANT to experiance all forms of Disney!!! We just planned for a shorter stay there. I think that every Disney lover should experiance Disney Land, Disney World AND Disney Cruise line. In fact, Disney Land is where it all started, so there is a bit of extra Disney history when you go there.

    The one thing we HATED about Disney Land is the night time shows. The shows themselves were GREAT...BUT the SEATING IS A MAJOR ISSUE!!!! For the Adventureland light/sound/fireworks show, everyone is in a big mass of piles of people and most people stand for it. You need to get 'fast passes' to get into a line many, many minutes before they even allow you to go into the area to stand for the show. People are crabby, because their kids are crabby and if you don't get a front row or front section seat, the viewing can be very blocked (especially for kids) because everyone is standing. My husband had to hold our 10 year old daughter so she could see and I had to hold up my 8 year old daughter. There are people who really don't care about others at all and put their kids up on top of their shoulders which completly blocks everyone behind them.
    For the night show in Disneyland...well, you MUST sit on the ground- which is hard cement. And not only do you have to sit there for the show, you NEED to show up at least an HOUR early to even GET a full view seat. AND, if you send one person to save your spot, good luck with that- because people crowd in and don't care. I did like the show, but we had been sitting on the ground with 2 kids off and on our laps for over an hour by the time it started and it was raining.

    Disney world, BY FAR, has better seating for these shows.

    We are doing our first Disney Cruise in the end of Feb. We chose to do the cruise, because we want a more relaxed vacation where everything is pretty much included besides the excursions or extra add-on's. More things are included in a Disney Cruise than most other cruise lines. Pop and juice are included- which you have to pay extra for on other cruises...Also, we were looking to do something different.

    I am really excited to go to Disney World again to see the new fantasy expansion, but we're going to wait a year to do it. We were at DisneyLand just after CarsLand opened and it was INSANE- we had to skip EVERYTHING in that area, except for the Radiator Springs ride. We had fast passes for the ride that we got as SOON as the park opened. My DH stood in line for about 45 minutes just to get the fast pases. Then, we waited in the Radiator Spr. line for about 1 1/2 hours because the ride kept shutting down for problems. We did get to ride it though. We didn't get to do ANYTHING else in that area. It was just tooooo packed! It would probably be better now, but you'd still NEED fast passes.

    When we do Disney World, we get up early and go late. We get as many things done in a day as we can. It is a GREAT vacation, but not a relaxing vacation...if you are like that, it will be the same for you at Disney Land. It will just be a shorter stay. If you end up going to Disney Land, in order to make a full trip out of it- you'll probably want to do more than just Disney Land. It really doesn't make sense to fly all that way JUST for DL. We bought the California Pass- it included 3 days at Disney, 2 days at Sea World, 1 day at Universal Studios. That was a great way to add variety AND we added a few days in between just to hang out at a nice hotel and relax. It worked out well.
     
  6. pannm

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    I've heard that the Cruise ship rooms are a lot like a hotel room...PLUS, there are two bathroom areas in each room, so that is a huge help! Besides, you all don't really need to be in the room that much anyways. Most kids want to be in the Kids club or tweens/teens clubs for a large part of the day anyways. That's another plus to the cruise. your kids get supervised entertainment so you and your spouse can do a few things and relax on your own. Even if they only use the clubs for an hour or two each day, it's still a nice plus!

    When we did SoCal, we did Sea World first...we stayed in San Diego three nights. Went to Coronado beach (on an island and one of the nicest family beaches in the entire U.S.A) and sea world for two days. THEN, we drove up to the L.A./Disney area to do the other things and we stayed at Disneyland.

    If you end up going and staying in ONE place, it can be A TON of driving. It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get from Disney down to San Diego...and that's with no traffic! There's traffic EVERYWHERE there! It took us 2 1/2 hours to get from the LAX airport to our hotel in San Diego the first night!

    We went to Universal Studios one day and we had to wake up quite early to get there that morning. And, we got back to the hotel very late that night and had to do Disney Land the next morning. It's easier to stay closer to the attraction that you are visiting the next day, or you'll spend hours in the car! And HOURS in the car in heavy L.A. traffic is NEVER a good thing when you aren't used to it!

    An idea: Since you aren't worried about flight costs- it would be better to fly into one place (like San Diego for example), stay there 2 or three nights, THEN drive up to Disney area and do Disney, then fly OUT of LAX to get back home...or the other way around! It will save you time. The only thing that would MAYBE add a few extra dollars would be renting a car from one place and dropping it off at a different place, but when we checked on doing that it wasn't much of a difference in that area!
     
  7. bahacca

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    Quick question about DLR... Could we easily get to the other SoCal attractions (Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, beach) from a DLR or neighboring hotel. It would be fun for our boys to rent a convertible during our stay. Sorry, but I have no clue regarding west coast geography.

    Legoland is about 1.5 hours south of DLR. Go another 30 minutes and you'll hit San Diego with Sea WOrld and San Diego zoo.
    PERSONALLY, If you do San Diego and Carlsbad(where Legoland is), then I'd book a hotel in San DIego and stay there 2 nights. If you skip legoland, you could do a 1 night stay-hit the zoo first and then sea world(the zoo is more hilly and more walking where Sea World is easier to rest with shows and such)
    If you only want to do 1 down that way, you can leave early in the morning and then come back late at night, but it will be a LONG day.
    Huntington Beach is my fav beach. Surfers, volleyball players. Not a good beach for beginning swimmers, though. For that, Newport or Laguna are better for that. Only takes about 15 minutes from DLR to get to Huntington Beach. THen you can take PCH(Pacific Coast Highway) down along the coast to visit other beaches if you wish. THIS would be the day to rent a convertible. WHen you head down to Newport, you'll probably see the high end car dealerships(Ferrari, etc) and I don't think i've ever been down there without seeing someone cruising in their hotshot car. TONS of great dining along the beaches as well.
     
  8. bitlerzx4

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    I have never been to DL but I have been to DW so many times. Taking our 2nd cruise on the DCL (actually 2nd cruise ever) and I think we all agree in this house that we will be cruising for awhile before heading back to the parks.
     
  9. carmie3377

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    We took our first cruise when the kids were 3 and 10. We rebooked a 7 nt MR while on board and planned to tack on a few days at DL while there. The opportunity to take the 15 night Panama Canal cruise (w/no DL) came up instead and both the kids decided on the PC cruise as they had loved our first cruise so much! They were almost 5 and 12 during that cruise and neither of them (including us) got bored or tired of being on for 15 nights.

    Since then, they've been back to WDW twice and they're both begging for another cruise! They LOVE WDW and both want to visit DL but there is just something about the cruise. Little do they know that in 9 weeks from today well be boarding the Fanatasy for their 14th and 7th birthdays!

    So, needless to say, I vote CRUISE! Still the awesome Disney experience yet completely different and just as wonderful!!!

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  10. kimberlyelayne

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    DCL has the biggest staterooms out of all the cruise lines. They are a little smaller then a hotel room. They do a great job and making every inch usable to make it seem bigger. Example you can store your luggage under the bed. 1st cruise I fit my family of 5 in a family veranda room. We all fit nicely. This cruise we are doing two rooms only so me and the hubby have a little more privacy :hug::yay:
     
  11. Silly Little Pixie

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    With your boys' ages- Disneyland in a heartbeat. They will love Carsland and September is a great time. DL is a lot more laid back than WDW. My family absolutely hates the go, go, go, need restaurant reservations, etc of WDW. DL is not in any way an inferior experience, especially if you stay onsite. DLR actually has almost as many rides in 2 parks as WDW in 4. Check out the sticky on the DL board, Hydroguy's Tips For WDW Vets.

    The Disneyland Hotel has been beautifully refurbished and the slides and pools are fantastic. September is the perfect time to enjoy them!

    Now I love DCL- we have done 9 cruises and 2 more upcoming in 2013. But given that you can cruise on a 4 night in hurricane season, or go to DL in a low crowd/awesome weather time - Disneyland is the no brainer.
     
  12. Keyser

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    I agree with one of the first posters - if you want a go-go-go vacation, visit DL, if you want something more relaxing, try the cruise. But really, it is mainly an issue of if you want something similar to your previous WDW experience or something very different.

    We were also WDW frequent visitors, but last summer we chose to spend a bit more than a week in Southern California, including Disneyland. It was a great trip, but we wouldn't have done it just for DL (with your cheap flights, it might be less of an issue for you). Others have talked about the difference with WDW - I would say that you should think of Disneyland as a new variation on what you've already done. Sure, there are lots of differences, but the basic vacation is similar in a lot of ways, most of the rides are the same or quite similar, etc. Basically, it's going to be a different version of the same thing you had at WDW, though.

    The cruise on the other hand will be something very different. We did a 3 day cruise, and will be doing a 6 day one soon. It's true that it is run by Disney and that there are certainly Disney elements and themes throughout, but it's a totally different experience than WDW.

    Honestly, I'd think of it like this: Amusement park or cruise? In the spectrum of all possible vacations, a random big amusement park experience is gong to be closer to your WDW experience than the cruise will be. And, a random cruise is going to be closer to a Disney cruise than WDW or DL would be. If it were me, I would probably choose the cruise - it gives you a chance to see if you like cruises. Also I would probably want to wait on DL until I could spend longer in SoCal, but that is because our family basically gets to travel once a year, and that would probably be our only trip to the area.
     
  13. MamaToDavis

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    Wow!!! Thanks so much for the thoughtful replies. I'm leaning towards the cruise, mostly I think I'd like a relaxing vacation vs. go-go-go. The 4 day trip I priced out a few days ago seems to have gone up by $500. Apparently, discount rooms sold out. Bummer.

    It looks like I will start reading the stickies at the top on how to find the best deal. Travel agent or book it myself? Just surfing around the web looking for tips on getting a deal is overwhelming! I read that RCL is cheaper but when I priced it out against Disney, it didn't seem to be much cheaper. :confused3 Also, our September date isn't set in stone. We're open to travel during spring break (the week of April 8) and all of summer, but I assume that the Sept. date would be cheaper and least crowded. Is that correct?

    Thanks again SO much for your help!! :thumbsup2
     
  14. woody73

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    Yes, much cheaper.

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  15. DahliaRW

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    As others have mentioned, it's not too far. Just don't drive at rush hour. I would recommend staying further south and doing what you want down there and then staying by DL when you are there. It's just easier, and car rentals are not too bad. One thing to know about a one way car rental is that the fee for returning it to a different place goes up with every day you rent. We once saved $500 out in Pittsburgh (we drove in from Detroit) by going to the airport when we got there, returning one car, and then immediately renting another we had reserved! The other option is to fly in and out of the same airport and just make a round trip to whatever destination. It's easy either way. It's a bit more of a drive than SD, but San Francisco is really a nice place to visit too.
     
  16. erocrobro

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    This is how we did it, and the driving is really not too bad. We flew in and out of San Diego, rented a car at the airport, stayed in Carlsbad for a few days and did SeaWorld (maybe a 25 minute drive) and Legoland. Then we drove up to Anaheim and stayed there for several days doing our DL portion of the trip and a couple of beach days. Then we moved up to LA and did a few things there. In the end we drove back to San Diego, returned the car and flew home. The driving was not bad at all, we took a GPS and had no trouble. Others had told me that if you visit LA on the weekends, there is no traffic and they were right. It was nothing like I had expected.
     
  17. pannm

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    I priced out several different cruise lines as well. You really need to factor in the 'extra costs' that build up on other cruise lines. We were all ready to book a Carnival cruise, then We found a great deal on a Disney cruise and it would have been the same price!

    When we made our 'lists' of pro's and cons here's what we came up with. We have two kids.

    carnival, RCL, NCL:
    -rooms over all are smaller
    -no second bathroom area in every room
    -pop & juice NOT included (EXTRA FEE FOR THEM so ADD $$$ there)
    -less hours for kids clubs being available
    -less 'kids activities and shows'
    -OK food to good food...but the GREAT food only comes in the form of paying Out of pocket for special dinning rooms. More than one or two restaurants on board have an "up charge" to eat in them.

    Disney
    -pop, juice ARE included on all ships (at the soda fountain, durring meals and JUICE is included in room service)...this alone saves $$$, because those soda packages are expensive for a family.
    -Rooms are larger or feel larger and include two bathroom areas in each cabin
    -most available kids club hours on any cruise line
    -The MOST family centered shows (AND adult centered shows!!!)
    -Disney themes/characters
    -Great food in all dinning rooms- with the option of having a special restaurant that is OOP, but 1/2 of the restaurants don't have an up charge.


    A lot of great cruiselines out there! I have friends who LOVE RCL and NCL, but they rarely go with their kids. They said that they'd be good for kids, but they'd do Disney cruise with kids OVER RCL or NCL. Simply for the fact that the kids clubs are more expanded, the rooms offer 2 bathrooms AND there's more family themed entertainment available.

    PLUS, for Disney lovers...and if it's about the same cost...Disney is a wonderful cruise!
     
  18. MamaToDavis

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    Thanks for the cruise info pannm! The RCL Oasis is only $200 cheaper w/ a comparable DCL room. Sure would be nice to score a deal on the DCL! I'm going to contact a travel agent to help...this is too much for me! Thanks again.
     
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    We have never travelled in an inside room, but the ocean view and balconies don't feel claustrophobic at all. It's squishy as we travel with 5 in a room with 3 tween/teens, but not claustrophobic.
     
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    Oasis inside rooms are TINY and with a horrible sofa bed. I have been on 6 cruises with an inside room. After a week on the Oasis, I am ruined for an inside room. I could not sleep at all the last 2 nights. I did not like the Oasis overall. The smoking section was one whole side of the ship right beside the best pools.
     

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