After a very successful daddy/daughter Spring Break trip to WDW last April, my daughter and I immediately started planning our 2019 trip to DLR. My daughter (8 years old) has been to WDW 3 times, but has never been to California, so is very excited to see new parks. With our seven days, we are planning to do 5 days in DL/DCA, 1 day at Magic Mountain, and 1 at Knott's Berry Farm. We are both ride junkies, so will be focusing on rides more than shows or other attractions. In fact, during our trip to WDW last April our goal was to ride all 46 operating rides across the 4 parks. We did that over the first 2.5 days, which left us plenty of time to go back and re-ride all of our favorites more times. We are looking to do the same thing at DLR, so our goal will be to ride each of the 50(+) rides at DL and DCA over the course of our trip, riding our favorites multiple times, and also checking out nighttime shows and exploring other parts of the parks. I am a compulsive planner and usually enjoy planning every detail of a trip in advance (truth be told, I usually enjoying planning vacations more than actually taking them). WDW, therefore, is right up my alley with being able to make ADRs 6 months in advance, book FP+, etc. DLR is a bit more frustrating since I can't book dining until 60 days out, can't do FP/MP until day of, lack of PPO ADRs, etc. Over the past four years, I have had the chance to do two solo days at DLR while in SoCal on business, so I am pretty familiar with the parks and the differences and similarities with WDW. I know SWGE will not be open until the summer, but hopefully one or both of the new DCA rides (Jessie's Critter Carousel and/or Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind) will be open for our trip. My daughter is very excited to be able to ride the DLR rides that are not at WDW, as well as to see the differences between some of her favorites at WDW and their DLR counterparts (Pirates and Space Mountain are at the top of her list). She is also psyched to ride all of the roller coasters at Magic Mountain and Knott's. The fact that we are going the week before Easter will likely mean larger crowds than we are used to, so we are prepared for that. Hopefully it will also mean that refurbs are complete, all the rides are open, the work on the castle is done, and the nighttime shows are back up and running. Fingers crossed. I am familiar with MaxPass, and we definitely plan to use it for each of our 5 DLR park days. I will also be using TouringPlans and RideMax to plan our days and guide us while in the parks. I would be curious if folks have any advice about "don't miss" restaurants, experiences, or other tips. We definitely plan to do Blue Bayou for dinner one night, hopefully with the Fantasmic! dining package. We also really enjoyed the dessert parties at MK and EP, so would be interested in doing the World of Color Dessert Party if WOC is back by our trip and they are running it. Anything else that I should pounce on when our 60 day window opens up? Great restaurants and/or character experiences? Any good PPO ADR opportunities that will help us get a jump on our touring for the day? I would definitely appreciate any tips, tricks, or advice that any of you have to offer. Here are the basics for our trip: Who? Greg/Dad (40) and Caroline/Daughter (8), from New Jersey When? We depart Newark on United early morning on Saturday April 13, scheduled to arrive at LAX a little before 10 AM. We fly back from LAX in the morning of Saturday April 20, arriving at EWR late afternoon the day before Easter. Where? We will be staying at the Anaheim Desert Inn on South Harbor, which was recommended by the wonderful @missangelalexis , a fellow NJ DISer whose TRs are always so much fun to read. I think this will be great for us because of the very close proximity to the DLR entrance, which will allow us to easily walk back and forth between the hotel and the parks, including midday breaks, without the need for a car. I also booked nearly a year in advance, so was able to get a great deal. Our focus will be on the parks, so we don't need a fancy resort, pools, etc. How? We are flying on United from Newark to LAX, where we will take an Uber/Lyft to the Anaheim Desert Inn. We won't need a car for any of our DLR days, so will not be renting one at the airport. We will also Uber/Lyft on our Knott's Berry Farm day since that is close to Anaheim. My plan is to rent a car for one day on the day we go to Magic Mountain since that trip seems too long to make using a rideshare service practical. If anyone has any tips for one-day car rentals (either from Anaheim or SNA), please let me know. What? We will be spending 7 days in parks and our goal is to ride all 50(+) rides at DLR, and all of the major rides at MM and Knott's (including all 19 roller coasters at MM). We definitely plan to RD each day, except for our arrival day. We will tour hard, but also take liberal afternoon breaks at the hotel to rest and recharge before heading back out for the evening. We will be using MP at DLR. We are Six Flags Diamond Elite members (our home park is Great Adventure in NJ) and will get FlashPass at Magic Mountain. Given the Spring Break crowds, I will probably also get Fast Lane at Knott's Berry Farm since we will only have one day there. I'll include more specific planning details in follow-up posts. We leave 13 weeks from today! 91 days and counting.