Friday, January 24, 2003 7:33 AM

I just planned a trip to Disneyland for the weekend of February 14. Any suggestions as to what to head to first. I will be there for four days so I plan on running to Space Mt. first one day and then Matterhorn Mt. the next day, but what about the Goofy coaster, Indiana Jones, etc.

And is Fantasmic really worth it?

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Friday, January 24, 2003 7:39 AM

Phil - Fantasmic is a geat show, but with the Rivers of American & Tom Sawyer's Island closed thru late Spring don't look for any Fantasmic performances.

Before I suggest a gameplan for your visit I need to know a few more facts:

1] have you been to the park before? 2] Are you only visiting Disneyland, or will you visit California Adventure, too? 3] Are you interested in see all the rides and attractions or only the major ones?

Let me know, I'm happy to help.

Moosh - was just at the park last weekend.

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Friday, January 24, 2003 7:43 AM
Is the Matterhorn open again? It was down for a serious rehab last I heard. If it's not open, will it be open by the Solace??

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Friday, January 24, 2003 7:43 AM

Moosh - I was at Disneyland years ago and I am going with someone who has never been to Disneyland so we basically want to do everything. The coasters are a priority, of course, but we will have to ride Peter Pan, Haunted Mansion, etc.

I know they have Fast Pass, and will use that, but being they open at 8 am all weekend, I was thinking most people won't get there until 10 am so let me know if you have a good way to hustle thru the park those first two hours.

They are open until midnight that weekend, so I assume they are expecting large crowds too.

Thanks

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Friday, January 24, 2003 7:48 AM

Tim - Matterhorn is undergoing a massive rehab and hopefully will be open by Solace. I believe the park hopes to have it open by mid-February.

Phil - one last question: Disneyland only, or Disney & DCA? It *is* possible to do both in 2 days but I won't suggest a plan of action for both unless you're visting both.

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Friday, January 24, 2003 7:53 AM
Moosh - sorry you did ask about CA. Yes we plan on going there too.
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Friday, January 24, 2003 8:44 AM

Phil - OK...here's my suggestion:

Day 1, Disneyland/DCA - Start with Disneyland. Pick a major attraction that has Fastpass and go grab one. Then directly to either Toontown or Fantasyland and catch all those rides. The Fantasyland dark rides [Pan, Pinoccio, Mr. Toad] get very crowded by mid-day, so that's where I'd suggest going first.

Near the bottom of the Fastpass it tells you when you are allowed to get another...make a mental note of that and grab one for a different attraction when you can. Once you've finished Fantasyland and Toontown you've covered most of the attractions that have low capacity.

Utilizing Fastpass will allow you to plan your day, hitting major rides in the time slot allotted to you and hitting other rides and attractions in between. The downside to Fastpass is that it usually requires a lot of walking back and forth instead of flowing thru the park hitting attractions as you come upon them.

At dinner time take the Monorail to Downtown Disney and eating dinner there. After you eat dinner head over to DCA. DCA is beautiful at night! Grab a Fastpass for Soaring Over California then head to Grizzly River Rapids. You should be able to hit all the rides and attractions at DCA and possibly even still have time to pop back over to Disnelyand.

Day 2, Disneyland. When the park opens head to the Blue Bayou restaurant in New Orleans Square and make reservations for dinner. This will be the day to repeat the attractions you both loved and hit the ones you missed. "Believe," the park's incredible fireworks show, is at 9:30pm. At 9:00pm go into the Innovations attraction in Tommowland. Its not a particularly interesting thing to see but that's not why you're in there. Proceed to the exit, which leads to a 2nd floor balcony. THAT is the best place to view the fireworks show

That should cover it. If you have any other questions, let me know!

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Friday, January 24, 2003 9:54 AM

Moosh - thanks for the tips, that sounds great. I will definitely do dinner at Downtown Disney that is a good idea. I think also we will cover Toontown and Fantasyland in the early am to avoid the crowds.

I can't wait.

Thanks for your help.

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Friday, January 24, 2003 9:57 AM
Phil,
Three more tips about FastPass -

When you get a FastPass you can get another one for another attraction in two hours no matter how long it is till your return time on your current fast pass.

Pirates and Haunted Mansion are generally not connected to the system, so if you have a pending FastPass for another attraction you can still get one for either of these two.

DCA and Dland's system are not connected, so you can have a pending fast pass in both parks at the same time.

Have Fun!!

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Friday, January 24, 2003 10:14 AM

Thanks for filling in the holes in my post, TD. The Pirates/Mansion info is especially good to know as I will be going back to the park the day before Solace

Yer welcom, Phil!

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Friday, January 24, 2003 2:59 PM

And as long as you are in Innoventions, make sure you go see the Stitch interactive area. It's very cool, and better than most people think.

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