28.6 #6312 (DL Qual #7545

Jan 12, 2012 7:44 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
hi everyone. this my first post! my family and I are taking a road trip from Washington to Disneyland in june for my daughters graduation. when you go to Disneyland do you Go with a plan or do you just "wing it" ? I am a planner but I want to enjoy myself...any advise??

both are great ideas. have a plan/list of must do's but also be willing to do things spur of the moment like...hop on the Mark Twain bc it's about to take off, grab a Dole whip in the Tiki Room queue area (not the long line outside of it) and maybe Maynard will be working- get a pic! - misschurro...  7268.1 #14 7:51PM
oh, and welcome ! :) - misschurro...  7268.1 #14 7:51PM
I totally agree, have your list of things you don't want to miss, but be prepared to be flexible depending on what is happening while you're there. Have fun! - Duchess73  340.9 #726 7:59PM
great advise! but whos Maynard? :) - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 8:48PM
Maynard is a Cast Member at the Tiki Room attraction. He will pose with you in your pictures if you ask. - Alicewhoareyou  2705.8 #54 9:16PM
very cool! I live insider information! thanks ;) - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 10:14PM
Exactly! I keep a list of must dos and must eats each trip and wing the rest based on MW times. - cynDOLEwhip  1175.7 #157 4:11PM
Welcome to the family :) - princessVanessa  384.3 #603 7:46PM
Hi welcome to MW hope u speak fluent sarcasim! And just wing it for the most part! But do make a list of must do's and enjoy your stay! - yvetteissogoofy  194.8 #2109 8:30PM
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I usually make a list of 5 things that are a MUST for me, then after I like to chillax and soak up the awesomeness that is of Disney and just go with the flow and ride whatever is closest and go from there. That way I don't find my self stressing and trying to rush to every single ride, and it's nice to just see the beauty of the park - rbeezy  703.0 #286 8:59PM
Hi! - donnievegas  1132.7 #169 9:50PM
I've done that drive twice. Just when you think you are close to LA, you are still 5 hours out! Have fun! 5 days is long enough to relax and enjoy it. - Missshelly  698.3 #290 9:52PM
Just wing it!! :D welcome to MW :) - CMshelleybee  428.1 #529 7:46PM
Welcome!! When I go I just go with the flow and have a magical time!! - nikole31  242.9 #1484 7:47PM
Welcome to the lounge. - VillainsFan  1218.5 #151 7:49PM
Welcome!! Just wing it and have the time of your life! ✨ - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #242 7:49PM
Welcome!! I think it depends on how long your trip is. 3+ days, and you can easily "wing" a day :-) But definitely have a "must do" list beforehand! - DisneyDawn  419.2 #549 7:51PM
oh, and welcome ! :) - misschurro...  7268.1 #14 7:51PM
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Wing it and plan. Come up with a strategy for collecting fast passes and make the most of them. - ima-pirateswife  827.0 #228 7:55PM
I totally agree, have your list of things you don't want to miss, but be prepared to be flexible depending on what is happening while you're there. Have fun! - Duchess73  340.9 #726 7:59PM
Plan ahead, then you won't be sorry. Many sites devoted to Disney. Learn the tips and tricks. Read trip reports. Try Disboards.com and allears.net. This app is great in the park to see wait times and lots of other info. Have a great trip. - jacdanfan  12150.4 #6 7:59PM
We always dicuss what we want to do each trip. But we wing it most of the time and just see what happens during busy times. Don't over plan because sometimes it just dosnt work out. Make sure just to have fun with eachother. And welcome. - sewedna  578.9 #365 8:00PM
welcome to mousewait! and wing it! you will have more fun! - raebell  7.2 #14249 8:00PM
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Planning for a DL trip is fun! Just don't make a rigid schedule. I usually have an idea of where I want to eat, what attractions are priorities, special events, etc. Have a great trip! - DisneyPhotoFan  920.2 #203 8:26PM
wow! thanks everyone! we will be there for 5 days so I will defiantly have a "to do" list. but I will make sure to take it slow and enjoy everything! - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 8:28PM
great advise! but whos Maynard? :) - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 8:48PM
Welcome and have fun - thestalkerNIN  362.4 #655 9:02PM
Welcome!!! - Boundin  778.3 #251 9:12PM
Go very early each morning and line up Fast Passes, both Parks, enjoy rides that have short lines, relax some then let the day take you using the Fast Passes in the evening. - SingingPansy  17.1 #8223 9:13PM
Maynard is a Cast Member at the Tiki Room attraction. He will pose with you in your pictures if you ask. - Alicewhoareyou  2705.8 #54 9:16PM
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I would love to make a reservation for the fantasmic show. how do I do that? - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 10:16PM
Call Disney Dining - 714-774-4442. Ask about all the options. The Fantasmic Dessert thing is expensive, but some folks find it worth it to have the reservations and have a little less struggle for a spot to see the show. YMMV. I haven't done it. I HAVE done the dinner at Ariel's with preferred viewing for World of Color, and I find that TOTALLY worth the money. And they will happily box up whatever you can't finish to take with you. - ThatStarWarsKimberly  408.0 #567 10:47AM
when you order the picnic meal for world of color. are you able to pick up the meals any time or do you eat them while you watch the world of color?? - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 3:12PM
very cool! I live insider information! thanks ;) - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 10:14PM
I would love to make a reservation for the fantasmic show. how do I do that? - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 10:16PM
Welcome!! - mcarthy6  426.5 #534 10:18PM
Welcome! Plan out the things you really want to do, and "wing" the rest! - MarieC  265.5 #1246 10:21PM
Call Disney Dining - 714-774-4442. Ask about all the options. The Fantasmic Dessert thing is expensive, but some folks find it worth it to have the reservations and have a little less struggle for a spot to see the show. YMMV. I haven't done it. I HAVE done the dinner at Ariel's with preferred viewing for World of Color, and I find that TOTALLY worth the money. And they will happily box up whatever you can't finish to take with you. - ThatStarWarsKimberly  408.0 #567 10:47AM
Hello and welcome to the Ohana. My planning is extremely limited. Plan #1 Go to DL. then wing it. Eat at favorite places, attractions are a FP and go on anything with a short line. See shows and parades that are a must see. - splashphotoCM  885.6 #211 10:51AM
when you order the picnic meal for world of color. are you able to pick up the meals any time or do you eat them while you watch the world of color?? - shellbelle  28.6 #6312 3:12PM
We go to DL every week but when we've done WDW, I book the dining reservations for the places I want and work what we're going to do around that.  I'd have a general plan as to what you want to do, but a vacation shouldn't go by a schedule.  - 415beachgirl  475.6 #466 4:03PM
Just "wing it". It's the only way to fly. (no pun intended) That way there's no schedule or anything. You're on vacation. - MikeyMouse  148.0 #2799 4:09PM
Exactly! I keep a list of must dos and must eats each trip and wing the rest based on MW times. - cynDOLEwhip  1175.7 #157 4:11PM
For the picnic meal at WOC, we've done that a few times. It's great and you can pick it up and eat it any time. - MikeyMouse  148.0 #2799 4:12PM

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Follow the new MouseWait Blog for updates, how-tos, tips, contests, and more! (Big Thunder pic by CJ)

Iam new to this love reading the post and looking at the pictures   - Disneydollarpam  54.9 #4697 9:01AM
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 Always taking care of us... we love u Admin!!!  - calidream1  398.0 #581 7:05PM
I know it's awesome to know your not alone as a Disneyland freak  - mjpdisney67  36.8 #5556 7:26AM
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Our new Walt Disney World App for iOS is here! MagicSearch, upNEXT, new Lounge, and tons of other upgrades. Go get it here. You can see all of the new features and how tos here

thanks admin - Fantasmicfan1  3672.2 #43 9:42PM
  - jacdanfan  12150.4 #6 6:08AM
  - JediKitty  1146.4 #166 10:32PM
I miss the  - DisneyMom13  311.8 #874 1:34AM

Invest in Disney Fine Art with our new Platinum Partner, Magical Memories. Watch for MouseWait art exclusives in the Lounge and use this code: MW10 for 10% off! When you support Magical Memories, you also support the continued development and maintenance of MouseWait. Earn 1000 Credits for each purchase--just send your receipt to [email protected] -- thank you for your support!

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1. Fantasmicfan1
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2. Winnie111286
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3. Melody_CM
947.53

4. secretagentangel
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5. Coaster
588.3

6. ShariRenee
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7. grumpypapa
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8. jacdanfan
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I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  16830.3 #3 11:30PM
Me too - LaPearleNoir  2192.0 #75 1:11PM
Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  771.9 #254 9:59AM
Yippeeeee!!!! I made the list!!!  - dizzneyfan  609.8 #344 7:17AM
Wow, top of the list:-) - beentoall  863.2 #0 5:40AM

Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com

unFORECAST for the month of May 2016
The last few weeks have been relatively quiet, but we will see crowds rise as we get to the end of May, especially toward the end of the month when Grad Nite begins. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), crowds averaged in the high 70s (approx 70% capacity), then the Crowd Index rose to the 80s toward the end of the month. Remember, we've seen larger crowds ever since the 60th Celebration began, so keep that in mind when looking at historical Crowd Index data. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin May 9, 2016 5:42PM



We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  643.2 #324 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  20.6 #7432 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  442.1 #511 7:32AM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  176.1 #2346 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  271.1 #1184 5:04PM
6 of us going Sunday 11 6 year have use that annual pass - jmmm  0.6 #75635 12:12PM
Have Saturdays been less busy then Tuesdays or Wednesdays recently? - TiDoubleGuhErr  0.3 #88297 12:07AM

Credits Hall of Fame. This real-time list honors the top Credits purchasers by showing the total number of Credits purchased. These MouseWaiters play an integral part in helping us maintain and innovate. Thank you to everyone who buys Credits in the MW iOS app, TRIVILATOR, and Goat Effect!

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9. Melody_CM
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10. MinnieMyLove
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  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoall  863.2 #0 2:55AM
And they share - suzieq65  140.0 #2942 9:06PM
!!! And I thought working up to 73 credits was good lol - sunvalgifts  143.2 #2885 12:21PM
I finally made a list besides wait times.wait times has become almost impossible with the crowds,reception blows.but thank you for all you do@@@@Admin - DarthFairy  476.6 #465 7:43PM
!!! And I thought working up to 73 credits was good lol - sunvalgifts  143.2 #2885 12:21PM

DISNEYLAND PARK:

Monorail REOPENS MAY 20
River Belle Terrace transforms into a table service restaurant Feb 10
Big Thunder Ranch and Barbecue CLOSED permanently
Fantasmic! Jan 10-TBA
Disneyland Railroad Jan 10-TBA
Mark Twain Riverboat Jan 10-TBA
Sailing Ship Columbia Jan 10-TBA
Davey Crocket Explorer Canoes Jan 10-TBA
Tom Sawyer Island Jan 10-TBA

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Silly Symphony Swings closed -- TBA
Grizzly River Run closed April 18 -- May 17
Disney's Aladdin is permanenly closed--Frozen will take its place


 

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  20.3 #7499 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy_FU2Rcm  350.3 #695 8:33AM
Any idea when Autotopia will re-open?  - CentralCoastAuntVon  86.2 #3893 9:51PM
hopefully never - Dave   13808.4 #4 9:27PM
Bully - secretagentangel  6438.4 #20 1:57PM
My Kids enjoy Autopia - E-Ticket  1472.5 #119 8:29PM
Haha we do enjoy Autopia also!! My niece is very concerned about all the construction going on but knows it will be much better!  - CentralCoastAuntVon  86.2 #3893 1:17PM
Dave be nice!!! My sister is mentally handicapped and only loves autotopia and teacups... But the fumes make her faint. lol! Dave I hear you!  - verofern  138.4 #2968 1:56AM
Will Indiana jones reopen on the 3 or will it reopen on the 4 - Disneylandgirl1955  45.3 #5104 5:52AM
It was open today - AngieC  238.3 #1538 10:58PM

MouseWait COUNTDOWN for iOS is here! Countdown the days to your next Disneyland or Disney World trip with our images OR your pics! Your Countdown also displays on Apple Watch and is beautiful on iPhone 6 screens. Secure the discounted launch price for a limited time.

So from the looks of it, there is not even one app made for those of us on android. You know there are millions of people who do not own iPhones. Its kind of rediculous these days not to offer an android version of apps. Would love to help this site grow by donating, but I see no point in that when there appears to be no intrest by the app builders here to support android. I mean how about atleast a partialy functional app so we can feel that theΒ android users are even wanted as a part of the mousewait community.Β I see lots of requests and sad posts about no android, but dont see any replys by the site to the fact that anyone is even working on it.I've checked back here every so offten to see if there is anything for android users, but never bothered joining until today.I just wanted to rant a little, and now I am done.Unfortunalty, at this point I think I am officaily giving up on mousewait.Β Thanks for reading Β and understanding my frustrations ( i hope ) and please everyone........Have a Disney-tastic day!Mark - molney14u  0.1 #105852 11:05AM
I have an iPhone and an old droid. I use the old droid for wait times when my iPhone can't connect and it works fine. There's so many droid phones to have  separate apps for but I hope android makers would start using the basic same code and security but I'm probably wishing on a star for that . I miss my droid but a lot of apps don't work the same.  - secretagentangel  6438.4 #20 8:10PM
I have the countdown and I love it! - tree320  0.6 #0 9:26AM
Doesn't everyone have a countdown clock on the top of one of their pinball machines?  Unfortunately mine is blank because our DL trip was weeks ago :( - awhittle  0.0 #127461 10:15AM
That just means it's time to start planning! πŸ˜€ - AngiMouse  104.9 #3566 1:02PM
Ours is blank too with no plans anytime soon. That's why I come to β˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈ - DisneyMom13  311.8 #874 7:30PM
So from the looks of it, there is not even one app made for those of us on android. You know there are millions of people who do not own iPhones. Its kind of rediculous these days not to offer an android version of apps. Would love to help this site grow by donating, but I see no point in that when there appears to be no intrest by the app builders here to support android. I mean how about atleast a partialy functional app so we can feel that theΒ android users are even wanted as a part of the mousewait community.Β I see lots of requests and sad posts about no android, but dont see any replys by the site to the fact that anyone is even working on it.I've checked back here every so offten to see if there is anything for android users, but never bothered joining until today.I just wanted to rant a little, and now I am done.Unfortunalty, at this point I think I am officaily giving up on mousewait.Β Thanks for reading Β and understanding my frustrations ( i hope ) and please everyone........Have a Disney-tastic day!Mark - molney14u  0.1 #105852 11:05AM
I have an iPhone and an old droid. I use the old droid for wait times when my iPhone can't connect and it works fine. There's so many droid phones to have  separate apps for but I hope android makers would start using the basic same code and security but I'm probably wishing on a star for that . I miss my droid but a lot of apps don't work the same.  - secretagentangel  6438.4 #20 8:10PM

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