HydroGuy's High Season/Off Season Tradeoff Rule

Discussion in 'Disneyland (California)' started by HydroGuy, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. HydroGuy

    HydroGuy DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2005

    If you want to be able to experience all of the rides and see all of the shows, visit DLR during high season and learn how to work with crowds. If you want to visit when it is least crowded, expect to miss some rides and shows.

    Who This Rule Affects



    The DLR rides require maintenance. In addition, on some rides improvements need to be added which require closing the ride. Finally, some rides have special seasonal additions that require them to be closed for certain periods. DLR plans ride closures when it will affect the least people – that means off season.

    DLR shows such as the Remember Dreams Come True fireworks and Fantasmic! are expensive to operate. DLR provides these shows more frequently during crowded times, and less frequently during periods of low crowds. During high season Remember will be offered nightly, and Fantasmic twice each night. During off season these are typically only performed on weekends, and Fantasmic may only be performed once each weekend night.

    I frequently read on Internet fourms people planning their visit during off season and then being disappointed that a favorite ride will be closed, or that a show will not be performed during weekdays when they are there. Visiting during periods of low crowds does have downsides.

    With a good plan and a little research, and a commitment to get to the parks early, it is possible to visit the parks during high season and not wait in long lines. See the link below for “HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules”.

    Why Did I Post This Rule?

    I find myself posting answers to the same question in different threads, and decided to make a list of “rules” to which I or others can quickly link in the future. In addition, the ideas behind the rule are often posted by others so I do not claim originality for the rule.

    Other HydroGuy Rules

    HydroGuy's Fireworks Rule: www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1199851

    HydroGuy's High Season/Off Season Tradeoff Rule: www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1199852

    HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules: www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1199856

    HydroGuy's Make Sure You Get On Your Favorite Ride Rule: www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1199860

    HydroGuy's Hotel Rule: www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1199862
  2. AKGMom

    AKGMom Earning My Ears

    Oct 14, 2001
    We are planning a trip in June 2007, after the kids are out of school and before my Eagle Scout starts working at a Boy Scout summer camp. We are traveling from the norteast U.S. with 17 year old, 15 year old and 12 year old sons. Is there any way to find out what will be closed and what the schedule for events and shows will be for that period of time? We also want to do Legoland, the San Diego Zoo and whatever else we can fit in our visit. Suggestions from the experts?
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  4. hlbtimes2

    hlbtimes2 <font color=teal>Stretch that spine out big and ta

    Jan 29, 2006
    Most rides should be open, and show schedules should be pretty full. They try to have most things up and running for the peak summer season. During this past June, the only ride closed was Pirates. It was getting the new changes made, before the movie premier. There are some rumors that they might add some things next year, for the May movie premier. Of course, along with the full schedules, you'll find a lot of people in the park on summer vacation!
  5. DaveO

    DaveO Mouseketeer

    Nov 20, 1999
    We did the same trip from the NE in June. My only advice is to SKIP Legoland. Your kids are much to old for it. Mine were 5 and 4 and were bored after being Disney vets at a young age. Legoland is not worth the money.

  6. HydroGuy

    HydroGuy DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2005
    You probably will not be able to get the schedule of events until 2-4 months beforehand. For example, right now you cannot even get a schedule for December - two months out. I know by late June DLR has transitioned to their full entertainment schedule - with parades, fireworks and Fantasmic every day. So you do not have to worry about what happens on any particular day, because pretty much everything happens every day. When entertainment is only on weekends, then you need to be sure to get some a weekend day or two into your trip.

    Not sure about entertainment frequency early to mid-June. Does anyone know?
  7. Alex2kMommy

    Alex2kMommy <font color=purple>I'm going a little nutso myself

    Feb 8, 2006
    We went in late September; small crowds except on the weekend, but several things either closed for refurb, closed for the season, or available only on the weekend.

    Is there a way to find out all the 'little things' that are available only on the weekend? For instance, I stumbled across the villains' lair, and was so excited to see a villain, but no one was ever there. I finally asked, and the CM said the villains were out only on the weekend... Would have been nice to know before the weekend rather than just after. :(

    And another surprise: On our last day we were walking down Main St. on our way to CA. We stopped to see the Dapper Dans for a few minutes, then stopped at the next corner where a band was playing, then stopped again by the Main St. Firehouse where the firehouse band was playing. Suddenly out popped Chip & Dale! They did a little skit with the band, then rushed away, then Goofy came out! Goofy also played around a bit, then dashed away. Then Cruella De Vil herself sauntered up, harrassed the band, toyed with another guest (really funny!), then continued on around the circle. MAN! Does this happen every day??? It was just by chance that we were walking by at that moment! And on our last day, what a treat!
  8. SoCalKDG

    SoCalKDG <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

    Jul 13, 2004
    The DLR is very much affected by AP holders as there are about 700,000 of them, with 4 different levels. I found that the middle of the week in July and August this past year were less crowded then May and June due to the fact that SoCal passholders weren't allowed into the parks during this time, with DCA much less crowded as AP holders make up much of its attendance.

    I'd check out the Disneyland website and note when this group of passholders are allowed into the park and avoid going during the last 2 weeks of their eligibility.
  9. Dis Ohana

    Dis Ohana All your dreams can come true if you have the cour

    Nov 21, 2005
    Thanks for bumping this thread up! My search feature wasn't working and I couldn't find it.
  10. goalie5hole

    goalie5hole Mouseketeer

    Dec 18, 2005
    How long does everyone vacation in So Cal?
    What else do you usually do while there?
    Is LAX the closest airport?
  11. northshoremama

    northshoremama DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2008
    we haven't vacationed as a family yet in southern california...so i can't answer how many days...

    but there's knotts berry farm, universal studios...and sea world in san diego...

    the closest airport to DL is SNA (orange county)...much closer than LAX :thumbsup2
  12. DisneyMomma81

    DisneyMomma81 DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 2007
    My preferred airport is LGB. Much closer, smaller, less expensive (for me).

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