My parents, sister, and I were in DLR from 8/3-8/5. My dad’s a SoCal native (who’s been visiting since his first trip in 1956), so we’ve been many times when here visiting family, but this was our first time doing 3 days in the parks! Our last trip was Feb 2020 (I only went to DCA that time, the rest of my fam went to both parks). We’re from Mass, but had spent the last week in OR visiting family so we lost any east coast early wake up advantage.
We flew into LAX Tuesday evening, picked up our rental car after a brief fiasco, and made our first necessary stop on any CA trip!
After we ate, it was around 8pm so we didn’t have any traffic getting into Anaheim. We had realized in OR that we forgot our portable fans so we did a pickup order at the Anaheim Walmart and picked those up on our way to the hotel (with all of the other tourists of course). So glad we got them though because I would’ve died without it
We stayed at the SunCoast Park Hotel because we got a good rate and it had good reviews. The hotel itself was nice and clean and all of the staff were very friendly. The room was pretty spacious and my sister and I had a slight view of the fireworks. But, I could never stay here again because there was no fan in the bathroom (my number one hotel pet peeve - what are you supposed to do after you shower and it’s 1,000 degrees in there?!) and the bathroom had the sliding barn door instead of a real door. So it was basically like having a curtain for a door aka no point in it being there at all!
Wednesday, 8/3: We stopped at the hotel coffee bar and were out the door around 7:10am and walked over to the parks. We didn’t have park hoppers, so we did DL the first two days then DCA our last. We had pre-purchased G+ with our tickets so we had it for the 3 days.
We were through security and in line at 7:30am.
Made it through the taps at 7:45. I got Mirabel on my ticket
We waited in the hub outside of Frontierland and followed the crowds to ROTR. We got in line around 8:08 and waited ~35 mins. This was my first time doing ROTR in DL (I’ve done it in WDW) so I was a bit surprised that it ended outside!
I had made a LL reservation for IJ, but noticed HM was down and had a LL time not too far away, so I switched it and waited the 15 mins to see if it would convert and it did! So we got an anytime LL and then I got another LL for HM, but by that time it was back up, so we just went and rode it. Then I did a LL for IJ. We stopped for coffee and snacks at Jolly Holiday and my sister rode Matterhorn in the single rider line.
We made our way over to Fantasyland where we rode Snow White and Mr. Toad and saw Gaston, Alice, the Mad Hatter, and Aladdin while we waited.
We met Mirabel and then were going to ride IJ but noticed our LL had converted to an anytime so now we had 2!
We booked a BTMRR LL and used that early thanks to our anytime LL. Then lunch at Hungry Bear and watched the 1:15pm cavalcade with one of my fav Disney treats
We stopped for train station pics and then trekked back to the hotel for a much needed siesta.
When we returned (after a nice trek back), we went to use our IJ LL because it was back up, but right when we went to tap in, it went down again. So we decided to use our anytime LL from HM for JC, which worked out well by going through the exit and waiting maybe 5 mins. Then IJ was back up and we wanted to ride before dinner, so we stopped there. The LL was pretty long since everyone was using theirs now and these poor CMs were being yelled at because a group used their anytime LL on another ride and then also wanted to use it on IJ!
After IJ, we went to check into our reservation at RBT and told the CM we wanted to do the Fantasmic package. We picked the 9pm show since it was still available (and we were tired!). Dinner was good and the dessert was pretty cool, I was just blinded the entire time by the sun through the windows!
We wandered around a little before getting our spot for F! The spot was well worth the dining package and we stayed and watched the fireworks from the same place and then called it a night.