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P. 391: All the details about Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland!

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Some good and bad advice here. Let me explain....

 

Please forgive me because I am sure this has been ask in this thread before. I have never been to Disneyland before let alone even to the west coast. I will be visiting from Maryland for my first time for 2 days during spring break in April. Is the park usually really crowded during this time? We are planning on one day in Disneyland and one in California Adventure.

It generally is fairly crowded, but it shouldn't ruin your day. I went one time during then and park-hopped (This was before Carsland was open) and I got most of the stuff I wanted to do in both parks in one day. I missed a couple of rides though.

 

If you're going to spend two days there, here's the best way to go: I would not recommend park-hopping as it would be way too overwhelming, especially since lines will generally range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half around the time you're going. Do Disneyland one day and then DCA the other. That way you won't feel so rushed and you can enjoy yourself more.

I'm not sure I would agree that DCA warrants a "full day", but if you've never been there, I guess it could? The other thing to keep in mind, and this more depends on the type of person you are, Muppets, Tough to be a Bug, Toy Story Mania, and Soarin' are all IDENTICAL to their counter parts at Walt Disney World. Not sure if you've ever been on any of them at Walt Disney World, or if you are the type of person who has to do all the rides, regardless, but if you're looking for things to put on a lower priority list because you've done them elsewhere, these rides are exact clones.

 

If you want to do all of the rides and get multiple rides on Screamin' and Racers (Which you will), then get there the minute they open or at least shortly after they do so. The crowds are generally fairly thin around this time. Get a Fastpass for Racers as soon as you get in, and then go straight to Paradise Pier to get some rides in.

I strongly disagree with this strategy. The Paradise Pier rides will NOT have a longer line than Racers at all. So get to the park early, before opening, go right to the RSR Fastpass, get a Fastpass as soon as you can, and then go right for the Standby line. RSR's Standby line will most likely be the shortest it will be all day long right at opening, and you can usually get in TWO rides on it within the first hour the park is open (one via Standby and one with your FastPass), and then even sometimes get another FastPass for it BEFORE you use your original FastPass.

 

Screamin' should have FastPass available all day long, no problem, and the lines aren't too bad.

 

The other thing to consider, while RSR is good, it's no Test Track, and if you're been on Test Track, the first thing you'll notice when you get to the outdoor section is "Why is this ride going so slow?"

 

As much as we liked RSR, two rides was plenty for us.

 

I would go to DCA for opening on your first day, get in as many rides as possible, and then hop over to Disneyland. If you like RSR enough, perhaps start there the next morning again and then hop over to Disneyland, but if you've never been to either park, I'd say DCA is a good 1/2 to 3/4 day park now, while Disneyland you can easily spend a day to a day and a half there no problem. Even if you stay for World of Colour at DCA. See the first show, and then spend the last 3-4 hours over at Disneyland.

 

Oh, and another thing. There are some good restaurants across the street (Meaning just a five-minute walk from the plaza) if you want more for your $$$. There's an a Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles opening soon IHOP, a Mimi's, a Subway, and a McDonald's.

While I know there aren't as many places to eat at Disneyland as there are at Walt Disney World, if you're flying across the country on vacation, especially at a Disney park, I would absolutely try some of the restaurants on property before I'd suggest going to IHOP, Subway, or McDonald's, which you can get anywhere.

 

Make reservations for Blue Bayou, Cafe Orleans, Carthay Circle, Naples, and if you're looking for something more unique that's off-property, Fire & Ice in Garden Walk was fantastic! Why would you go to "Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles" when you have these options???

 

--Robb

 

 

Thank you so much Robb! Especially for letting me know which rides are identical. I have been to Disney World several times and rode all of these there. My main focus is to ride what is not in Disney World and most definitely try the food. I will not be eating anywhere I can eat here in MD, I rarely do that on vacation.

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^ That being said, then, I would say if there was one ride to hit while at DCA that is also at WDW might be Toy Story Mania, if the line is short or the single rider line is open (Is it still even offered anymore?) I've found that it's sometimes an easier ride to get on at DCA rather than WDW. Since it's no longer the "new hotness" at DCA and all the locals have migrated to other attractions, it doesn't get as long of lines as it did when it first opened. It still gets long linges (we didn't even ride it on our last visit), but it's nothing like WDW's version, which can still commonly get 120 - 180 minute waits on weekends, and is hard to get FastPasses for!

 

But honestly, if you've been on Toy Story Mania plenty of times, or really aren't that into it, it IS the exact same ride at both parks. If you're looking for just the unique and decent attractions at DCA, I'd hit up (listed in how I would prioritize them)...

 

- Radiator Springs Racer

- California Screamin'

- Fun Wheel

- Monsters Inc

- Goofy's Sky School

- Little Mermaid (although, again, it's identical to the WDW version, but not sure if you've been on it yet)

- Tower of Terror

- Um.... what else... Heimlich's Chew Chew Train

- Golden Zephyr?

- And I guess Grizzly River Run (depends on how badly you need to go on a rapids ride!)

 

Oh, and there are those two flats in Carsland, which are pretty much a joke, but I guess if the lines aren't too long give them a try. I'd suggest doing the Luigi's Flying Tires thing as I doubt that will be there much longer! (Why they didn't learn from the mistakes of Flying Saucers... ie. the ride DIDN'T WORK I have no idea...but it's there! lol!)

 

--Robb

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ANAHEIM – Disneyland's Monorail was shut down temporarily Monday after a mechanical problem on busy Presidents Day.

 

A wheel fell off of one Monorail car and some minor smoke appeared, prompting the park to temporarily halt the entire ride midday, said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.

 

About 10:20 a.m., after the wheel fell off, crews shut off the ride's power while they towed in the troubled car to drop off passengers and then take it to the repair shop.

 

Because the power was shut off as a safety precaution, a second train was stranded on the track. Passengers got stuck for about 45 minutes until that car was towed to a station. There, passengers were given front-of-line passes and free dining vouchers.

 

"Stuck on the Monorail for 45 minutes, but we got dining vouchers and fast passes ... not too bad!" wrote @CorriArias on Twitter.

 

As of 12:40 p.m., the stranded Monorail was back in operation, while the car that lost the wheel remained in the repair shop.

 

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These latest posts are a great help for me. I will be making my first ever visit to DCA/Disneyland on March 10th. I can be there at opening (my flight lands at 6am) so I'm hoping I get all of the coaster credits at both parks and all of the unique attractions compared to Orlando (other than RSR and Indy, is there anything else major outisde the coasters?)

 

Is it feasible to do this in one day?

 

Thanks!

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I just looked at the maps for DCA/Disneyland and the only things that stuck out as different were Pinocchio, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Alice in Wonderland, Nemo's Submarines, and something about Monster Inc. Are the Haunted Mansion, Astro Blaster, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates, etc. versions different enough that I shoul dmake sure I ride them too?

 

I don't really care about Splash or Grizzly River (I think the rapids at DAK is the only WDW attraction I haven't done!)

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^ Pirates yes, the rest is just personal interest. I would do Haunted Mansion cause it's awesome. Winnie is kinda lame but the line is always short so it's not going to cause you to miss other stuff. Astro Blasters is also fun, but nothing that will blow your mind, also it's line is typically short.

 

As far as all those unique rides you listed, they are all pretty fun and worth at least one ride. They are all very basic dark rides (except Nemo) with fairly fast moving lines. Nemo is slow and cramped. It's a cool ride but not likely one you'll want to ride over and over again.

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I just looked at the maps for DCA/Disneyland and the only things that stuck out as different were Pinocchio, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Alice in Wonderland, Nemo's Submarines, and something about Monster Inc. Are the Haunted Mansion, Astro Blaster, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates, etc. versions different enough that I shoul dmake sure I ride them too?

It depends on your interest level. I personally can take or leave Pirates on either coast, and Disneyland's has a few extra scenes, and the end section getting from the last scene to the unload platform takes FOREVER.... but honestly, I'm not a fan of either one. So if I *have* to ride Pirates, I actually prefer the Florida one, because I can get it over quicker! And unless you're a HUGE Pirates fan, you probably won't even notice the difference between the two. Mansion is also pretty much the same, other than some of the scenes in the Walt Disney World version are part of the queue in California, instead of on the actual ride. Again, if you're not a HUGE fan of this attraction, and you're pressed for time, it really doesn't matter that much. They are both pretty much the same ride, although the fanboys will probably give you a list of hundreds of subtle differences, I really can't tell, and I used to work in New Orleans Square!

 

Nemo's Subs is pretty much the Epcot Nemo ride re-fitted into the subs, and a much worse ride experience. It usually takes FOREVER to get through. It was the only ride at Disneyland I hadn't been on up until this past visit, and I'm not sure I'd recommend it to anyone, especially someone who has Epcot's Nemo in their local park.

 

I would actually recommend doing Astro Blasters over Pirates, Mansion, or Nemo, as the ride is significantly better in California. Winnie the Pooh is awful. Monsters Inc is "cute" and worth doing. And yeah, I'd be sure to do Toad, Alice, and Pinocchio. None of those ever get that long of a line.

 

--Robb

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I just looked at the maps for DCA/Disneyland and the only things that stuck out as different were Pinocchio, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Alice in Wonderland, Nemo's Submarines, and something about Monster Inc. Are the Haunted Mansion, Astro Blaster, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates, etc. versions different enough that I shoul dmake sure I ride them too?

 

I don't really care about Splash or Grizzly River (I think the rapids at DAK is the only WDW attraction I haven't done!)

 

Make sure you ride the Disneyland railroad from Tomorrowland Station to Main Street Station so you can see the Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas.

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I have a few friends at the parks right now, apparently most of Paradise Pier just lost power and they had to be evacuated from Midway Mania. Tough couple of days at DLR with ride shutdowns.

 

I blame the Intamin that towers over Paradise Pier.

 

Or those new lights on Tower - must be sucking up too much energy.

 

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Geeky Trivia:

 

The Primeval World dioramas at DL, were brought there and housed

after their appearance at the 1964 / 1965 World's Fair in New York state.

 

They were originally used in one of Walt Disney's "test run" attractions

at the fair, one that also was one of the first uses of.... the Omnimover!

Not sure which car was the pavillion's brand. Ford? Chevy? Anybody?

But they were open covertibles "the whole family could ride in" back then!

Not two-person Doom Buggies, etc. I would have loved to visit that

pavillion, LOL.

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These latest posts are a great help for me. I will be making my first ever visit to DCA/Disneyland on March 10th. I can be there at opening (my flight lands at 6am) so I'm hoping I get all of the coaster credits at both parks and all of the unique attractions compared to Orlando (other than RSR and Indy, is there anything else major outisde the coasters?)

 

Is it feasible to do this in one day?

 

Thanks!

 

You should be able to fit this all in, especially if you use single rider lines. I'd recommend checking the parade/show times ahead of time and plan your route around those, as they will bring foot traffic to a standstill.

 

If you have an extra 15 minutes, enter Roger Rabbit through the standby line instead of grabbing a fastpass. The queue is almost better than the ride.

 

Nemo is good... once. I wouldn't ride it again but if the queue is short it's worth a go.

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In general, Disneyland appeals to the Western states as well as the international countries in the Pacific like Japan, China, Korea, Australia. Obviously you go to Florida, you will find a far more abundant amount of English at WDW.

What are you taking about? Have you ever been to Walt Disney World? English is very often NOT the primary language spoken. Guarantee you if you walk into any park right now you'll hear more Portuguese than anything else! You only don't hear much Enlgish at Disneyland because Spanish is so heavily prevalent in Los Angeles! You have been to Southern California, right???

 

 

I should clarify. When I said English, I literally meant the people from England.

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