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    First trip to Disneyland

    My DH and I might be taking a quick trip to California in February (He wants to see some NHRA race) and we will only have one day to do Disneyland. I need some advice on what is a must see for a first timer. I am sentimental and have always wanted to go and walk where Walt walked since he died before WDW opened.

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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    I've only been to Disneyland a couple times myself and I'll be honest, when I first walked onto Main Street and saw the castle I teared up. It was such a moving moment for me. As for things to do, are you going to both Disneyland and California Adventure? If not, at Disneyland, I know that they are planning to take out the Aladdin show but I'm not sure when. If it's still there, DEFINITELY see that. It's wonderful! Also, ride Space Mountain. I'm not a fan of space mountain at WDW, but the one at DL is AWESOME! I was SO hoping that when they refurbed it at WDW that it would be like the one at DL.

    I haven't seen World of Color but I'd assume that would be something you wouldn't want to miss.

    Also, I had the great privilege of being able to dine at Club 33 a few years ago. Even if you can't dine there it's cool to find the building, its in New Orleans Square and the street number is a very ornate "33". You can't miss it.

    I'm headed out to Anaheim tomorrow for Destination D but we sadly won't have time to visit Disneyland. Have a great time!!!
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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Donna View Post
    My DH and I might be taking a quick trip to California in February (He wants to see some NHRA race) and we will only have one day to do Disneyland. I need some advice on what is a must see for a first timer. I am sentimental and have always wanted to go and walk where Walt walked since he died before WDW opened.
    OOOooooo...! The 50th anniversary NHRA Winternationals in Pomona! Guy thing...COOL!!!

    Anyway, I know I'll forget some things, but we were at Disneyland for the first time in 23 years this past June, and it was like visiting an old friend!
    Make sure to catch the Disney Museum in Town Square...it's VERY cool and a must see for any "Diznut"...!
    I also made sure I found the Sherman brothers new window (in a door, actually) on Main Street.
    Don't miss PoTC, or HM...I'll just say that the exterior and overall Pirates ride is longer than WDW and HM's exterior is also different and fun.
    Mr. Toads Wild Ride...
    The Matterhorn...
    The newer/retro Mark VII Monorails...
    As stated before, Space Mountain for sure...!
    I know I'm missin' some, but you get the idea...just download a park map and info. and plan it out!

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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    OMG I can't believe I forgot to mention Mr. Toad! DEF do that. The HM is amazing also. Excellent suggestions Diz!
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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

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    OMG I can't believe I forgot to mention Mr. Toad! DEF do that. The HM is amazing also. Excellent suggestions Diz!
    Thanks! You too!

    I also forgot to mention that we never made it to DCA, and never really intended to, anyway...Carsland was (and is) still under construction and we were one week early for World of Color, so we just really wanted to focus on Walt's original dream.
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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

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    I've only been to Disneyland a couple times myself and I'll be honest, when I first walked onto Main Street and saw the castle I teared up. It was such a moving moment for me. As for things to do, are you going to both Disneyland and California Adventure? If not, at Disneyland, I know that they are planning to take out the Aladdin show but I'm not sure when. If it's still there, DEFINITELY see that. It's wonderful! Also, ride Space Mountain. I'm not a fan of space mountain at WDW, but the one at DL is AWESOME! I was SO hoping that when they refurbed it at WDW that it would be like the one at DL.

    I haven't seen World of Color but I'd assume that would be something you wouldn't want to miss.

    Also, I had the great privilege of being able to dine at Club 33 a few years ago. Even if you can't dine there it's cool to find the building, its in New Orleans Square and the street number is a very ornate "33". You can't miss it.

    I'm headed out to Anaheim tomorrow for Destination D but we sadly won't have time to visit Disneyland. Have a great time!!!
    Oh my! Sooooo jealous of your Destination D trip...AND you got to dine at Club 33...
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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    For sure check out Space Mountain and Mr. Toad's. I recommend Indiana Jones, one of my favs! If you like the history, for sure look for Walt's apartment over the firehouse and the gold spike. I know there is more but my mind is spinning with all the things I might recommend, haha!
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    Oooo...! yea! Reminded me...we found Walt's apartment, too! So cool to think that he used to spend the night there to wake up to his Park! But, Indy was closed for the day and we sooooo very much wanted to ride it.
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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

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    I know there is more but my mind is spinning with all the things I might recommend, haha!
    I hear ya' there!!! Sooo MUCH Magic to remember...!!!
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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    The first thing you want to do is hit Fantasyland. This will allow you to enjoy Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, both will have long lines later in the day, so you can move on to other attractions.
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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    We made our first trip to the left coast last June after years at WDW. In addition to the much cooler weather, I really liked that DLR and DCA were so close and you could hold simultaneous fastpasses in each park. I would recommend a PH ticket becaue there are some really great things to do in each park and very convenient to walk back and forth. For one day, I would be at rope drop on Main Street, then ride Indy, PotC, HM, and Pooh. After this, head to Fantasyland for Alice followed by IASW and Toon Town's Roger Rabbit spin. Take the train back to Main Stree to see the diorama, thne grab FPs for SM before heading to DCA.
    At DCA, turn right and grab a FP for Soarin', then follow the trail to Grizzly Rapids. Keep to the trail and head to the winery to purchase a picnic dinner package for WoC. Head to Paradise Pier for California Screamin' and Maliboomer. By now, you can proably pick up a FP for ToT, then stop for lunch.
    Head back to DLR for SM, Matterhorn, Captain EO. See if there is anything else you want to see in DLR, then head back to DCA for Soarin, ToT, Monster's Inc and anythng else you like in Animation Courtyard. Plan Animation Courtyard around seeing Aladdin and plan on getting in line 30 minutes early for the show.
    After this, it will probably be time to pick up your dinner and enjoy Paradise Pier until it is time for WoC.
    I know this looks like a lot, but my daughter and I did this and more one day on our trip.

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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    Thank you so much everyone! We will only have one day so I think I will stick to Disneyland and leave California Adventure for another time. I will have to print out all these instructions so I don't forget anything!

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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    Read my post in the sticky thread at the begining of this forum. I literally compare EVERYTHING between disneyland/world. Might give you a good sense of what you should see and what you should skip.

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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    Hi again. So we are now thinking of lengthening our trip and bringing the kids. (14 & 8) We had wanted to stay at the one of the hotels on property, but might get a little too pricey. Does anyone have any suggestions of good hotels nearby? I saw a Courtyard that looked nice. We have never been to California and do not know the area at all.
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    Re: First trip to Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Donna View Post
    Hi again. So we are now thinking of lengthening our trip and bringing the kids. (14 & 8) We had wanted to stay at the one of the hotels on property, but might get a little too pricey. Does anyone have any suggestions of good hotels nearby? I saw a Courtyard that looked nice. We have never been to California and do not know the area at all.
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    Hey Donna!

    There are tons of hotels off property but within walking distance, look for hotels located on Harbor Blvd. Candy Cane Inn comes to mind, I'd want to stay there just because the name is so cute! Onsite at Disneyland is very expensive, I'd definitely consider staying across the street.

    Stayed at a cute little place which was a little further but still within walking distance, wish I could remember what it was called! If I remember I'll post it here.

    I'm not sure when you are thinking of visiting DL but hopefully you can go during the week, weekends get pretty busy year round.

    My favorites at DL: PotC, Space Mountain, Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise (they have piranhas!), Alice, Pinocchio, Mr Toad, Indy ride and Mattherhorn, just because they are exclusive to DL, IASW and Pooh is cute. Check out New Orleans Square and don't miss the HM!


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