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Old 05-23-2015, 02:01 PM   #15
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You will need at least 3 days. I would suggest four to five and forget about trying to do other parks such as Universal or Knotts Berry Farm.


Do take a toad. If you have issues anywhere you will have flexibility. The shuttles are ok but you are at their mercy. Use your toad so you can come and go as you want.


Go into the parks early and leave in the middle of the day if the heat gets intense or folks get grumpy. Then after a rest or plunge in the pool go back for the evening events.


If you have smaller children take or rent a stroller even if the kids are getting a bit large. The stroller is great for toting back packs with snacks and cold water. You need to drink lots of water. Again, if you have younger kids they must be fed every couple of hours. Snacks are fine of course but they will not be aware of the hungry monster or lack of water.


If you have the budget for a great meal there are some great options but you need to make reservations. A month in advance would not be too soon for the summer.


We had annual passes at Disneyland and Walt Disney World so have traveled to the parks many times. We raised children and grandchildren on the Magic. We liked Walt Disney World so much we now live here. My son in law is now a cast member and one of my grandsons has been a cast member for over a year.


Go to Allears.net, disboards.net, and for some other fun look at fortfiends.net
As for the toad, is free parking at Disney included with the ticket package? Thx
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Old 05-23-2015, 02:07 PM   #16
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We go every year. It's just something that we love.
The biggest issue in my opinion is having the right attitude. Yes there will be a bunch of other people there. Yes, there are usually long lines. I tend to be fascinated by all these folks. Disney is really an amazing place.
It was one man's dream to build a place for families to enjoy. Many people told him it would never work.
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TMan59, I have to agree with you 100%. The trip is already on the family schedule and can't back out now due to peak season, sooo just have to adjust to the right attitude.

TMan59, I just notice in your reply you are from Washington too. Could you perhaps fill me in on...
Do you take the toad?
Stay at RV Park... Anaheim Resort RV, Harbor RV, or Orangewood RV park?
Package Tickets discounts? Hopper Tickets?
Fast pass tips?
What route do you enjoy taking?

thx
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Old 05-23-2015, 02:28 PM   #17
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Parking is not free but I believe you can buy multiple day passes. The day pass is good for in and out during the day if you need to take a break.


The parking garage is very nice and you walk down to a tram that takes you to the front gate of the parks.
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:35 PM   #18
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TMan59, I have to agree with you 100%. The trip is already on the family schedule and can't back out now due to peak season, sooo just have to adjust to the right attitude.

TMan59, I just notice in your reply you are from Washington too. Could you perhaps fill me in on...
Do you take the toad?
Stay at RV Park... Anaheim Resort RV, Harbor RV, or Orangewood RV park?
Package Tickets discounts? Hopper Tickets?
Fast pass tips?
What route do you enjoy taking?

thx
We fly down. So I can't help with where to stay. Or the best route. :(
We always get park hopper tickets. Head to the big coaster in California Adventure first. Sometimes get two rides on it before the lines too long. Then Soaring over California, Then head to Disney side for Pirates, Small World and Indiana Jones.
As far as fast pass if we are getting those we get them early. We also try and stagger the rides between something like star tours to small world then space mountain.
One other piece of advice I can offer is, it's expensive. When I finally years ago just faced the fact that a muffin is $6, and I'm hungry, just eat.
One of the other things I always enjoy is the Lincoln theater on mainstreet.

Just have fun, there's no place like it.
There are cheaper parks, there are parks with bigger rides but in my opinion none compare.
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If we want to do an "all day" Disney park day we'll get there at "rope drop" (when the park first opens) and try and hit two or three of the major rides before the crowds build. We'll make our fast pass reservations for early to mid afternoon (don't waste them for something just after opening, when you can likely get on the ride without one). By then the lines will be insane yet we'll still be able to enjoy our favorites. Late night hours can also result in some shorter lines.
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You can save money by bringing your own drinks and snack foods. No alcohol or glass bottles of course, and plastic is best. Can't bring a full-on meal in, but you can bring a lot of snack bars, small bags of chips, and other snacks. Backpack to carry the stuff or stroller if kids. Eat a good big breakfast, have the snacks for lunch and then just pay for dinner if still at the park. You really only pay the higher prices for one meal this way.

I don't think the hopper pass is really needed. Spend one day at one park, plenty to keep you busy at same park for a day. Fast pass does save time, learn how to use them and maximize the benefits. I think you could spend 2 days at each Disneyland and CA Adventure.

Sorry no advice for RV parks or whether to use toad or not. Toad would give flexibility to get around if not just using shuttle to go between RV park and Disneyland.
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