This is an update to this thread: http://www.themeparkinsider.com/discussion/thread.cfm?page=702
First of all I'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone for the feedback, especially AJ and Douglas since their advice was pretty much spot on :)
We started the day at Disney California, and managed to do everything (including the Aladdin show, and Soarin as an extra bonus) by mid day which made us super optimistic for the next park too.
We went straight to Indiana Jones and managed to grab a fast pass, and then a fast pass for the 10:30 Fantastmic showing too. This was around 2pm so we figured we had plenty of time to get on the other rides - wrong. Pretty much every single ride had a wait time of over 2 hours. We decided to go on Matterhorn Bobsleds since it had a wait of only an hour which was a huge mistake - the queue was outside in the blistering heat, and the ride itself was by far the worst across any of the parks we visited.
The queues were still showing over 2 hours, but we managed to find a ride we wanted to go on with a fast pass available (Star Tours) but it was for exactly the same time as the Fantasmic show.
At this point we were really tempted to go home, and honestly I wish we had. We had the idea to hope that queues for rides such as big thunder, splash mountain, space mountain, star tours and the haunted mansion would die down as the day went on but that wasn't the case. Haunted Mansion didn't drop below 2 hours queue time whilst we were there.
It's a shame as we're going to Japan early next year and we were keen to go to Disneysea, but this experience has pretty much killed any motivation we have to go to any more Disney parks again :(
tl;dr going to Disneyland on a hot Saturday with an organised event there is not a good idea :DTweet
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