My favorite rides are Tower of Terror, California Screamin', Mullholland Madness, Sun Wheel (Swinging Cars) and It's Tough Be a Bug.
A mouse (Mullholland Madness) is going to have a long line no matter what, and when I was there in March, California Screamin' was pretty darn long. Monster's Inc dark was packed, and so was the Sun Wheel. Both of those were 20 minutes.
Of course, you can get everything done if you plan a fastpass for every ride in just 3 hours or so, and you don't go on everything that the park has. That park has an Aladdin theatre show that's supposed to be good.
These are the attractions that the park has that I can think of:
Muppet's 3D (show)
Aladdin (LIVE show)
Soarin over California (You sit on seats, and watch a stupid movie.)
Sun Wheel (Intamin Coaster Wheel) Some cars move along a track in the middle of the wheel.
Monster's Inc (Dark Ride)
Mullholland Madness (Mack Mouse)
California Screamin' (Intamin one looper with hills, and curves)
Flik's Flyers (Zamperla Balloon Race Ride)
Kids Bumper cars that go really slow
There's another funky kids ride in that Bugs Life area.
Tower of Terror (Without some scenes like MGM-I think it's better, but a lot of people probably don't agree.)
A parachute ride. It's not that high up.
Wave Swinger in an Orange (Orange Stinger)
There is a flat ride that goes around in a circle. The cars swing out while it's going around. It's looks like a really old ride, but it's probably a reconstruction of that ride at Riverview.
Two Factories where they give you free food (Tortillas, and Bakery I think)
Some Theatre where there's a show in it. I never went in that theatre. I don't even know if there is a show.
It's Tough to Be a Bug (It might be considered 4D). It's one of the only shows I get scared. I'm not like screaming, but yah.
Rafting Ride- Themed Rock Work
I unlike other people don't think that a park hopper for one day is worth a $100. Stick with one park.
Regarding Magic Moutain, I was only there when it wasn't that packed, but here's what I have to say.
X was packed even when the park was pretty empty. It takes awhile to get on that ride. They close X an hour before the park closes so you must be in line. On the steep hill, you have Ninja, Superman, and I believe Tatsu is there? There's no going back. It's really steep. It's really high up there. It's probably the steepest hill I've ever been on. It's steeper than those hills when you were a kid, and you went down. I get out of breath when I get to the top!
I don't believe that Scream! gets really crowded so I would save that for later. Goliath however does. Speaking from experience, go on Deja Vu when you see that's open. When you are in Deja Vu area, that is a dead end. So, only go there if you see it working. You will waste time going back and forth in that area. Go on another ride, and you will see if they are sending trains or not. I imagine that Gold Rusher will not be that crowded because it's an Arrow Mine train coaster.
I was kind of suprising shocked that people do like Riddler's Revenge even when it was running more than one train. Remember, that Superman only runs one side, and it only holds 15 people per car. That's a long wait!!!
I suspect the longest lines at SFMM are: X, Goliath, Superman, and Deja Vu. The shortest lines SHOULD be Gold Rusher, Collosus, Scream!, and Viper (Arrow).
DCA is a wonderful park with a relaxing atmosphere. It's a great park in and of itself, and it's a welcomed contrast to Disneyland. There is a sense of openness and clarity to DCA rather than the overwhelming nature of Disneyland. Together they make the perfect vacation for me.
Here is what I remember experiencing during our two+ day visit in 2007. We visited from 10am - 8pm each day plus three hours another morning.
California Screamin 2X
Soarin Over California 3x
Block Party Bash 2x
Sun Wheel 1x
Orange Stinger 1x
Golden Dreams 1x
Mulholland Madness 1x
Miner 49ers show 1x
Grizzly River Rampage 3x
Jumpin Jellyfish 1x
Sorcerer's Workshop 1x
Monster's Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue 3x
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 3x
Aladdin: The Musical 3x
Mupet-Vision 3D 1x
King Triton's Carousel 2x
Mariachi Divas show 1x
Drawn To The Magic show 2x
Turtle Talk with Crush 2x
Animation Academy 2x
It's Tough to Be a Bug 1x
Bakery Tour (where we won Year of a Million Dreams Prizes) 1x
Tortilla Factory Tour 3x
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail 1x
Brother Bear Show 1x
High School Musical show 2x
Took photos with Disney characters on several occasions throughout the days.
We ate meals at Pizza Oom Mow Mow, Farmer's Market, Cocina Cocamonga, and Taste Pilot's Grill.
We did not visit Playhouse Disney, and we walked through A Bug's Land but did not ride anything there. Also, Toy Story Midway Mania will be open this summer giving more reason to enjoy DCA.
It is pretty much a half day park if there are no lines, however there were a few attractions down on the day we visited and TofT wasn't done yet. Years ago for residents in the immediate Countys they were offering a 2for1 deal on the park hoppers (free second day, not two people for one price). The only way I knew about it was from doing a search on the internet and it was in a forum posted by disney employees. I didn't see it advertised anywhere including the gate, but we were luckily able to take advantage of it with a little preparation, so do your homework!
I'll admit I've had plenty of fun there. And it is relaxing compared to the busy park next door (then again, you can relax plenty on the DLRR)....but the mall-like architecture is pretty lame. I can't wait to see it plussed.
I like the park a lot. With the new Toy Story ride, new Radiator Springs themed section, and the planned remodeling it'll be even better. But let's be honest: no matter how great the park becomes it'll always be overshadowed by the park next door.
...and I'll echo the In-n-Out recommendation. A MUST if you're in California!!!
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No I don't have a kid, but I still want to ride!
I'm thinking half a day at DCA, half a day at KBF, maybe a whole day at Disneyland. SFMM is still out, since it will be closed the whole time I'll be there (I fly back at 6:25 a.m. on Saturday).
What does everyone think about Legoland? Worth it, or not?
Unrelated note: my producers are taking me on a tour of Dreamworks/Amblin Entertainment. Hee hee. Just had to brag. :)
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I may possibly hit Pacific Park again for a couple hours as well. A couple night, I'll be staying at my sister-in-law's place in Pacific Palisades, which is fairly close to Santa Monica pier.
Count me totally psyched. :)
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If you ever have a longer trip, definitely do Legoland. And by that time, they'll probably have the hotel rocking and of course there will be the aquarium. Then you could take an extra day for Sea World and Belmont Park.
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