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Old 12-07-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
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How many days at Disneyland? 3 or 4?

We're headed out west next summer (mid/late July). Will start in San Diego doing Balboa Park, the SD Zoo, then LEGOland, then up to Disneyland (and visiting family in the LA area) before heading to the Hoover Dam and Vegas for a few days (where we'll fly back home). How many days for Disneyland/California Adventure? I know 5 is going to be too much, but I'm thinking 3 days, in the peak summer crowds, might not be enough either and I'd be better off with 4! Any suggestions?
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Great trip! 4 days sounds just right!
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If you get to the parks first thing in the morning and stay until evening, you could probably see just about everything in 3 days, but if you're doing the most popular attractions (coasters, Tower of Terror, Soarin') it may be tight with the summer crowds. We were there in mid-June, and saw most of what we wanted to in 3 days (including the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour) but we didn't try to do Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, or Tower of Terror.

Staying 4 days would give you extra time in case lines are very long or would allow you to revisit attractions. Especially if you're in the middle of a long trip, you may not want to get up early and stay up late each day to make sure you see everything.

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I'd opt for the 4 days, just to be on the safe side. During the summer you'll have the regular travelers and the locals, so crowds can be heavy. 4 days will give you 2 days per park, basically, so you can go back and do whatever you missed or just go back and do favorites again.
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I'd go with four days to be on the safe side.
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I agree with the 4 day plan.
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I agree with 4 days but I wouldn't do less than 3. We spent more time at DCA
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3 days is great during the off season, but since we are talking summertime, I agree with the others, 4 days would be best.
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Thanks guys! I'm planning for 4 at this point!
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Thanks for asking the question. I'm going to be there in April and was worried 4 days wasn't enough but that's all I could squeeze in.

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You could always buy a 3 day pass and "upgrade" (on the third day) to a 4 day pass, paying only the gate posted difference between the two
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