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    I was at Starbuck's today and one of the baristas mentioned that tomorrow, he and his girlfriend are leaving for DL. I recommended getting RSR FP's first thing and going to dinner at Napa Rose (which he'd never heard of). A few minutes later, he asked me if I had any other tips and I told him about circular flow, something I find confusing in spite of knowing how it works.

    That conversation gave me an idea. Assume someone you know is going to DL, someone who measures the time between trips in years rather than weeks. What advice would you give them? Try to think in terms of practical knowledge rather than just the usual "insider stuff" like riding in the wheelhouse of the Twain. The objective here is to keep them from saying, "I wish I'd known that before I went! It would've been so much easier!"
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    If you ride all the ride in DL that come up in RDCT, RDCT make that much more sense.
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      If it's gonna be a hot day and you don't care about getting wet, make Splash Mountain your first ride of the day.
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        Thats going on Fridays in October suck because the park closes early
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          What is circular flow?

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            I used to have a Disneyland blog and my top 3 tips were (and still are)

            1. Best times to visit (whether they want least busy, most entertainment, special holidays, avoid ride closures, etc)
            2. Efficient Fastpass technique
            3. Where the parking lots are so people know where they're actually going

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by paradesintherain View Post
              What is circular flow?
              It is oftentimes used in the Hub during fireworks shows to keep traffic moving and help people get to their destinations while not interrupting the audience for the show. Basically, the Hub turns into a large counter-clockwise roundabout, where you are only permitted to go one-way in a circle to reach your destination. Therefore, if you are attempting to reach Frontierland, cast members will still direct you toward the Tomorrowland side of the Hub, and you will circle around the Hub until you reach Frontierland.

              If you've never been a part of it, it can be a little confusing and/or frustrating that you can't just walk straight over to the west side of the Hub, but it really does help keep traffic moving.
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                I would suggest that once they enter the park (either DL or DCA), they take a minute to look at the map and read the park schedule. It can make such a difference to have a general idea of where things are and how the park is laid out and to know what shows or attractions they want to see and when.

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                  My number one tip would be to learn all intricacies of the FastPass system before getting there. By that I mean:

                  1. Learning what FastPass is.
                  2. Learning which attractions offer FastPass.
                  3. Understanding on which attractions getting a FastPass should be a priority based on popularity, anticipated crowds, and capacity.
                  4. Knowing that you can get a FastPass for a second attraction only after an hour has passed or your ride window for your first FastPass has arrived--whichever comes first.
                  5. Knowing that the FastPass systems in both parks are not linked so you can run first thing in the morning to grab a RSR FP in DCA and then enter Disneyland and grab a Space Mountain FP immediately.

                  Truly understanding the FastPass system seems to really add to the relaxation and pleasure of touring the parks and it seems only AP's know this.

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                    1) I wish I had known how important being there for (or 20 minutes prior) to rope drop was
                    2) About Touring Plans (not a plug, I've just seen how much time saving following a touring plan for the first two hours can be
                    3) It's less about the ride, so take your time and soak up all the little things (Daper Dans, smells of Main Street, Cafe Orleans)

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                      Understand that Disneyland will be there for a long while, so if you don't get to do something, you can return for another visit.
                      I'd also recommend a list of 8-10 must ride on or must see attractions. When I take my daughter, I have in mind 8 attractions in which she enjoys and we almost always get on those, more if she has stamina for more.
                      A couple going to Disneyland sounds like a romantic time. Treat it as such.
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                        I wished I had brought a small umbrella for shade in some of the lines! The handicap line for Big Thunder can especially get warm!
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                          If you want to see both Fantasmic! and the firework show, watch the firework show first, then catch the second showing of Fantasmic!.
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                            My only advice, after years of both giving and getting advice, is to just go and have fun.

                            Don't overplan, don't overthink, and don't let anyone tell you what to go do. The park is filled with thousands of experts, both CMs and guests, and absolutely everyone will tell you what to do and where to go.

                            Just go and ignore the flood of advice and HAVE FUN, even if it means taking you in the directions the wind blows your sails.

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                              If you can afford it, eat IN the park. I know it saves a lot to bring your own food or go outside of the park, and that some people have to do that, but if you can afford it, the park has great food that can be affordable if you split it and avoid the more expensive sit-down places. There's some great stuff that you won't be able to find anywhere else!


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                                My advice would be short and sweet. Join MiceChat and read!
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                                  Re: Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went to DL

                                  Originally posted by Druggas View Post
                                  My advice would be short and sweet. Join MiceChat and read!
                                  Best advice ever. The man knows what he's talking about.

                                  ---------- Post added 10-07-2012 at 01:43 PM ----------

                                  I actually start each of my days, with a few "must do's". If I accomplish those as soon as possible in that day, the rest is all gravy, so to speak. There is so much to see and do at both Disneyland, and DCA, that I never feel disappointed at all if after my vacation I have missed a few things. Reading MiceChat and educating yourself will help keep you informed what your top priorities should be. For example, be sure to see/do something that perhaps is being discontinued, or shut down during your next visit. Learn what rides/attractions are best to do early in the day. Some people love to skip the parades, and fireworks/Fantasmic on purpose because the ride lines then get shorter.

                                  As much as I like to take pictures, I recommend that if you are seeing/doing anything for the very first time, put your camera away, so you get the full effect of the experience. You can almost always go back a 2nd time and take pictures.
                                  BarbaraAnn

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                                    1. Agreeing with everyone who says BRING AN UMBRELLA.
                                    2. Wear really good walking shoes because you don't realize how much walking you do at Disneyland.
                                    3. Bring ziplock bags for your electronics for Splash/Grizzly.

                                    Knowing all these things would have made early visits so much easier. Especially 2. Oh, the blisters I had on my feet after one trip. I'm a walker but I didn't think I needed the good shoes for Disneyland...my mistake. O_o
                                    Last edited by Malina; 10-07-2012, 11:32 AM.
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                                    • #19
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                                      I always carry a clean pair of socks. Then about midday, I find somewhere to sit, and I change my socks. My feet always thank me for that.
                                      BarbaraAnn

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                                      • #20
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                                        I agree w/Kelly about the food!

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