Saturday - (arrive at Ontario airport mid-morning) California Adventure (wine festival, coasters) and Disneyland in evening
Sunday - Six Flags Magic Mountain (must ride X, Superman, and Goliath)
Monday - Disneyland (leave for airport late-afternoon)
Riding X is #1 on my wife's 'must-do' list. Is Sunday the best day to attempt a ride? Any advice for first-timers?
I last visited DL 15 years ago. I'm not going to miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and the original Pirates of the Carribean. Any virtual-virgin Disneyland and really-really-virgin California Adventure advice?
FYI, Knott's Berry Farm is a consideration, but it seems that most of major coasters are very similar to others we've already experienced at Cedar Point, SF Great Adventure, or Hersheypark. We won't totally rule it out, but we love Disney parks and our hotel is very, very close.
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Regarding X - pay close attention to the way the train enters and exits the station. Because the seats face backwards during load many people think they are waiting for the front when they are in fact waiting for the back. Because the queue for the back row is right as you enter the station [brilliant planning] the back-up often makes the other rows less of a wait, including the first row. The seats rotate but the train does not so the row that leaves first is the front. Also many times the queue for the far side of X's station [the side closest to the toll booths] has less of a line.
If you're only going to get one ride on X make it the first row...the view on the first drop is worth it. Also some people have trouble finding their way to the ride. On the walk up to Viper cross UNDER the bridge first, then up the stairs immediately to the right and cross over.
If X is open make sure it's the first thing you do. Goliath is a people-eater and should be easy to knock out. Superman, if running, should be after X.
Disney/DCA - use Fastpass to its fullest. Many people think you must ride during the time slot printed on the ticket when in actuality they will accept the ticket ANY time after the alloted time up until park close. I usually collect fass passes during the first half of the day and use them at night. You can often hold more then one pass at any given time so if a ride offers it, try to get one.
Soaring Over California - At the point where riders are grouped into the individual rows tell the ride op you would like to wait for row B1 [as in B1-bomber]. This row offers the best viewing and is absolutely worth waiting a cycle or two for.
Grizzly Rapids - excellent...don't miss it thinking it's "just another rapids ride."
Don't miss It's Tough To Be A Bug...unless you've already seen it in Orlando.
The Sun Wheel pales in comparison to the original Wonder Wheel at Coney and has horrid capacity. Honestly you can skip this unless you've done everything or it has a short line. If you do ride, get a swinging car.
Assuming rerides only on Tower of Terror and California Screaming you should be able to knock out DCA in short few hours.
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Disneyland AM tour plan...
Once you knock these out...you can do what you like and be ahead of the game.
***You are arriving late so the tour plan is different.
...hope this helps...I'm sure I'm forgetting tons...to much pressure in the moment! :)
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I think you're correct in skipping Knott's. My friend and I just did the Disneyland, DCA, Knott's and Magic Mountain and Knott's was my least favorite - which bugged me since I love Cedar Fair. But, it just wasn't a nice park in my mind.
Both Disney parks are going to be PACKED on Saturday. So, like others have said, definitely utilize the FastPass system. In the Magic Kingdom last Saturday, the lines weren't particularly bad except for Roger Rabit and Space Mountain. Space Mountain has an AWFUL problem with line jumpers too, so it makes the line even longer.
Space Mountain and Pirates are totally better at Disneyland than in Florida. But, personally I think they dropped the ball with Tower of Terror. You stand at the elevator waiting for what seems an eternity to get on the ride. Some of the effects are very cool, but overall, I like the FL version much better. If you HAVE to skip this one and you've ridden the one in FL, go ahead and skip it. I would highly recommend Monster's, Inc though. I think this is the best dark ride I've ever been on - hands down.
Like the others have said, definitely get to X first and you can most likely get in two rides before the lines get long. I liked the ride a lot - which surprised me. Honestly, I would skip Superman. I found it to be quite lame, but I've also ridden TTD and KK many times. It sounds and looks way better than it rides. After it was over, I was like, "uh, that's it?". I would wait for Tatsu before wasting time on Superman. Tatsu is hands down the best flyer out there. If you go to SFMM and miss this, I think you're doing a disservice to the park - and yourself. I would also HIGHLY recommend Ninja. What a great coaster and it looks beautiful with its new paint job. Highly recommend that. Goliath was cool, but not nearly as interesting or WOW as X or Tatsu. The trim brakes basically stop the coaster before it finishes the ride.
Definitely get to SFMM before the park opens and make sure you get to X and Tatsu right away. Then you'll be fine. My friend and I did this on Tuesday and were able to get every single coaster in (as well as multiple rides on several coasters). This was with single train operation on everything but X and Tatsu - Tatsu also didn't open until two hours before the park closed. But, the park wasn't very crowded either.
You'll have a blast. I know we did!! If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me or PM me. I was just there this week, so I might be able to help you out with fresh information.
I agree with halltd. I was not impressed with Knott's. I was looking forward to that almost as much as Disney but was sorely disappointed. My wife and I had planned to take full advantage of our CP season passes and go back a few times. We did not.
I think I saw four people total using FlashPass that day and laughed each time I saw them. What a waste of money on that day.
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