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February 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
I've been to Disneyland hundreds of times over the last two decades and have been writing the Funland theme park blog for about four years now. As a result, people are always asking me how to do everything at Disneyland in a single day. The short answer is you probably can't. It can be a struggle for even hard-core fans with military assault-like strategies. The longer answer is there's lots of ways to maximize your time in the park and get on the most rides possible. PHOTOS: How to do Disneyland in a day So in honor of Disneyland's 24-hour Leap Day celebration , here are my seven tips for tackling Disneyland in a day: Tip 1: If you're trying to get the most out of your day at Disneyland , I always recommend arriving just before the park opens in the morning, staying until the park closes at night and taking a long break in the heat of the afternoon at your hotel pool or cocktail bar. It may sound like a long day, but you'll get more done in the first two hours and the last two hours of your day than if you spent 15 hours straight at the park.
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January 12, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Disney has unveiled plans to roll out a revolutionary new digital reservation system at its four Florida theme parks allowing visitors to pre-book rides, shows, parades, restaurants and character meet-and-greets months before a vacation. So when will this latest dose of pixie dust spread to Disneyland and other parks in the theme park chain? Disney officials won't divulge an expansion timeline, but mouse-watchers say the new MyMagic+ vacation management system rolling out this spring at Walt Disney World could debut at Anaheim's two theme parks as early as next year.
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NEWS
January 12, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Disney has unveiled plans to roll out a revolutionary new digital reservation system at its four Florida theme parks allowing visitors to pre-book rides, shows, parades, restaurants and character meet-and-greets months before a vacation. So when will this latest dose of pixie dust spread to Disneyland and other parks in the theme park chain? Disney officials won't divulge an expansion timeline, but mouse-watchers say the new MyMagic+ vacation management system rolling out this spring at Walt Disney World could debut at Anaheim's two theme parks as early as next year.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
I've been to Disneyland hundreds of times over the last two decades and have been writing the Funland theme park blog for about four years now. As a result, people are always asking me how to do everything at Disneyland in a single day. The short answer is you probably can't. It can be a struggle for even hard-core fans with military assault-like strategies. The longer answer is there's lots of ways to maximize your time in the park and get on the most rides possible. PHOTOS: How to do Disneyland in a day So in honor of Disneyland's 24-hour Leap Day celebration , here are my seven tips for tackling Disneyland in a day: Tip 1: If you're trying to get the most out of your day at Disneyland , I always recommend arriving just before the park opens in the morning, staying until the park closes at night and taking a long break in the heat of the afternoon at your hotel pool or cocktail bar. It may sound like a long day, but you'll get more done in the first two hours and the last two hours of your day than if you spent 15 hours straight at the park.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2008 | Brady MacDonald, MacDonald writes the Los Angeles Times theme park blog, latimes.com/funland
Top 10 ways to make the most of your next theme park visit: 1) Visit midweek. Take a day off from work (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday), when crowds thin considerably. 2) Avoid the peak tourist times. Stay away on major holidays, spring break and especially Christmas break. 3) Buy an annual pass. It'll pay for itself on the second or third visit. Then you can set your own pace and not feel as if you have to see everything in one visit. 4) Purchase a line-cutting ticket upgrade.
TRAVEL
November 21, 2010
I was really annoyed by Christopher Reynolds' article on Disneyland ["Anaheim Made Easy," Nov. 14] until I read the article about Disney World by Mary McNamara ["An Overload in Orlando," Nov. 14]. If Reynolds is going to spend several hundred dollars on admission, it would behoove him to do a little research. If he had spent just 10 minutes on any of the blogs or Disney sites, he would have known about such things as Fastpass and meal reservations. And I don't understand paying the exorbitant prices for admission to Disneyland if he's only going to do about a third of the rides.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1999 | E. Scott Reckard
Disneyland's new FastPass system, which allows customers to bypass long lines at popular attractions, will be in place at four attractions by the end of the year, the Anaheim theme park said Wednesday. The first ride to get the system will be It's a Small World, the boat ride that is decorated with a Christmas theme during the holidays. FastPass begins Nov. 19 on Small World and will continue through Jan. 2. The system will also be in place at Space Mountain starting Nov.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disneyland visitors helping to celebrate the Anaheim park's 45th birthday this summer can get a break amid the crowds and heat. The Magic Kingdom plans to expand its use of the FastPass ride-reservation system throughout the summer and fall, eventually covering up to 10 popular attractions, insiders say. FastPass, inaugurated last summer and now used on Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, gives patrons free cuts in line so long as they show up at an assigned time.
NEWS
December 20, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Knott's Berry Farm has quietly begun offering a fee-based, line-cutting pass for some of its most popular roller coasters and thrill rides. The $40 Hate to Wait front-of-line pass made its debut in early December after a test run during the Buena Park theme park's Halloween Haunt event in October, officials said. Sold at a kiosk just inside the main entrance, the optional line-cutting pass more doubles the $35 cost of admission to Knott's (for advance tickets purchased online)
TRAVEL
November 14, 1999
Disneyland this week is installing its Fastpass system, which it tested briefly at the Space Mountain roller coaster in August, to cut waiting times for popular rides. Under the system, park visitors can scan their park admission tickets into a machine that prints out a pass, stamped with a time to return to the ride.
TRAVEL
November 21, 2010
I was really annoyed by Christopher Reynolds' article on Disneyland ["Anaheim Made Easy," Nov. 14] until I read the article about Disney World by Mary McNamara ["An Overload in Orlando," Nov. 14]. If Reynolds is going to spend several hundred dollars on admission, it would behoove him to do a little research. If he had spent just 10 minutes on any of the blogs or Disney sites, he would have known about such things as Fastpass and meal reservations. And I don't understand paying the exorbitant prices for admission to Disneyland if he's only going to do about a third of the rides.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2008 | Brady MacDonald, MacDonald writes the Los Angeles Times theme park blog, latimes.com/funland
Top 10 ways to make the most of your next theme park visit: 1) Visit midweek. Take a day off from work (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday), when crowds thin considerably. 2) Avoid the peak tourist times. Stay away on major holidays, spring break and especially Christmas break. 3) Buy an annual pass. It'll pay for itself on the second or third visit. Then you can set your own pace and not feel as if you have to see everything in one visit. 4) Purchase a line-cutting ticket upgrade.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disneyland visitors helping to celebrate the Anaheim park's 45th birthday this summer can get a break amid the crowds and heat. The Magic Kingdom plans to expand its use of the FastPass ride-reservation system throughout the summer and fall, eventually covering up to 10 popular attractions, insiders say. FastPass, inaugurated last summer and now used on Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, gives patrons free cuts in line so long as they show up at an assigned time.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1999 | E. Scott Reckard
Disneyland's new FastPass system, which allows customers to bypass long lines at popular attractions, will be in place at four attractions by the end of the year, the Anaheim theme park said Wednesday. The first ride to get the system will be It's a Small World, the boat ride that is decorated with a Christmas theme during the holidays. FastPass begins Nov. 19 on Small World and will continue through Jan. 2. The system will also be in place at Space Mountain starting Nov.
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