I haven't been to the Disneyland Resort since the 45th Anniversary - so it's been awhile! My sister was a competitive dancer, and her national dance competitions were held at WDW so that's where I always went, save for the year of the 45th when it was at Disneyland.
I absolutely love WDW but the past 10 years have seen a shift from WDW being the better-maintained attraction to DL being the better-maintained attraction and I'd like to check out all the new stuff, and now I'm not tied down by dance stuff.
I would like this to be a very train-centric trip. I am coming from Minnesota via Amtrak (seems like a nice, chill way to see a lot of the country).
My questions are:
I am planning on getting 2 day park-hoppers to experience Disneyland and DCA. The days I will be in Anaheim are July 29-Aug 1. I'm thinking of visiting the parks on July 30 & 31st (Monday and Tuesday). How busy are these days usually?
I'd also like to take a day trip to Hollywood (perhaps hit up Universal), as well as the beach. Any recommendations? I would like to avoid renting a car; is Hollywood accessible by train from the Disneyland area? And any particular recommended beaches that are accessible via train?