Will be taking our three very active boys (aged 10/7/4) on first trip to DLR Oct 23-25 (Sunday-Tuesday). They will be accompanied by me, my wife and two active grandparents. Staying offsite at Howard Johnson. The group will defer to me on park selection/touring plan based on past success at WDW.
Monday and Tuesday are value days so I originally planned to just purchase two one-day single park tickets for each of us. My original plan was
Mon Oct 24 DL 8am-6pm, crowd rating 4
Tue Oct 24 CA open 9am-8pm, crowd rating 3
We would avoid parks with early opening and have shorter first day since not attending Halloween party Monday night. Should still be able to see everything we want given crowd levels.
However I just realized that as Canadians we can buy a 3-day pass (not hopper) at a sale price for only $14 more in total for all seven of us ($1320.75 vs. $1306). We would get a full extra day and also get one Magic Morning option for Tue Oct 25th. However now I am very confused on which parks to attend on which days!
Sun Oct 23 - Disneyland 8am-11pm crowd level 2 or CA 9am-10pm crowd 6 (can't do 8am CA early entry)
Mon Oct 24 - Disneyland 8am-6pm crowd 4 or CA 9am-8pm crowd 3 (can't do 8am CA early entry)
Tue Oct 25 - Disneyland 9am-9pm crowd 3 with 8am Magic Morning or CA 9am-8pm crowd 3
One option is DL/CA/DL with 8am Magic Morning on Tue but I really don't like idea of arriving at CA after the early entry hour when only have one day there. Or we could do DL/DL/CA and not bother with the magic morning and still be part of first group in the park each day. With three days we would pace ourselves on the DL days with some breaks under either plan.
Which of these options sounds better or is there an even better three-day plan?