Questions about WDW vs DL

ThreeMountains

Earning My Ears
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I’ll be in the parks for just one day with a hopper next week - only my second day ever at Disneyland - and would like to know the following so I can plan my very limited time appropriately.

Is anything in Galaxy’s Edge DL different from WDW?

Which of the following rides/attractions would you consider “must-do”. I’ve removed ones I was able to go on last trip. By must-do, I mean either the ride is different enough from WDW version that it’s a cool comparison or just good enough in general that it’s worth my time, having only one day for both parks. Or maybe there is no line, so it’s a “why not”?

  • Castle Walk-Through
  • Galaxy's Edge (Oga's Cantina, Smuggler's Run, and Rise of the Resistance)
  • Railroad
  • Main Street Cinema
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Tiki Room
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Shootin Exposition
  • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Roger Rabbit
  • Small World
  • Peter Pan
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Autopoia
  • Star Tours
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • PhilharMagic
  • Luigi's Rollockin Roadsters
  • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Soarin Around the World
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Little Mermaid
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round
  • Midway Mania
I know this is subjective but I’m just trying to get ideas and gather info on differences that might make it worth it to plan for a specific attraction.

Thanks! Can’t wait for next week!
 

GoingSince1990

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  • Roger Rabbit - not great, but doesn't exist in WDW
  • Small World - spectacular setting in DL compared to WDW, and includes some Disney characters that aren't there in WDW
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats - beautiful, uniquely DL, absolute must-do!
  • Buzz Lightyear - FAR, FAR superior to the WDW one. Once you're used to this ride you will never want to do the WDW one.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - not our favorite, but uniquely DL
  • Luigi's Rollockin Roadsters - mildly interesting as the only trackless Disney attraction currently in the US, and kind of cute, but not that great
  • Grizzly River Run - FAR superior to Kali River Rapids and a must-do on a hot day
  • Goofy's Sky School - standard wild mouse type coaster but cute theming
 

ThreeMountains

Earning My Ears
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  • Roger Rabbit - not great, but doesn't exist in WDW
  • Small World - spectacular setting in DL compared to WDW, and includes some Disney characters that aren't there in WDW
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats - beautiful, uniquely DL, absolute must-do!
  • Buzz Lightyear - FAR, FAR superior to the WDW one. Once you're used to this ride you will never want to do the WDW one.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage - not our favorite, but uniquely DL
  • Luigi's Rollockin Roadsters - mildly interesting as the only trackless Disney attraction currently in the US, and kind of cute, but not that great
  • Grizzly River Run - FAR superior to Kali River Rapids and a must-do on a hot day
  • Goofy's Sky School - standard wild mouse type coaster but cute theming
Great info! Exactly the type of feedback I need! Thanks!
 

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  • bcla

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    Radiator Springs Racers is unique. It was also my kid's favorite ride. Guardians of the Galaxy is great. Some people prefer the lines there in order to soak in all the little touches.

    If you only have one day, then maybe get MaxPass and load everything to the Disneyland mobile app. Then you'll be able to virtually secure FastPass without needing go from place to place. I believe you should also be able to park hop that way.

    Park hopping is difficult for the first few hours because of lines, but mid-day it's a breeze.
     

    brightlined

    Earning My Ears
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    Jul 26, 2019
    I'm a WDW regular, but I was at DL in Sept/Dec.

    I'd recommend MaxPass, and be sure to get there at open. At DL, if it's a weekday and you skip the big rides first thing, you can tear out a huge part of the park in the first hour or two.

    Not necessarily "must-do", but a few notes:
    • Peter Pan - the line will be a pain, but there are a few differences between MK and DL, with DL being the winner. If they're working (the city one wasn't when I was there in Dec), the projections are pretty great. Not a must-do if you're time-crunched, but I definitely prefer DL's to MK's.
    • Finding Nemo - worth doing once for the history of it (especially if you never did 20,000 Leagues at MK), but you'll probably walk away feeling like it's a longer, more boring version of Living Seas.
    • Buzz Lightyear - 100% agree with GS1990. This is where MaxPass might come in handy - usually easy FP to come by, and the Standby line seemed to be slower than the posted time for me.
    • Autopia - I never do the Speedway, but I rode this Sept, and really enjoyed it for the differences - there's a spot where you drive under the monorail track just over your head. (DL has a bunch of what feel like grandfathered OSHA violations that make those sections kinda fun for me.)
    • Railroad - the section between Tomorrowland and Main Street has some diorama presentations unique to DL. (I've been meaning to do this the last couple of trips.) Maybe a "why not" if you end up with extra time.
    • Castle Walk-Through - if it's empty, it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to breeze through.
    • Main Street Cinemas - it's kind of like it was at MK before it became Art of Disney. You can basically just walk in, take a look, and walk out.

    I'll also do the opposite and suggest a few potential skippables:
    • Philharmagic - DCA's theater is the old MuppetVision theater (and looks like it), and the projection (while digital) seems lower-quality than MK's. (I love the MK version, and found DCA's a lot meh.)
    • Midway Mania - nice to do if you have time (or can score an FP), but the controls (in December) seemed more worn than DHS.
    • Little Mermaid - not enough different to be worth it, but the lines seem to be short later in the day
    • Soarin' - the building is different, but that's about it
    • Galaxy's Edge (rides) - it's definitely worth walking through. There are some subtle differences (it's oriented in a different direction), and, depending on when you go, it shouldn't be as packed as DHS, which makes it immediately better. But Smuggler's Run is identical. Bright side - if you wanted to do Oga's, it's easier to get a reservation at DL. (We'll see if that ends up being the case for Rise of the Resistance.)
     

    ThreeMountains

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    I'm a WDW regular, but I was at DL in Sept/Dec.

    I'd recommend MaxPass, and be sure to get there at open. At DL, if it's a weekday and you skip the big rides first thing, you can tear out a huge part of the park in the first hour or two.

    Not necessarily "must-do", but a few notes:
    • Peter Pan - the line will be a pain, but there are a few differences between MK and DL, with DL being the winner. If they're working (the city one wasn't when I was there in Dec), the projections are pretty great. Not a must-do if you're time-crunched, but I definitely prefer DL's to MK's.
    • Finding Nemo - worth doing once for the history of it (especially if you never did 20,000 Leagues at MK), but you'll probably walk away feeling like it's a longer, more boring version of Living Seas.
    • Buzz Lightyear - 100% agree with GS1990. This is where MaxPass might come in handy - usually easy FP to come by, and the Standby line seemed to be slower than the posted time for me.
    • Autopia - I never do the Speedway, but I rode this Sept, and really enjoyed it for the differences - there's a spot where you drive under the monorail track just over your head. (DL has a bunch of what feel like grandfathered OSHA violations that make those sections kinda fun for me.)
    • Railroad - the section between Tomorrowland and Main Street has some diorama presentations unique to DL. (I've been meaning to do this the last couple of trips.) Maybe a "why not" if you end up with extra time.
    • Castle Walk-Through - if it's empty, it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to breeze through.
    • Main Street Cinemas - it's kind of like it was at MK before it became Art of Disney. You can basically just walk in, take a look, and walk out.

    I'll also do the opposite and suggest a few potential skippables:
    • Philharmagic - DCA's theater is the old MuppetVision theater (and looks like it), and the projection (while digital) seems lower-quality than MK's. (I love the MK version, and found DCA's a lot meh.)
    • Midway Mania - nice to do if you have time (or can score an FP), but the controls (in December) seemed more worn than DHS.
    • Little Mermaid - not enough different to be worth it, but the lines seem to be short later in the day
    • Soarin' - the building is different, but that's about it
    • Galaxy's Edge (rides) - it's definitely worth walking through. There are some subtle differences (it's oriented in a different direction), and, depending on when you go, it shouldn't be as packed as DHS, which makes it immediately better. But Smuggler's Run is identical. Bright side - if you wanted to do Oga's, it's easier to get a reservation at DL. (We'll see if that ends up being the case for Rise of the Resistance.)
    Wow, great info from everyone so far!

    Can you tell me what the deal is with Oga’s? I have not been to either Galaxy’s Edge location yet, so this will be my first time. I went to make a reservation and Oga’s and noticed you need a credit card to reserve, so I balked. Just planned on a quick drink maybe to check it out but not looking for a hassle or wasting much time. I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan but I’ve always enjoyed the movies.
     

    Where's Wall-E

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    Wow, great info from everyone so far!

    Can you tell me what the deal is with Oga’s? I have not been to either Galaxy’s Edge location yet, so this will be my first time. I went to make a reservation and Oga’s and noticed you need a credit card to reserve, so I balked. Just planned on a quick drink maybe to check it out but not looking for a hassle or wasting much time. I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan but I’ve always enjoyed the movies.
    All table service reservations at DLR require a CC so that they can charge a fee in case of a no-show. The CC isn't charged if you arrive on time, and you can use whatever method of payment you choose to pay your bill.
     
  • lalasmama

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    Wow, great info from everyone so far!

    Can you tell me what the deal is with Oga’s? I have not been to either Galaxy’s Edge location yet, so this will be my first time. I went to make a reservation and Oga’s and noticed you need a credit card to reserve, so I balked. Just planned on a quick drink maybe to check it out but not looking for a hassle or wasting much time. I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan but I’ve always enjoyed the movies.
    There's not really a "pop in for a quick drink" option. It's reservations, then a line to get in.
     

    JMommyof3

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    If you aren't interested in riding ROTR then I'd suggest starting your day in DCA. You can probably get on many rides there since most early risers will be in DLP for their BG assignment.

    • Castle Walk-Through
    • Railroad
    • Roger Rabbit
    • Small World
    • Peter Pan
    • Storybook Land Canal Boats
    • Buzz Lightyear
    • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
    • Luigi's Rollockin Roadsters
    • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
    • Golden Zephyr
    • Goofy's Sky School
    • Silly Symphony Swings
    • Pixar Pal-A-Round
     

    ThreeMountains

    Earning My Ears
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    If you aren't interested in riding ROTR then I'd suggest starting your day in DCA. You can probably get on many rides there since most early risers will be in DLP for their BG assignment.

    • Castle Walk-Through
    • Railroad
    • Roger Rabbit
    • Small World
    • Peter Pan
    • Storybook Land Canal Boats
    • Buzz Lightyear
    • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
    • Luigi's Rollockin Roadsters
    • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
    • Golden Zephyr
    • Goofy's Sky School
    • Silly Symphony Swings
    • Pixar Pal-A-Round
    I’ve been debating this. I don’t plan on going on ROTR unless I happen to see a boarding group available. I was hoping to get into DLP early (in line well before opening to hit rope drop) to hit as many rides as possible but I suppose a lot of people will be getting their boarding group and then hanging around on other rides while they wait? Perhaps DCA is the smarter choice. It only sucks because I love starting off a Disney trip (even if it’s one day) at Magic Kingdom (or in this case DLP), walking through the tunnel and train station first thing in the morning. I feel like it’s the only way to start the day/trip. But I see how it could cost me experiences.
     

    BrianL

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    Here's some information I have posted before about ride comparisons:

    Disneyland:
    The Enchanted Tiki Room: longer show at DL, people seem more into it
    Jungle Cruise: no temple tunnel at DL, shorter ride but other than that the same
    Indiana Jones: Silimar ride to DINOSAUR at AK, better theming
    Tarzan's Treehouse: pretty similar to Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse but with more Tarzan stuff
    Pirates of the Caribbean: DL has two drops and more show scenes - much better than WDW version
    Haunted Mansion: different exterior, ride is actually slightly shorter, has the Hatbox Ghost who is awesome but still give the edge to WDW one, but not by a lot
    Splash Mountain: single-file seating at DL, shorter, water tends to overtop the boats guaranteeing you will get soaked to your shoes!
    Winnie the Pooh: pretty similar, different ride vehicles that look like beehives
    Big Thunder Mountain: DL has outdoor loading and new special effects in the final scene, smoother since refurb but otherwise very similar
    Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run: identical as far as I know
    Peter Pan's Flight: DL version is a little shorter and stops to load so it loads even slower if you can believe that, WDW is slightly more refined
    Dumbo: only one spinner, basically the same
    Mad T Party: no canopy at DL but otherwise the same
    It's a Small World: much nicer exterior, loads outside, large gaps between water track and show scenes, some Disney characters sprinkled in
    Autopia: much longer than Tomorrowland Speedway and nicer scenery
    Space Mountain: a very different ride here, smaller footprint, seating is side-by-side, smoother, cool lift-hill effects - WDW Space is very similar to The Matterhorn - they use the same ride system
    Buzz Lightyear Astro-Blasters: guns can be held in your hand at DL making for easier aiming
    Star Tours: identical except for having only four simulators instead of six so the line can move slower
    Astro Orbiter: situated on the ground at DL so the views aren't as good

    California Adventure:
    Soarin: identical but only two theaters, may still be running the old California version so if you like that better could be good
    Grizzly River Run: longer than the comparable Kali River at AK - you will get soaked on either!
    Little Mermaid: different exterior but ride is exactly the same
    Toy Story Mania!: the ride is exactly the same, only two tracks instead of the expanded three at HS, queue is outdoors but covered
    Radiator Springs Ravers: comparable to Test Track as it is the same ride system, much longer, more themed elements, side-by-side race but not as fast - beautiful scenery!
    Mater's Junkyard Jamboree: standard whip ride that is very similar to Alien Swirling Saucers at Toy Story Land
    Guardians of the Galaxy: converted form Tower of Terror, DL tower was always different in that there is no forward movement of the car, all scenes on video, random song choice, very nice pre-show
    Disney Jr. Dance Party: I believe this is basically the same as the HS one
     
  • brightlined

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    Can you tell me what the deal is with Oga’s? I have not been to either Galaxy’s Edge location yet, so this will be my first time. I went to make a reservation and Oga’s and noticed you need a credit card to reserve, so I balked. Just planned on a quick drink maybe to check it out but not looking for a hassle or wasting much time. I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan but I’ve always enjoyed the movies.
    I wouldn't say it's a huge draw - but there are some neat things behind the bar.

    If you know you'll be at WDW at some point, you could hold off. I've done it at both parks, on weekdays, and DL was a bit less insane in terms of the number of people trying to get in. (Ie, the wait to get in was shorter.) If you're solo, it's even faster - they'll put you at the bar as soon as there's any room.

    And you can kinda/sorta pop in and pop out. I can't say it'll work out like this every time, but I've been known to step up, order a drink, finish it, and walk out - five to ten minutes. (I don't really drink, so I've taken to getting a 9:30am breakfast reservation when it's even lighter in attendance. I'll usually get a non-alcoholic Hyperdrive, but sometimes a Mandalorian Lava roll - basically a chocolate raspberry cinnamon roll.)
     

    AndrewC

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    For the Oga's I think you're looking at minimum 45 minutes. You need a reservation, so plan a head, then you'll wait in a line to get in. I would try to show up a little early to your reservation, but not a huge amount, maybe 5 to 10 minutes. With luck the wait in the line is no more than about 10 minutes and then with luck 5 minutes to get drinks but maybe 10 minutes if your server is slow. Ask for the bar if possible and you'll get better service quickly getting a drink. If you're only going to get one, get the Fuzzy Tauntaun, it's by far the most "alien" and super unique. Even if the drink doesn't sound like something you normally would like, it's the best themed drink. The inside is certinaly worth seeing but once you have your drink, 10 or 15 minutes and you're probably ready to leave. It feels stupid paying $15 for a drink and then ducking out after 10 minutes, and normally I don't pound drinks down that fast (I actually left half last time because I didn't want to be drinking that fast), but I had other things to do!

    Roger Rabbit can be almost a walk on at times or has fast passes that the return is within like half an hour, so keep an eye on that and as long as you're a speed walking it's worth swinging by and jumping on and off. Same with Buzz, if you're there till close it's often a walk on at like 9:30pm and later. Radiator Springs is super themed and unique (but same ride system as WDW) but it's a huge line almost all times of day, fast passes also "run out" by like 11am. Plan to pull a fast pass right away, or hit it really early (like open) and do the single rider line. Guardians is always a blast but is pretty busy too, get a fast pass.... or single rider? I can't remember if that one has a single rider option...

    Little Mermaid also can be walk on or 5 minutes or less wait a lot of times during the day, so if you see the opportunity, I would take it, but you probably don't have to specifically make time for it.

    It's been years since I've done Autopia.... it's not that exciting, but if you want to check off the history box, it's worth doing. Honestly it makes you feel like you're back in some of the old documentary footage of Tomorrowland, it seems very vintage :P
     

    brightlined

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    I’ve been debating this. I don’t plan on going on ROTR unless I happen to see a boarding group available. I was hoping to get into DLP early (in line well before opening to hit rope drop) to hit as many rides as possible but I suppose a lot of people will be getting their boarding group and then hanging around on other rides while they wait? Perhaps DCA is the smarter choice. It only sucks because I love starting off a Disney trip (even if it’s one day) at Magic Kingdom (or in this case DLP), walking through the tunnel and train station first thing in the morning. I feel like it’s the only way to start the day/trip. But I see how it could cost me experiences.
    I feel like we'll have to wait and see how things go this weekend / early next week to see what practical impact ROTR actually has. DL is different from WDW in that DL is way more local, so attendance is weirder and often lighter in the morning, especially on weekdays.

    For example, if EMH is at DCA, are people going to go there first, or ignore it to get an ROTR boarding pass?

    They do tend to open DL gates early, and might do so even earlier if ROTR crowds are outside.

    After open, I feel like the first rounds of boarding groups might stick around, but the later ones might skip back over to DCA.

    If it's worth it, you could get to DL extra early (like an hour before open), get into DL first (do or don't get a boarding pass), enjoy a fresh Main Street morning, then leave the park and head to DCA either right at or just after open. Probably wouldn't make an extravagant difference in terms of what you would do at DCA, since most early risers will be hitting Guardians or RSR first (assuming you weren't planning to do those).

    My completely unfounded suspicion: I'm thinking it'll be a lot easier (at least on weekdays) to get into ROTR at DL than at DHS for the forseeable future (if it's something you want to do).
     

    ktlm

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    We alternate between WDW and DL and love them both-- here are my thoughts on your specific list for a WDW person that is just hitting the highlights at DLR on a one day hopper. If you can add Max Pass do it because as a single, you might be able to pull a lot and get a lot done in one day.

    • Castle Walk-Through-- I would call this a must do. There is no line, it is only going to take you 5 minutes to walk through and you get to say you were inside the castle. There is nothing like it at WDW.
    • Galaxy's Edge (Oga's Cantina, Smuggler's Run, and Rise of the Resistance)-- We have only been to the DL version, not WDW yet-- but if you have not been to either, I would say it is a must do just to see the land it is very impressive. As far as the Cantina- any ADR you have to do a credit card, and you have to cancel a day in advance to avoid a no-show penalty. Oga's is something to see. I think it would be worth the time. Smuggler's Run- as you are not a Star Wars fan, it would depend on the line. There is a single rider line. ROTR, I have heard from a friend that rode it at WDW that it is amazing- she is not really a Star Wars fan and still loved it- but to me, for a one day trip the first week it is in operation this would depend on what the DL process was going to be and whether it was worth the hassle and the giving up of that time. I might save that one for a later WDW or DL trip.
    • Railroad -- I would call this a DL must do. The loop from Fantasyland back to Main Street especially- it is filled with indoor scenes unique to DL
    • Main Street Cinema-- My DD loves being in there and she always makes us stop and watch Steamboat Willie once. This is something you can walk in, look around and walk out-- doesn't hurt to stop in as you walk by at some point. You can spent 30 seconds or if it interests you stay and watch a cartoon or two.
    • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln- I am ashamed to say in all the years we have been going to DLR, we have never done this.
    • Tiki Room-- Pretty much the same as WDW. I like knowing that Walt walked through that room and I am partial to Tiki birds. It is painful for me to say it-- but on a one day, this one could be skipped unless you just really love the Tiki Birds.
    • Jungle Cruise --- You can probably pull a FP for this and skip any line, but you may also be able to get on it with a short line on a low crowd week. We find the line typically a lot shorter than it is at WDW. I would say no or short line, why not.
    • Winnie the Pooh--- This one almost never has a line at DL, unlike at WDW where it almost always has a line. I wouldn't go out of my way, but if you are in the area, I would call it a why not.
    • Shootin Exposition--- Unless you just want to shoot at something we would say this is skippable
    • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island-- we would call this skipable. To me it is always a waste of time unless Jack Sparrow is there doing a meet and greet. DD loves to wander around over there until I drag her away. I would find a lot of other ways to spend my time if I only had one day.
    • Sailing Ship Columbia- nice, but on a one day rush I would skip it-- you can look at it- it is pretty
    • Roger Rabbit-- you can probably get this as an almost immediate FP or a walk on. Since it isn't at WDW-i would call it a must do for that reason. Plus, you might as well at least take a look at the Toontown Area since it was torn down at WDW.
    • Small World- I would call it a must do at DLR-- I know some of the locals don't like the Disney character touches throughout it, but we love it. It is such a great building too!
    • Peter Pan---- The line is always long and it has no FP-- I love it-- but for a one day it is probably skipable unless you are lucky enough to hit it with a short line.
    • Storybook Land Canal Boats-- cute boat ride-unique to DLR- I would say do it if it has a short line- but otherwise skipable
    • Astro Orbiter- skipable
    • Autopoia--- skipable
    • Star Tours--- Just like WDW, but usually has longer lines than WDW. You can probably get a FP. I've heard they just did some updates to go with the new movie- so I would put it on my list for that.
    • Buzz Lightyear--- Not that different from WDW
    • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage-- This would be a must do for us since they tore the 20,000 Leagues ride out at WDW. It is unique to DLR. Something about being in those old subs is so nostalgic.
    • Star Wars Launch Bay - If you want to meet the characters- then yes- otherwise no.
    • PhilharMagic-- Same as WDW, with the exception of a couple of effects being different due to the theatre not made for it at DLR-- If you have done it at WDW, then skipable. If not- we really do love it.
    • Luigi's Rollockin Roadsters-- Must do unless the line is just too long. Such a fun ride.
    • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree--- Skipable. What you see is what you get. We once spent the entire ride being swarmed by little bugs, so it is off our list to even do. It is rough and jerky too.
    • Grizzly River Run- If you like that type of ride. May want a poncho if you don't want to be soaked. For us it is skipable as DD doesn't like getting soaked. Not much different than that type of ride at any other theme park.
    • Soarin Around the World - Same as WDW. The line is typically shorter than you find at WDW. I would say short line or FP, why not.
    • Golden Zephyr - For some reason, I love this ride. I would say it is a must do. The line is usually short. It is unique. It gives you nice views.
    • Goofy's Sky School- Rough and jerky. Skipable for us-- what you see is what you get- except imagine your body been jarred the entire time. To me it is a junky state fair roller coaster that doesn't even belong in a Disney park.
    • Little Mermaid- same as WDW. It is often walk on. No reason not to jump on if there is no line.
    • Silly Symphony Swings-- DD would say must do. I would say skipable. The music is fun. You can get good views- but you are going around pretty fast to even see them. Standard swing ride- fun if you don't get dizzy. I do, which is probably why I say skipable.
    • Pixar Pal-A-Round--- This is Flix Flyer's repurposed. If you rode Flix in Bug's World you have ridden this. It opened right after our trip-- but I miss Flix verion and the Heimlich ride.
    • Midway Mania--- I love this one, so if you can pull a FP, I would call it a must do. It is the same as WDW.
     

    BrianL

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    • Pixar Pal-A-Round--- This is Flix Flyer's repurposed. If you rode Flix in Bug's World you have ridden this. It opened right after our trip-- but I miss Flix verion and the Heimlich ride.
    Quick note - that's the Inside-Out Emotional Whirlwind. The Pal-A-Round is the new name for Mickey's Fun Wheel.

    Good list though!
     

    Pamela M

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    Everyone has given you great advice. If you can I would recommend Park Hoppers. Unlike WDW the DL & DCA entrances are REALLY close (about a foot ball field apart. You can see the entrance of the park as you leave the other. Your already within the security bubble so no need to go through security.

    I'm a disneyland regular and went to WDW this past December. What I missed in MK was all the cute rides in Fantasyland. If you can I recommend:
    Canal Boat and/or Casey Jr and Mr Toad's Wild Ride. There is just something special about these rides that I really missed when I was at WDW.

    Since you only have 2 days I would focus mainly what is not at WDW then go to the things that you like that are at both.

    My last piece of advice is to start looking at the map at where things are -they will not be where you expect them to be. It took me 1 day & 1 Christmas party to get orientated with where things were at MK.
     

    Miffy

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    I’ve been debating this. I don’t plan on going on ROTR unless I happen to see a boarding group available. I was hoping to get into DLP early (in line well before opening to hit rope drop) to hit as many rides as possible but I suppose a lot of people will be getting their boarding group and then hanging around on other rides while they wait? Perhaps DCA is the smarter choice. It only sucks because I love starting off a Disney trip (even if it’s one day) at Magic Kingdom (or in this case DLP), walking through the tunnel and train station first thing in the morning. I feel like it’s the only way to start the day/trip. But I see how it could cost me experiences.
    I had to say something because you gave me my laugh of the day! Unless things are radically different in DL from how they are at DHS, unless you're planning on getting to the park before it opens and then immediately trying for a boarding group, the odds of your getting one are, uh, not so good. (Channeling my Dr. Stevens here! Different ride . . . apologies.) The BGs have been gone some days at DHS in literally a minute or two, although lately the guaranteed BGs are available for about 15 minutes (yeah, that's all) after opening--if you're lucky.

    Enjoy DL and DCA! I'm hoping to go in the fall. Haven't been in a looooong time.
     


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