In two days, do you do DL twice or both parks?

Discussion in 'Disneyland (California)' started by Donald1969, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Donald1969

    Donald1969 Earning My Ears

    Nov 30, 2012
    Scenario: My family and I will be staying in Anaheim during the busiest time of the year, Christmas week. (26-27) We have two days for Disney parks. We don't know if we'll ever be back anytime in the near future.

    Do we:

    A. Go to Disneyland one day and Disney California Adventure the next day

    B. Go to Disneyland both days

    C. Buy 2 day hoppers and run between both parks (no magic mornings)

    Thanks for your help! :confused3
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  3. furb & dez

    furb & dez City Bear Jamboreers

    Jan 18, 2011
    We always parkhop at DRL... it's so easy and there's no real reason to stay in one park.

    At WDW, it's mostly just a waste of time and energy to parkhop, unless you have your own transportation.
  4. ImDMous

    ImDMous DIS Veteran

    Dec 1, 2011
    I would vote for park hoppers. We rarely spend all day in one park, but that might be because we have passes so it's easy to move around. I like to have options. If it gets to horribly crowded in one, it's nice to be able to go across and find somewhere that's not as bad. Also, I love seeing Main Street at night and Carsland at night, so I would definitely visit both parks. Even if you can't park hop, there is plenty to do in each place to keep you busy for the whole day, especially since the lines will be quite hefty that week.

    At dusk, when they turn the Carsland lights on is a special little show by itself.
  5. bcla

    bcla DIS Veteran

    Nov 28, 2012
    California Adventure is much better than I remember from my previous visit. I'd probably just spring for park hoppers. However, I had a 3-day.

    My first visit I got a special deal as a guest of Southern California residents. They had annual passes and bought blockout date tickets, but asked if there was any kind of discount I could get. They had a Southern California special of a special ticket that could be used for one admission to California Adventure and one admission to Disneyland proper - all for the price of a one day ticket to a single park (I think it was $58). Since I had someone from Southern California with me, I got the same deal.

    I figured that with this deal I would be better off using it on separate days. It was really great on the second day at California Adventure since the lines were really short. This was before Cars Land and when Tower of Terror was still under construction. Still - I must have gone on California Screamin' about 6 times and Soarin' Over California barely had a wait.
  6. DisneyMomma81

    DisneyMomma81 DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 2007
    With just one day I'd visit both parks - 2, I'd be hoppin' both days.
  7. disneydeb64

    disneydeb64 Got My Ears, Thank You : )

    Oct 19, 2012
    Personally, my vote is for A. We've (luckily) gone 3 times this year and each visit was a 2-day - 1 park per day. I don't know the ages of your children, but in my experience it's a lot easier to focus on one park at a time and saving steps vs. traversing 2 parks back and forth. When we're in either park, we don't ever feel the need to leave and go to the other. We never feel we're "missing out" and can cover a lot of ground in a whole day at each park if we do it right : )
  8. Donald1969

    Donald1969 Earning My Ears

    Nov 30, 2012
    This is what I was originally leaning towards (one park a day) and I put this post out there just to see what other people suggest. I really enjoy everybodys comments and tips.
  9. interstate70s

    interstate70s DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2012
    We also park hop everyday of our tickets. It gives so much freedom and flexibility especially if you are only there for 2 days. I could do DL w/o ph, but when I start off in DCA I'm definately going to hop over to DL. (Yes even with the addition of CL) I strongly reccomend PHs.

    Of course go to both parks whether you do single day or parkhoppers! DCA has lots to offer.
  10. DharmaLou

    DharmaLou Once a Princess, Always a Princess

    Nov 10, 2011
    I would park hop as long as they weren't at capacity or closing down either park. They SHOULDN'T, but you never know.
  11. Baliezer

    Baliezer DIS Veteran

    Nov 19, 2012
    Another vote for parkhop option 3. If we get bored with one park we can go to the other park. Also parkhopping is great for the nighttime shows and shooting over into the Mad T Party for more entertainment.
  12. Blue32

    Blue32 DIS Veteran

    Mar 21, 2012
    I would also get hoppers. With only two days, the majority of my time would go to DL, but I would hop even if it was JUST to see WOC. Fantastic show!
  13. gabsandalex

    gabsandalex Mouseketeer

    Jul 14, 2011
    I would vote for the park hoppers too for all of the reasons already mentioned and another:

    I found during our last trip that my kids LOVED certain rides more than others, some of which really surprised me! The thing was, the had a few favorites at DL and a few at CA. We spent most of our last day just going on the rides that they loved the most in both parks, so it was nice to hop from one to the other. Also, if you are into the shows or parades, it is better to have hoppers for the flexibility.
  14. Crittsmom

    Crittsmom Earning My Ears

    Jul 25, 2012
    I would get the hoppers, mainly because of the time of year, and its going to be crowded. But this comes from an AP holder's point of view, we rarely stay in one park.
  15. mickeymouse1205

    mickeymouse1205 Earning My Ears

    Nov 17, 2012
    We just got back and did 2 day hoppers. It was useful, especially if DL had a parade or something and we wanted to get outta there. When they have shows, they shut down some of the rides, depending on the area of the show. If you would rather be on rides during those times it is easier just to go to the other park. I personally liked DCA just as much as DL, for me there was no clear winner.
  16. Eeee-va

    Eeee-va Happiest robot on Earth

    Feb 18, 2009
    Definitely visit DCA! I'm actually planning a one-day visit in the next few months JUST to see DCA. I am sure you could easily spend a full day there (and it will be busy enough, I'm sure it will take a full day to try to see it all!).

    If you don't mind spending the money at all, park hoppers could come in handy. As others have mentioned, on a crowded day, you may want to escape from one park to the other.

    On the other hand, it's, what, $30 more per person to upgrade to parkhoppers? You could buy a pretty good meal with that money. And the crowds, the parks COULD be at capacity. (In the past, Disneyland might often be at capacity around that time, but DCA wouldn't. Crowd patterns have changed this year so I don't know what to expect.)

    Anyway, if the parks ARE at capacity, you'll have a wait to get in to the other park when you try to hop. Plus, some people have reported delays at the turnstiles, due to most non-AP holders being checked for ID and having to sign their tickets. So hopping may not be quite as quick or convenient as it once was.

    If I were in your shoes, then I would actually probably do 1 park on each day and take my chances. I agree with your order of doing Disneyland first and DCA second.

    Have a great trip!
  17. Keurigirl

    Keurigirl let's all sing like the birdies sing

    Nov 15, 2008
    Definitely see both parks!

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