Published: June 17, 2013 at 3:43 PMIf you're going to do breakfast in DCA and be there for rope drop, I recommend getting a fastpass for RSR, then do breakfast at Flo's, sitting at the back patio overlooking RSR, then going on Luigi's Flying Tires. Or swap those if you're not too hungry yet and would rather have a shorter wait for Luigi's. The coffee at Flo's may not be as good as the Starbucks at the FFP cafe, but if you want more than pastries, the delicious hot breakfasts at Flo's with the views overlooking Cars Land just can't be beat on a nice cool morning.
Published: June 17, 2013 at 4:32 PMSince I was park hopping, I got my World of Color fastpass first thing in the morning, then headed to Radiator Springs Racers to the stand by queue. From there I crossed to Disneyland where I spent the whole day. Then I went back in the evening to DCA to ride The Little Mermaid, then Toy Story (twice) and then to Monsters Inc. Finally to World of Color. That was my plan :^)
Published: June 17, 2013 at 4:32 PMI would suggest, if for whatever reason, you aren't able to get a FP for RSR.......use the single rider line.
With the single rider line, while your party may not be able to ride in the same car together, here's a good chance you'll actually race AGAINST each other..(this has happened a few times with me) and you'll save ALOT of time.
Published: June 17, 2013 at 11:16 PMI typically do the following at DCA (although I don't see all the shows every visit), and have always been able to finish by early afternoon (excluding World of Color):
1. At opening, ignore the Fastpass line for Radiator Springs Racers and go straight to the ride. Since there is often a 15-20 minute wait just to get a Fastpass, you can usually get on quicker by using the Single Rider line first thing in the morning.
2. After Radiator Springs Racers, head to Paradise Pier. Get a Fastpass for California Screamin', then ride (in order) Toy Story Midway Mania, Goofy's Sky School, and The Little Mermaid, then return to California Screamin' and use the Fastpass.
3. Get a World of Color Showpass, then head to Soarin' Over California. If the wait is less than 30 minutes, get in line and ride Grizzly River Run afterward. Otherwise, get a Fastpass and ride Grizzly River Run while waiting.
4. Get lunch, then tour the Animation building. About fifteen minutes before the next Aladdin show, grab a Twilght Zone Tower of Terror Fastpass, then see Aladdin and ride Tower of Terror afterward.
5. Do anything else of interest in the park, then hop over to Disneyland until it is time for World of Color (get to the viewing area at least 30 minutes before showtime for the best view).
Published: June 18, 2013 at 8:46 AMI think it's important to note that just because you have a FastPass or World of Color Dining Package doesn't mean you get to sit up front. We mistakingly thought our Carthay Circle passes would offer some of the best views, but ultimately your proximity to the lagoon is determined by the time that you get there. Guests who want to be up front not only need to procure FastPasses or book a dining package, but must also arrive 30 minutes or more before the show starts (we arrived 20 minutes ahead and were pretty far back).
Published: June 18, 2013 at 10:16 AMJust a note, Carthay Circle recently updated how World of Color tickets are dispersed. In order to receive World of Color tickets there is a three course menu for both lunch and dinner with options to pick in each category (appetizer, entree, dessert). The prices are $39 for lunch and $59 for dinner.
Published: June 18, 2013 at 2:22 PMHave to disagree with Tower of Terror. While it might not be as good as WDW, it is different and still great. The only difference is the pre-lift off show is much shorter and different, but the fast part of the ride is still the same. Also, there was a time that we rode it that the ride operator was so incredibly fantastic that he freaked out half the people riding. It must be due to being in close proximity to Hollywood. Do not miss riding this. I think it is definately a must do at DCA.
Published: June 18, 2013 at 8:04 PMHow was Carthay Circle, incidentally? I've been having a tough time determining which of the World of Color packages looked more appealing. It looks like it's between Carthay and Ariel's Grotto.
Also, did I miss where Robert inserted the Single Rider Line info?