A little background: We are planning our first trip with our almost six year old at the end of the month. I've visited DL probably half a dozen times growing up, though never for more than a day. (We always did the DL-Knotts-Sea World-beach tour when we drove over from Phoenix every few years.) CA was still under construction the last time I visited as a teenager. My husband is an East Coaster; he's been to WDW many, many times, but never DL. Needless to say we are very excited about this trip. I'm a total planner, and MiceChat has been a great resource.
We are doing three day park hopper Mon-Wed. Here's where I am having trouble. We fully plan on being up and at the gates no later than 7:30 Monday morning. But I also know EMH is Monday morning--will this affect our chances of picking up a RSR FastPass? I know we could put it off until Tuesday, but I would rather spend our Magic Morning in the park riding rides, not lining up for a FastPass. (Side note--how many rides should we expect to get through in this hour? I am not sure if we should start with Nemo or Peter Pan. I can't imagine we can do both Tomorrow and FantasyLand in an hour...)
The other thing is that, thanks to all the billboards, commercials, etc., Cars Land is the only thing my son has any expectation of. So while he understands he is going to DL, all he really understands is "We are going to Cars Land." So I kind of feel like CL is our number one priority. (Not to mention he is a huge Cars fanatic.) So I guess it would make sense to do this all first thing Monday morning, as long as the EMH doesn't affect things too much.
But I don't want to do that. I want his first DL experience to actually be Disneyland. I want to walk down Main Street and have him experience the true Disneyland thing. Is this nuts? I am toying with the idea of sending my husband as a runner to pick up the FastPass for RSR (and WOC), then the three of us returning to the main park together and spending our time there until our time for RSR comes up. We would then most likely spend the rest of the day in CA until WOC. I'm just concerned that the lines for the rest of the CL attractions will be way too long at this point. Do we have to do CL first thing in the morning?
Also, is it possible to do the fireworks at 9:30, then run over for the second showing of Fantasmic? If that's possible, I'd like to fit them both in on Wednesday night.