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  • [Question] HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

    So, do to HHN at USH that we are going to, i am only going to be at Disneyland
    SEPT 30 from open to close. I want to do EVERYTHING possible, i have not been
    in a year and i know there is a little more to do now, i have never been to
    disneyland for less thn 3 days at a time. ANY HELP planning this day trip to
    disneyland would be amazingly and greatly appreciated I will even paypal
    u a tip for your help (seriously)
    Love meeting new fellow Disney fanatics! Facebook Me: Michael Van Anthony Jr

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    Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

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    • #3
      Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

      since it will be your first time in going in a year I'm sure the first thing on your list will be DCA so you can experieince BVC and Carsland. Here is what I usually do when I only have a single day to try and enjoy both parks.

      I would line up first thing in the AM to DCA to grab a fastpass for RSR and/or jump in the single rider line. From there I would head to PP and check the wait time on TSMM because that line gets long early and stays that way, after that if you want to hit CS since it's right there then go for it. Despite wanting to stay I would usually head over to Disneyland and start from POTC, work my way up through HMH and even possibly a trip on Splash. From there I would hit BTMM and continue my trip through the back path up into Fantasyland. Hit Mr. Toad (check the wait time for Peter Pan, if its short than hit it. if not then you might come back later for it) Once done there I would hit the Matterhorn, wait might be a little long due to the new sleds but still fun. After Matterhorn I would grab a fastpass to SM Ghost Galaxy (best time to ride it and get the full effect is at night). Since you're in the area hit STII. By now you should be hungry so I would hit the corn dog cart or something close to main street. Now that I've gone on most of the main attractions at DL I'm free to either hit the smaller attractions (ie. Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, fantasyland rides) or head back to DCA and grab a FP for ToT, cut throgh bugs land and either make your way back through Carsland to REALLY soak up the experience or make my way to Soarin or GRR. If you want you could stay at DCA till about dusk ( by now your FP for RSR should be valid and so should your ToT FP) and spend the last 30 min of daylight at Carsland to watch the neon lights go up. its epic. and NOW its time for RSR and then head back to ToT and get that in, before heading back to DLR. It should be dark by now so its perfect to hit Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy! After that you now could do whatever rides or shows you want to close out the night. That's kind of a gameplan I use when only getting to go for a day.

      Hope this helps!
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      • #4
        Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

        7:55 - Be at the park at rope drop.
        8:00 - Briskly walk to the back of the park.
        8:10 - Walk-on Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and Splash.
        8:50 - Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (usually a shorter line by this time of day).
        9:20 - Go to Adventureland.
        9:30 - Ride Indiana Jones.
        10:00 - Grab a Dole Whip, and relax at the Tiki Room.
        10:20 - Walk across the park to Tomorrowland.
        10:30 - Ride Space Mountain before it gets ridiculous wait times.
        11:00 - Ride Astro Blasters + Nemo.
        11:45 - Grab a FastPass for Star Tours.
        11:50 - Walk out of Disneyland (you'll be back soon).
        12:15 - Walk through the turnstiles of CA Adventure.
        12:20 - whenever - Enjoy the ambiance of Buena Vista Street. There's so much to see!
        1:00 - Eat at Carthay Circle Restaurant.
        2:00 - Ride Soarin' or Grizzly River Rapids.
        3:00 - Ride either California Screamin' or Toy Story Midway Mania.
        4:00 - Walk over to Tower of Terror.
        4:10 - Ride Tower of Terror.
        5:10 - Walk over to Cars Land.
        5:20 - Ride Maters Junkyard Jamboree + Luigis Flying Tires.
        6:30 - Eat at Flo's V-8 Cafe.
        7:00 - Ride Radiator Springs Racer in the single rider line.
        8:00 - 8:30 - Walk around Cars Land, take it all in.
        8:45 - Try and find a spot to watch World of Color.
        9:00 - Watch World of Color.
        9:30 - Ride The Little Mermaid.
        9:50 - Before you leave, grab a sundae at Ghiradelli.
        10:00 - Leave CA Adventure.
        10:15 - Enter Disneyland.
        10:20 - Ride Star Tours w/ FastPass.
        10:45 - Ride Jungle Cruise.
        11:15 - Ride Matterhorn.
        11:45 - Ride as many Fantasyland rides you can before they shoo you out.
        12:00 - Leave Disneyland.

        That's just a template schedule to get everything in, in one day, base your trip off what you like!

        Have fun!
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        • #5
          Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

          Yes that is a good idea Chesire
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          • #6
            Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

            First, what is "HHN" and "USH"? Thanks. Second, Walk real fast or use a skateboard.

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            • #7
              Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

              Hollywood Horror Nights, Universal Studios Hollywood

              And I'd recommend doing the Fantasyland dark rides first, followed by Matterhorn. By the time you've done those five rides, the whole left side should still be quiet. It's usually the last part of the park to fill.

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              • #8
                Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                Is this your last trip to DL ever?
                If not, then don't lose your mind over it. It will be approximately 12 times better than HHN.

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                • #9
                  Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                  Most importantly.....if your plan falls apart, don't sweat it.

                  You're at Disneyland with a giant grin on your face.......all the planning in the world isn't going to make the grin any bigger
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                  • #10
                    Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                    Originally posted by Chesire View Post
                    7:55 - Be at the park at rope drop.
                    8:00 - Briskly walk to the back of the park.
                    8:10 - Walk-... land rides you can before they shoo you out.
                    12:00 - Leave Disneyland.

                    That's just a template schedule to get everything in, in one day, base your trip off what you like!

                    Have fun!
                    This is a really good plan. Add a few more fast passes to it IMO and you're good to go. Just leave out rides that aren't your fav!

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                    • #11
                      Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                      WOW Thank you guys. Chesire, awesome! Random, i was just told since i have a severe anxiety dissorder [fact] i can get a front of the line pass to everything? WTH?
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                      • #12
                        Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                        Originally posted by DISNEYnerd View Post
                        WOW Thank you guys. Chesire, awesome! Random, i was just told since i have a severe anxiety dissorder [fact] i can get a front of the line pass to everything? WTH?
                        No problem! I love making plans for people when they go.
                        If it hasn't affected you before at the park, it's kind of abusing the system, I think. If it has, go ahead, just prepare to be heckled by people claiming since your not in a wheelchair or have special needs you shouldn't be allowed to get the pass (I've witnessed this before).
                        Fear of the unknown.

                        They are afraid of new ideas.


                        You know, to me, the most beautiful things in all the universe, are the most mysterious.










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                        • #13
                          Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                          Here's what I recommend. May require extra work, but will be worth it IMHO

                          take advantage of the fastpasses.

                          Have all of your party start at one park, preferably DCA. Get FP for Radiator Springs Racers.

                          Once you have them, gather all the tickets and have someone go to the Disneyland side. Get fastpasses to a ride there (i.e. Star Tours or Space Mountain).

                          Then, pay attention to when you can get another fast pass. As soon as you can get another pass, get it.

                          Take advantage of an app like Mobile Magic, Walkee, Mousewait, etc. to keep track of times.

                          You don't need to do this for every ride, just the big ticket ones, or the ones you really want to go to.


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                          • #14
                            Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                            Originally posted by Chesire View Post
                            7:55 - Be at the park at rope drop.
                            8:00 - Briskly walk to the back of the park.
                            8:10 - Walk-on Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and Splash.
                            8:50 - Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (usually a shorter line by this time of day).
                            9:20 - Go to Adventureland.
                            9:30 - Ride Indiana Jones.
                            10:00 - Grab a Dole Whip, and relax at the Tiki Room.
                            10:20 - Walk across the park to Tomorrowland.
                            10:30 - Ride Space Mountain before it gets ridiculous wait times.
                            11:00 - Ride Astro Blasters + Nemo.
                            11:45 - Grab a FastPass for Star Tours.
                            11:50 - Walk out of Disneyland (you'll be back soon).
                            12:15 - Walk through the turnstiles of CA Adventure.
                            12:20 - whenever - Enjoy the ambiance of Buena Vista Street. There's so much to see!
                            1:00 - Eat at Carthay Circle Restaurant.
                            2:00 - Ride Soarin' or Grizzly River Rapids.
                            3:00 - Ride either California Screamin' or Toy Story Midway Mania.
                            4:00 - Walk over to Tower of Terror.
                            4:10 - Ride Tower of Terror.
                            5:10 - Walk over to Cars Land.
                            5:20 - Ride Maters Junkyard Jamboree + Luigis Flying Tires.
                            6:30 - Eat at Flo's V-8 Cafe.
                            7:00 - Ride Radiator Springs Racer in the single rider line.
                            8:00 - 8:30 - Walk around Cars Land, take it all in.
                            8:45 - Try and find a spot to watch World of Color.
                            9:00 - Watch World of Color.
                            9:30 - Ride The Little Mermaid.
                            9:50 - Before you leave, grab a sundae at Ghiradelli.
                            10:00 - Leave CA Adventure.
                            10:15 - Enter Disneyland.
                            10:20 - Ride Star Tours w/ FastPass.
                            10:45 - Ride Jungle Cruise.
                            11:15 - Ride Matterhorn.
                            11:45 - Ride as many Fantasyland rides you can before they shoo you out.
                            12:00 - Leave Disneyland.

                            That's just a template schedule to get everything in, in one day, base your trip off what you like!

                            Have fun!
                            One amendment...Indy will be closed
                            I actually heard this said by a CM over the loud speakers at Big Thunder in 1995, "Please do not sit on the rocks. You will fall...and you will die."

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                            • #15
                              Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                              INDY CLOSED?
                              OH Chesire it has, i had my main 1 of 9 MAJOR anxiety attacks at DTA in line, out of know were and is why i have not been back all year lol
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                              • #16
                                Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                                I see Cheshire only allotted about an hour for eating at Carthay - from reservation, seating, ordering, eating, etc - it'll absorb much more time than that. Carthay really is a slower paced dining.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                                  You might want to check out Touring Plans, as well. I've found that their stats for timing are sometimes a bit off, but their general touring plans and tips for getting around the parks are pretty good. (I don't work for them, but I have used their stuff before.) Their blog also has some good articles about how to get through the resort with Cars Land.

                                  Also, I agree with hitting Cars Land first thing in the morning. But you definitely want to get there early enough to get in the FP line BEFORE the park opens. Otherwise, the FP will be gone. Your other options are to get in early (which you can do as either a hotel guest or possibly as a passholder, not sure if this is still available, depending on the day) or to run straight to the RSR line as soon as you can get in. If you go later in the day, be prepared for around a 2-3 hour wait depending on the day and time. Or you can go in the single rider line. If the single rider line is at 45 minutes or less, I always jump in.

                                  If you really want to do as much as possible, I'd suggest having a plan before you go. This will keep you from wandering too much - although wandering can be fun too.

                                  For the evening entertainment, if you want to catch all of the big shows, it is possible to do so depending on the times for everything. For example, I have actually done the following: 9pm Fantasmic, 9:30pm fireworks, 10pm World of Color. You just have to walk VERY fast, sit in strategic areas so you can get out as soon as the show is over and move on to the next place, be willing to work your away around the CM crowd control roadblocks, and worm your way through the crowd politely but firmly. It's easier to do all this with fewer people in your party.

                                  Good luck!

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                                    I agree with all the insightful things above-TouringPlans.com is only $6.95 for a year. Though they have a good, statistically-based plan for doing DL the most efficiently, I don't think they have a one-day DL/DCA plan. I would recommend getting very smart on fastpasses on this site and using all the single rider lines--Splash, Indy (if open) Matterhorn, Grizzly Rapids, Soarin', Screamin'. There's a big blue "S" on the maps.
                                    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
                                    Mark Twain

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: HELP! How to do both parks in one day...

                                      Originally posted by DISNEYnerd View Post
                                      INDY CLOSED?
                                      OH Chesire it has, i had my main 1 of 9 MAJOR anxiety attacks at DTA in line, out of know were and is why i have not been back all year lol
                                      Then you should definitely take advantage of that.

                                      ---------- Post added 09-26-2012 at 07:55 PM ----------

                                      Originally posted by RSZero1 View Post
                                      I see Cheshire only allotted about an hour for eating at Carthay - from reservation, seating, ordering, eating, etc - it'll absorb much more time than that. Carthay really is a slower paced dining.
                                      Hm, thanks for the correction, I've never dined there before.
                                      Fear of the unknown.

                                      They are afraid of new ideas.


                                      You know, to me, the most beautiful things in all the universe, are the most mysterious.










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