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lildrgn
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« on: November 08, 2004, 10:32:01 PM »

Instead of paying $50/each for my wife and I to visit the Magic Kingdom, is there anyone here that knows of a less expensive way to go? Keep in mind I'll have 2 under 2 in tow (they're free, of course). I figured if anyone would know, it'd be the remnants of the GGers.
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2004, 10:43:42 PM »

Magic Kingdom in Southern California or the whole park in Orlando?

Also are you going for multiple days or just one day?
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2004, 11:06:15 PM »

Sorry. California, hence the DisneyLand. And probably one day. The little ones wouldn't be able to handle anything more.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2004, 12:24:57 AM »

Ah Disneyland. One of my favorite places to visit.

Anyhow, I'm assuming you are talking about discounts on tickets into the park when you ask about cheap deals. There's not much really. If you are a CSAA member, you can get a discount on tickets. Just show your CSAA member card when you buy the tickets. If you work at a large company, check with the HR department. Some large companies have discount cards to Disneyland for employees. In either case, the discount isn't a whole lot. Something like $5 off per ticket.

Unless things have changed since the last time I was there, when you buy a one day pass, you have to choose to go to either California Adventure or the Magic Kingdom. The one day passes do NOT allow you to go to both. You would have to buy a multiday pass to be able to visit both parks on one ticket. If I were you, I'd pass on California Adventure and do the Magic Kingdom instead. MK is larger and there is much more to do and see there. You'll barely be able to fit in the MK in a day. In fact, since you have a couple of 2 year olds in tow, I would count on not being able to see everything in a day. The one trap that I see families fall into is that they try to cram everything in as quickly as possible. This kind of adult pace is way too much for little kids. If you run them ragged in the morning to try and fit things in, they'll be really tired and cranky by the middle of the afternoon. When you get to the park, look over the map and try to plan out things that you really want to see/ride, and things you can pass on. Take your time, let the kids dictate the pace. Do that and they'll have a blast.

When are you planning to go? I would check the Disneyland website for park hours. In the off season, the park closes kind of early. 6PM I think. It shouldn't be very crowded at this time of year, especially during weekdays. In another few weeks, they should be ready to put up the Christmas decorations and that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the park will be very crowded.

I usually go at least once a year, although I haven't been there in a couple now. I'm waiting for next spring to go again. It'll be the park's 50th anniversary.
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2004, 04:51:24 AM »

lildrgn, you have PM.

Right now, Disneyland park hours are 10am-8pm mon-thurs, 9am-11pm friday and sunday and 8am-12am on saturdays.  California adventure park hours are 10am-6pm monday-thursday, 10am-8pm friday and 10am-9pm on saturday-sunday.  Granted these are subject to change as the holidays get closer.

Holiday decors are up, haunted mansion is decorated to Nightmare Before Christmas theme and small world has its holiday decor up as well.  Fireworks are on nightly (used to be on weekends only).  The holiday lights are up and the christmas tree is there already.  Space Mountain is still not open and won't be until next year, matterhorn is down until 11/24.  The castle is already reopened (was scheduled to reopen on 11/25).

I went there last saturday and the lines weren't bad at all, longest line in Disneyland was around 15 minutes, we pretty much got through most of the rides in about 6 hours (2 adults pacing).  Sunday wasn't bad at all either but I didn't wait in any lines since I worked that night.

Hope this info helps.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2004, 07:05:20 AM »

You guys are teh rox0rs!

I'll be there later this month, from Nov 21 to Nov 26. I'm not expecting long lines. Then again, we're really going for my daughter, who's 2.5 years and has a huge boner for anything Princess-y. She may have a heart attack when she sees Cinderella's Castle. :shock:

Tokek: checking PM now!
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2004, 03:11:03 PM »

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She may have a heart attack when she sees Cinderella's Castle


You have nothing to worry about - it's Sleeping Beauty's castle - Cinderella's castle is in Florida  :wink:
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2004, 04:57:14 PM »

I don't know about California but in Florida the Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest of the year.  In comparison it's almost deserted the week AFTER Thanksgiving.  I made the mistake of going Thanksgiving week last year to Orlando and everybody (it seems) was there...2 hour waits on every ride, horrible traffic, etc.  3 years ago I went the week after and it was so nice...walked on most rides with no wait, no crowds, much less traffic, etc.
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2004, 08:35:59 PM »

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I don't know about California but in Florida the Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest of the year.  In comparison it's almost deserted the week AFTER Thanksgiving.  I made the mistake of going Thanksgiving week last year to Orlando and everybody (it seems) was there...2 hour waits on every ride, horrible traffic, etc.  3 years ago I went the week after and it was so nice...walked on most rides with no wait, no crowds, much less traffic, etc.


Great. I'm going to Orlando the weekend before Thanksgiving and i was hoping it would be empty.

Talk about going cheap though, my buddy works at the animal kingdom hotel and we get his 50% off employee discount plus room upgrades for any property and then he will walk us into the park for free every day!
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2004, 08:58:01 PM »

Ya if you go the week before Thanksgiving it's the busiest time of the year. There's charts that track the attendence over the years and stuff you can look up. With the fast pass and stuff though it shouldn't be too bad.  I'm going to Disney World Dec. 12th-21st this is when the parks been pretty dead. The following week and on it becomes extremly busy again. Either way it's always a great time no matter when you go.

One thing to keep in mind is that they generally keep the park open later during the busy times and close much earlier on the down times. 6PM for Magic Kingdom when I'm going. It's all a tradeoff would you rather have longer lines and longer park hours or short lines and shorter park hours.

Anyway hope you guys have fun this will be my 7th trip to Disney and I'm as excited as the first time. smile Staying at the Poly which has giant rooms and easy access to the parks. Really adds to the experience to be able to walk on over to the monorails ride over to the parks. Plus all the Xmas decorations will be up which i've never seen before should be neat.

Only a few more weeks!!! WHEEE  Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2004, 10:16:33 PM »

What about the week of Thanksgiving? BUsy then? We'll be there on the 22nd or 23rd, hopefully.
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