Disneyland tips and tricks?

Monday, January 24, 2011 4:38 PM
Tekwardo's avatar

You're driving 7 hours just for GAm? Wow.


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:52 AM

Here's a tip if you're going to drive all that way:

Drive up and go to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which is open fairly late. The next day, if you must go to Great America, go early and get it over with. The Flying Scooter is decent, and I suppose the World's Worst Wooden Coaster has to be ridden to be believed. Get out of there early (saying "hello" to Geauga Lake's Top Spin as you go) and head for Gilroy Gardens. Great America has more coasters, but you will probably have more fun at Gilroy and it is certainly a much more attractive park. Gilroy Gardens closes early, so stay till close, then drive back down to Orange County.

An example of what you will find at Great America: This is the only place where I have ever seen a Huss Break Dance located in a kiddie section...and operated like it belongs there. You have been warned, as if Mitch's Poll wasn't warning enough.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:25 PM
kingdakacor's avatar

Well the person whom I am going with wants to visit the Charles M Schultz museum in Santa Clara. The park is not too long a distance there. Thinking about driving overnight to avoid the traffic and just get a hotel room somewhere up there. But we are taking in one day at a time during the trip. We are doing the disney parks first along with Knotts. Then the real fun starts with exploring lol. Straight up I 5 on a wing and a prayer maybe!


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 4:06 PM
janfrederick's avatar

FYI, the museum is in Santa Rosa (not too far from Petaluma where he lived), which is 100 miles noth of Santa Clara. However, it is only half that distance from Vallejo (Six Flags).


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Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:13 AM
kingdakacor's avatar

Thanks. Got the two mixed up. Museum sounds interesting and I think its only ten bucks for admission. Hey thought of another disneyland question. How come worlds of color has a fastpass? Is that a hey get a fastpass for the best seats for the show type deal?


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Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:05 PM
janfrederick's avatar

The show only has seating for 4000 and they didn't want people camping out for the popular show. I understand they offer meal deals that come with choice seating, which allows you to ensure a spot for the show. I think you have to order online (there are restaurant and boxed lunch options). Otherwise, you'll need to get there at opening and head straight for the Grizzley Rapids fastpass dispenser. There will probably be a line.


"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
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Friday, January 28, 2011 6:21 PM

Note that the World of Color fastpass does not follow the usual rules: you can only get one per customer per day, and you can get it concurrently with other fastpasses. What it's good for is to get you into one of the color-coded designated seating areas for the show...but even if you couldn't get in there, you'd be able to see and hear it from anywhere around the back of the park.

That is a really horribly disruptive show, though! Once the first performance starts, the midway is pretty much done for the evening.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 11:41 AM
kingdakacor's avatar

Thanks for the tips about the midway. I might try and see if there is a dining combo with a pass into world of color. I think Fantasmic has them but not sure about the former. I also saw that temps in late June are in the mid 70s...sounds great to me. I justh hope crowds will be on the moderate side. Seems more people go to WDW than WDL?! But then again DL had to close its gates because of overflow. Guess anything is possible.


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Thursday, February 3, 2011 12:25 PM
LostKause's avatar

The World of Color meal ticket is available on the Disneyland website, fyi. :)

I am really appreciating this topic, by the way.


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Friday, February 4, 2011 12:21 PM
kingdakacor's avatar

@lostkause...you are very welcome. I appreciate all of the tips and discussions so far. It will really pay off when the time comes to take trip out west. Thanks for the info on the meal ticket combo!


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Friday, February 4, 2011 5:20 PM
janfrederick's avatar

Disneyland has over 1 million APs. The place gets packed on non-blocked days. Take a look at the AP calendar to see what it will be like. Fridays are usually bad.


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Friday, February 4, 2011 5:58 PM
kpjb's avatar

Holy crap! Is that an actual figure? That's a crazy amount of passholders.


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Saturday, February 5, 2011 5:27 AM

Its an estimate. Disney has never said how many AP holders there are. But it wouldn't surprise me one bit since there are four price levels of APs and monthly payment plans for all four levels.

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Monday, February 7, 2011 12:11 PM
kingdakacor's avatar

a million?!! Well more pop. in that state vs. Florida so I can see it in that aspect. I was not planning on going to DL on Friday b/c crowds would probably be heavy Friday-Sat.


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