I'm planning a trip to Disneyland, from April 17 to April 22 of this year. Since booking the trip, I've found out that we will be there (1) at the tail end of the 2fer special, (2) in the middle of the Food and Wine Festival, and (3) during a cheerleader and dance team championship! EEEK!
Now, I've navigated the crowds before (I was there the final year of the Main Street Electrical Parade - in August - and still managed to get tickets to the Fantasmic Dessert Buffet on the balcony without using a Magic Morning pass to get the tickets!). I'm pretty good about avoiding huge lines but still riding all the rides.
However, this time I'm going with 12 other people, spanning in age from 65 to almost 4 years of age. I'm still confident in maximizing our ride times, meals, catching the parade, etc.... in all things BUT two... the Fireworks and Fantasmic.
The dessert thing is WAY out of our price range this trip (13 x $59 = $767!) As far as I know, there isn't any preferred seating options for the Fireworks.
Any tips for us? The real kicker is that I will NEVER get this group to wait hours for either the fireworks or Fantasmic, not the least of which would be the older "kids at heart" in our group wouldn't be able to sit on the ground for that length of time.
Got any tips for the hub for the fireworks? We don't mind standing up someplace... so if there is a spot that the CMs keep open until the show starts, that we could easily step into, etc... that would be good. We thought mid-April would be great because it was several weeks past Easter, and not very many spring breaks would be going on at that time.
I've heard two things about Fantasmic... that we can wait a little past the Mark Twain loading zone, and then get right in to grab a spot for the second Fantasmic show. Is this true? Specifically where should I wait to get in for the second show? CAN you see Fantasmic from the eating area of the River Belle Terrace? IS it high enough? How early would you have to grab a table for that, if it is a good viewing spot, for either show? (I probably could get them to wait a bit longer if we could eat dinner there together).
I know I'm asking for some "secrets", but this is probably the last time we'll all get to go on a trip like this together... we're getting bigger in numbers, and soon some of the kids will be heading off to college (and high school for some). I'd LOVE for those who haven't experienced the fireworks and Fantasmic... they don't know what they are missing. PM me if you don't want the tips published.... I'd be forever grateful!