This is kind of a strange first post, but thought this might be a good place to ask. We just moved to the area 2 months ago, and bought Disneyland AP's immediately. But we've found that our dog seems to be a hindrance to us going to Disneyland (or ANY local theme park) as much as we'd like to and we're trying to come up with a solution. I don't feel comfortable leaving her home alone for more than about 6 hours at a time. We've left her for up to 8 hours, but I was nervous about it the whole time, not wanting her to have to suffer (you know, with having to "hold it").
We live an hour from the parks, and when you take into consideration the hour to drive there, and the half hour to get from our parking spot to the turnstiles, 3 hours of our Disneyland time is taken up with just logistics. That only leaves us 3 hours of park time before I start worrying about getting back home to let the dog out. The only 2 solutions we've thought of so far are taking her to doggy day care (which she goes to all the time anyway) or boarding her overnight. Doggy Day Care is about $13 each time, and it only runs for 10 hours per day. Having to leave the theme park during rush hour to drive back home to get her by 6:00 adds an hour to the commute, leaving us with 6 hours of park time, which seems insignificant after all the rigamarole. Boarding her overnight works great and gives us a full day at the park to enjoy, but it's $35 each time and we don't have that kind of money. She hates riding in the car, so driving her all the way to Anaheim to board her right at Disneyland isn't an option either.
Oh - and we'll live in military housing soon and won't be allowed to install a doggy door unfortunately, and I'm not comfortable just leaving the door propped open all day long.
I know that if it weren't for the dog, we'd probably go up there at least 1-2 times per week, but because of the dog, we're only able to go about 1-2 times a month and only for long enough to eat something and ride a couple rides.
So what do you all do with your dogs to allow you to actually get good use out of your annual passes?