Published: January 5, 2006 at 2:09 AMSounds like a great trip. How were the lines before you left? Oh and I hear they're offering the "2Fer" again. Can you purchase those at the park?
Published: January 5, 2006 at 10:48 AMThe longest lines I saw posted on the Plaza board as we left were 45 minutes for Roger Rabbit and for Indy. Pirates and Mansion were posted as 25 minutes, but really stood closer to 15.
And, yes! Thank you for reminding me. SoCal residents get the two one-day tickets for the price of one. The catch being, again, that you have to use the other ticket at the other park. (And you can't use them both on the same day.) But, you can get the second day free on the one-day park-hopper as well, making it basically a two-day park-hopper for $79. In both cases, the second day expires after 30 days.
Published: January 5, 2006 at 1:06 PMSounds good. I'm planning on going Friday but I just cant decide which ticket to use first :) Probably DL, as I plan on going to use the extra ticket on Martin Luther King Day.
Published: January 5, 2006 at 11:40 PMI'm glad you had fun! Yes, theme parks are for morning people. I've found a way to be able to go on X at Six Flags Magic Mountain at least once everytime I go, with a maximum wait of 20 minutes.
Too bad as time goes on, I'm becoming less of a morning person. ;)
Wait a minute...Tiki room? I heard they closed this! I'll have to check it out next time I go.
Published: January 9, 2006 at 10:21 AMQuite impressive Robert! I think that is a record for a quick DL trip! I went there over the spring and we are seasoned WDW people and we thought we were effective in our time, but it was NOTHING like yours. I will agree that going to the parks early will give you better times. This is the only way I have found you are able to go to AK and keep your sanity! Do you think it was just luck? Good job!
Published: January 10, 2006 at 8:23 PMOne neat thing I enjoyed is that we did not use FastPass during the trip. (I would have used it for Indiana Jones, grabbing the passes on our way to lunch, hoping to ride after Tiki, but no one in the family was interested in riding.... Gross-out attractions don't hold much appeal for us.)
So it is possible to do a productive trip without having to wrap your head around FastPass -- if you show up early and do the popular-but-lower-capacity rides first (in our case, Space Mountain and Buzz). Then do the not-as-popular-and-lower capacity rides (Tea Cups, Storybook Land, Tom Sawyer Island), followed by the popular-and-high-capacity attractions (Mansion and Pirates).
And if you want to ride the train, you must board at Main Street! Don't even think about getting on elsewhere, or you'll be stuck behind tired, frustrated riders foolishly trying to use the train as an "easy" way to get back to Main Street -- even though they'll wait longer in line for the train than it would have taken them to walk.