I'll be visiting DLR with my wife over MLK weekend - specifically Friday Jan. 17 and Saturday Jan 18. I'm from the midwest and my last visit was way back in 2005. We've both been to WDW since then, but this will be her first trip to DLR. Can you MiceChatters help us make the best of it? Specifically I have five questions:
#1: Our tentative plan is to visit Disneyland on Friday and DCA on Saturday. Is this the right play? I know it will be a busy holiday weekend. Even though she's never been to DCA and I haven't seen Carsland, Disneyland is a bigger priority for us.
#2: What's the FastPass situation like these days? I read FastPass return times are now being enforced. Our priorities for Disneyland include Space, Indy, Pirates and Matterhorn (I know Big Thunder will be closed). Back in '05 I'd ride Space at rope drop, grab a FP then head over to Indy to do the same thing and then spend time on the west side. Still a good idea? For DCA - (like everyone) - Radiator Springs Racers and Soarin'. Any specific game plan there?
#3: Is the Carthay restaurant worth it? Better than Blue Bayou?
#4: I really want to hit the Disneyland Hotel tiki bar. Any specifics to know there?
#5: On a scale of 1-10, how stupid are we for heading to DLR on a holiday weekend? 1=geniuses, 10=literally the dumbest people in the world.
Thanks in advance for your expertise! We're excited.