I have only been to Disneyland twice, and those trips were a week apart last September. However, I get to go back - in theory - at the end of September or early October. I have a ton of questions, so I'm just going to stick them all in one post, which I hope is all right. I hardly ever post here, but I read the boards every day, and I feel like you guys are the most friendly and nicest group of people I've ever had the pleasure to encounter online. I'm also consistently impressed with the depth of your knowledge about Disneyland, a place I am rapidly becoming obsessed with. So any help/advice y'all can give me would be greatly appreciated.
-I'll be going with one of my good friends, and it'll probably be on either Friday, Sept. 30th, or Saturday, Oct. 1st. Should I be expecting major crowds, or will it have died down a bit since school will have started and everything? I'm assuming weekends are more crowded than weekdays, but I want to go on a Fri or Sat so we can see Fantasmic, which leads to my next question...
-If we go on a day with two shows of Fantasmic, any advice on which one is more enjoyable/less crowded? Is it worth it to spring for the designated viewing seats/dessert package thingie?
-The closure of Haunted Mansion for the holiday overlay ends on Sept. 29, right before we get there. Are the dates for the closure pretty firm, or does it sometimes stay closed later than they say it will? I imagine the first days that it's open will be pretty packed... Do they do Fastpass for it? What about single rider?
-Which rides do have a single rider line, and which ones would you recommend using it for? It seems like whenever I try to find information on it, all I can find are discussions about which rides don't, and why (such as Indy.)
The rides we hit last time:
Winnie the Pooh
the King Arthur Carousel
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Alice in Wonderland
the one with the rocketships that you can make go up and down (Wow, I'm feeling very articulate today.)
(And a bunch in DCA, but I don't think I'll be going there this time around.)
Space Mountain, the Matterhorn, and Haunted Mansion were all closed when I was there last, so we'll definitely do those. (The castle was also covered up for its 50th anniversary renovation.) What else do you recommend as a can't-miss that I haven't already seen?
Thank you so much for your help!