Disneyland / California Adventure, Anaheim
The following attractions are closed or scheduled for closure as of this writing. Reasons and expected re-opening date are included. Check the disneyland.com website first for updated attraction closures to avoid any disappointments.
It's a Small World - Now till late November 2008 for refurbishment
Mark Twain Riverboat - 1/28 through 1/31/08 for refurbishment
Matterhorn Bobsleds - 1/28 through 1/31/08 to test out new bobsleds
Jungle Cruise - 1/8 through 3/07/08 for refurbishment
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride - 4/14 through 4/18/08 for refurbishment
Big Thunder Mountain - Closes 4/28/08 for refurbishment (re-open date unknown)
Gadget's Go Coaster - Closes 4/28/08 for refurbishment (re-open date unknown)
DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Monster's Inc. Mike & Sulley Ride - Closed through 2/14/08
Playhouse Disney Live on Stage - 2/12 through 3/13 for refurbishment
There are a number of rides in both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure that say "you may get wet". But there is one ride to watch out for. It's called Grizzly River Run . And let me just say, if you choose to go on this ride YOU WILL GET WET!
No matter where you sit or what you do, you are going to get completely soaked. I don't just mean mildly damp here. I mean we're talking 'just walked out of the shower in all your clothes' wet. And if you do that kind of thing early in the day, it can be pretty miserable the rest of the day walking around in wet shoes and underwear. So be kind to yourself, either go later in the day so you have less time to be miserable, or bring a dry change of clothes for later when the sun goes down and the temperature drops a bit. You'll thank me later...
We had a 3 day hopper pass. There was no problem the fisrt day but when we went thru the next day we were told that the ticket had been used a few months before ,so we were hassled at the gate.
We were from Canada and hadn't even been in the country when the pass was used.
We don't know what happened, but we wondered if the person taking our pass had switched it with a different one.
Next time we are going to write our names on the passes so we know that we get our own passes back.
They staff at the gate was rude but the people in the custumer service office were accomadating
Okay, seems like common sense right? But if you have ever lost your car in the Disneyland Parking Lot, you will know exactly why remembering where you parked is so important. The primary parking for both theme parks is a Parking Structure about a mile away from the parks. You board a tram which takes you to the entrance.
Now calling this a parking structure is like calling the Titanic a rowboat. This is the second largest parking structure in the world. Don't ask me where the first is. It is six stories tall and about half a mile long. The pictures just don't do it justice when it comes to conveying the immensity of this thing. So if you lose your car in here, you are going to be looking for a long while.
They give you a little ticket when you pay for your parking. It has a spot to write down the location of your vehicle. When you park, take ten seconds and write it down. It will save you an hour wandering around the structure at the end of the night...
TAKE LOTS OF WATER...IT'S CHEAPER THAN BUYING IT INSIDE DISNEYLAND!!! Eat across the street or order room service it's cheaper, tastes better, and not as crowded...etc...LONNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGG LINNES EVERYYYYWHERE!!!BE PREPARED TO STOP AND WAIT...AND WAIT...AND ... WAIT....AND THEN WAIT SOME MORE!!! WEAR GOOD WALKING/STANDING SHOES...strollers can be rented for like 6$
Mind your surroundings and your belongings. Also, take care to drink plenty of water in high summer when temperatures can reach as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 Celsius). Also, in high summer, put on sunblock and go into air conditioned places like shops on Main Street USA.
Don't ride the Mad Tea Cups too much or you will struggle to find your way to the exit. For those new to the Disney parks, the Mad Tea Cups go around in circles, but inside each "cup" is a wheel that riders turn for more spin. To Bill O'Reilly's aggravation, this is definitely a "spin zone". Be careful.
Look at the crowds lined up for the parade! At night for the Fantasmic show the crowds are even worse. The people being packed tightly in together some times become short tempered. Try to keep your own temper.
Here is a little extra advice. During the parades the crowds will be watching the parades and the lines to get on the rides will be short for a little while. It is a good time to ride one of the rides that is normally busy. We did that during the afternoon parade at Disneyland then saw the same parade in the evening.
For rides like the Indiana Jones Ride there are often very long lines. There is usually a sign that tells you the approximate waiting time in line at beginning of each ride. With your ticket you can get a 'Fast Pass' that will allow you to go on a ride at a designated time without waiting in line. On the map of the park that you get it will say 'FP' next to any ride that has the fast pass. To get a fast pass look for a row of machines some where near the ride you want to go on. Insert your ticket in the machine and it will give you a fast pass with a time printed on it. Return at that time and you don't need to wait in line. You are allowed to get one fast pass each hour. I'd suggest you head for the rides you most want to go on early in the day. Apply for a fast pass at one while you wait in line for the other. The fast passes will help you avoid the long lines. If you don't use them you'll be standing in line a lot all day.
As always in areas of crowds, watch your wallets and purses, other than that you have no worries except maybe over-eating and then doing some rides.