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Feb 28, 2013 10:12 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Hey everyone! I am new to this all so I was looking for some advice. My wife and I are planning a trip to Disneyland for March 19th - 22nd, 2013. We have 7 children with the oldest being 12 and the youngest are 1.5 year old twins. We have not been to Disneyland in 7-8 years (when we only had 3 children) so we were looking for good plans/ideas on how to tackle the parks with such a large group. Are we completely insane? I thought time would be great because it would not be crowded but then trying to find a hotel has been a nightmare so I am starting to get a little worried that it will be so crowded. I guess I am looking for advice on seeing everything with such a large group and some inexpensive dining options for our family. Do they still have the "parent swap" on the rides and if so, please remind me how they work? Can I bring in snacks/water bottles for the kids? What is the best time to get a seat/spot for World of Color and Fantasmic? As you can see, I have a lot of questions. We are super excited to do this but we are feeling a little underprepared. Thanks for all your assistance.

Yes bring food etc for the kids, just no glass containers. This saves a lot of money on snacks, purchase special snacks so they don't feel left out. Give each of the kids a dollar amount they can spend on a snack/souvenir. Go when park opens and you can ride most things in the first hour and then enjoy the rest of the day with fast passes. Get fp's for the older kids for Space Mountain/Splash and one of you can wait with the little ones at the tables on the backside of Pizza Port. If you want to split up send one parent to Fantasyland and the other to Tomorrowland to conquer a lot of attractions, then join up for the rest of the day. - ShariRenee  6394.4 #15 10:18AM
Oh and have a great time and post pics! - ShariRenee  6394.4 #15 10:19AM
Welcome! Doing DL with a big group is do-able. To answer your questions: Yes, they still have the parent swap for attractions, you can bring in your own food/drinks. For Fantasmic, for the 9pm show, 8:15 is a good time to start claiming a spot. If not, then go to the 10:30 show which is a lot less crowded. Also, for WOC the 10:15 show is less crowded too. - BaseballMickey_CM  7194.3 #8 10:18AM
If you plan on seeing both the fireworks and Fantasmic in the same day, stake out a place for the fireworks on Main Street, then after the fireworks head straight to Fantasmic for the second showing. They will clean out the area for the first show then let everyone in at the same time. The second showing is much less crowded than the first show. Enjoy your trip! - paintedflowers28  9.7 #10442 12:59PM
Hi. Parent swap is still available on some attractions. You ask for the card with the cm at the whining if the line and you all can wait together. When you get to loading you can go trough the exit and then you plus 1 other can go through the exit and get on. I think lol. See instructions on card. Yes you can bring your own water and food just not in glass containers. For WOC get your fastpass by GRR in the morning an return when te ticket says. Fantasmic I would suggest second show, just be waiting by haunted mansion area by frontier land do you can go right in. Or you can wait or the first show I would suggest at least 1-1.5 hours depending on where you wan to sit. Just have fun and go with the flow. - TikiJOSEsWingman  332.4 #687 10:19AM
This will be spring break season so it will be a tad more crowded. You can bring snacks and drinks into park, just no glass and no alcohol. They do have parent swap on some attractions( not sure if on most). For WOC seating , use your ticket to get a fast pass for seating. Blue section is probably what you'll get. You'll want to get near center and against a gate with no poles blocking you for best view. For Fantasmic, get a seat a few hours before show by having someone sit in that area with blankets to save spots. - Villescas8  606.9 #314 10:20AM
Get the unoffical guide to DL at a local bookstore. has lots of great tips and touring plans and (I think) has info on hotels for large groups. - GoofyMom77  728.7 #251 10:24AM
lol, so many questions!! I love a big family, my husband is 1 of 8 kids. You are not insane, you are smart for wanting to create these memories with your kiddos. However, it will be crowded because it is Spring Break season. I'll try and help with the food questions...You can bring in snacks/waters/juices/sodas as long as they are in plastic containers. A small cooler bag is also perfectly fine. For meals if you aren't into cereal/milk/fruit in the hotel room, I would go to Denny's for a cheapish breakfast. I would carry in lunch items (sandwiches, etc) and then probably eat dinner in the parks...there are affordable options, ex: corn dogs are huge and come with apples or chips for under $7, you can get a whole Pizza Port pizza for around $35, (I don't think the pizza is that bad.). If you are driving into the parks, stash a big ice chest in your car and refresh your chilled drinks/snacks/lunch as needed. - Linzee  1124.8 #150 10:27AM
Linzee, sorry for all of the questions. But thank you so much for your assistance. Your comments on food choices are helpful. We we t to Disneyland almost every year when I was growing up so I should be a little more comfortable. I even marched down Main Street with my high school band all four years. So I am very Familiar with the lay out. But I am used to running around with a group of 2-4 not 9. I'm sure it will all come back to me like riding a bike once I walk through the main gates. Anything else you can think of or some suggestions on your favorite things to hit on you visits would be great. Thanks again. - jazsdad  14.9 #8072 12:06PM
I think it would be fun for you to sit down with your wife and older kids, pull up the DL website and make a list of things you all want to see/do. Vote on the *first ride* so you know where you are heading when you first get in. Utilize (and help enter) the wait times on here. Make sure you understand Fast Passes. Take your time and don't rush through the parks😊. - Linzee  1124.8 #150 12:54PM
We're a family of 8. 3 adults and 5 kids ranging from 2-15. We've always had fun, sometimes we split up, and some of us take the littler kids in bugs land or tame rides, while the other adults and bigs go on the faster rides :) we take our own snacks most of the time, and we love Earl of Sandwich, and it's one of the cheapest. Sometimes we walk across the street to Denny's and McDonald's also :) - GarnerPhotography  324.9 #723 10:37AM
That's not crazy at all. I have gone with my family of 10 before. We stay at the anaheim desert inn because they have rooms big enough for all of us. You should have booked a hotel long ago. Even though it isn't that busy of a time hotels still full up fast. Being snacks in for in between meals and then split meals or order off the kids menu to save money - rachelelizabeth  189.2 #2063 10:50AM
Maybe they can rent someone's time share. It may be cheaper than looking for a hotel room for that many people - GoofyMom77  728.7 #251 10:55AM
That's a good idea too. I looked and they still had the big four queen and a pull out couch available for March 19-21 but no room on the 22nd. - rachelelizabeth  189.2 #2063 11:03AM
Double strollers don't fit in some doorways in main st. So towards the end of the day when the minis are sleeping someone will have to wait outside with the stroller. I also recomend. Strollers with a lot of storage space, backpacks can get heavy and annoying. Get there as early as possible since its not as hot and less crowds at opening. Mark all your kids with your cell # and name on a bracelet or necklace in case they get lost. Unless you have 7 eyes like the evil queen - philliprocks  1176.9 #139 11:09AM
Nooe, no 7 parents here. Well my wife says that she has eyes in the back of her head. :) I love the bracket/necklace idea for the kids. I never thought of that and that would calm a lot of fears of my kids wondering around looking for us and CM trying to locate me or my wife. - jazsdad  14.9 #8072 11:56AM
Oops . No 7 eyed parents here... - jazsdad  14.9 #8072 1:10PM
I found a vendor online that makes dog tags in all different colors, and had them engraved with emergency contact info. I think for two of them, it was about $8. They came with little key-chains that the kids put on their lanyards (or else it would have been on their beltloops or something). - jmgphx  323.1 #737 1:12PM
Wow! Thank you so much everyone. I am feeling a lot more confident in our decision to go. I am just worried about corralling the kids through large crowds of people. I agree with some of the comments about booking a hotel earlier. I just received my bonus check from work so since the money is available now, we are booking now. I was trying to search the school districts in the Los Angeles area and most of them are on spring break the week after we are planning on being there. So hopefully the crowds will be lighter. Since I haven't been in a few years, what rides should we tackle first? In California Adventure, should we immediately go to Car's Land and hit those rides? In Disneyland, which way do you suggest to see the park, start with Adventureland and end with Tomorrowland or vice versa. Eitherway, we are going to have a blast. I will keep you all posted and post pictures of our trip. - jazsdad  14.9 #8072 11:25AM
DCA, definitely Cars Land. Maybe one of you can go to Racers w/the older kids and the other can get FP's for later (they go really really fast). DL,both choices are good! Space or Splash, start with either and have a great time! - ShariRenee  6394.4 #15 11:28AM
Start in frontierland and go clockwise. Its less crowded that direction. When you go to california adventure start early in the morning at cars land. Lines get long fast. As for the hotel you dont have to pay for it when you get a reservation. You pay when you arrive. - rachelelizabeth  189.2 #2063 11:30AM
Rachel - some vacation sites (like getawaytoday.com, hotels.com, etc.) require payment up front. - jmgphx  323.1 #737 1:13PM
You can pack a lunch and leave it in lockers either on Main Street, Picnic area between parks or Buena Vista St in DCA. There are some great attractions where you can let the kids loose a bit (with little to no lines) such as Rivercreek challenge, Toon town, Tom Sayer Island, Tarzan's Treehouse, and Animation Academy. I usually save these for mid-day when the park gets crowded. - NikkiMickey  1685.7 #92 11:39AM
Good point and if little ones nap it's nice and quiet to sit on & watch the great movie clips on the big screens. - ShariRenee  6394.4 #15 11:43AM
ugh sorry: sit on couch. - ShariRenee  6394.4 #15 11:44AM
pfft, i sit on the floor smack center of the room with my legs stretched out lol - GoofyMom77  728.7 #251 11:51AM
My number one recommendation is to get to the park before it opens. If you have the magic morning option, where you are allowed in one hour before park opening, then use that, too. More people tend to show up throughout the day, so even during an expected crowded week, you can get a lot accomplished during the first few hours of the day. We were there last summer one day after Carsland opened and never felt that it was too crowded for us in either park. Honestly! Have fun! You will have a blast! - MeridaFan  3585.2 #37 11:45AM
Getting more and more excited the more I read everyone's posts and suggestions. Has any one tried Ariel's Grotto for a character dining experience. Some friends said that it is amazing but for the price for my large family, they better let me pull the sword from the stone or something. ;) Can you maximize a visit to Ariel's Grotto in the evening with a great view of World of Color or is that not allowed? Just curious. Keep the suggestions and tips coming everybody. It is all super helpful. - jazsdad  14.9 #8072 12:00PM
If your on a budget i don't think it is worth it for how much it would cost you. It would be fun to do but you could save a lot of money skipping it that could go to a lot of other things. - rachelelizabeth  189.2 #2063 12:12PM
AG no longer has the WOC preffered seating deal. All meals are now character meals with the Princesses, I've heard Mary Poppins makes appreances, too. I went with my daughter (10 at the time) back when they did the WOC thing. We loved the food. Had an appitizer to share, one kids entree and one adults entree, a dessert to share and a couple specialty drinks. The kids drink came with a reusable cup fairies with a light up tinkerbell clip. for boys they get a toy story cup with a light up buzz lightyear clip. My son (3 at the time) was asleep, so nothing for him. They did let me bring my stroller down so he could remain asleep. Otherwise, it would be with the other strollers parked outside the entrance. The total for just that was $90. - GoofyMom77  728.7 #251 12:13PM
If you want to get FP's for WOC without having to stand in line for them and on a budget, I'd go with the picnics. It's cold food like sandwiches, salads, and cold fried chicken. You pick it up and can eat anywhere and it used to come with a WOC tote bag (not sure if it still does) and everyone has a pass for WOC and a decent meal without a heafty price tag - GoofyMom77  728.7 #251 12:17PM
I believe the cove has great seating for world of color but I havent experienced it myself. Anyone? - DisneyMe2Death  875.0 #198 12:30PM
If you have big eaters, I want to suggest the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. It's all you can eat ribs, chicken, slaw, baked beans, and cornbread for lunch. Add corn on the cob and sausage to the dinner menu. Food is brought to you, so not a buffet where you have to go fetch you food. Dessert is large enough to share with at least four people, but costs extra. We get the chocolate chip cookie bake with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. I hear the cobbler is good, but I haven't tried it. - GoofyMom77  728.7 #251 12:21PM
Is Big Thunder Ranch BBQ open right now? I assumed (I know, I know) that it was closed right now because of the construction in the area. - jmgphx  323.1 #737 12:42PM
@jmgphx the open that area on the weekends at least it was open when I was there last - MrsGrumpy2002  205.9 #1853 1:24PM
It's also about $30 each, I don't know if they want to spend $300 on lunch. - bluefairy  643.3 #293 5:18PM
Another thought on your meals--my youngest is 7 now, but before she turned 3, the restaurants would provide a smaller meal for her at no cost. Maybe someone with little ones knows if they still do this. It was a nice little perk. I remember at Ariel's Grotto they would make a hot dog into an octopus, and also served a little Mac and cheese. We also did not pay for her at Goofy's Kitchen. - MeridaFan  3585.2 #37 1:06PM
Kids eat free under 3 at character dining, I believe. - bluefairy  643.3 #293 5:02PM

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Look for light crowds this week until Labor Day weekend begins on Friday. Disneyland and California Adventure will close early for the second week in a row (DL 9pm, DCA 8pm). Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our new MagicPlan iOS Calendar), this week last year averaged in the high 50s (approx 60% capacity) -- that means it was a very slow week. Even Labor Day last year (which fell on the 1st) averaged in the mid 70s, which is light for a holiday. Now that most schools are back in session, we should see lighter crowds at the Parks until Halloweentime begins! 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 Aug 31, 2015 9:23PM



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  495.8 #400 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.6 #7165 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  399.8 #532 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  162.3 #2469 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  239.8 #1423 5:04PM
summer surely has been very busy!  - MarshaMouse  4820.5 #22 12:18AM
I was there this week, Tues, Wed.,Thur. Very hot and muggy. Long lines except single rider lines were great. Because we had 3 days we didn't mind waiting in line. It's so fun to people watch while you wait. We had a great time. Can't wait until next time to go back. - Popcorn  9.4 #10629 9:33AM

Download VOYAGEERS to your device today! Discover the VOYAGEERS Society, and the magical Main Street Realm in this action packed adventure for kids of ALL ages! Also available on iBooks and Kobo. Follow the VOYAGEERS on Facebook for more info and behind the scenes exclusives.

Like normal I am late to the party. Reading it now - Tealtownfan  1015.5 #173 3:13PM
Got it! More than halfway thru it! It's a lot of fun!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨ - TinkerSchelle  1783.4 #85 10:53PM
  - mckelfam  36.7 #5158 3:09PM
Weeeeee - MommyandBash  240.1 #1421 10:29PM

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  1376.0 #112 9:42PM
  - jacdanfan  9433.3 #3 6:08AM
- Lilogirl1  121.5 #3120 4:26PM
Thanks! DW fans appreciate you! - LeighMouse  17.9 #0 7:58AM

DISCOUNTED DISNEYLAND TICKETS THROUGH MOUSEWAIT! You get 2% off select tickets if you purchase on this page and use the code MOUSEWAIT at checkout. A percentage of your total purchase comes back to MouseWait, which helps cover our monthly maintenance and development expenses! You will also get 100 Credits if you email us your receipt along with your username! 

Can you get a discount on annual passes too? - DeeDeeMouse  257.0 #1225 9:59PM
How do you get discount on AP passes. Guessing use MOUSEWAIT - suzieq65  71.3 #3997 4:00PM
You get discounts on AP by renewing early. It's through Disney . They'll send you a card.  - secretagentangel  2197.0 #64 8:58PM
It says discount not available ... Maybe I'm doing it wrong? - gedi0614  31.6 #5497 12:13AM

MONTHLY WAIT TIME LEADERS REAL-TIME: Thank you to everyone who enters accurate wait times--you earn MouseRank Points, Credits, worldwide fame, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams when you enter wait times at the Park (ok maybe not the last two things). Please remember to ONLY enter wait times that you have verified in person, this improves our algorithm substantially, thanks!

1. toystory3
98.03

2. Goofytom
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3. grumpypapa
35.73

4. Song
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5. janetx
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6. Madgesty
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7. JPatDL
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8. DarthFairy
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9. YoPirate
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10. adisneyfamily
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Been in the Midwest much of August. Nice to see wait time warriors have been out there walking and working! - MelodyMouse  6677.1 #13 7:25AM
Hope you're having fun!! - secretagentangel  2197.0 #64 11:37PM
Wow! I'm on the list 😊 - disneymom1  237.2 #1453 10:17PM
14 more days and I shall be entering in wait times for the first time( I was slow and shy to post). Well actually it will be 15 days. The first  day we check in and go to Trader Sam's. πŸ˜‰ - varela2892  6.4 #14226 7:14AM

Thanked by:   goducksgo   boomom   catlikesmouse   2 More Thanks Tom   Song   DarthFairy  
Here is the Overall Quality Top 10 real-time list. Follow these MouseWaiters for great content:

1. CobbPR
6727

2. uscdisneyteacher
6018

3. Dave
5606

4. BaseballMickey_CM
5552

5. Duchess_SMK
5049

6. Plumiegirl
4975

7. Stitch_Legacy
4712

8. HandMeAChurroImmaFaint
4462

9. ElSuperRaton
4197

10. Winnie111286
4121



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This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  3399.9 #39 9:51PM
FINALLY!  Thank you!  - MadameLeota  3399.9 #39 2:34PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  177.9 #2222 8:06PM


 
Deadliest Cast Member SEASON TWO is here! Find out what really happened on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary. Twenty-four hours or real-time action, authentic Disneyland history, and a finale that you'll never forget. EVENTS OCCUR IN REAL TIME. Download it to any device from Amazon here.

Will there be a Season 3??  Please??? - YoPirate  690.3 #265 8:03PM
I bought the paper copy for myself and 2 copies of season one for christmas gifts!  LOVE THIS BOOK!!! - snitsos  30.0 #5646 5:28PM
Thank you snitsos for your support, glad you liked Season Two! - Admin  12:13AM
Thank you for your support glad you liked Season Two! snitsos - Admin  12:15AM
Test - Admin  12:16AM
Both books are an  read!  I've read both numerous times and will re-read again before our Nov trip! - Dianat710  5.5 #16236 7:13PM
- djmickeymouse  8.1 #0 8:30AM

Here are the overall MouseRank leaders for the past 6 months:

July 2015: Winnie111286 463.58
May 2015: MelodyMouse 679.4
April 2015: Fantasmicfan1 466.89
March 2015: HARR_E 423.38
February 2015: Winnie111286 364.36
January 2015: ShariRenee 408.65
 

! - FrankenweenieVelinee  2384.8 #55 7:16AM
- MowgliLovesBaloo  65.2 #0 5:18PM
- LindseyanaJones  125.7 #3034 11:31AM
- XochiFryingPanWhoKnew  83.9 #3751 5:02PM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Coaster
16141.2

2. Dave
13222.2

3. jacdanfan
9433.29

4. Plumiegirl
9393.85

5. Tom
9215.39

6. goofygal
9034.62

7. uscdisneyteacher
7687.99

8. BaseballMickey_CM
7194.27

9. CobbPR
7122.15

10. Sonja
6794.36


Such great people on this list, many who doSo much for the app. 😍😍 - secretagentangel  2197.0 #64 2:09PM
Yay! Thank you! - Song  1867.9 #82 8:50AM

What if Walt never dreamed of Disneyland? What would your life be like? What would the world be like? Get Book Two of the VOYAGEERS Saga - The Great Storyteller - on Amazon. Buy the Paperback and get the Kindle version FREE! 

Thank you Admin! This book is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who is a Disney fan. Can't wait for the next one! - grumpypapa  3664.2 #36 8:38PM
Thank you for reading! - Admin  6:26PM
cant wait to read it - ebugsmama  18.1 #7261 10:32PM
- MommyandBash  240.1 #1421 1:32PM
- DarthFairy  177.9 #2222 4:40PM

Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends for FREE! See the list of TRIVILATOR usernames on this page. Play from any device with our new web version

Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  1301.7 #120 6:41PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  733.0 #248 6:30PM
There should be a droid version of this. I. would love to play  - bryanjung1997  1.1 #66087 2:19PM
I end up deleting games while in progress due to opponents leaving me hanging FOR-EH-VER!!! - MommyandBash  240.1 #1421 12:18PM
It happens, if you want start a game and I'll play you. I take a couple days off a week but I'll finish the games I start. - richiii3  740.0 #243 2:20PM

TRIVILATOR 2.0 for iOS is here! We made it faster, easier to use, improved Random Games, fixed Push Notifications, added a Remove Ads option, new game packs, and we optmized it for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Get the complete run down on our new blog here. Get the new update in the App Store, or grab it here. Did you know you can play on the web or from any device via our web version? Tell your friends about the TRIVILATOR, and submit your questions so they (and you) can be featured inside the app. You can submit your questions here. Have fun!

- valj84DisneyDeppAddict  217.4 #1712 12:58PM
Hi, @@valj84DisneyAddict Hope you are having a wonderful Easter 🐣Come play Trivilator with me! - Moog  56.8 #4347 3:00PM
Yes! A wonderful day!  Hope yours is great too!!! I will look for you on Trivilator. πŸ˜πŸ‘ - valj84DisneyDeppAddict  217.4 #1712 3:27PM
Is it a game? - palomine96  20.6 #6787 11:58PM
Yes!  It's a separate app.  Come play! - Moog  56.8 #4347 8:58AM
- djmickeymouse  8.1 #0 10:08AM
I just re downloaded trivilator after a brief break from the losing stretch πŸ™ˆ feel free to add me! I am back and ready to play!  - LindseyanaJones  125.7 #3034 9:04AM

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