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Re: Disneyland!
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2005, 10:04 PM »
I've always liked Tom Sawyer's Island, too. It's got trails, suspension bridges, lookouts, a tree house, rock caves and tunnels you can crawl through. If you're still into kidstuff like that, you'll love it. I hadn't been there in years when I went this year, and I ran around squeezing my fat ass through every cavern I could find. It was great! :D

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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2008, 12:36 PM »
Yeah, this thread hasn't been posted to in almost three years, but it beats the heck out of starting a new, almost identical one!

Anyway, my family is going to Disneyland in about three weeks. It'll be the first time for the girls (ages 4 and 3) and it's been years since either my wife or I have gone. For the Disneyland officianados, anything we should definitely know/do? Also, we'll be driving down from the Bay Area, so we'll probably arrive in the late afternoon. This'll give us possibly enough time to hit the parks that evening for a bit. In addition we'll be staying two more full days. Should we get 2-day or 3-day park hopper passes? Also, I see tickets on eBay that are deeply discounted, but most are stated that they're for SoCal residents only (though the sellers always state, "They don't check your ID!"). Any tricks to getting discounted tickets?

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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2008, 02:20 PM »
Yeah, this thread hasn't been posted to in almost three years, but it beats the heck out of starting a new, almost identical one!

Anyway, my family is going to Disneyland in about three weeks. It'll be the first time for the girls (ages 4 and 3) and it's been years since either my wife or I have gone. For the Disneyland officianados, anything we should definitely know/do? Also, we'll be driving down from the Bay Area, so we'll probably arrive in the late afternoon. This'll give us possibly enough time to hit the parks that evening for a bit. In addition we'll be staying two more full days. Should we get 2-day or 3-day park hopper passes? Also, I see tickets on eBay that are deeply discounted, but most are stated that they're for SoCal residents only (though the sellers always state, "They don't check your ID!"). Any tricks to getting discounted tickets?

Let the ideas/suggestions flow!

I know over at California Adventure they just opened up the Toy Story Ride, I haven't been on it yet since I haven't been to Disney in a few months, so I can't say what its like.  Some work places have discounted tickets available to their employees not sure if you or your wife have this available or not. (I know my former job and current job offer discounts to Disney and other places). 

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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2008, 02:41 PM »
Thanks! Yeah, we definitely want to hit Disney California, since we've heard there are some good kiddie rides there. I think the only way to go is to get the flexpass/park hopper pass that'll give us access to both parks.

Neither of our offices offer the discounted tickets. We think maybe my mother-in-law can get us some discount tickets through her work (Sun Microsystems), but I'm not sure how much the discount, if any, is.
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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2008, 02:44 PM »
I wouldn't be fooled by the they don't check IDs claims. Disney very much does at the ticket booth when you buy your tickets. They have to enter your address and driver license into the computer. That of course doesn't apply to children. Don't buy the ebay tickets because Disney won't take them.

As far as summer crowds go, its been fairly low key this summer possibly due to gas prices. Annual passholders can't get into the parks until August 18th. If you are arriving in the afternoon, I wouldn't bother going to the parks. Check into the hotel. Relax at the pool and go have dinner. Check out Downtown Disney. Then you can wake up bright and early and hit the parks the next day. Get a two-day park hopper. The kids will be less cranky the next day if you let them rest after the long drive.
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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2008, 03:16 PM »
Mouseplanet.com has a weekly updated page on Disneyland discounts. Check this link:

http://www.mouseplanet.com/articles.php?art=dl080729av
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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2008, 03:35 PM »
Awesome info, thanks!

Yeah, that "don't check IDs" thing was suspect at best.

Is there going to be a surge of visitors when the annual passholders are allowed in on the 18th? We're actually scheduling to arrive on the 18th. Ugh.

Great suggestion about waiting until the next day. I think we're all going to be cranky after the drive (with the wife being the worst offender  ;)).
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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2008, 04:47 PM »
It shouldn't be that bad on the 18th. All of those APs have jobs. They don't start to show up until after 5pm. Besides, you are starting to get into off season at that point.
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« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2008, 04:58 PM »
Awesome. Thanks, again!  :)
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« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2008, 05:24 PM »
Funny I was just there yesterday.  8 year old went on Materhorn & Space Mountain for the first time.
Small World is down for refurbs.  But I'm not sure when it'll be back up so you might be able to get in by the time you go.

We got our tickets from my work saved $20 per adult so that was lunch right there, if you can get a discount look into it now.

Overheard a tip that I'd never heard/thought of yesterday, right a cell number either on the kids arm or on a sticker/nametag in case kids wonder off.

Totally agree w/Phruby on waiting till the next day, plenty of shops to walk around at Downtown Disney just to entertain till bedtime.
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« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2008, 06:03 PM »
I hope the good weather lasts, too.

That's a good idea (though scary) about the cell phone number.

Thanks!
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Re: Disneyland!
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2008, 07:32 PM »
I wouldn't worry too much about the missing Kids, just have a plan.  Disney is usually pretty good about reuniting lost kids with the correct parents, although I'm not talking from personal experience.

As long as you don't get too excited and run off without your kids (my father comes to mind with that scenario).   ;D
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« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2008, 07:55 PM »
They are doing a huge rebuild of It's a Small World but it won't open until mid November. The biggest thing they are doing is swaping out the water way for something deeper. The floom and boats were originally built back in 1964 for the New York World's Fair. Unfortunately, people have gained alot of weight since then and the boats have been getting stuck because of the additional pounds.

Since you have small kids, you probably won't be able to get on some of the bigger rides such as Space Mountain. Disney does however, have a Parent swap system. At the enterance to the ride, ask the cast member for a child swap pass. Then you wait in line while you wife waits at the exit of the ride. Once you come off the ride, they will let your wife ride without having to get back in line again.

Another thing to use is the FassPass system. You get a free ticket with a time stamp on it. You can then return anytime after the time on the card. Remember you don't have to use it within the timeframe given, you just can't use it earlier than your scheduled time.
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« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2008, 07:56 PM »
We went to Disney a couple of years ago when the kids were 3 and 5, and we had them both carry a little card withour cells on them.  They were told that if they got lost, to find an adult with a nametag and give them the card.
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« Reply #29 on: August 1, 2008, 01:45 PM »
The new Mark VII Monorail blue is doing test runs at DL. Ain't she pretty? These are the new monorails that will replace the Mark V.

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