10 Things We’ll Never Do Again at Disneyland
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are two of our favorite places on earth, and we seldom have a bad experience at either park. With that said, we have had our share of truly awful experiences over the last decade-plus, and have come up of this just-for-fun list of things we will never do again, because they are not-so-fun.
Truthfully, there are very few things at Disneyland or DCA that we will never do again. Just about everything deserves a second chance–menus at restaurants change, hotels are overhauled, and attractions are tweaked or re-imagined over time. This is especially true at the California parks, which are necessarily receptive to feedback, as they depend upon repeat business from locals. (It’s not as easy as with the unsuspecting first-time tourists that populate the parks at Walt Disney World!)
There are also ways the parks have changed. If this list were made a few years ago, it would’ve included specific days of the week, under-the-radar holidays, and even bag check areas at certain times. Despite being problems for ages, all of those things are pretty much non-issues now.
Beyond the parks changing, there are ways we have changed. People change, as do preferences; things that were once loathed are now loved, and vice-versa. For example, we used to hate parking in the Toy Story lot, but have been won over in the last year.
Finally, if I’m being honest with myself and you all, there’s also the reality that I have the memory of a
goldfish Blue Hippo Tang named Dory. Insane as it might be, I make the same mistakes again and again, either forgetting past mistakes or foolishly expecting a different outcome. “Live and learn” is my motto, minus the learn part.
Another thing to note is that this list only covers things that are within our control. Over the years, the company has made the “choice” for us, by eliminating a lot of things that we’d otherwise love to do again. We’d love to enter the grid of elecTRONica, see Country Bear Jamboree, or redeem a free FastPass, but it seems that Disney will deny us those opportunities. And I think I speak for every Disneyland fan who would like another ride on the PeopleMover or Superstar Limo. 😉
Those are things we will technically never do again at Disneyland, but are very much not in the spirit of this list, which is more like shouting “NEVER AGAIN!” than lamenting never again. 😢 With that in mind, here are the “top” 10 things that we’ll (try to) never do again at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure…
Goofy’s Sky School – Earlier this year while testing Genie+ and Lightning Lane strategy, we did Goofy’s Sky School for the first time in what had to have been close to 5 years. For whatever reason, I was actually looking forward to the attraction, fondly remembering the fun details and Easter eggs while, apparently, forgetting just how punishing the ride is…and with zero payoff.
On several occasions, I felt like I was going to fly off the corner of the ride (so in a way, it does deliver thrills!) or was in physical pain as the coaster abruptly started, stopped, and whipped around. There are plenty of rides that are overrated or underwhelming at Disneyland, but this is the only one that’s downright unpleasant and offers no upside to counterbalance that. I’ll probably forget this in another 5 years (hopefully it’s demolished by then), but for now, I have no intentions of ever doing Goofy’s Sky School again.
BONUS: Matterhorn – This cannot legally be included on my list because it’s a “mistake” I make again and again on purpose. Every time I ride Matterhorn, it’s a painful experience due to the vibrating of the bobsleds on the track. The rickety ‘ole roller coaster makes me feel like a rickety ‘ole geezer after I get off…yet I keep getting back on to relive nostalgia for bygone days. And so goes my love-hate relationship with Matterhorn, which I will never stop riding, even though my body is pleading with me to give it up!
World of Color Dessert Party – I’m generally averse to upcharge offerings at Disneyland, especially given its more laid back nature than Walt Disney World. Nevertheless, there’s a pervasive sense of FOMO on social media and in certain online planning communities–even Disneyland-centric ones–that drives many people to spend on unnecessary add-ons. This is exacerbated by certain popular experiences booking up quickly, which only serves to perpetuate the cycle of hype. (In reality, it’s less a reflection of quality and demand than it is limited supply.)
The FOMO machine go into overdrive with the World of Color Dessert Parties. Yes, this can book up quickly and guarantees a seat for the popular (and excellent) nighttime spectacular. But the quality of the dessert spread and substance of the experience leaves so much to be desired. Beyond that, it simply is not necessary for watching World of Color. There are other (relatively easy) ways to get great views. I can understand why certain guests with unique circumstances book it, but for 95% of people, it’s unnecessary overkill and a waste of money. (For more, see our World of Color Dessert Party Review.)
Abide Affronts to Award Wieners or Suffer Schmoozie’s Smack Talk – DCA 1.0, as it’s now known among fans, has a lot of haters. By extension, some Disneyland diehards still turn their noses up when it comes to any remnants of the much-maligned circa-2001 park. This was never acceptable when it came to Schmoozie’s, which is always out there giving 110% in furtherance of the art of high-quality smoothies and shakes.
At one point, the Disneyland dieharders’ disdain was understandable when it came to Award Wieners. The walk-up window was insanely popular despite mediocre meat medleys served on plain buns and with bags of generic Lay’s potato chips. However, that stopped being the case several years ago, as the quality was upgraded across the board. The all-beef meat, toppings, and buns have all improved considerably. Filmstrip fries are top-notch, too. Award Wieners now lives up to its name, and is deserving of a major award.
In fact, Award Wieners is where I eat more than anywhere else in Disney California Adventure, and I make a point of always getting the seasonal dog. It’s always inventive, loaded with toppings, and filling for a relatively reasonable price. It’s a similar story with the regular menu, which offers the best bang-for-buck at DCA. (I also love the Asada Fries, but I wouldn’t call those a great value.)
TIE: Navigate New Orleans Square Around Fantasmic – I can’t speak to how things are right now as this became a ‘never again’ for us several months ago after witnessing fights (plural), but navigating through New Orleans Square is a nightmare around Fantasmic. The viewing areas are all packed, and there’s not much consistency as to how or when they fill up. There are ropes that form cattle corrals for guests to watch Fantasmic and more ropes to bypass it, but if you’re a first-timer, it’s difficult to make sense of what’s going on. (Even as a seasoned Disneyland veteran, I had a tough time.) It’s simply a bad way to experience the park’s best land.
TIE: Main Street Before Fireworks or Parades – It’s a similar story around the front of the park before fireworks or a nighttime parade. It seems like half of the park becomes one-way, and you literally might need to do a 10-minute loop to access something that started in your general vicinity, but was on the other side of the one-way walkway.
All of this is compounded by the reality that Disneyland PAC Cast Members are “battle hardened.” To put it politely, they have seen some things, experiencing chaos, congestion, and the aforementioned fights. As a result, they (understandably) run a tight ship and make sure walkways are kept clear and people continue moving. The downside to this is a lot of yelling (don’t you dare stop for a photo of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle!) to keep people in check.
Eat in Tomorrowland – Did you hear that Galactic Grill has a new menu item that looks fantastic in the stock photo? Did you know that Alien Pizza Planet is actually good if you order X and modify your order to Y? Have you tried this new seasonal dish that has the makings of something special?
If something sounds too good to be true with Tomorrowland dining at Disneyland, it is. All of the “questions” above are variations of things I’ve heard over the years, most many times. I’ve eaten in Tomorrowland at least two-dozen times over the last decade, and I can count the number of satisfactory meals on one hand. By contrast, I’ve lost track of how many nearly-inedible “foods” I’ve consumed in Tomorrowland. If you hear something surprisingly positive about food in Tomorrowland, remember the wise words of Admiral Ackbar: it’s a trap!
Camp Out for Opening Day Stuff – Here is the first of a few “do as we say, not as we do” entries. Few people know this, but Disney bloggers have a code of conduct that’s more stringent than the American Board of Neurological Surgery Code of Ethics. Okay, not really. The blogger code is more what you call guidelines than actual rules.
One of those is that we attend the opening day of everything, no matter how insignificant. And since there are a lot of bloggers, vloggers, and social media influencers residing in Southern California, this means surprisingly big crowds for seemingly inconsequential things. (I still vividly recall waiting in line several hours for Super Heroes HQ, an overlay to Innoventions that would never have any wait.)
I am incredibly excited for Disney’s 100th Anniversary, World of Color – One at DCA, and the Wondrous Journeys fireworks at Disneyland. I’m also dreading the day one crowds that are sure to descend upon the parks. Sure, I could just go the following week, but the code demands otherwise. Let us serve as a cautionary tale, and don’t make the same “mistake” as us if you are not required to by some so-called code!
Fly into LAX – We fly into and out of Los Angeles International Airport all the time–including the day before Thanksgiving this year. It isn’t my favorite airport in the world, but I also don’t agree with all of the hate LAX gets. Once you learn the ins and outs (speaking of which, be sure to make a pit stop on the In-N-Out Burger on Sepulveda before flying out!), it feels a bit like taming a beast. You know the tricks for avoiding the traffic jams into and out of the airport, where the best lounges are located, and how to get through security in minutes.
However, you will have exactly none of this knowledge on your first trip to California. For the uninitiated, LAX is absolutely overwhelming, bordering on nightmarish. This is especially true if you’re from a small/suburban town or your home airport is regional, you will likely experience significant culture shock. LAX is like trial by fire, and the chaos and crowds can start your trip off on the wrong foot. (That’s especially true if you or someone traveling with you already has negative, preconceived notions about California.)
Meanwhile, John Wayne Airport (SNA) is laid back, quiet, and seldom crowded. Despite being in a highly populated area and only a short drive from Disneyland, it feels very much like a quaint, regional airport. If there were a list ranking the best airports for napping, SNA would be near the top and LAX would be near the bottom.
BONUS: Take the Tram at Park Closing – On the topic of transportation mistakes, we’d put taking the tram at or around park closing relatively high on the list. There’s usually a long line, and it’s often chaotic and unpleasant. Then again, we typically prefer walking to Mickey & Friends, so this might be a “just us” never again entry. If you have small children or elderly family members…or if your ‘dogs are barkin’, then maybe the tram will be a welcome sight, even with a long line!
Stay at Paradise Pier Hotel – Did you ever hear about how Chuck E. Cheese rebranded itself as Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings to dupe unsuspecting Grubhub customers who otherwise never would’ve ordered from there due to horror stories or urban legends about recycled pizza? That sounds similar to what Disney is doing right now with Paradise Pier Hotel.
Currently being rebranded as Pixar Place Hotel, I have little doubt that the hotel will improve in certain ways. In large part, this is because it cannot conceivably get worse. Inefficient elevators, no real restaurants, absurdly-bad value for money, dated everything, rooms that are 2-star caliber, and more–not all of this can be remedied by a quick “reimagining” that is mostly cosmetic. Paradise Pier Hotel is arguably worse than 3 dozen off-site hotels near Disneyland. It is inarguably worse than both Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian, as well as at least one dozen off-site hotels near Disneyland.
Some fans will claim that Paradise Pier Hotel is not as bad as we claim, that this is exaggeration. That is their prerogative. Perhaps they are correct, or maybe it’s possible that fans have sentimentality or nostalgia for something that is objectively bad.
There are very few Disney things we hate with a passion, but Paradise Pier Hotel is right up there with Dino-Rama and Rainforest Cafe. If you’re booking a trip to Disneyland and want to stay on-site, upgrade to the Grand Californian. If that’s out of your price range, “downgrade” and stay in a significantly cheaper and nicer off-site option. Avoid Paradise Pier Hotel at all costs. Seriously, there are hundreds if not thousands of better ways to use your vacation budget at Disneyland Resort.
Underestimate Southern California Weather – The first time we visited Disneyland, it was the heart of summer. In typical Southern California fashion, the weather was perfect. Plenty of sunshine, minimal humidity, not a cloud in the sky, and warm enough that it was not chilly even at night. We even missed the infamous June gloom. That ideal weather was part of the reason we fell in love with the state–a far cry from what we had experienced in Florida during the same timeframe.
The next time we visited Disneyland, it was late November into early December. It rained almost every day (something I did not know was possible in Southern California!) and both early mornings and evenings were freezing. I was utterly unprepared, having looked only at the average daily high temperatures (which were not that far off from our summer trip) when packing.
I learned a lot that trip about California weather, and have never made the same mistake again. To the contrary, we now use it to our advantage–targeting rainy days or times when there’s a sharp drop in daytime v. nighttime temperatures. I’ll happily wear a parka to the park if it means low crowds and wait times!
Overplan – You don’t need to devote nearly as much time to planning a Disneyland trip as you would a Walt Disney World vacation. Honestly, it’s better to be “underprepared” for Disneyland than overprepared. Planning everything down to the minute or even hour leaves no room for spontaneity, and Disneyland is all about the spontaneous experiences.
Characters appear out of nowhere, there’s atmospheric entertainment you never knew about, and a wealth of “little things” you’ll want to stop to experience. These spontaneous little moments can be the highlight of a Disneyland vacation, and planning everything down to the smallest detail might “force” you to skip these things when you see them.
A detailed itinerary also sets unrealistic expectations. If you plan a trip checklist style with 15 things that you “must accomplish” in a given day, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. The practical realities of navigating crowds, weather, longer-than-expected lines, attraction downtime, or other unplanned variables mean you might not be able to get everything done.
It’s better to go into a Disneyland trip with a rough plan of attack with plenty of downtime–and be prepared to bail on even what you do have on your schedule. Sometimes we have the most fun when we toss aside our plans. The bottom line is that arriving early, staying late, or buying Genie+ at Disneyland will give you a lot of latitude to enjoy an easy-going pace, roll with the punches, and enjoy the spontaneity of the more-relaxed Disney parks in the United States.
Planning a Southern California vacation? For park admission deals, read Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets. Learn about on-site and off-site hotels in our Anaheim Hotel Reviews & Rankings. For where to eat, check out our Disneyland Restaurant Reviews. For unique ideas of things that’ll improve your trip, check out What to Pack for Disney. For comprehensive advice, consult our Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide. Finally, for guides beyond Disney, check out our Southern California Itineraries for day trips to Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and tons of other places!
What things at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure would you never do again? Is any restaurant, resort, or ride beyond redemption for you? Any day of the week, holiday, or time of year you’d never visit? Do you agree or disagree with our list? Would you do any of these things again? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
We just stayed in the Paradise Pier hotel for the first time this week. I would agree that it is not up to the standards of the Grand Californian, where we have stayed before. But, it was far less expensive than GC rates and was not the nightmare that this review suggests.
The accommodations were not luxurious but were completely acceptable, even with the ongoing construction. When they are done, there will be restaurants there. They had singers, Santa Claus and Disney characters in and out of there to enhance the feel.
The best part was the dedicated entrance to DCA that is just across the street where you can take advantage of early entry. Get there even remotely early and you will be one of the very first people to walk right into the middle of the park, near Goofy’s Sky School. That entrance is also open all day so you can easily get in and out of the park whenever you like without dealing with lines.
The worst part to me was the absence of elevators in the parking structure combined with the small drop-off area at the hotel’s entrance, where they also counterintuitively try to enforce a one-way traffic flow. All of this can make check-in and -out more work than it should be. This was tolerable for us as able-bodied folks; older or disabled patrons would presumably have to rely on the bellhops and valets.
We also just returned from a stay at Paradise Pier, I agree with everything you said! The difference to me from off-site hotels is the comfortable beds and quiet rooms. Not only are the rooms quiet, but you don’t have to deal with the Harbor Blvd traffic noise. Our next favorite for an off-site place is the Marriot Courtyard by the Mimi’s; but it is a lot more walking. I’d happily stay at the Paradise again; the staff are the friendliest we’ve experienced in the area and a park view room was worth the price to me. Stayed twice this past year with second time in a parking lot view and still enjoyed our stay. Our only disappointment was the crowds, we did not expect that for the first week of December mid week. So crowded!!
If you want an even more relaxing airport experience you should fly into Long Beach Airport. I actually look forward to hanging out and grabbing something to eat at that airport.
Yes! LGB is a great airport. A little farther from Disneyland than SNA, but similarly laid back and great ‘golden age of aviation’ vibes.
Here’s the number one tip: ignore everything this dude says. He is way, way off.
While it’s definitely true that NOS is to be generally avoided during Fantasmic, especially the first showing, it CAN be a great time to do Pirates (and Haunted) with minimal wait. Especially if Fantasmic is currently in progress. If you time it right you can exit the attraction and catch the finale and then quickly beat the crowd exiting the land.
What a waste of a read this was.
A week ago we returned from 5 days at Disneyland. We stayed at the Tropicana resort (across the street). We love the Tropicana but have decided next year to get their 3rd floor Park View rooms ($$$) since we only saw the fireworks in Person one time this year (Too COLD). I love the Christmas atmosphere – music, decorations, shows. We agree with your list of things you said about rides and foods to avoid. Since we are 68 & 72 and you are so much younger, I was surprised at how close we are in likes/dislikes. We did 5 day Hoppers with Genie +. The LL and photos for the Genie package were very worthwhile. We found they shut down 7 rides we wanted to go on them this trip. We were in line for Indiana Jones TWICE when it when down. We mostly ate at IHOP across the street. Our favorite food inside the park is Bengal BBQ. Disney snacks are Great – Pineapple spears, Peppermint Churros, Dole Pineapple Floats, Peppermint ice cream sundaes. Our favorite ride is Big Thunder Mountain. The same trip cost us Double what it did in 2019. As we fly our of tiny MRY airport we must use LAX. We preferred SNA back when we had a nearby connection. You have the only blog I read. Bottom line – much more crowded during supposedly “low” crowds, much more expensive. We only saw 1 un-smiling cast member our entire trip. We still love the place and will continue to make it our Christmas go-to place. We spent a lot more time in our room this trip (2-3 trips/day) but still averaged 15,00 steps/day. Keep Posting!
Goofy’s Sky School?!? You take that back. That’s a fun ride. (I will concede the brakes at the end are a little stiff.)
I agree! I’m so happy there is at least 1 other person out there that likes Goofy Sky School. Don’t tell Tom but I also loved Primalwhirl at Animal Kingdom. RIP
I grew up in greater LA and have travelled all over the world. Sadly, LAX is a dump. Yes, the new Delta terminal is (finally) nice but you still have to get in and out of it! I just flew into the American terminal from MCO. What a contrast, although the American club at MCO was so crowded there was nowhere to even sit! United is even worse. If you land in the “wrong” terminal the walk to baggage in the other terminal feels like a mile. Oh well, I hear it’s all going to be fixed for the coming Olympics and the last ones in LA were really great!
We just got back from 5 day stay at Disneyland and Disneyland hotel. Great article and here is my list
1) Crowds, crowds, crowds. Absolutely miserable and poorly managed. Especially when a parade was happening or the seasonal choir was going at the main street station.
2) $19.50 for one mixed drink at Napa Rose and 1 1/2 hours until main course was served.
3) 1 bedroom family suite at Disneyland Hotel. Heating did not work in bedroom and the smell of sewage from from sink drains. Probably due to construction next door. Also left over litter under couch hide a bed
4)Some cast members were excellent others terrible. 10 years ago alll were terrific
1) Park looked beautiful
2) Room service food was absolutely the best I ever had along with service
3) Did 2 add ons..Bippidity Boppity makeover and the World of Color dessert package. Pricey but very well done and cast members were outstanding
Not sure we will go again though. Crowds were absolutey trip ruinning. Costs really spiralling out of control
Even though we live in CA, we have been to WDW more than Disneyland because it’s near impossible to use our DVC points here. But we just broke down and paid cash for a 3 day stay at the Grand CA. I forgot how LOVELY it is to walk to the parks, not have to organize our day like a military maneuver, and to just enjoy the hotel and parks on the same day without transportation headaches. We used Genie+ and had no problem booking any of the big rides. People here don’t seem to really use Genie+ or Magic Bands+ very much. CMs were super excited to scan our bands as if they don’t see a lot of them. The days just seem more relaxed here. After our subpar visit to WDW three months ago, our Disneyland trip reaffirmed why I love Disney.
I actually enjoy Goofy Sky School – it’s nto amazing, but I find it gentler than Matterhorn (which I also like!). To each their own, though.
We flew into SNA a year ago, and I agree that it is a great airport compared to LAX. But LAX isn’t that bad. Tomorrow we fly to my personal nemesis airport – CDG. It’s only half the size of LAX, but I would take LAX any day of the week over it.
Have fun in France!
“Never eat east of Main Street in DL” may not always be true advice but is usually good advice.
Matterhorn vs WDW Space Mountain in terms of roughness?
Matterhorn is way worse. I know some people describe Space Mountain as punishing, but I must still be young enough (barely) that it gives me zero issues (I also have a smaller frame, so I don’t have problems squeezing into the rockets).
Pro tip re: avoiding pain on the Matterhorn: make sure your feet are firmly planted in front of you as far as they can go, and push back a bit as you ride so your back remains flush with the seat back. It makes a big difference!
“Never eat east of Main Street in DL” may not always be true advice but is usually good advice.
So very true. My family’s addendum would be, “And think twice about eating in Frontierland.”
Love your tips Tom. Your excellent blog has taught me much about Disney. I’ll have to disagree about the Matterhorn though. Either it has too much nostalgia for me or that I just learned how to properly ride it, but for me it’s a can’t miss ride.
From Reddit Disneyland I learned to “ride it like a horse” instead of leaning back against the backrest and that made a huge difference for me. Much improved experience.
So don’t put your back against the seat and grip the front staying up right — it’s very enjoyable that way! More work, but pain free.
Janice, I ride that way too! Makes a big difference 🙂 Much less painful on my back and doesn’t give me that “concussion feeling”… LOL!
But If you go back to Tom’s paragraph, you’re actually agreeing with him because he can’t pass it up (also partly due to the nostalgia), even though it’s painful. So we’re all part of the Matterhorn Club 🙂
I feel like I’ve tried everything for riding Matterhorn, but I’ll give “ride it like a horse” a try. (I don’t know how to ride a horse, so that might be difficult, but I think I get the general idea…)
I visited DL from the UK a few weeks ago for the first time in 10 years and many of the items your list ring so true. Your tips and guides really enhanced my visit. Merry Christmas and keep up the good work. p.s. LAX is a beast.
Glad to hear that our tips helped–Merry Christmas to you, too!
I am right there with you for Goofy’s sky school, Tomorrowland food, and the Matterhorn. (I’m not even sure I’ve been on Goofy’s Sky School since it was re-themed). But I LOVE the Matterhorn; and my chiropractor loves the extra business when I “forget” to avoid it . And thanks to your blog, I’ve never stayed at Paradise Pier Hotel.
Tom. One of your only blogs I would never have normally read. We are (were, probably still are) die hard WDW people (I’m 53 years old w 3 teenagers and went several times in the 70’s and bought BLT in 2010). I swore off WDW after my thanksgiving trip in 2021 as Genie+ launched. That being said, I still have hope. I have saved my points for a Alunai trip this July (20th wedding anniversary) and decided to stop in DL on the way out July 23 and 24 and have never been. Thanks for the info. We are staying at the Grand Californian for 2 nights after flying into LAX on the 23rd and then going to Alunai, so still all in on Disney even though WDW has been disappointing. I feel like I still need to plan even though I’ve read all your blogs suggesting DL, Maxpass and Cali are a different beast. I guess what I’m saying is, thanks for all the info. Just trying to make this a special trip for my family and I completely rely on you for all of my planning and recommendations.
You will love the proximity to the parks! We are big WDW fans (although, like you, it has lost a lot of luster for our family in the past couple of years) but stopped in DL on our way to Hawaii last February, and I really enjoyed it! Being able to walk to the parks was amazing.
Enjoy your stay at the Grand Californian–one of my favorite hotels in the world (just be aware, if you’re staying DVC, that the rooms are a bit dated). My only added advice would be to take full advantage of the resort. Do breakfast at GCH Craftsman Grill (the counter service one), a late night meal at Hearthstone Lounge, and be sure to explore the hotel. It’s a lot like Wilderness Lodge on the surface, but very different and with its own unique character and personality. Enjoy!
I like SNA (Orange County John Wayne) airport. It’s relatively small and apart from some minor problems with walking paths being too narrow, very easy to get around. A bit like Norfolk or Richmond in Virginia. The new Breeze Airways is offering nonstop flights, Orlando to (California) Orange Co. staring Feb. 16.
thanks for this list. I have never been to southern California and am wondering how LAX compares to O’Hare? (our home airport)
LAX is a terrible experience. The ground transportation from LAX to Disneyland will run you as much as one way flight. SNA/Santa Ana/John Wayne is easy and close. I also love flying into LGB/Long Beach. Only adds about 10am is to your ground transportation and it’s a little, easy, clean airport. (I flew in from SEA/Seattle or PAE/Everett, WA 5-6x/year BC*. *Before Chapek)
If you’re used to O’Hare I don’t think you’ll have much trouble with LAX. It is busier but other than that I don’t think navigating it is much trouble if you are at all used to how a big airport is structured/laid out. From my limited experience the worst thing about it is the traffic in and out, which you won’t have to figure out if unless you are renting a car.
As a general matter, you should be fine–they are similarly busy airports so you have that experience, whereas someone flying regional airports is more likely to be overwhelmed.
Specifically, that really depends on whether you’re renting a car/driving. If so, getting to the rental car area to start with can be chaotic, as can driving back to drop off the car. It also depends upon your preferred airline. We primarily fly Delta, and they just finished a $2.3 billion update to basically rebuild their LAX hub. It’s fantastic now. The other airlines/terminals are much more of a mixed bag. Some have been updated in recent years, others feel like they could film a period piece set in the 1970s.
Yes!!! Wish Disney would “let” me experience Country Bear, people mover, carousel of progress, superstar limo and “Rocket Rods” once again.
Although monsters inc is profoundly superior to superstar
You have to know by now, I love this blog and can never thank you enough for your travel planning advice.
That being said, I’m glad this included the chaos of Fantasmic.
I had only experienced the WDW version of the show, and was really looking forward to experiencing the “better” version this past summer.
While I won’t, in good faith, argue that Disneyland doesn’t have a better show, the viewing experience as a whole at DL is 7th level of hell awful. Maybe a slight exaggeration. Maybe.
I loved our time at DL and DCA, but the management of viewing Fantasmic is downright negligent, and was a lowlight for us.
To enjoy Disneyland’s version of Fantasmic, you must go to the second show or much better yet do a special dining package. We have never been disappointed with them especially the Blue Bayou but other sit down ones are fine too. But I get it, my husband starts mooing as we are walking out in the cattle herd!