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Even in the worst economy anyone can remember, Disneyland and California Adventure were clogged with guests to the point of overflowing.
If you were stuck in the throng, my sincere condolences. Hopefully you were able to enjoy your time in the Park elbow to elbow with your fellow guests.
What to do when the Park is at capacity?? This blog has offered several tips through the years about navigating through a busy day.
In a nutshell:
- Get there early!
- Get Fastpasses for two or three big rides before 11:00 a.m.
- Adjust your expectations---you are in for a wait for pretty much everything from popcorn to Pirate of the Caribbean, from potties to Pinocchio's Adventures.
- Eat at off times --- have lunch at 10:30 a.m. (or 10:00 a.m.), plan on a 3:00 p.m. dinner.
- A busy day is a great day to take in things like Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the Main Street Cinema, Tom Sawyer's Island, Jungle Cruise (in the evening, after dark), the King Arthur Carousel and It's A Small World; also, don't be afraid to lollygag in the Emporium or in the shops in New Orleans Square.
- Avoid: the Disneyland Railroad (the wait between trains at key times can be long), the Monorail (same problem), Finding Nemo, Splash Mountain, Autopia, Dumbo, Indiana Jones, Space Mountain (to name a few).