- May 10, 2023
In 2005 I don't think I waited to long either & had a really nice place right in front of the castle. I loved the electrical parade as a kid, and I am pretty sure it is a full on core memory for me lol I'll be 41 and I pretty sure there is a 50/50 I might need help back up.... or watch from the ground LOLYou're definitely my kind of people! I also have a spreadsheet for vacation. The one I did last year was more intense just because of staying on property, and all the dining packages. I planned everything, and my BFF was like whatever your little heart desires, she had no opinion. She only said just tell me what time I have to show up.
I use to camp out for the fireworks, back in 2010, and it would only be for 90 mins or less. Things have changed a lot, since then, and so have I. At 50 years old, I can't sit on the ground for too long anymore. Last year, after the electrical parade (my fav show), I stood close to the flag pole, with mostly unobstructed view and watched from there. I could see the projections along mainstreet but just not on the castle. But I was good with it.
Starting your 1st day mid day at the parks may not be as bad as you think. My family does it all the time. We would drive down early morning from NorCal and be in the parks no later than 12-12:30pm. And then close down the park. Well they did anyway, I was usually done by 10pm. Also on Christmas Eve during the evening the crowds aren't as bad, a lot of people are either at home or visiting family at some party somewhere. So parade viewing or other shows, a few rides, and a dining reservation sounds like a good plan to me!
You are 100% right I need to stop over thinking it getting to the park probably 930-10 AM We are sort of limited in a lot of ways when it comes to flights. Well that might be put the wrong way. We have to fly 1st class because of the leg room. I am fairly short 5'4" but my husband is 6'6" flying is not a easy thing. Even with 1st class domestic flights he isnt very enjoyable but thankfully it is less than a 2.5 hr flight. So we are stuck really overpaying to get from Denver to LAX/SNA but I have found if we fly in on Christmas Eve 730 AM to LAX we can do a return flight from SNA to DEN for about $800-1000 Iess. But hey at least 2 checks bags are included!