Hello all -- I don't post much on here, but I'll be making a trip to Disneyland in July, and I could use some advice. I go to WDW often, so I feel like I'm in my element there, but I'm much less knowledgable about DL and I haven't been there since before DCA opened, so I have a few questions for all you experts!
1. I booked a Carthay Circle/WoC dining package that will get me into the second WoC showing (at 10:15). About what time should I plan on getting to the WoC area? Are people who saw the first showing allowed to hang around for the second showing as well? If I end up in a "splash" zone, how wet should I expect to get?
2. I would like to get a Fastpass to ride RSR at night at some point during my trip. Anyone know about what time I should plan on obtaining my Fastpass so it will have a nighttime return time?
3. What are some of the best counter service restaurants? Any that I should make a point to avoid? Are there any table service restaurants where I could expect to get a table without a reservation?
4. I'm a little scared of how crowded it is going to be...all my most recent trips have been to WDW, which absorbs crowds more easily, and I've gone during off-peak times. I'm thinking I will plan on getting to the park at opening each day, head back to my hotel for a snooze and a swim from around 1 until 5, and then go back until closing. Does that sound like a good crowd avoidance strategy? Any other tips? The good news is that I am older than I used to be, and I feel like I've been to Disney enough times that I will not be devastated if I don't get to go on a zillion rides every day. I'll be content to sort of "hang out" in different areas of the park and not just run from ride to ride. What are some of your favorite places to just hang out in the parks?
Thanks in advance to those who take the time to read and respond!