Mickey Celebrates D100; castle; fireworks; night
  • On Mar 22, 2024
    Regina from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If we have genie plus, what ride do you recommend that we rope drop for both parks? I will not be buying individual lightning lanes.

    Hi Regina, and welcome to planDisney!

    It's exciting to see that your trip to the Disneyland Resort is almost here! I hope that you're all eagerly anticipating the fun that you're about to have! It sounds like you already have part of your day already planned out and it would be my pleasure to help you with the rest.

    You ask a great question and it's an often debated issue about which attraction you should Rope Drop first. I've seen many independent third party blogs analyzing this issue ad infinitum. I don't think there's a wrong answer to this question. Some people just like to get there early, grab a cup of coffee, find a bench somewhere and people watch! You do what brings you and your family the most joy. But if we're trying to be strategic about this, I'll give you my recommendation with your given parameters.

    • Disneyland Park: The two most popular opinions among experts would be between Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and heading into Fantasyland and making your way through the land's dark rides. This is because many of these rides do not offer a Lightning Lane entrance and, because this area is so attraction dense, you'll be able to get much more done during that early morning period before the crowds arrive. If Fantasyland rides aren't of interest to you, then by all means make your way into Galaxy's Edge for Rise of the Resistance! This works best if you are towards the front of Rope Drop as many people will have the same idea and the line fills up fast. 
    • Disney California Adventure: If you already know that you will not be purchasing Individual Lightning Lanes, I would point you to Radiator Springs Racers as long as you are towards the front of Rope Drop. The wait time for this queue will increase exponentially within 10 minutes of Park opening as everyone makes their way here. If you don't mind Single Rider Lines (and therefore splitting up your party), this is another great way to experience Radiator Springs Racers later in the day as wait times remain consistently high on this attraction. 

    Don't forget that you could also potentially be dealing with some Guests already being in the Parks due to Early Entry benefits. So if you wanted everyone to start on equal footing, just know that Disneyland Park's Early Entry days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday whereas Disney California Adventure offers Early Entry on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. 

    In addition to the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, did you also know that the nighttime spectacular celebrating last year's Disney100 event, Wondrous Journeys, will be making a very limited return to Disneyland Park right over your visit? I would highly recommend making some time for this show as it quickly became one of my favorite nighttime spectaculars! It celebrates all of the animated features that the Walt Disney Company has released in its history and is a stirring and emotional tribute. 

    Regina, I hope that you found this information helpful as you plan your trip! I wish you and your family a truly magical visit to the Happiest Place on Earth and please return again if you need anything further!

    Wishing You a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow!
    -Al

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Meet the Panelist: Al, California

Ahoy there from the heart of Steinbeck Country in central California! I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since childhood and fell in love with the sense of absolute immersion that the Imagineers have achieved. My favorite attraction is Pirates of the Caribbean because where else can you go from a California day to an evening boat ride in the bayou with "salty old pirates"? I'm a veterinarian and an all-around Disney geek and enthusiast. I'd love to help you plan your next Disneyland trip! Learn More About Al

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