Hello all! I'm sure that it's bad form to make one's first post a plea for help, but my situation is an urgent and one I'm sure you'll all have quite a few opinions about.
My fiancee and I have been making a yearly trip down to Walt Disney World for as long as we've been a couple and we each went with our families when we were children. We love the parks to death to an insane degree, but neither of us had ever been to Disneyland. My fiancee's a travelling ultrasound technician, and her latest job took her out to Sacramento, California. As soon as we found out where she was going, we swore that we would make a trip out to Disneyland as soon as she got some time off work. Last week we found out she has a three day weekend over Easter, and we immediately bought tickets and booked a stay from Saturday to Monday at the Disneyland Hotel. We're extremely excited about the trip, but we'd like you guys and gals to dispel some of the things we've heard about Disneyland and give us some sage advice so we can make the most of it...
1) Although I've never been down to Disneyland, my parents have. When I asked them about it, they echoed the same sentiment that I've heard time and time again from others we've met during out travels to WDW: "It's too small!". Everyone says the nostalgia of being at "the original" wears off quickly and you're left wanting. On the other side of things, I read the Comparing Disneyland and WDW's Magic Kingdom thread, and, if I didn't know better, I'd think that the Magic Kingdom was a vast, barren wasteland in comparison to the Xanadu that is Disneyland. So how does a long-time WDW-er adjust to Disneyland? What does the park offer that I just won't get at the Magic Kingdom? What's not to be missed?
2) Is DCA as bad as it's made out to be? We've set aside a half-day for the park as many a Mice Age column has put me off the park. I even sought out a ride-thru video of Superstar Limo just to see if it was as horrendous as everyone said (it was). Should we give it more time or are we just fine?
3) We've been spoiled by the incredible food down at WDW and we want to taste Disneyland's finest. I've gathered that the Blue Bayou is not to be missed, and we're intrigued by the Napa Rose. What restaurants should we not pass up?
Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!