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Any ideas on how to do Disneyland in two days please?

posted 6-9-2012 @ 12:42 AM www
Any ideas on how to do Disneyland in two days please?

My daughter and her friend will be in Disneyland in just over a week. I was wondering if someone could please tell me the most efficient way for them to tackle Disneyland over two days? They will be there on Friday and Saturday next week.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

posted 6-9-2012 @ 06:51 AM www

Oh wow! I guess it's able to be done, just depends on whether they want to see all or just the major things.

With some passes, you get an early morning which means you can get into the park an hour earlier than most. This is fantastic especially for rides where you have to queue for ages. I haven't been there for a few years, but they were: Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones.

Also with certain passes you can get a 'fastpass' which means you swipe your card and come back at the allotted time. You can only use this a couple of times a day. Can certianly save a fair bit of time.
posted 6-9-2012 @ 07:27 AM www

I think there is an article about this in either take that or take 5 last week or this week with hints and tips. Definetly some mag I read.
Anyway says if you stay at one of the hotels at Disney then you get in an hour earlier. Said to run like hell once the gates open and also about that fast pass.
posted 6-9-2012 @ 08:21 AM www

The Disney website had advice last time I looked. Unless the Friday is a public holiday, go on the most popular rides with long lineups that they like on Friday. Look through Disney's website to see which rides are most appealing and leave out the more boring rides or those for small children perhaps. Toon Town is mostly for small children, although Roger Rabbit was good. If they don't like Roller Coasters, Space Mountain can be pretty scarey in the dark. My favourite ride was the Rocket Rods. The tea cups were enjoyable, but I think they have similar rides in Australia.
posted 6-9-2012 @ 08:26 AM www

With Fast Pass you can swipe it every 2 hours.So go to Space Mountain and swipe it.Then 2 hours later you can swipe it at another main ride.This gives you a time frame to do the ride.Fri and Sat they are open until 12.
posted 6-9-2012 @ 09:37 AM www

We just got back from Disneyland and we downloaded a program called Ridemax for $15. It was soooooo worth it. I researched it a bit and felt kinda wary, but after using it would totally recommend it. It allows you to put in the date/s you are visiting then to list what rides you want to tackle as well as breaks etc. It then gives you an itinerary based on when ride lines are at their slowest throughout the day. I can honestly say that with two children we saw everything we had on our list and it was spot on! (we even made better time on some things and even got to throw in a few extra rides).

It was well worth the $15 for us and helped us see all we wanted instead of just wandering around trying to figure it all out. It also incorporates fastpasses as well.

Best of luck, they will have a wonderful time I'm sure. If possible, don't miss the night fireworks at the castle with tinkerbell, its magnificent.

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posted 6-9-2012 @ 11:35 AM www

I spent a day at Disneyland in February. It is easy to go on every ride if you arrive early, and use the 'Single Rider' queues that the major attractions have. We bypassed the queues on all but one or two rides where we had to wait for up to and including twenty minutes.
posted 6-9-2012 @ 12:26 PM www

It's many years since I was in Disneyland, but both times we went, we did a LOT in a one-day visit.

My suggestion would be to go for the most popular rides on the Friday, because this is still a school day for kids over there, whereas on Saturday you may have more people visiting (locals/day-trippers.)
posted 6-9-2012 @ 12:44 PM www

Similar to what others have said - go to the rides you really want to go on first on the Friday. Also, look at a map of the park online and work out where the rides are located and what order to do them. I love Disneyland - both times I've been, I've managed to see and do everything I wanted to in 2 days.
posted 6-9-2012 @ 12:59 PM www

One site we used that was fantastic was - it cost about $7 for a year's membership, and you can find all the up to the minute info on lowest crowd numbers, up to the minute lines information for each ride, etc. Fast pass is also a must (we went to Disneyworld, and I don't know if Disneyland has the Toystory ride, but we found you had to run to the ride to book in your fastpass asap as all the fastpass tickets for the whole day were gone by about 10.30am. Wouldn't have known that without the the travelguide or touringplans info). It was also great to use my husband's iphone to use their app - so if we found a large queue, we'd get on the phone and find which queues were shorter. Saved us so much time. (although his was a work phone, and he had to use it for work there, so there wasn't extra cost in using it for going on the net.
Hope they have fun!
posted 6-9-2012 @ 01:50 PM www

We did it in 2 days....... we planned what we wanted to go on..... chose the most popular rides early in the day, used fast passes etc....and decided on the first day to not go to any shows or watch parades at all.......jsut do rides etc. Also use the single rider usually end up riding with your family anyway...
Arrived first thing in the morning, left last thing at night.
Day 2 involved doing the things we enjoyed most of all and taking in the shows and parades..... once again arriving first thing in the morning and last thing at night....
And I feel like we saw everything........
posted 6-9-2012 @ 02:04 PM www

It's been a few years but we did Disneyland in one day in their school holidays even - I loved it but a day was enough. On another trip we took two days to do Disneyworld and the Epcot Centre. There were queues but there queue's do move fast!
posted 6-9-2012 @ 06:25 PM www

Ps, one of my absolute favourites is Soarin over California in California Adventure Park.

Something else to be careful of is to check what the tickets entitle you to. I have a feeling that Some may be one park, one day so you couldn't do two parks in one day.

Even though they are only there 2 days, they may be better off buying a 3 day ticket to get the early start and fast pass if not included in 2 days. (if they arrive there the day before, they could also just pop in for the night then as well.)
posted 6-9-2012 @ 09:10 PM www

Wow thanks so much everyone. You have all given great advice and I'm sure my daughter and her friend will be very appreciative.

My hubby just said "you know you can rely on Lottos" and he's right of course!!
posted 7-9-2012 @ 09:02 AM www

Just out of curiosity if you go to Disneyland are there fun rides for adults/teenagers that are not scary/hairy but still not kiddie?
posted 7-9-2012 @ 10:08 AM www

When we were there many years ago we stayed until they closed at midnight. The later is got the shorter the queue. We went on space mountain 3 times each at 11pm at night and walked straight on each time. Each ride took us twice as long because we had a baby and only one of us could ride at a time.

Disneyland is for ADULTS (as well as kids) - it is so much fun!

Have a great time and enjoy yourself
posted 7-9-2012 @ 10:13 AM www

Originally posted by Billycat
Just out of curiosity if you go to Disneyland are there fun rides for adults/teenagers that are not scary/hairy but still not kiddie?

Not really. They are all pretty kiddie.
posted 7-9-2012 @ 03:43 PM www

pitty they are going to be there at weekend would have been better little later in year and mid week is when my husband and i went great place to visit
posted 7-9-2012 @ 04:18 PM www

I actually think this is the ideal time to go, because some rides will have already been decorated for Halloween! I went around this time when I went, and that was the highlight for me. In my case, it was very quiet, because it was shortly after the terrorist attacks in New York City in September 2001.
posted 8-9-2012 @ 02:40 PM www

Originally posted by absoluteDann
Originally posted by Billycat
Just out of curiosity if you go to Disneyland are there fun rides for adults/teenagers that are not scary/hairy but still not kiddie?

Not really. They are all pretty kiddie.

sorry but i would have to disagree.. we went as a family of mum and 7 year old who are thrill seekers and dad and 10 year old who are absolute wusses and there was something for everyone! soarin over california is not scary and definitely for adults, the jungle cruise isnt scary, the new cars race track and nemo submarines arent scary and definitely suitable for adults.. while alot of the rides are directed at kids and have kiddie content, ie. toy story, roger rabbit etc, they are definitely suitable for adults.. i still believe it is the most amazing place i have ever been and certainly some of the most joyous moments have come from watching my children there! obviously just my opinion though ;)

in regards to doing disneyland in 2 days, there is a book called the unofficial guide to disneyland and it is brilliant! it shows the exact routs to take through the park to see everything in the shortest amount of time.. i have it and could copy the pages that contain the two day suggestions, but note that it is a copy that was from before the cars land opened sop therefor doesnt include this.. has brilliant tips on disneyland though so if you wanted the updated version they are around $20 at bookstores..
posted 8-9-2012 @ 03:57 PM www

i agree jokaboobie! EVen the rides aimed at the little kids are very enjoyable for adults... i guess unless they are only happy with serious thrillseeker rides.

I loved Peter Pan & Roger Rabbit as well as Space Mountain.
posted 8-9-2012 @ 04:24 PM www

same.. peter pan was the longest ride line we had at 40 minutes but it was so worth the wait! my favourites were toy story mania, nemo's submarines, soarin over california and roger rabbit just to name a few!! but its not all about the rides either.. we loved turtles crush talk and the muppet theatre.. oh and a bugs life 4d, that was awesome! loved the parades too, especially the pixar street party and now with world of colour there is so much to see without even going on a ride! the fireworks are the best i have seen anywhere in the world, without exaggeration!

id give almost anything to be back in disneyland.. we were there for six days and could have easily stayed six more! its like the rest of the world doesnt exist once you're inside the gates... its is magical and breathtaking no matter how old you are!
posted 10-9-2012 @ 12:26 PM www

I don't disagree that it is a good theme park - particularly in Japan, Disney have some of the most complete theming of any parks I've been to - but most of the rides are child safe. There is really nothing that will challenge those who are into thrill rides. California Screamin' remains on my rollercoaster top ten list as one of the most attractive and innovative rollercoasters I've been on, but as my particularly non-thrill seeking travel partner said to an old woman at Disneyland, "I don't go on rollercoasters, but the Disney ones should be safe enough." I was also able to convince my dad to go on his first rollercoaster at Disneyland too (although he will never go on another after it broke down at the top of a lift hill.)
posted 10-9-2012 @ 01:29 PM www

Originally posted by absoluteDann
Originally posted by Billycat
Just out of curiosity if you go to Disneyland are there fun rides for adults/teenagers that are not scary/hairy but still not kiddie?

Not really. They are all pretty kiddie.

Definitley 18 year old and myself had the best time....... loved it is also the magic of the place that makes it special....go with the right attitude and you will love it all.
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