Hi DL forum!
My wife and I just got back from a WDW trip in February (Trip Report), and my mom wants to go to DL now as a family after hearing about our trip with my wife and her family. This DL trip would include myself, my wife, my mother (55), my brother (25), and my niece (5). My mother, brother and niece went last August, and they said it wasnt too crowded. But they’re also the kind of folks who sleep in, do a few rides, and go home early. My wife and I are the crazy open to close kind of people.
My wife and I are quite the vets of visiting Disney World, but it has been quite some time since I have visited Disneyland and DCA, and my wife was 5 last time she visited DL. My last DL trip was 2012 during Christmas, when the basketball team I coached had an evening off and we sprinted through DL in 4 hours trying to get the most done before closing.
We’re planning a trip for the Aug 17-22, since it fits in between my work schedule. I was just curious what I should expect for a crowd? I know that Cali schools and most of the Southwest are back in school, so locals might not be as bad. And also, my mom does not want to do Park Hopper tickets and I was curious what everyone’s thoughts were on only one park per day? Right now, we’re going to do 3 day passes, but could possibly do a fourth. I personally like the flexibility of the PH tickets, but I understand its $150 more for my mom, brother and niece for only two parks, compared to what you get at WDW for four parks.
With our one “day off” my wife and I are considering going to Knott’s Berry Farm, or Universal Studios Hollywood, or adding another day at DL/DCA. I think we’d both prefer USH over Knott’s, even though I have fond memories of Knott’s. My wife is just too much of a Harry Potter nerd to miss out on more Hogsmeade. Though after visiting USO/IOA, am I setting us up for disappointment? And is the drive/uber worth it from Anaheim to Hollywood? Or are there any other local attractions that you would recommend? My wife and I are avid baseball fans, so I could be interested in going to an Angels game.
Sorry for all of the questions! I know that DL/DCA are much more free flowing parks with no advanced FPP, which I think I prefer over the reservations at WDW, but I do like to have some sort of plan for my days, and I cannot lounge by a pool to save my life. What are some can’t miss things for a “first” timer like my wife?