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Old 01-03-2017, 08:03 AM   #1
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We will be going to Disneyland in October. We have been taking our kids to Disney World for the past 15 years, so we know how to plan that easily. However, I know nothing about Disneyland. Can someone tell me about how fast passes work here and if it's possible to schedule them online as it is for Disney World? I saw a thread from July about fastpasses, and they mentioned possible changes coming. Can anyone tell me about how they currently work?
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:11 AM   #2
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Currently, as of last month, it was the traditional old paper fast passes. A few things are "unattached", meaning you can hold a FP for them and still pull another FP. Those are World of Color and the Frozen theater show. If your ride time for your current FP is more than 2 hrs away, I think, you will be allowed to pull another FP before your ride time (usually about 2 hrs after pulling the previous one). The time you can pull another FP will be printed on the first FP tickets.

If you have park hoppers, which I strongly recommend at Disneyland, you can have FP for each park at the same time. This is feasible with the parks being so close together.

Strategy: You definitely want to pull FP for certain attractions-Radiator Springs Racers and Space Mountain are a MUST regardless of the time of year. RSR also has a single rider line that works well if you don't mind riding separately.

Peter Pan ALWAYS has a 40 minute line, beginning within minutes of rope drop. And no FP available. Many folks race to this first thing to avoid the long line, and if you are in the first wave, you might wait 20-30 minutes or less if you are fast. But it never gets worse than 60, in my experience. This is one that you just have to bite the bullet for.

Please ask more questions, I love talking Disneyland, and there is much less DL action compared to WDW.
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Disneyland does not currently have the ability to schedule FastPass online. Here is a link to the Disneyland site that explains how FastPass works at Disneyland Resort:

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/gue...ices/fastpass/
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The regular lines in California move much quicker than they do in Florida, simply because so few attractions have fastpass and those that do, the lines are actually managed a lot better. What we noticed when we were there last month was a lot of families had downloaded the game "Head's Up" onto their smart phones and were playing that in line. And they weren't just playing it with their family. They were getting other families around them involved. It's a much different atmosphere in California than Florida.
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I really like the old style FP at Disneyland. You don't have to plan your days way ahead of time. Much more relaxed.
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I really like the old style FP at Disneyland. You don't have to plan your days way ahead of time. Much more relaxed.
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I liked FP+ when I visited WDW in 2014, and I like the paper version too. The best thing in this regard is the easy of park-hopping at DL.

Not to hijack with a new topic, but I've found that lines are less of an issue for me the more Disney-Addicted I become. For me, it's just not about the number of attractions anymore.
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We will be going to Disneyland in October.
We,too, are planning a DL vacation for this October to celebrate DH's 40th birthday. When will you be there? I've been stressing that crowds will be ridiculous. We'll be there the week of Halloween.

I'm thrilled to see so many quick responses to this thread! Can anyone recommend the least expensive (yet reputable) place to purchase park tickets? Is there any speculation on if or when FP+ will come to DL? Is Mickey's Halloween Party worth $400?
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We,too, are planning a DL vacation for this October to celebrate DH's 40th birthday. When will you be there? I've been stressing that crowds will be ridiculous. We'll be there the week of Halloween.

I'm thrilled to see so many quick responses to this thread! Can anyone recommend the least expensive (yet reputable) place to purchase park tickets? Is there any speculation on if or when FP+ will come to DL? Is Mickey's Halloween Party worth $400?
I'm assuming you're not eligible for military tickets. You can save a few dollars with aRes Travel--look at mousesavers.com for more info. While you're at mousesavers, look at the CityPass options. If you're planning to hit other SoCal attractions, you really will save money. Mousesavers is generally plugged in to all the available discounts, so be sure to check it out!

I went to the Halloween party last year and had a blast! However, it was just me going, and I had the annual pass discount, too. I don't know whether it would be worth $400. You can certainly get a carload of candy and meet lots of characters. It's a highly individual question of when something is worth the price. For me, I probably wouldn't spend $400 on it, but I saw lots of families who did.

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By the way, mousesavers predicts that all the ticket prices are due to rise soon, so if you're positive you'll be going, consider buying your tickets early.

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What Ginger said. I have read that prices will go up in Feb, so buying now would be smart. I bought through ARes recently and had no issues.
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