[QUOTE=Peppertink;1083067] The boys were so excited that they were finally gonna get to see Hollywood. Sadly, they were a bit disappointed. I tried to explain, prior to our visit, what it is really like, but they had their own idea. [/QUOTE]
Yeah. Hollywood = a bunch of tourists walking around a dirty stretch of very crowded street lined by gross touristy stores. I’d skip it! The only time I ever went down there were to see Disney movies open at El Capitan a week before their regular release date. They’d have shows before the movie, and movie stuff available for you to look at in the lobby and it was cool.
Mexico = NO. Not worth the chance of trouble.
Also… I’d follow Pep’s beach advice. I’ve spent plenty of time at Santa Monica beach and it’s… fine. Just fine. I don’t think the Pier is all that (again… touristy… I don’t really like touristy). You’d have a good time, but you could certainly have a better time somewhere else.
In Disney news, I don’t know that the early entry from the hotels makes that much difference to the experience of people who are staying off property.
You should plan to go immediately to the FP line for Star Tours when you get to DL. (It will be long. But not as long as the actual line for Star Tours. The FP machines are past Star Tours and across the “street” just past Buzz Lightyear.
For DCA, yes, if you want WOC passes, go get them immediately, and I suspect that you won’t have a problem getting the first show. DO remember that if you sit close, you’ll get wet! (They’ll make several announcements about this. Believe them.)
One thing they seem to have started doing at DCA opening is letting people line up for Toy Story Mania, and then taking them over there in an orderly fashion [B][I]before[/I][/B] the actual park opening- I think it was about 15 minutes early. I wonder if that’s a new policy, or if it’s just because DCA is SO INCREDIBLY HARD TO NAVIGATE with all of the construction walls. (Hopefully, they’ve moved them a bit by this point- but two weeks ago, the only thing you could do is circumnavigate the park- and if you went the wrong way, too bad for you, you had to make the whole loop by the time you’d realized your mistake.)
Also, make sure you hit Little Mermaid very early- the line is very manageable during the first hour/ hour and a half.
The Aladdin show is a LOT of fun!
Do follow Pep’s advice and hit Bengal BBQ. I’m in love with the bacon-wrapped asparagus (that, the Pommes Frites, and the Chocolate Chip Supreme Cookie, usually purchased from the store outside the Pooh ride, are my MUST HAVE Disneyland foods) and I always wonder why I never make something similar for myself at home!
Have fun! Ask more questions! :happy: