What Disneyland attraction am I sinning by not doing yet?
I've probably spent about a dozen total days at the Disneyland Resort parks in my lifetime and have pretty much always focused on doing all the headliner attractions at least once and then repeating with time. For my trip this August (next month) I've been thinking that maybe I should try something new. My last trip November 2015 I did the following all for the first time and enjoyed it.
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Pinocchio's Daring Journey
- Snow White's Scary Adventures
- Mickey's Magical Map (first time I'd watched any stage show with the exception of Aladdin at the Hyperion in DCA)
- Paint the Night (first time watching a parade)
- Plaza Inn (first time actually sitting down to watch a meal)
Now I'm wondering what else I'm missing! I only have one day and am planning to get what I want out of Disneyland and DCA. These are the things I've never done before.
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (or anything in Toon Town)
- Disneyland Monorail
- Sailing Ship Columbia
- Mark Twain River Boat
- Davy Crockett Canoes
- Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Storybookland Canal Boats
- Any of the little bands on Main Street or in New Orleans Square
- Any of the little shows or games in Frontierland
I'm not counting things like the carousel or Dumbo or Astro Orbiter because I know I don't care about those.
What am I missing most? What I love most about an attraction is being able to laugh or smile the whole time. I'm not necesarilly concerned about just seeing the classic Disney attractions though those get some bonus points. Thanks!
Do the canoes. You'll get to see the new river, and the canoes are the most fun way around if you're into the physical activity. (Your arms are the ride system!)
It's really going to be fun to see what the gang here suggests for you. This is a passionate bunch with a lot of opinions.
Columbia is worth exploring inside, under the deck. Hope it reopens soon. Storybook Canals is quite a wonderful trip to see animated miniatures. The railroad will be a all new ride after the river remodel. The diorama is updated.
Peter Pan: There's a reason why this attraction has consistently long lines, longer than the other Fantasyland dark rides. Did you like the Pinocchio ride or Alice in Wonderland? Peter pan give you the illusion of flying in a pirate ship, since the pirate ship you are riding is suspended from the top of the track. Worth doing at least once, although probably at the beginning or end of the day because of long lines. You didn't mention Mr. Toad on your lists, but this might be a nice alternative to Peter Pan if those lines for Pan are too long.
Opinions are going to vary widely on this, but I would say the following:
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm just looking into ways to make this trip a little different. I think my choice will come down to where I am in the park and the wait times for the attractions you've suggested.
I'd hesitate to give only 2 hours to DCA. We arrived an hour before opening, waiting for 45 minutes in the GotG FastPass distribution line, then waited another 45 minutes in the FastPass return line. That's an hour and a half right there.
Clayton, did that include Extra Magic Hour? My plan definitely requires no a short standby and FastPass line for GotG and RSR. That seems possible based on watching wait times with the Disneyland app.
Good point - no Extra Magic Hour in my scenario. That will certainly help! I still think it's quite a stretch to get the must-sees into two hours, but hey, I say go for it, and report back so we know how much of a rock star you are!
I think you're crazy to think you can get all that done in 2 hours, even in an empty park. Just the walk around from GotGMB to RSR to Screamin' to TSMM to Soarin' and out (without actually getting on any rides) would take at least 20-30 minutes. It's over a mile and a half to walk around DCA, and if you include all the walking through the queues, you're probably looking at almost 2.5 miles of just walking (not waiting or riding), which at an average walking pace of 3 MPH, you'd be looking at nearly 50 minutes of walking (between attractions and through queues). So unless you're running between attractions, half of your expected time is eaten up in just getting from ride to ride.
Ryan, if you want to complete DCA as quickly as possible, I recommend skipping the Fastpass and just jumping in line for Guardians of the Galaxy first thing. If you are at the park sufficiently early (20+ minutes before early entry starts) and head straight for the ride, you should be able to get on within a half hour or so. If you wait for a Fastpass, there is a chance your return time could be late morning by the time you pick it up (especially if Maxpass is active). After Guardians, try to get Radiator Springs Racers done before official opening as well (use single rider), then do the Paradise Pier attractions (Fastpass one while you ride the other if necessary), grab your World of Color Showpass, and stop by Soarin' on your way out. Two hours may be a little bit of a stretch, but you should be able to do all that and get over to Disneyland by about 10 A.M. (assuming EMH starts at 7 A.M.).
AJ, One of my big questions is how FastPass works during Extra Magic Hours. The app sometimes seems to indicate that FastPasses are available during that hour for GotG, RSR,and TSMM, but not every morning. This morning, for example, it didn't seem to show that any of those were having FastPass distribution during EMH but earlier in the week it did. It looks like the return time is never before normal park opening though.
Ryan, as a general rule, Fastpasses cannot be obtained or used until official park opening time. There may occasionally be exceptions, but for the most part you should just plan to do as many rides as you can during the extra hour. When I went shortly after the opening of Cars Land, I was stunned how many people spent most of their hour waiting for Fastpass distribution to start for Radiator Springs Racers. Meanwhile, I went straight to the ride, rode twice (used single rider, but the regular queue was posted as 20 minutes), did the other Cars Land rides, and was in line for Toy Story Midway Mania by official opening. If you truly want to complete DCA as quickly as possible, don't bother with Fastpass at all for that park, as the benefit doesn't really start until a couple hours after opening.
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