I am taking a trip to California with my boyfriend in October 2014, which includes a 6 day (24th - 30th)stopover in LA.
This is one of those 'Once in a Lifetime' trips, so we have booked our flights, hotel and car hire keeping to a budget. I am staying in North Hollywood not far from Universal (which I also hope to visit)
One thing I wish to do is experience a trip to Disney as a 'young adult' as many of my friends have experienced it as parents and feel they 'missed the fun' due to having to cater to their young children's needs.
As we only have a short stay in LA, and a lot of things to fit in, If we were to do it, we could probably only be able to do a day trip. Is it worth a day-trip to this place to experience the fun of Disneyland, and can it be done in a day on a whim? I have done Euro Disney as a child before, and whilst I didn't see ALL of the park, I saw the highlights of it, and enjoyed myself. I don't expect it to match up to the 'magic' of a Disney Resort like Orlando, but is there enough there to get immersed into it? (Although adults, we still do have a certain fondness for Disney!)
I ask only because a lot of the trip we will want to do activities in the spur of the moment, as our mood suits. I feel that if we plan to go on a specific day, adverse weather or personal fatigue may scupper the plans, and we would lose $200+ by not being able to use pre-booked passes. Can you just rock up on the day and pay for a day ticket, or is it worth allocating a specific day to plan to go and pre-book?
It looks to be a one hour drive from our hotel to Anaheim, but that is not taking into account local traffic conditions. Is it a case of getting up at 7am to get there before commuter traffic hits? I am of a mentality of getting to my destination then a short wait so that I can be sure I am there ready, instead of having an extra hour in bed, then sitting in traffic and getting myself worked up. Is there facilities nearby for a coffee and snack before opening, or is the location in the middle of nowhere (Euro Disney was fairly sparce)
Any advice on my points, or any potential other issues I might have to take into account would be much appreciated,Edited: 10:09 am, June 06, 2014