5-day Hopper Trip Report from May 6-11

Discussion in 'Disneyland Trip Reports' started by mom2ian, May 14, 2019.

  1. mom2ian

    mom2ian Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    97
    Here's a quick trip report from last week. I visited with my sister to celebrate her grad school commencement.

    Coming from out-of-state, I typically visit Disneyland maybe once every 3-5 years. We stay at a good neighbor hotel on Harbor (Fairfield Inn this time).

    We used a 5-day park hopper ticket on this trip. As much as I love visiting, I really need to think about my next visit and if the cost is worth the crushing crowds.

    The Good
    • We had 2 outstanding cast members at different attractions pull us out of the standby line and walk us into the Fast Pass line.
      One CM recognized my sister's graduation pin. The other CM recognized that we kept getting hit by some teenagers playing some sort of slap tickle game. We asked the kids to stop, but the hits continued so we decided to leave the queue when the CM helped us out. Awesome!
    • We did the Fantasmic dining package and ate dinner at the Blue Bayou (my first time ever eating at that restaurant). Although it was expensive, we really enjoyed it and had a great location for Fantasmic. I had the chicken and my sis had the rib eye, and we both really liked the food. Loved the seat cushions!

    • Having 5 days in the parks meant that we could experience things that we usually skip like taking a ride on the horse drawn carriages down Main Street or watching various music groups perform. We saw turtles and crawfish swimming around in the water in the Rivers of America nearest Big Thunder. While we were watching, one of the Country Bears came up behind us and surprised us! A really fun and unique experience. Enjoyed seeing the many little details throughout the parks.

    • The parks were beautiful with so many flowers in bloom.
    • We saw some fun character interactions. On Main Street, Chip and Dale were dancing with some children, just delightful. We also saw Minnie and Pluto interacting together. In Tommorrowland, the Storm Troopers were hilarious and getting people excited for Star Wars land. At DCA, we saw Edna pushing a toddler around in her stroller.
    • Did Animation Academy twice. I just love this attraction as a great way to rest tired feet but still feel the Disney magic.
    • Caught a few teasing glimpses from Star Wars land from various vantage points including the Columbia, Tarzan's Treehouse, and the Big Thunder ride. It looks amazing!
    • The very top scrim came down off the castle so we got to see the shiny new turret and pretty colors!
    The Not-So-Good
    • MaxPass fail! We bought MaxPass for our first 2 days. Wifi was very spotty. We had trouble connecting to the app both days. Most times the app just wouldn't load or would give an error message asking us to try again later. I did verify that we had the most current version of the app.
      We felt like it was $60 wasted for just 3 Fast Passes each day. We didn't purchase MaxPass for the remaining days.
    • Mobile order fail (goes along with MaxPass). I have an email alert on my credit card each time a charge goes through so I placed a mobile order when the Disney App was working. App threw an error message and the restaurant didn't get my order but my card got charged. Guest Services sorted this out for us thankfully.
    • Crowds were unbearable. We thought early May would be a good time to visit but the crowds were the worst that I have ever seen (been going since the mid-80s). Spending thousands of dollars to be squeezed like sardines, ugh!
    • Strollers as battering rams. Wow! We both got multiple injuries from these strollers, mostly in the form of gouged heels and bruised legs.
    • I find it disappointing that multi-day park hopper ticket holders do not get a merch discount like APs. We spend many $$ between hotels, flights, merch, and food during, so why not offer a similar 10% discount?
    Miscellaneous
    • While in line at the Matterhorn, a local mentioned that this ride will be re-themed as a Frozen ride?
    • Would love several security lines for guests without strollers. Some people had several days worth of provisions on the strollers and it takes a while for security to check it all out. There is a line for those without bags so it seems like a line for those without strollers would be good to have as well.
    castle.JPG horse.JPG starwarsland.JPG fantasmic.JPG ned.JPG flowers.JPG matterhorn.JPG stormtrooper.JPG cars.JPG turtles.JPG
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2019
  2. Greg Lembrich

    Greg Lembrich Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2018
    Messages:
    270
    Sorry that you had trouble with MP and mobile order. Did you try using data to connect rather than the park's wifi? I also found that the wifi was spotty, at best. I ended up just turning the wifi off on my phone and using my regular data to book FPs through MP and to place mobile orders. That worked much better. I'm glad you enjoyed Blue Bayou and Fantasmic.
     
    midnight star likes this.
  3. Avatar

    Advertisement


  4. mom2ian

    mom2ian Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    97
    Yes, that is a good point. We did have plenty of data and tried using that with the same results. We even had CMs try it out but no luck. I rebooted my phone several times and made sure I had the latest software but it didn't seem to like us on this trip. Good thing we could still get the traditional fast passes!
     
    Greg Lembrich likes this.
  5. midnight star

    midnight star DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2017
    Messages:
    1,180
    As an AP holder, I'm curious to know if this is true or not. I wish Disney would release this info, or give more insight, but I doubt they will. I see many people say that tourists spend more...but I also know many AP holders who should deposit their paychecks to Disney because they spend so much there lol. Personally, I don't spend a lot of money (or any money) on things like dining packages for shows or hotels. But I go overboard with merchandise and food!
     
  6. theluckyrabbit

    theluckyrabbit Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2012
    Messages:
    9,318
    We also spend more than a fair share on food and merchandise -- and hotels and tickets, too, when relatives visit. Most of our AP friends spend about the same or more (if they are collectors, much more). This idea that APs don't spend money at DLR isn't something I've seen among our group!
     
  7. mom2ian

    mom2ian Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    97
    Ah, I shouldn't have made that assumption. Between flights, hotels, merch, and food, a 5 day trip to Disneyland is in the thousands so it would be so awesome if hopper ticket holders could get a merch discount too. I will edit my original comment and apologies.
     
  8. mom2ian

    mom2ian Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    97
    I'm sorry for the assumption. After spending thousands on flights, hotels, merch and food for a 5 day trip to Disneyland, I just thought it would be nice to extend the 10% discount to park hopper ticket holders as well.
     
  9. midnight star

    midnight star DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2017
    Messages:
    1,180
    You don’t have to change it. But that assumption is made by many people, so I do wonder myself what are the spending habits of AP holders vs tourists. Maybe I’m an anomaly and spend too much lol
     
  10. theluckyrabbit

    theluckyrabbit Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2012
    Messages:
    9,318
    The one discount I can think of that is open to non-APs is the Disney Visa Card discount. If you have one, you can get 10% off purchases of $50+ at most (all? -- I assume there are always exceptions) shops. And anyone who's visited DLR knows that it isn't too hard to find at least $50 worth of merchandise at any shop! (And this discount works at the Disney Store, too, which the AP discount doesn't.) There are occasional discounts for the on site hotels. The reward points can be used for the hotels and for tickets. And I think there may be discounts on tours, too. We know people who manage to squeeze quite a few benefits out of their Disney Visa Cards -- then use the reward points on their next Disney trip.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2019 at 5:52 AM
    midnight star likes this.
  11. mom2ian

    mom2ian Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Messages:
    97
    Great tip! I'll look into that card for the next trip in a few years. Thanks!
     
    midnight star likes this.
  12. theluckyrabbit

    theluckyrabbit Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2012
    Messages:
    9,318
    I just remembered that D23 has discounts, too -- but I think the Disney Visa Card discounts are more consistent and D23 doesn't offer reward points. Those reward points are the clincher!
     

Share This Page