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    Hey everybody — We just got back from Disneyland earlier this week and I posted a strategy guide for how to cover the park in a single day with minimal wait times. The same technique and tips would apply to WDW as well. The key is understanding crowd behavior and staying ahead of the curve. It becomes even more essential to be strategic with your agenda since Fastpass is still not available.

    Planning your day and using tools like mobile food order will reduce your time spent on long lines. YMMV but this has been a consistent winning plan for us each time we visit, which is why I’ve been encouraged to share this with others. If you’re considering a visit to the parks, you might find the guide helpful!

    https://youtu.be/GgU9EfbA9pA
    Last edited by Ray360!!; 07-04-2021, 10:28 AM.

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    Ray, this is super helpful, especially for a kinda' mediocre cellphone user! Feel like I got a pretty good download of the park as of recent from your video. And your kids are precious!

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    • #3
      Were you using a “selfie stick”?
      Big Thunder Ranch > Galaxys Edge

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BigThunda View Post
        Were you using a “selfie stick”?
        Not a selfie stick per se, but a monopod. Security had to clear its use and allowed it because it was attached to a camera rather than a phone. Cheers

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        • #5
          Definitely helpful tips.

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          • #6
            Well done video!

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            • #7
              Thanks for that! How far in advance did you place your mobile food orders? Is that a beginning-of-day thing or did you place them as you went?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by leftcircles View Post
                Thanks for that! How far in advance did you place your mobile food orders? Is that a beginning-of-day thing or did you place them as you went?
                We placed the orders throughout the day basically to time when we thought we’d be hungry and where in the park we will be. For example the Bengal BBQ order for 11am was placed at around 10am when waiting in the Splash Mtn line. The order at Ronto Roasters in Galaxy’s Edge was placed in Toontown approx 1 hour in advance. If we needed to adjust the pickup windows, we were able to do that on the fly.

                Hope that helps!

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                • #9
                  Helps very much. Thank you, Ray!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ray360!! View Post
                    Hey everybody — We just got back from Disneyland earlier this week and I posted a strategy guide for how to cover the park in a single day with minimal wait times. The same technique and tips would apply to WDW as well. The key is understanding crowd behavior and staying ahead of the curve. It becomes even more essential to be strategic with your agenda since Fastpass is still not available.
                    I appreciate your trip report and advice. Seeing your morning plan made much sense, except it looks like you stopped for lunch at 10:00am (after riding Indy, Pirates, Splash, and Pooh). I'm going to get pushback from my crew if i'm pushing lobster rolls on them at 10.
                    Now don't close your eyes, and don't try to hide...

                    Next trip to Disneyland: December 3-6, 2011. I can't wait!!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SillySpook View Post

                      I appreciate your trip report and advice. Seeing your morning plan made much sense, except it looks like you stopped for lunch at 10:00am (after riding Indy, Pirates, Splash, and Pooh). I'm going to get pushback from my crew if i'm pushing lobster rolls on them at 10.
                      Lol I hear ya! It was around 10:40 that we ate which is usually when the kiddos start asking for something to eat. I wouldn’t even say it was a proper lunch because we ate again at 3pm in Galaxy’s Edge. If you can pitch the idea that mealtimes will be “bracketed” so that you eat a little bit now and a little bit later, it will not only be a time-saver by not being saddled for one big meal, it will also allow you to try different foods from other restaurants. At the end of the day, you end up eating small meals throughout the day so you’re never starving, but it’s done as quick bites over several locations during off-peak times (eg, 11am, 3pm, 5pm, 8pm)

                      PS - you don’t have to twist my arm for a 10am lobster roll! Cheers!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by djuhamman
                        My kids dream of seeing Disneyland. Is it worth it?
                        "Is Disneyland worth it" is a difficult question to answer without more information (for example, how many kids, what ages, how far you would have to travel to get to Disneyland, and so on).
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                        EDIT: The post I quoted was deleted because the poster turned out to be a spammer.
                        Last edited by Mr Wiggins; 08-06-2021, 12:57 AM.
                        "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                        it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                        together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                        designed to appeal to everyone."

                        - Walt Disney

                        "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                        - Michael Eisner

                        "It's very symbiotic."
                        - Bob Chapek

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                        • #13
                          Those of us who are true Disney lovers, do not need any kind of strategy to maximize our visit. As soon as we go through the tunnel, under the railroad, and stand there looking at Main Street, we are maximized. Then we just go with the flow and absorb all the magic. Simple.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Bearcats2 View Post
                            Those of us who are true Disney lovers, do not need any kind of strategy to maximize our visit. As soon as we go through the tunnel, under the railroad, and stand there looking at Main Street, we are maximized. Then we just go with the flow and absorb all the magic. Simple.
                            Not sure what you mean by “true” Disney lovers as it would imply that I am not. But it sounds like you’re critiquing my advice about having a plan for a Disneyland visit without actually listening to my plan.

                            Just showing up to Main Street and hoping the magic will befall you and your party without an actual agenda or plan is not the advice I would give, which is why everyone that hears what we are able to see and do on our trips for the past 20 years is astounded by the end result. The magic you seek will quickly erode from the heat, humidity, crowds, lines, fatigue and frustration. A true Disney goer knows this. Add to the fact that you have kids in tow and just spent hundreds of dollars for each attendee with different wants and needs will make it even more imperative to have a proper ROI in mind, which includes more than just going with the flow.

                            At the end of the day, feel free to carry about your day as you wish but don’t knock someone trying to maximize their hard-earned dollars with the aim of seeing more than Main Street. If it was that simple, my kids would be content with a stroll through Downtown Disney at a fraction of the expense… but alas, life isn’t that simple, hence the need for a plan to make sure everyone achieves their desired objective at the park, whether it’s a particular ride or food they want to try, or a show or character they would like to see. That’s what I cover for the benefit of novice and experienced park visitors. To each his/her own but I wish you well on your visit regardless of whether you have an agenda in mind or not.

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