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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    One day? Mid-week?

    1. Get there early.
    2. Stay the whole day.

    You probably won't miss anything.
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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    With only one day - forget Fantasmic! and fireworks should they be happening. Since you have already been to a Park and are familliar with what it's all about, skip the things that are the same. My advice - and you can take it with however many grains of salt around your margarita glass you need...

    ~Get there early for the rope drop on Main Street.
    ~Go directly to Space Mountain and get a fastpass - if fastpass isn't working, ride it.
    ~Walk quickly over and queue up for Indy.
    ~Next door for Pirates.
    ~Through New Orleans Square to the Haunted Mansion.
    ~Go directly to Critter Country and have a quick look just to say you were there. Splash isn't that different, and Pooh isn't worth the time with a limited schedule.
    ~Check Space Mountain fastpass - it's probably time to ride.
    ~Walk over and queue up for the Matterhorn.
    ~Go to the hub and have your picture taken in front of the castle. While entering, look for the time capsule plaque, inside the castle entrance listen carefully, proceed into the courtyard and observe all the differences.
    ~Alice in Wonderland.
    ~Storybookland Canal Boats.
    ~Casey Junior.
    ~Mr Toad's Wild Ride.
    ~Around to It's a Small World.
    ~Toontown for a quick look and ride Roger Rabbit.
    ~exit Toontown and through Fantasyland - pass by Big Thunder Ranch, and around to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Decide to ride or not.
    ~Explore the real Frontierland while heading over to NOS to visit the Disney Gallery.
    ~It should be getting late enough to ride the Jungle cruise as the best time is just before dusk where the sun is not directly shining down, but still in the tops of the foliage.
    ~Go into the bazzar, there are some interesting machines to eat your quarters and get a memento or two.
    ~Go to the Main Street Opera House and catch the show and display.
    ~Main Street Train Station and take the train around one whole loop.

    There - you have done in one day the major unique and different things the Original Disneyland has to offer. One last thing - if there is time, ride the Matterhorn after dark.

    If you were going to be there a bit longer, I'd give my recommendations for the very cool little known things like the backside of Fowler's Harbor where you can see the Splash Mountain folks getting wet a second after the splash...
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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperStar View Post
    You must a dole whip at the Tiki room.
    mmmm...
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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orcatime View Post
    The very first ride you MUST go on HAS to be the railroad. Take that and stay on for the entire loop. This way you can see the whole park and when you get back to Main street, have a plan as to where you want to go to next.
    Train is down! No fireworks or fantasmic (mid week and fantasmic is dark till mid June!)
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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    Be sure to ride both sides of the Matterhorn!
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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    Never wait in a line!!!!! That is my rule!

    Since Fantasmic is down, if POTC has a huge line, go on it later in the day while others are eating or lining up for the Parade or even before the fireworks....

    Do not wait in line at Indy!!!!!!
    Get a FastPass for that! That is the longest waste of time line in the park!

    Everyone made great suggestions.
    If you are going to DCA, I would only do TOT, Soring over CA, Screamin', A bugs life, and GRR if you want to get wet! If you like shows, Aladin is great.
    Then get back over to DL ASAP!!! Go to DCA when the lines at DL are way too crowded!

    Good luck!!
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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    Definitely stop by the Tiki Room to get a Dole Whip, and to see the show if you have time. If you plan it right, you can show up right before the show starts (at the top of the hour, twenty minutes past, and twenty minutes 'til) to get the most out of your time. It's superior in every way to the horror of Florida's.

    If you're going to see the Opera House, which I also recommend, wait until after closing. On nights when the park closes before midnight, the Opera House runs an extra show after closing, so on Wednesday, the last show of the day will be at 8:20.

    Use Fastpasses as much as you can, but remember that FPs aren't distributed if the ride is down, unlike in Florida. Ride the clones for comparison's sake if you have time, but don't make them a priority. Definitely spend some time in New Orleans Square. Plan at least an hour ahead, and make your plans while in line or eating (but remember to be flexible with those plans). If you do go to DCA, consider splitting up your group and using Single Rider, which will usually get you onto the ride faster than even Fastpass. Just ask the greeter for Single Rider passes for your group.

    Have fun!

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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    Thanks again everyone for all of your incredibly helpful advice! It'll be a whirlwind trip, leaving Tues from NY and be back on Thurs with all day Weds devoted to the parks. I'll try and post a little trip report when I get back to tell you how everything went. Hopefully, we'll even have a little time on Tuesday night to check out the EL CAPITAN and soda fountain too!!!!

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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    As much as I go there every time I visit the "resort" - if it were my first time to Disneyland and only one day - I'd skip DCA.







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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    That would also save you about $20 that you could use for a souvenir from the park!
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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    ...or a round of Dole whips for your friends.







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    Re: My first visit to Disneyland. Does anyone have any must-sees?

    If you ride the firetruck down main street, the driver will give you a 'junior firefighter' sticker that looks like a silver badge. It's a pretty cool freebie.
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