[QUOTE=papa bear;1094296]I have stayed at the Disneyland Hotel a few times but I have never been to the parks.
Well, I’ll be in Anaheim for Biz in January and I will have one day and one day only to hit a park (or two) on 01/11/12 and I will be solo (DGF can’t go because she is a teacher and school will be session).
What should I do? Park Hopper? Should I just “do” Disneyland? [/QUOTE]
As a Premium Passholder, I never had this problem. But if you only have one day, I would recommend Disneyland Park only. Not only do you have longer park hours, you will barely be able to ride the must do rides within that one day. Granted, California Adventure is just across the plaza, but the time and delays won’t be worth the experience or cost, in my opinion. Unless, of course, money is no object or this will be the one and only time you will be in Anaheim for the next five years or so… :pirate:
[QUOTE=papa bear;1094296] Is this a busy time of year? [/QUOTE]
Actually the 11th of January is not that busy a time. Christmas rush is over, so you should be able to enjoy the park without it being too overcrowded. It [B]IS[/B] going to be chilly (as Southern California goes). :dry:
Are there AAA discounts I’m missing (I just explored AAA’s website and they only provide discounts for WDW. There was no mention of Cali) or any other types of discounts for tickets that may be available? [/QUOTE]
I believe AAA provides a discount ticket to Disneyland, it’s one of the few that do. But since most folk go to WDW, I think you’ll have to contact them to make sure…
Because I go to WDW many times a year, what rides should I avoid which are basically carbon copies in Orlando? [/QUOTE]
I don’t know of any “carbon copy” rides. All are a bit different. Buzz Lightyear I know is much better design and interactive play at Disneyland. :ninja:
[QUOTE=papa bear;1094296] What ride should I grab a fast pass for first and where should I immediately go to next before using said fast pass?[/QUOTE]
Space Mountain is always a fast pass destination. We always get fast passes there, and then either get in line for the ride or go over to Buzz Lightyear. Finding Nemo is another ride that might require early initial riding.
[QUOTE=papa bear;1094296]I’m sure I wont be able to do everything so what is/are (an) absolute must do(s) that I cant experience in Orlando?[/QUOTE]
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
Splash Mountain (sit in back, in might be cold)
Pirates of the Caribbean.
Can’t spend a day at Disneyland without doing these rides.
[QUOTE=papa bear;1094296] Any specific restaurants to try for lunch and dinner?[/QUOTE]
Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney is a must. If you can, either Storyteller’s in Grand Californian or, if you have some spare jingle, Napa Rose. Three best restaurants in the resort.
Hope this gives you an idea. There are some other threads with some really great ideas, and one thread that distinguishes the differences between Disneyland rides and those at WDW. :pirate: