Wondering if it is better or worse to go to Disneyland on a non MM day, but on the lower of the two crowd days, vs. going on a MM day and jamming thru a bunch of rides, but then losing out on the only non-EMH day for DCA while we are visiting (we aren't staying at a Disney hotel). Traveling with an 8 1/2 yo and 2 1/2 yo, so looking to minimize lines, use rider swap & maximize our morning touring. Maybe I am over thinking the impact EMH days have on our ability to knock out a bunch of great rides at DCA.
Which of the below plans seems smarter, based on your experience?
Some details: Arrive 2pm into SNA on Thur 10/19 - Depart Tues, 10/24 at 3.45pm. Staying at Homewood Suites in Anaheim. Friday and Monday are likely MNSSHP days. Sat & Tues are Disney MM days. Sat. is the only non EMH DCA day during our visit
Fri: Disneyland (don't attend MNSSHP) Crowds 5/10.
Sat: DCA Crowds 8/10. NOTE: it's an MM day at Disney with crowds 9/10. Non EMH Day for DCA.
Sun. Rest day. 7/10 crowd
Mon: Disneyland + MNSSHP (with afternoon nap break). 3/10 crowds. Long day!
Tues: Sleep in, no parks, Leave hotel at 1pm for airport. MM Disneyland. 5/10 crowds.
Fri: Disneyland + MNSSHP (with afternoon nap break for youngest). Benefit: stay out late while kids are still on mountain time! Long first day though.
Sat. - Rest day. Sleep in.
Sun. - DCA, (EMH day). Crowd 7/10.
Mon. - Disneyland. 3/10.
Tues - open/return to favorite park to do a few last favorite rides before leaving for airport.
We were in WDW over Thanksgiving 2 years ago, and our plans/fast passes worked like a charm. Little to no waits - even over a crazy busy time. It seems like its much harder to finesse line avoidance at Disneyland, especially in Fantasyland.