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Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:59 am
by jedimaster1227
Thanks to an undying urge to get to Disneyland as much as possible and an unbelievable round trip fare for two between Orlando and Ontario, California, my wife and I found ourselves weeks away from arguably the fastest trip we've done to California. Flying out on Friday night after work and arriving at our hotel across from Disneyland at about 2:30 AM on Saturday, only to turn around and rope drop the parks a few hours later. We ended up with a day and a half before needing to turn around and head back to Ontario to fly home on the red eye, arriving in Orlando with enough time to sleep for a few hours, get cleaned up and go back into work.

I was terrified that this plan would be a fruitless one with the parks too busy to enjoy more than a few of the major rides, but for the price of the flights, I was willing to take the risk... And as it turns out, one new tool made our adventure more than possible. MaxPass was the hero of our trip! For $10 per person per day we were able to control the Disneyland FastPass system, leveraging it just as we always had with the paper tickets, but able to book our next attraction from our phones (across parks) without having to walk up to a distribution location... The sheer amount of time save in doing so is immeasurably valuable. We'd score fastpasses for Space Mountain and as soon as it was time to go in, we'd be booking Guardians of the Galaxy or the Incredicoaster.

New this trip for us was Pixar Pier (and Pixar Fest) and new for my wife was Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! We made sure to hit all of our favorites, we said goodbye to some outgoing experiences that were closing (or are likely to be closed by the time we next visit the resort) and made the most of our 36 hours at the resort before heading home!

Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:59 am
by jedimaster1227
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Re: Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:04 am
by Canobie Coaster
Nice report!

I love how they didn't just change Incredicoaster's name, but they actually added some sights along the ride. I also need to get out there to try Guardians.

Re: Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:39 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Oh man, that looks like an awesome day. Thanks for the coverage of the Lamplighter Lounge especially. Everything looks great.

Glad to hear MaxPass worked out so well for you. Last time I visited was just before they rolled that out, so I'm excited to try it. Sounds like it dehecticifies the day no matter how much or how little time you have.

I did rope drop Tower of Terror with hundreds of people, but that was after the announcement of its removal, so everyone was there. Really looking forward to Guardians. Great pics of the interior; I love how they've done the Collector's museum.

Re: Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:08 am
by jedimaster1227
Thanks guys!

I also forgot to mention that included in the MaxPass price is unlimited PhotoPass downloads for each of the days during which you have MaxPass, including ride photos & photo ops throughout the parks! I had a FastPass for Radiator Springs Racers booked as I entered California Adventure a minute after the park opening set for 35 minutes later! The value is incredible!

Re: Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:43 pm
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Excellent report! =) Disneyland has changed so much since my first visit back in 2011, but it's all for the better!

Re: Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:12 am
by PKI Jizzman
The MaxPass is amazing. I love this report! Gives me all the feels that my quick 8 hour visit in February gave me. Great photos and write up, thanks for sharing!

Re: Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort (3)

PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:12 am
by jedimaster1227
In our one evening we had in the parks, we were able to catch both the return of Paint the Night (featuring one new float) and the new Fantasmic! Following our packed full day, our final day of our insanely quick trip meant squeezing in as much as we possibly could before leaving for the airport... But once again, MaxPass was the hero of the day, allowing us to accomplish so much in such a brief period of time!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:12 am
by jedimaster1227
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Re: Photo TR: 36 Hours at the Disneyland Resort

PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:13 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Photopass is a fun perk. Love the couple who are asleep on Incredicoaster. Less thrilled about the guy flashing a white power sign behind you in the last photo.