- This trip to Disneyland was a last minute decision. My friend from university (who is my equal in Disney love) and I were discussing how the Tower of Terror in Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) was closing in January 2017 and that we were sad that we couldn’t ride it one last time, which prompted, “Well… why can’t we ride it one last time?!”. We both looked at our work schedules and checked out if there were any good deals and the stars aligned as we both were able to take time off work and scored an awesome deal (round trip flights from Vancouver and 3 nights’ accommodation for $530). 7 weeks later we were off!
- As we had the majority of the trip paid off before we went we decided that we actually wanted to sit down for one big meal each day (As a brief aside we ate lunch at the Blue Bayou restaurant which is the restaurant right at the beginning of Pirates of the Carribean – super cool experience. Go early and ask for a table by the water!). On the Saturday we decided to eat a pre fixe lunch menu with a World of Color pass at Carthay Circle in DCA. We both cannot say enough good things about our experience. The food was delicious, our server was amazing, and it was a nice break from little kids in strollers. All together with a 20% tip our bill came to $55 for 3 courses and the World of Color pass, which we both think was 100% worth it. World of Color is also something that should not be missed and as a part of our meal we were able to watch the show from a priority seating area. This also meant that we only had to show up 30 minutes before show time and got an excellent viewpoint. For context some people line up 2 hours before the show to get good seats.
- The wait times at Disneyland and DCA blow my mind 95% of the time. I completely understand waiting as a family if you have young children and cant separate, but if you are older and single rider is available on the ride, what are you doing waiting for an hour when you could instead wait for 5 minutes. Two clear examples of this on our trip was in DCA at Radiator Springs Racers the wait time for stand by (so not fast pass or single rider) creeped up to 120 minutes. My friend and I did single rider and were one car apart from one another and only had to wait 20 minutes. Another example was the wait time for the Matterhorn was approx. 60 minutes and my friend and I rode single rider and waited maybe 5 minutes and ended up being in the same bobsled. TL;DR do single rider and save yourself hours of time.
- I’m going to give you the ultimate pro tip on how you could potentially hold 5 fastpasses at once: You hold one for World of Colour in California Adventure (this fastpass is on a different system so you can hold another one from DCA); you hold a fastpass for a ride in DCA as you can hold a fastpass at the same time in each park; you hold one in Disneyland that has just become available (ie. You can return to the Haunted Mansion between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM and it’s now 1:00 PM); you hold a fastpass in Disneyland for another ride later in the day (ie. Indiana Jones); and finally you hold a fastpass for Buss Lightyear Astro Blasters (the two fastpass distribution machines at the end with green signs on top run on a different system for some reason so you can hold them even if you have another fastpass).
- One of the most awesome things about Disneyland is how accessible they make it for people with disabilities and health or mobility issues. If you are a nine year old in a wheelchair you will probably have just as magical experience as a nine year old walking around. This being said it blew our minds how many adults were zooming around on scooters that were rented directly from Disneyland.
*Adding another point, let me live, but if you are a Dole Whip die hard be sure to factor the lineup into your plans. It got crazy.