WDW Vet Goes to LAND for Six Days for the First Time!!

Discussion in 'Disneyland (California)' started by Katems, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. interstate70s

    interstate70s DIS Veteran

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    You are correct, they don 't distribute FP during EE. It seems like waiting some time in the FP line is a necessary evil, but if hotel guests are using that whole EE hour to wait in line, what a waste for them!
     
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  3. GrandBob

    GrandBob <font color=blue>Grand events should not go unnoti

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    Ah. Another "insider" tip that you could have gotten from this board and used to your advantage. While WDW enforces the return time window, DLR still does not. Or rather, they enforce the start time (you must return later than the start of the FP window), but you can then use it any later time that same day, all the way to closing.

    Thanks for the great review!

    -Bob
     
  4. Katems

    Katems Mouseketeer

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    Oh no, I do know that DL doesn't enforce the return time, and we used that to our advantage several times and will have a hard time with it when we return to WDW, but I admit we were scared to try it with RSR.....we thought perhaps with THAT ride, they WOULD enforce it, and then we'd miss out entirely as FPs would be gone by 10:00 easily, and we'd be unable to get another. So just for RSR we adhered to the return time. We just didn't want to waste 25 minutes in line for FP only to be turned away 'just in case'.
     
  5. DisneytheKid

    DisneytheKid A bad attempt at Billy the Kid

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    Im glad to hear that you and your family had a great time. I have never been to WDW so its always interesting to hear the comparrisons. Thanks for taking the time to post all of it!:thumbsup2
     
  6. wiscbugs

    wiscbugs Loving everything Disney!

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    We also made our first trip to Disneyland from Aug 15-20 after trips to WDW the past couple of years. We loved it!

    Space Mountain is a million times better at DL than WDW. We found pretty much everything at DL the same or better than WDW (except for Splash...it is terrible at DL.)

    I went on RSR eight times (my lucky son went on it 16 times due to rider swap) and it was really fun. It wouldn't be as much fun if you had to wait 2 hours to go on it but that's the choice you make!

    Overall, I was amazed how short all of the lines were...especially Toy Story Mania and Soarin which are usually around 90 mins at EPCOT. They were usually 15-25 minutes at DL. Little Mermaid ride is really cute...it will make a great addition to MK.
     
  7. fly girl

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    Katems, thank you so much for that "heads up" about the green signs! :thumbsup2 I will definitely have my eyes peeled :eek: for the white bus.

    LAX is hectic to begin with, I am surprised DLRE doesn't have a designated stop. Oh well, it is what it is. At least I will be prepared. ;)
     
  8. fly girl

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    Sweet! :cool1: Although my family adjusted to the FP change at WDW rather smoothly, we still miss having the option to go back whenever we feel like it! That is especially great since park hopping seems to be a no-brainer at the LAND. Just meander over whenever we're ready. :goodvibes
     
  9. Rhonna

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    Thank you. We are going in Nov. and I am trying to keep up on how people are doing Carsland. I wondered if going straight to CL first on EE day and getting a FP after would work.
     
  10. Rhonna

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    Sorry, I didn't get it clearly from your pp that you were referring only to PAP's. I had to go back and re-read it.
     
  11. elaine amj

    elaine amj DIS Veteran

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    Just read your review as I'm debating going the last week of August 2013 - I really enjoyed it! We love WDW and have been going back and forth for a year now about a DLR trip next year.
     
  12. Zbugz

    Zbugz Thinking about In n Out Burgers and Sunshine

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    I pretty much agree with all of your observations. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
     
  13. Keurigirl

    Keurigirl let's all sing like the birdies sing

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    I agree with everything you said except a couple things:

    Tower is way better in Land, the suspense of when you're going to drop is totally ruined at Disneyworld when your car has to move tracks through that darkroom thing.

    Also, RSR is so much more fun than Test Track! But that might be because I just don't get test track. I think it's kind of boring.

    Also the Tiki room is amazing :)

    You are TOTALLY right about the park hopping and transportation - when going to the World I HATE HATE HATE that everything is so spread out and it takes forever to get places.
     
  14. ValpoCory

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    I personally like the added feature at DHS where your elevator car goes through the extra mirrored room. I presume they would have added that at DLR if they had the space, but they likely couldn't make the ride larger. And I like the randomness of the drops at DHS. Is DLR still the same drop sequence each time you ride?
     
  15. KCmike

    KCmike Never have fallen asleep on any

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    First of all...great review katems! You were very detailed and gave great highlights.

    We were wdw vets who visited the land back in 2007 and now cosnider dl to be our home park too.

    What did you think of the Aladdin stage show?

    I have to respectfully disagree about two things. One the fantasyland rides in DL are awesome but I love the nostalgia of it all. Those dark rides are a thing of beauty and history. I hope they never go away.

    Second RSR blows away test track. They are similar in the fact that you have an indoor start and then an outdoor speed around the track but the indoor portion blows away Test Track and the outdoor portion when you actually race against another car adds another dimension. So much fun! Especially at night!

    In the summetime at downtown disney live bands will play all over which is another cool factor. Also for first timers you have to get over to DLH to see the old time photographs of celebrities and Walt Disney.

    Did you get to ride the Lilly Belle or do any tours?

    Again, great review!
     
  16. Crazy4Pooh

    Crazy4Pooh Earning My Ears

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    Great review.
    Glad you enjoyed the Land. We love it because of everything being so close and the park hopper option is not to be dismissed. We went to the World last year and enjoyed it but found it to be a lot more planning in regards to meals and where you want to be at certain times. We did find the World gave us more time to take breaks and relax at the hotel. More of a Resort feel then the Land. We are planning a trip back to the World to explore more and look forward to booking during the Free Dining like we did last time.
    Glad we are able to spend time at both our favourite destinations :) :)
     
  17. DisneytheKid

    DisneytheKid A bad attempt at Billy the Kid

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    Thanks for the great review! We'll probably try WDW once we have kids so I always like to read the comparison reviews. Thanks again for taking the time to write! :)
     

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