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  • Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

    We've planned a family trip in July at DL for 8 days. Now we have booked a couple of side trips (Cap'n Dave's Dolphin Safari, Legendary Los Angeles Tour), but I wonder, for those family members who might not be Disneyland fanatics, how do I keep things fresh for the whole week?
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    Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

    Well, you see something new at Disneyland everyday.

    To keep it "fresh," you don't zoom through the parks, but rather savor them. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the River Belle Terrace. See all of minor shows/acts - Aladdin and Jasmine's Oasis, Dapper Dans, Sword in the Stone Ceremony, etc. Enjoy a nice meal at the Blue Bayou...on second thought...maybe check out some of the restaurants at the DLR hotels like Napa Rose. 8 days is plently of time to do everything - and then some. Enjoy your trip!

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      Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

      Any baseball fans in the group? You'll find either the Angels or Dodgers home during your stay...Both ballparks are beautiful in their own way, and provide a nice evening's entertainment.

      Just a thought.

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        Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

        I've added a "Walk In Walt's Footsteps" tour to my week-long vacation. It could be something different to spice things up in the park a bit. I believe there are other tours available as well.

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          Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

          If you have a car, go to long beach and see the Queen Mary. It is really cool and they have a couple of tours too. Make sure you take substantial breaks everyday to avoid the heat. Swims are good for kids, at least it was for my family. Or Griffith Park. Lots of things to do there. You just don't have to be a commando in the parks which is great to take in the atmosphere and ambience and be really spontaneous.
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            Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

            Originally posted by KISSman View Post
            I've added a "Walk In Walt's Footsteps" tour to my week-long vacation. It could be something different to spice things up in the park a bit. I believe there are other tours available as well.
            That is an excellent tour to take. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a couple of other tours as well. However, most of them are for "newbies." I'm not sure of the OP's level of expertise, so some of the other ones might interest them.

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              Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

              I would agree that the tour would be a great option, but is a bit expensive for a larger group. Since you said it was a family trip and the OP's avatar has a kid in it, I will also mention that there are some kid friendly tours also - that could be fun to look into as well.

              Personally I love longer trips because then you don't have to feel rushed to see it all. You can take time for characters, to enjoy the atmosphere, and take things slower jsut like how the park has originally designed.

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              • #8
                Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

                Wow, that's a long trip!

                Yeah... see if there are any nearby attractions you might want to see... maybe Knott's berry farm? definitely spend time at Downtown Disney... and maybe you could spend some time touring the hotels on property...

                since you've got a lot of time, you could spend the afternoons at the hotel pool or taking a nap in the room because you'll definitely have time to see everything.
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                • #9
                  Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

                  Yes, do go out and explore the area. Definitely go to Huntington or Newport Beach. There is nothing more relaxing than going to the beach on a hot summer day. And the beach weather is usually about 15 degrees or so cooler than Anaheim so it should really be refreshing.

                  Interesting, I have lived in So Cal all my life and I have never heard of Capn Daves Dolphin Safari.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

                    Definitely savor the parks. Sit down and feed the baby ducks. Check out places you wouldn't have thought to look at if you were rushing through the parks in one day.

                    We went on the Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari last year and had the incredibly amazing experience of being right next to a blue whale. I think your family will definitely enjoy the trip, it's just breathtaking.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

                      If you have children, there's a tour that interacts with characters. I agree with most other posters, you don't have to do everything in one day. Enjoy the pool, take time with your meals and have fun people watching. When you get to your hotel, ask the concierge for ideas also.


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                      • #12
                        Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

                        Well, I think that there is enough just at the Disneyland Resort to entertain someone for 8-days...even if it is not your first time. Honestly, the only time that I have ventured into the So Cal area was to go to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)...and that was a mistake.

                        I wonder if the OP is a first time visitor?

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                          Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

                          Will you have a rental car (or car)? There is a LOT to do in the So Cal area just a few hours away from Disneyland. Everything from the Beach to great museums. It depends on what you are into.
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                            Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

                            Originally posted by wbarley View Post
                            We've planned a family trip in July at DL for 8 days. Now we have booked a couple of side trips (Cap'n Dave's Dolphin Safari, Legendary Los Angeles Tour), but I wonder, for those family members who might not be Disneyland fanatics, how do I keep things fresh for the whole week?
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                            • #15
                              Re: Keepin' it fresh for 8 days at DL - ideas?

                              Eight days is waaaaay too long to stay at Disneyland. Maybe check out and go to San Diego?

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