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    Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    We are going to DL on Aug. 15th. We only have THAT day! The park hours are 8am-midnight. Is that enough time to do both DL and DCA or not? I really want to do and see ALL of DL! Being that our schools here start the 17th I am hoping that most "tourist" are home and getting ready for school, is that just wishful thinking? Also, if the park opens at 8am and we want to be there for the opening what time should we arrive? We are staying at the Anaheim Hilton, is that close enough to walk?





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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    it's a 10-15min walk and you should walk from there (or take the ART bus)

    you should be there about 30mins early if you want to be up front of the lines
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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    It's a pretty small walk. The Anaheim Hilton is by the Anaheim Convention Center which is behind DCA. You should be able the do everything at both parks, keep in mind by midnight you will pretty much be ready to crash. Have a good time!


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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    It's a pretty decent walk. Figure you have to walk the length of DCA along the street until you get to the Esplanade entrance. Fine in the morning, but at night if you're taking on both parks, you may be extremely tired.

    Whether one day cuts it all depends on whether you want to absolutely see everything or not. If you just want to hit the essentials, then you can definitely make it. Just make good use of your time and be smart about planning your day. Really, it's all up to and in you to decide what you need to hit. But it's been done before.

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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    A word of advice, Fastpass. Use it and you should be able to hit all the major attractions.
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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    Wow that's pretty ambitious! Seeing everything in both parks in one day?

    As far as crowds go I think most of that is based on when the summer black-out dates for the lower level of annual passports and cast-member sign-ins go away. If August 18th is a blackout date for most annual passes then the crowds shouldn't be too bad.

    I stayed at the Hilton in April and as mentioned above it's essentially like walking from the very back of DCA to the main entrance plaza. 10-15 minutes should cover it. Just don't under-estimate the amount of ground-pounding your feet and legs will take going all over both parks.

    I'd say a few tips that will help you cover as much ground as possible would be the following:

    1.) Leverage the fast pass system to the maximum. Read the sticky note at the top of this forum and this will save you hours of standing in line and get you on lots more rides for no extra cost.

    2.) Figure out which rides have medium/long waits and no fast-pass, then decide if you REALLY want to spend time in line for these rides. It's a good idea to have some priority for how important these rides are to you when you're making choices. Some of these rides include Nemo Submarines, Peter Pan, Toy Story Mania, Astro Orbiter, Matterhorn and Dumbo.

    3.) You might also need to decide if you are going to be seeing any parades, fireworks, stage shows and character greetings. These can all take up some significant time but are very popular and most people don't want to miss them. The fact that the Aladdin show at DCA is supposed to be closing this year could mean this is your only chance to see it and it is well worth seeing.

    4.) Try to avoid park criss-crossing. If you go on Indiana Jones, then Space Mtn then Splash Mtn then Autopia then Haunted Mansion then Star Tours you'll lose hours through unnecessary walking around and you'll add a lot of extra walking.

    I hope that helps. If you have any questions or need help coming up with a ride plan you have a huge supply of people here willing to help.
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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    My friend and I did that when we went and it was pretty hectic. I suggest that you try and pace yourself. The only fast passes that you really need a DLR are Indy, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain. The rest of the rides mostly have pretty quick lines. At DCA, Tower of Terror and Soarin' Over California are really the only ones that you'll need fast passes for.

    My best words of advice are: prepare yourselves for a bunch of walking, heat, long lines, and feet and leg pain. Bear those things in mind, and you're all set. Have an amazing time!!!






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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    Quote Originally Posted by tayakaleb View Post
    We are going to DL on Aug. 15th. We only have THAT day! The park hours are 8am-midnight. Is that enough time to do both DL and DCA or not? I really want to do and see ALL of DL! Being that our schools here start the 17th I am hoping that most "tourist" are home and getting ready for school, is that just wishful thinking? Also, if the park opens at 8am and we want to be there for the opening what time should we arrive? We are staying at the Anaheim Hilton, is that close enough to walk?
    Definatly more than enough time. Heck, when I went last, the park hours were about the same and my friend and i left the property for a few hours and came back and still got everything done that we wanted to do.

    OH! Just rest rest rest through the day! Sit down whenever possible, even if it's on railings while waiting in line for a ride. If not, you will be very sore for days on end!!! Not kidding

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    For your safety, please do not sit on the railings. Thank you.

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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    If you plan to walk a marathon and really do both parks all in one day, get the whole family out doing long walks to build up their legs and their stamina NOW. Like, tomorrow morning. You don't have time to do full-on conditioning, but just enough to take the edge off.

    If you all (Parents And Kids Included!) get out there several days a week over the next few weeks, and take laps around the block or up to the top of that little hill behind the house, or go walk your whole local County Fair, etc. you'll have sore legs now - but it'll go a whole lot easier at the parks.

    And this will give you a chance to break in your new sneakers or walking shoes and make sure they have enough arch support and don't give you blisters. (Do NOT try it in dress shoes - misery awaits.)

    Bring two broken-in pairs each with you, so you have dry shoes available in your room. Just in case you get really nailed on Splash Mountain or Grizzly River Rapids.

    I have done this before doing the whole Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which is spread out around the entire (huge) L.V. Convention Center, and the entire (almost as big) L.V. Hilton CC, *and* the Sahara CC, AND a dozen other good-sized venues.

    The years I didn't get in condition first, my legs were literally ready to fall off by the end of the weekend. If I did, 10 miles a day was no problem at all.

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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    When I said I wanted to see everything I was only referring to DL, not necessarily DCA. I am not sure I am up for that challenge, haha. So, one more question. Say we purchase the ticket for DL only and then half way thru the day we decide to hit up DCA, can we upgrade the tickets to park hoppers??





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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    The 15th is a blackout day for all but Premium passholders. However, the park may still see an increase in attendance due to the current promotion for free admission on your bday.

    Wear a good pair of shoes with good soles. I would caution against flip flops or sandals. Your feet will be hurting by early evening.

    Utilize fast pass as often as possible. Make a list or mental note of the must see rides. This way if you get to a certain area you know what you want to ride and what you are willing to wait for (lines in Fantasyland tend to be on the longer side no matter what time of year you go. Especially Peter Pan and Mr. Toad).

    I agree with the cross park riding. Try to stay in one area and hit the rides. If you are planning to get there early, hit some of the more popular ride first (Nemo, Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Big Thunder, etc) so you will not have to fight longer lines. Space, Big Thunder, and Splash Mtns have fast pass, so you might want to hit the others as a priority first).

    Drink plenty of water. Auguat is hot in So Cal. Pace yourselves and do not rush.

    Don't eat lunch right at 12 noon. EVERYONE does that so restaurants will be busy at that time. (There isn't a ton of shade in DCA either)

    Most importantly be patient. There will be alot of people in the park, and with the heat, tempers can flair among guests. You'll have a much more pleasant visit.

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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    Quote Originally Posted by tayakaleb View Post
    When I said I wanted to see everything I was only referring to DL, not necessarily DCA. I am not sure I am up for that challenge, haha. So, one more question. Say we purchase the ticket for DL only and then half way thru the day we decide to hit up DCA, can we upgrade the tickets to park hoppers??

    Well that's good. If you just want to hit the highlights at DCA you should have no problem seeing everything you want to see. Who will be in your group? There is a difference between adults visiting alone, parents visiting with teenage/young-adult kids and parents visiting with younger kids.

    If you have young kids and need to see EVERYTHING in Fantasyland that can take almost half a day between standing in line for Peter Pan, Snow White, Pinocchio, Mr. Toad, Casey Jr, Dumbo, Carousel, Storybook Land boats, Teacups, Alice in Wonderland, Matterhorn and Small World. Setting priorities here can really help you get to a lot of other must-do attractions.

    Usually my family likes to get on Peter Pan, Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland first as those lines can really suck the life out of you later in the day when they are very long and very hot. Then we go on the other Fantasyland rides later in the day as the lines and our moods dicatate.

    Casey Jr can be a deceptively long line, especially when they only are running one train. This ride can take 6-10 minutes per roughly each 20 people in line. I advise to save this ride for lunch or dinner times when most families are grabbing food or later in the evening.

    I don't have a good strategy for riding on Nemo Submarines. Getting to the entrance 30 minutes before park opening or taking the very first monorail into the park have both left me getting to Nemo with a 45-60 minute line waiting for me when I got to the queue. I'm a pretty quick walker and I even used the extra magic hours early opening as a hotel guest so I don't know what more I could do. Maybe other posters here have better strategies they can recommend if this ride is important to you.

    Fastpasses for Indiana Jones and Splash Mtn run out fast and early, so bump these rides up on your priority list so you don't get left out in the cold.

    At DCA you'll definitely want to go on Soarin, Toy Story Mania, and if you like roller coasters you'll enjoy California Screamin. Grizzly River is a great way to cool off in the late afternoon. They have free lockers you can use to not ruin cell phones, shoes, and other nice goodies. You will get splashed and or soaked.

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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    If you are leaving out DCA you should be o.k. Just make sure you have some sort of plan and use fastpass to your advantage. Add me to the list of those who agree about not criss crossing the park. We try to pick a land and get that all done before moving on if possible. Sometimes the lines don't allow that though. We also skip parade, fireworks and fantasmic too in favor of shorter ride lines.

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    Re: Couple ?'s for a 1st time visitor

    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Mickey View Post
    Well that's good. If you just want to hit the highlights at DCA you should have no problem seeing everything you want to see. Who will be in your group? There is a difference between adults visiting alone, parents visiting with teenage/young-adult kids and parents visiting with younger kids.
    It is just me and my hubby! We are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. We are leaving the kiddos home with grandparents, but dont feel bad for them, they have been to WDW about 8 times and they are only 7 and 5! Thanks for all the info!





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