A while back I made plans through AAA to visit Disneyland on the 17th and 18th. I knew that it being the summer, things would be nuts, but I had no idea about the 50th Anniversary celebration at the time. D'oh! I have been to DisneyWorld in FL a bunch of times, but this will be our first visit to DL. We're staying at the Anaheim La Quinta Inn which is a Good Neighbor hotel and is supposed to be pretty close to the park. I will be going to the park with my wife, my 8 year old son and my 15 year old brother-in-law. Now that I know about the 50th anniversay thing, we're trying to do our best to prepare for it.
How early do us normal (non-super fans) folks need to get to the park in order to be relatively sure we'll get in? There's no way we can do 2AM, but we can get there earlier than opening for sure.
Is there any chance we'll get to ride any rides at all?
Can you walk to the park from the La Quinta?
Will the parks be much less crowded on Monday? Or just about the same?
I'm hoping that between Sunday and Monday we'll be able to have a good time without going completely insane. Can you set my fears to rest?
Thanks for any help/advice/words of encouragement!!