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Old 10-09-2018, 03:43 PM   #1
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Don't know where to start

So, it's very possible that my family and I will be visiting DL next June. I am beyond excited!! It will be a first for all of us, except my oldest (he visited in 2017).

This is all new territory for me. I'm planning on staying in Anaheim for 7 days and will have 4 park days. I'm thinking 2 days per park will be enough to do almost everything.

I love researching the places I will visit and always try to learn as much as possible. Are there any guidebook you could recommend? Unofficial Guide? Birnbaum's? I want to start right away, as soon as the trip is 100% confirmed.

Also, any tips you have will be greatly appreciated.
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I am glad it looks like you will be able to go to DL. I would suggest the PP Live Guide for DL as well as the Unofficial Guide. When we last went to DL we stayed at the Dessert Palms which is a Good Neighbor Hotel and a quick walk to the parks. It was nice to not have to rely on transportation unless we were too dead on our feet to walk anymore. The ART system worked well in those instances. There is also the Anaheim Tour Company (I think that is the correct name) that we took a beach tour and whale watching excursion with. They were very easy to work with and we had a blast. We saw more whales on that excursion than our recent Disney cruise to Alaska. The Disney website at that time also offered some good deals on park tickets and transportation to other theme parks in the area. You may want to check on that if you want to go to any other theme park.

Have a blast planning and a wonderful adventure on your vacation.
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I'd go with the PassPorter Live guide as well, as that should give you all the info you need.

I was hoping our trips might coincide when I saw you'd posted, but sadly we're there in mid-March, so we'll miss you by a couple of months.
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I am glad it looks like you will be able to go to DL. I would suggest the PP Live Guide for DL as well as the Unofficial Guide. When we last went to DL we stayed at the Dessert Palms which is a Good Neighbor Hotel and a quick walk to the parks. It was nice to not have to rely on transportation unless we were too dead on our feet to walk anymore. The ART system worked well in those instances. There is also the Anaheim Tour Company (I think that is the correct name) that we took a beach tour and whale watching excursion with. They were very easy to work with and we had a blast. We saw more whales on that excursion than our recent Disney cruise to Alaska. The Disney website at that time also offered some good deals on park tickets and transportation to other theme parks in the area. You may want to check on that if you want to go to any other theme park.

Have a blast planning and a wonderful adventure on your vacation.
Thanks for all the tips! We will definitely be staying in a Good Neighbor Hotel as the DL hotets are out of our budget. It will be a total of 13 people going on this trip and we will have a vehicle so we will be exploring LA on our own. A trip to one of the beaches is a must, I have to put my feet in the Pacific Ocean. I'm going to check out the PP Live Guide to see if I like it enough to purchase.
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I'd go with the PassPorter Live guide as well, as that should give you all the info you need.

I was hoping our trips might coincide when I saw you'd posted, but sadly we're there in mid-March, so we'll miss you by a couple of months.
I'm going to check out the Live guide. Thanks!

Too bad our trips are nowhere near each other.
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Ohhh!!! Im a west coast Disney fan, i LOVE the California parks.


Initially, I strongly recommend:

1. Park hoppers. DL and CA are easy to hop between. I don't do hoppers in FL, but in CA its a no-brainer.

2. Check out airbnb and vrbo. There are a number of townhouse and condo complexes nearby that might meet your needs.


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Unless things have changed drastically since the last time I was there; DL doesn't require the same amount of planning as DW, dining reservations can be made at, I think, 90 or maybe it's 60 days out (at any rate much much closer to your trip than DW) and the dining plan isn't worth it as it's voucher based and not only does it not Downtown Disney wehre the vast majority of restaurants are but you also don't get change if you use a $10 voucher to pay for $8.50 worth of food.
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I can't remember how far in advance ADRs are available, but the only place you really need to sweat it is Blue Bayou (which is beautiful, but generally considered overpriced (high cost for mediocre quality). You might need to be right on time if you want the early morning slot for Plaza Inn character breakfast too...but other than that, you can make ADRs much closer to your trip.



With things being so close, you may feel comfortable cutting the boys loose if they want to go back to the hotel, or hop to the other park etc. Those times can be some of the best! So fun to meet back up and tell about what you did!
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You'll have so much fun! California Adventure is my very favorite park, I think.

Tips: DLR seems to have more single rider lines than the Florida parks, so take full advantage of them. Using SRL for Radiator Springs Racers can save you an hour of more of queue time.

Top of my head, rides with single rider lines: RSR, Indiana Jones (another really good one), Splash Mountain, Grizzly River Rapids. California Screamin' had it, but don't know about its new incarnation.

Don't miss Toon Town. It only has two rides, which are so-so, but it's so much fun to just go and look at. Lots of visual puns. Mickey's house is totally different from the one that used to be in Magic Kingdom, and Minnie has her own house, too.

You can buy beignets in New Orleans Square--so yummy! I don't have the restaurant's name on the tip of my tongue, but it has a walk-up window so you don't have to sit down to order.

And Matterhorn Bobsleds, in my opinion, is so not worth it. It's very jerky and the seats don't have a headrest. I won't ever be going on that one again, and I love thrill rides.

And of course the LIVE! Guide has more of my tips in the rides and hotels sections.

Have fun planning!
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Ohhh!!! Im a west coast Disney fan, i LOVE the California parks.


Initially, I strongly recommend:

1. Park hoppers. DL and CA are easy to hop between. I don't do hoppers in FL, but in CA its a no-brainer.

2. Check out airbnb and vrbo. There are a number of townhouse and condo complexes nearby that might meet your needs.


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I've considered getting the park hoppers, but the problem is I'll be travelling with other family members. Since they are only doing 2 park days, we'll be doing 4 days, I want to spend the time at the parks with them. And I'm pretty sure they will not get the PH.
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Unless things have changed drastically since the last time I was there; DL doesn't require the same amount of planning as DW, dining reservations can be made at, I think, 90 or maybe it's 60 days out (at any rate much much closer to your trip than DW) and the dining plan isn't worth it as it's voucher based and not only does it not Downtown Disney wehre the vast majority of restaurants are but you also don't get change if you use a $10 voucher to pay for $8.50 worth of food.
I won't be doing many ADRs, maybe a character breakfast. There are many QS places that I'm interested in eating.
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I can't remember how far in advance ADRs are available, but the only place you really need to sweat it is Blue Bayou (which is beautiful, but generally considered overpriced (high cost for mediocre quality). You might need to be right on time if you want the early morning slot for Plaza Inn character breakfast too...but other than that, you can make ADRs much closer to your trip.



With things being so close, you may feel comfortable cutting the boys loose if they want to go back to the hotel, or hop to the other park etc. Those times can be some of the best! So fun to meet back up and tell about what you did!
I know Blue Bayou is a beautiful restaurant, but frankly, it's too expensive. Now, the Plaza Inn breakfast is the one I'm considering. So, thanks for the heads up on that one.

I cut loose the boys at WDW last time we visited. Now that they're older, it's so much easier.
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You'll have so much fun! California Adventure is my very favorite park, I think.

Tips: DLR seems to have more single rider lines than the Florida parks, so take full advantage of them. Using SRL for Radiator Springs Racers can save you an hour of more of queue time.

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Don't miss Toon Town. It only has two rides, which are so-so, but it's so much fun to just go and look at. Lots of visual puns. Mickey's house is totally different from the one that used to be in Magic Kingdom, and Minnie has her own house, too.

You can buy beignets in New Orleans Square--so yummy! I don't have the restaurant's name on the tip of my tongue, but it has a walk-up window so you don't have to sit down to order.

And Matterhorn Bobsleds, in my opinion, is so not worth it. It's very jerky and the seats don't have a headrest. I won't ever be going on that one again, and I love thrill rides.

And of course the LIVE! Guide has more of my tips in the rides and hotels sections.

Have fun planning!
Thanks for all the tips! I didn't know about all the rides that have single rider line. That is definitely something to consider.

I am looking forward to visiting Toon Town. I've seen videos and photos and it looks adorable.

Beignets, that is something I'll be adding to my list of musts.
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