So Disneyland is planning closing down the Rivers of America temporarily as they begin to work on that new Star Wars Land in a couple of days from now.
Jungle Cruise and Autopia are down til around April for refurbishment, Disneyland Railroad & Rivers of America are closed till 2017 because of Star Wars Land. Splash Mountain is going to be refurbished sometime in February. Starcade is closed indefinitely
Yeah! A Disney thread! Good. I need advice.
So my girlfriend got us tickets for Christmas to go sometime this year.
When's the best time? I was thinking about seeing if we couldn't swing an early May date.
I know weekdays are always suggested because traffic.
Also, she's never been--So I don't know if I should do anything differently because of that.
Park or World? I'm going to answer for World as that's what I have the most experience with. May gets steadily busier the further into the month you go with weekends being the worst. March and April has the Spring Break crowd, while you get the summer break kiddos all the way through to September. It's still manageable though in May depending on how much you want to do and how long you're staying. Frozen Ever After is also most likely opening sometime in May at Epcot so there might be additional crowds because of that.
Land. We're in Arizona, so it's easy to just roadtrip over there.
>times when annual passes are blocked would be great to look into.
Oh! Yeah! That is a great idea. I forgot all about those.
Last issue of Figment 2 comes out this week as well.
Lot of DIsney fandom circles have been panicking over the Rivers of America route being trimmed for the last few months now. Lot of conflicted emotions over how rad Star Wars Land looks versus whether it's right to put a single IP land into part of Disneyland that's been mostly unaltered since the beginning, the park probably being incapable of handling the demand a Star Wars Land would bring considering the smaller paths and size, and arguing that if anything, Star Wars should have been put in DCA or even as a third park.
Concept art they released at least looks like a nice compromise.
Just found out a friend of mine is getting a two bedroom villa at WDW for a week in the fall of next year, and I'm part of the big friend group they invited to come along. Does anyone have any tips on vacationing with a bigger group of young adult friends? So far I've only been as a small child with family and once as a couple with my partner.
Hit up Magic Kingdom first, since it has most of the new stuff, and it's the one park most people get blacked out from since it's so in-demand. Save EPCOT for chill days, Hollywood Studios isn't bad, but you can do the whole park in 5 hours or less (given low wait times). Haven't been to Animal Kingdom in like 10 years, don't know what to say there.
I dunno about the rest of the group, but I'm thinking of skipping Hollywood studios this year. The only thing there that appeals to me is the Tower of Terror ride. I'm not a Star Wars fan.
Friend is already intending to hit up a Halloween party, so we're good on that. at least. I'll look into the food and wine festival.
I'd like to go to Epcot, but I have no idea how to fit in everything I'd like to do there in the single day i think I'll get there. Last time I went it seemed huge and I only saw like half of it.
The times when they block the annual passes are usually blocked because the park is expected to be busy.
Of course it's rare for Disneyland to ever not be at least semi-busy. Check one of the many estimated attendance sites. I find them to actually be fairly accurate.
I am,curious to see what the construction is going to do to attendance though. Based upon my complete lack any insight I'd imagine there'll be less vacationers and more locals. Which would mean less people during the day but more once everyone gets off work.
>Last time I went it seemed huge and I only saw like half of it.
It's huge in that it takes a while to get around but there isn't a whole lot to do that's truly interesting. The only stuff worth checking out are Spaceship Earth, that one show with Ellen Degeneres, Mission Space, and the World Showcase. If you haven't been on Soarin' before, it's cool, but it's not worth the usually-two-hour-minimum wait.
Most of my time was taken up trying to absorb and explore each section of the World Showcase individually. Well, that and heatstroke, come to think of it, considering I had no choice but to go in the middle of summer.
>We could have gotten Wacky Racing with the Country Bears instead of that terrible Pooh ride at Disneyland.