Disneylands 60th Anniversary

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Disneylands 60th Anniversary

So I want to go to Disneylands 60th anniversary next year. It will be my first time ever going to DL if I can actually pull it off. I am looking at 5-7 days for the trip. I know I want to stay at a DL hotel and get some form of meal plan if I can get it. If I can't get a meal plan, how much do you think I would want to plan on spending on food? I know that this varies depending on how many QS's and TS's I will want plus snacks and other beverages. I will probably want one QS meal and one TS meal plus one or two snacks a day. All I am looking for is a ball park figure. I plan on hitting up all the DL specific experiences that WDW doesn't have first then focus on all the similar experiences to see how different they are from each other.

I'm not really sure which TS meals I want besides Ariel's Grotto. I'm open for suggestions for which ones I should try. Is the special dining for the World of Color worth it? I definitely want to see both World of Color and Fantasmic! while I'm there. I do plan on packing my Glow with the Show Ears for this trip, it's my way of justifying the price.

I'm open for any suggestions to make the most out of the trip.

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The meal plan at DL is not the same as wdw and even with it you can expect to pay more out of pocket. My advise is skip it. As a cast member you may have a great discount but if not be prepared for deluxe room rates for a DL hotel. We just stayed at the embassy suites s a good neighbor hotel and it was more of a value rate. That is after I upgraded to a fireworks view. Daily shuttle is $5 a person and well worth it. Much easier than wdw buses. We didn't splurge on meals as it was a quickie surprise but did eat at the plaza just before the fireworks so that was about $25 for a huge fried chicken meal big enough for 2 and unlimited refills while we waited for the show. After that we headed back to see fantasmic. I think it is still better in DL. We did fast passes for world of color and got in line early. Really, we waited two hours for the show and I'm still happy we did it. For us it's the closing show all things are to now be measured against. I looked at the dining packages for it and they seemed ok. How ever you work it out I'm sure it will be amazing. Looking forward to seeing you in December.

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That would be a great time to visit....I hope you get to go clapping

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Magic Days wrote:
The meal plan at DL is not the same as wdw and even with it you can expect to pay more out of pocket. My advise is skip it. As a cast member you may have a great discount but if not be prepared for deluxe room rates for a DL hotel. We just stayed at the embassy suites s a good neighbor hotel and it was more of a value rate. That is after I upgraded to a fireworks view. Daily shuttle is $5 a person and well worth it. Much easier than wdw buses. We didn't splurge on meals as it was a quickie surprise but did eat at the plaza just before the fireworks so that was about $25 for a huge fried chicken meal big enough for 2 and unlimited refills while we waited for the show. After that we headed back to see fantasmic. I think it is still better in DL. We did fast passes for world of color and got in line early. Really, we waited two hours for the show and I'm still happy we did it. For us it's the closing show all things are to now be measured against. I looked at the dining packages for it and they seemed ok. How ever you work it out I'm sure it will be amazing. Looking forward to seeing you in December.

I know the meal plans aren't the same. I've looked at DL's meal plans before. I want the extra magic hours as well. Unless EMH isn't as good as it is in WDW.

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We bought 3 day hoppers and it included a EMH. On our visit we didn't ever use it as the park lines were so much shorter. Funny enough the only fast pass we used was for the world of color show.

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I may try and get the Radiator Springs Racers fastpasses or just get there early enough to wait in a semi short line.

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Mandy wrote:
I may try and get the Radiator Springs Racers fastpasses or just get there early enough to wait in a semi short line.

Mandy Radiator Springs is fantastic but it's very hard to do both FP AND wait in a semi short line. By the time the park opens and you wait in line for a fast pass, the other half of the people head straight to the line and instantly there is a 1 1/2 to 2 hr wait. When I went last year I picked the FP line and I am glad I did.

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Vettelover wrote:
Mandy wrote:
I may try and get the Radiator Springs Racers fastpasses or just get there early enough to wait in a semi short line.

Mandy Radiator Springs is fantastic but it's very hard to do both FP AND wait in a semi short line. By the time the park opens and you wait in line for a fast pass, the other half of the people head straight to the line and instantly there is a 1 1/2 to 2 hr wait. When I went last year I picked the FP line and I am glad I did.

I'm not looking to do both. I'm looking to do the more realistic option so I can ride it, hopefully, with a minimal wait.

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We went to get the color of wonder then walked into the radiator springs queue right at rope drop. Our radiator springs wait was about 30 min. But lots of things to distract us. Really a must do.

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