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  • Oswald the Rabbitt
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    go to Disney studios

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  • AlwysL8
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    The longest I have been to DLR is for 5 days, we took everything very leisurely, took breaks in the afternoon, we would just sit and people watch, and ride our favorite rides over and over. I would definately do it again, especially if I had kids or a larger group going. Enjoy your time, take in all the details and if you can do some of the tours. Then when you get home let us know how it went!

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  • HKDLFAN
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    yep! it's confirmed! the latest timetable(which DisneyIPresume has kindly quoted) is confirmed! we booked the days in DL hotel and the two parks as well as USH.

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  • DisneyIPresume
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    Originally posted by hkdlfan View Post
    That's such i good idea DisneyIpresume... i might go with this schedule...


    DAY 1: Disneyland

    Day 2: DCA

    DAY 3: Disneyland

    DAY 4: Universal Studios

    DAY 5: DCA

    DAY 6: Disneyland

    DAY 7: Disneyland

    DAY 8: Universal Studios

    Day 9: Hollywood

    DAY 10: DCA

    DAY 11: Disneyland

    DAY 12: DCA

    DAY 13: Disneyland or maybe six flags or goo shopping

    Day 14: Disneyland

    DAY 15: Back to HONG KONG(where the small one reigns...)

    I'll have to tell my parents at night to check if they allow it or not...Thanks...
    PS:I HATE THE BEACH
    That's a little better -- still way too much Disneyland but whatever floats your boat...

    And the beach thing -- forgive me but whenever people ask about visiting the DLR I almost always insist they visit the beach. They might hate it but having lived here all my life, to me the beach is just as sacred as Disneyland is. The only difference is Disneyland is inland by about 10- 15 miles.

    Originally posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    Southern California is more than just amusement parks.

    I, personally, can't imagine going to Knott's Berry Farm or Six Flags Magic Mountain on a vacation. They're relatively generic.
    Originally posted by Pressler69 View Post
    Depends on where you are coming from.

    Knott's still has some of that old Knott's charm. It's not completely overridden by roller coasters... yet. There is a lot of history there. The mine train ride and the log ride are both classic and well worth the short trip from Disneyland, especially if you are staying two weeks.

    I would recommend going to Magic Mountain (or Cedar Point) if you love roller coasters as they are the two big roller coaster parks in the US. There are Internet clubs that do nothing but visit roller coaster parks like Theme Park Review. Obviously you wouldn't go to either of those parks if an unthemed (or sparsely themed at Magic Mountain) coaster environment isn't your thing.

    There are a lot of places and things to see in Southern California and it all depends on what you are looking for.
    Um...

    Knott's has and always will have a soft spot in my heart. It is the place along with Disneyland that you take your aunt, uncle and cousins from Idaho to whenever they come for a visit.

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  • Pressler69
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    Originally posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
    I, personally, can't imagine going to Knott's Berry Farm or Six Flags Magic Mountain on a vacation. They're relatively generic.
    Depends on where you are coming from.

    Knott's still has some of that old Knott's charm. It's not completely overridden by roller coasters... yet. There is a lot of history there. The mine train ride and the log ride are both classic and well worth the short trip from Disneyland, especially if you are staying two weeks.

    I would recommend going to Magic Mountain (or Cedar Point) if you love roller coasters as they are the two big roller coaster parks in the US. There are Internet clubs that do nothing but visit roller coaster parks like Theme Park Review. Obviously you wouldn't go to either of those parks if an unthemed (or sparsely themed at Magic Mountain) coaster environment isn't your thing.

    There are a lot of places and things to see in Southern California and it all depends on what you are looking for.

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  • mousechild
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    Originally posted by hkdlfan View Post
    Aren't there really long lines in DL and DCA, my dad went there twenty years ago and complained of long lines...here at HKDL there are really low wait times, even on weekends, space mountain is empty and I'm usually the only one in the ride who's having fun...we picked two weeks because we go to HKDL every Saturday and we just want to go to a bigger place. We love Disney. We've been to every Disney theme park except for DLR in California.
    If you want to get an idea of what you can do in a day you might look at purchasing RideMax software, it has taught me a lot about getting the most out of the park. And given the state of the US Dollar on the exchange market it probably so cheap that they have to give you money.

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    Southern California is more than just amusement parks.

    I, personally, can't imagine going to Knott's Berry Farm or Six Flags Magic Mountain on a vacation. They're relatively generic.

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  • HKDLFAN
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    My dad says we have to spend at least 11 days at DLR doing continuous visits to DL and DCA, so it's 4 days doing random stuff at California...

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  • Pressler69
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    Originally posted by hkdlfan View Post
    but the next time I go there i'll try six flags.
    Woah woah woah... let's not get crazy here!

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  • HKDLFAN
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    That's such i good idea DisneyIpresume... i might go with this schedule...


    DAY 1: Disneyland

    Day 2: DCA

    DAY 3: Disneyland

    DAY 4: Universal Studios

    DAY 5: DCA

    DAY 6: Disneyland

    DAY 7: Disneyland

    DAY 8: Universal Studios

    Day 9: Hollywood

    DAY 10: DCA

    DAY 11: Disneyland

    DAY 12: DCA

    DAY 13: Disneyland or maybe six flags or goo shopping

    Day 14: Disneyland

    DAY 15: Back to HONG KONG(where the small one reigns...)

    I'll have to tell my parents at night to check if they allow it or not...Thanks...
    PS:I HATE THE BEACH
    Last edited by HKDLFAN; 11-12-2007, 08:16 PM. Reason: a

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  • Pressler69
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    Originally posted by hkdlfan View Post
    Aren't there really long lines in DL and DCA, my dad went there twenty years ago and complained of long lines...here at HKDL there are really low wait times, even on weekends, space mountain is empty and I'm usually the only one in the ride who's having fun...we picked two weeks because we go to HKDL every Saturday and we just want to go to a bigger place.
    Disneyland has way more attractions than Hong Kong Disneyland but it isn't that much bigger. This isn't Walt Disney World. Disneyland is a full day park, two if you really want to soak it in, and DCA is at best a half-day park.

    You'll see huge crowds after the Christmas break starts. This is around the 20th, 21st, depending on who starts vacation when. The busiest days will be the 24th through New Year's Day, with New Year's Eve being the most insane.

    Even with the crowds, you'll still be able to do everything you want to do within two to three days.

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  • DisneyIPresume
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    That's an awful lot of Disneyland for 2 weeks and this is from someone who goes at least once a week himself!

    Let me suggest what you should do instead:

    DAY 1: Disneyland

    Day 2: DCA

    DAY 3: Disneyland

    DAY 4: Disneyland

    DAY 5: Hollywood

    DAY 6: Universal Studios

    DAY 7: Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive. Maybe go to the Getty Center as well.

    DAY 8: Knott's Berry Farm

    Day 9: Relax -- go to Newport Beach or Huntington Beach

    DAY 10: Go shopping at Fashion Island and/or South Coast Plaza

    DAY 11: Catalina Island

    DAY 12: Skiing at one of the mountain resorts (if you are here in the winter)

    DAY 13: DCA

    Day 14: Disneyland

    DAY 15: Back to HONG KONG(where the small one reigns...

    You can maybe also take substitute one or two of these days and go to San Diego and see either Sea World or the San Diego Zoo or both...

    This is more than enough time to see DCA and Disneyland plus a lot of other area sites.

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  • MsKaren
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    I would take some of the tours. That will take up some time.

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  • Pressler69
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    Originally posted by mousechild View Post
    You can get to the park early before the crowds get there, leave see some other parts of SoCal, see the parks at night and still feel like you have seen everything at least a few times. I find that by day 4 of a trip I am ready to go home.
    Now that I think about it, it would probably be easier to just stay at the resort for two weeks, enjoy yourself and the parks, rather than painfully attempt to get Southern California's public transportation network to work for you, especially if you are unwilling or unable to rent a car.

    First, the buses are okay and fine for local travel but won't really work for longer trips, like to LA or San Diego. And second, the trains are few in number and don't go anywhere. Yeah, this guy has the right idea. California sucks. Just stay at Disney.

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  • HKDLFAN
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    Aren't there really long lines in DL and DCA, my dad went there twenty years ago and complained of long lines...here at HKDL there are really low wait times, even on weekends, space mountain is empty and I'm usually the only one in the ride who's having fun...we picked two weeks because we go to HKDL every Saturday and we just want to go to a bigger place. We love Disney. We've been to every Disney theme park except for DLR in California.

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  • Datameister
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    Yeah, I'm with the others...that's a pretty long time to spend at DL! Three or four days ought to be plenty, methinks.

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  • PragmaticIdealist
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    Do you have an interest in visiting other parts of southern California?

    One of the most overlooked experiences at Disneyland is "The Art of the Craft" Tour at the Grand Californian. The one-hour daily walking tour is complimentary, and I recommend it. But, the hotel requests that you obtain same-day reservations in advance.
    Last edited by PragmaticIdealist; 11-15-2007, 04:14 PM.

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  • duckiedianne
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    That's a long time to spend at Disneyland! There are other great places in Southern California to consider during your vacation! Here are some suggestions


    Knott's Berry Farm
    Six Flags Magic Mountain
    Legoland
    Universal Studios Hollywood
    San Diego Zoo
    The Getty Museum

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  • mousechild
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    You can get to the park early before the crowds get there, leave see some other parts of SoCal, see the parks at night and still feel like you have seen everything at least a few times. I find that by day 4 of a trip I am ready to go home.

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  • aashee
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    14 days? You can do just about everything in 14 days. I'd go to city hall ask ask about ride closures/re-openings to make sure you don't miss anything.

    Have a great time!

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