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Three Days in Disneyland

What is the perfect amount of time in Disneyland?  Hot Hubby and I just returned from a Disneyland adventure and we have concluded that it is three days.  Three days

 

is the perfect trip to Disneyland. We planned our trip for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the week before a long weekend.  Everyone was back in school and the park needed us.

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On the Monday, we got there at Rope Drop.  Or better, you can get there an hour before Rope Drop.  Eat breakfast at Disneyland and be ready when the rope actually drops, to run through the park.  We start with the biggest rides and ride them when the crowds are least…so we begin with Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain and then when our stomachs can’t take anymore, we head to Indiana Jones, Pirates and Haunted Mansion.

 

 

On the Tuesday, we sleep as late as we can, which is 8 am for Hot Hubby.  Then we head to California Adventure.  We start by getting fast passes to World of Color and checking out the times for Frozen.  The first ride is Guardians of the Galaxy, (just kidding, Hot Hubby and I can’t do this one).  We start in the back with California Screamin’, Toy Story Mania, Goofy’s Sky School and work our way forward.  After a few hours, we are slowing down and ready for the Frozen show, which is near Broadway quality for free!  We will Disney from dawn to dusk, because we have to see the World of Color Show, which closes the park.

Wednesday is reserved for favorites, anything we haven’t enjoyed enough to last us until the next trip and shopping.  We started in Toontown with Roger Rabbit, Go Coaster and ate breakfast at Clarabelle’s, because any excuse for Frozen Yogurt!  We have to visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their houses.  Then we ride favorites:  It’s a Small World for Hot Hubby and Thunder Mountain for me.

This year, we tried the new MaxPass which worked great in California Adventure.  It works with the Disneyland App and tracks your tickets, photos and Fast Passes.  We could request the next fast pass while we were standing in line using the first one.  A lot of our fast passes were within minutes of our booking them.   No paper, and it saved us a lot of walking!

The Disneyland App is set up with AT&T and we use Verizon, which may be why it did not work as well for us.  In Disneyland it was slow, wouldn’t connect and kept logging us out.  Because it kept trying to connect, it drained our phone battery very quickly.  Disney has installed battery charger stations, which dispense charged chargers, that you return empty for another charged one.  We just blew it off and went back to the paper system.  I cannot imagine the amount of people on their wifi and the challenge it must be.  Give it a few more months and Disney will have the wifi stronger and more consistent.

We had a great time and by three days, we were exhausted and ready for our own beds.  What do you think is the perfect amount of time in Disneyland?IMG_1627

 

Is MaxPass Goofy’s Son?

Disneyland is introducing MaxPass on July 19, 2017.  I am not sure whether to be happy or sad.  The “introductory” price is $10, which means it will definitely go up soon.

Let’s go through the benefits and there are two:maxpass

First, you can download your Fast Passes directly to your phone.  I think this is a HUGE benefit.  You don’t have to go to the kiosk and you don’t have to keep track of those little bitty tickets.   If it works as explained, you can just download them from where you are.  So you leave Haunted Mansion and want to get Space Mountain tickets, BING!  right on your phone.   No more traipsing around the park and splitting up to get Fast passes on  your way to another location.

On the other hand, I usually spend half my day walking back and forth across the park to get and use those Fast passes….do you think I won’t burn as many calories and I will have to eat less Disney food?  That could be the only minus that I see.

The next benefit is a Disney PhotoPass.  According to the Disney Website, “It was designed for Disney parks so that everyone in your group could be captured in photos. Rather than having that one person who holds the camera or mobile device missing from your entire trip history, he or she can now be seen! It’s a Disney miracle.” Now this would be great, except my children would rather die than take any pictures with me.  I can remember when they were little and would smile and pose….then they grew up.  I can imagine that for maybe one day the Photopass would be great.  I could make Hot Hubby pose for some fun pictures.

The Disney PhotoPass gives you unlimited downloads of all of the pictures taken by the Disney Photographers. “Magic Shots are also included. Simply ask your Disney PhotoPass Photographer to pose you for a Magic Shot, and a select Disney Character or fun surprise will appear in your photo after it’s taken.” from the Disney website.  These are the photos that you see on Facebook, where the family is holding Tinkerbell in their hand, or other special effects.

For a great explanation of how the new MaxPass works and how to use the app, UnderCover Tourist has a great explanation on their website:  UnderCover Tourist

We are heading to Disneyland in 2 weeks, and I know we will purchase MaxPass at least one day of the trip.  I will keep you posted about how it worked.

When is your next trip to Disneyland?

Disney’s New Maxpass!

Disney’s New Maxpass!

I am so excited about the new Disneyland Maxpass.  Welcome to the 21st century Disneyland!  This $10 per day per ticket option will allow visitors to stop the frantic run around the park to gather their Fastpasses!  And you won’t have to keep track of those itty, bitty papers.138

You will be able to use the Disneyland app to book your Fastpasses!  According to Disney’s site, it will allow guests to “maximize their experience by providing unlimited download of their high-resolution PhotoPass images and by enabling the convenience of mobile booking and redemption of the Disney Fastpass return times – all by using the Disneyland App.”

On the plus side, this will eliminate the splitting up of groups as you run around every few hours to collect new Fastpasses.

On the minus side, you won’t get that occassional delight, when a fellow visitor hands you Fastpasses that they can’t use.  But the plus outweighs the minus.

What do you think?