Long story short... My wife is going out there for a business trip. She works Tue, Wed, Thur.
So my son and I are flying out Wednesday afternoon as soon as he gets out of school. We'll land at Santa Ana airport at 9:30pm local time. While he and I are going to the parks Thursday while my wife works, I don't think we'll be able to get up early enough to be at the park when it opens. I think we'll probably get there closer to 10am.
We did get tickets for the MSEP after hours event, and my wife will be joining us for that. Hopefully that will allow us to see the parade and get some of the more popular rides done, that might have had long lines during the day. However being out that late, I think will mean we can't get up and get to the park early Friday Morning either. We also booked a WoC desert party one night so we can sit while watching that, and not worry as much about wasting time trying to get there early enough to get a good viewing spot, and standing there until it starts.
I am making personal plans for each day with the rides we want to do. I expect some park hopping due to our dining reservations, so I'm making AM/PM plans for each day.
With the crowd predictors not being accurate, will that impact our touring plans much?
Big crowds at WDW I can handle, we've been there enough, I know the parks well, and we'll go back again, so its less stressful. This trip, I'm nervous. Its our first, and likely only, Disneyland trip. Not being familiar with the parks, I'm worried that bigger crowds might impact our ability to ride and see the things we want, and that we'd fell disappointed on our way home.