I haven’t been to Disneyland in years so when their SoCal Resident Ticket went on sale, I jumped at the chance. When you dig deeper, the savings is pretty significant.
I ultimately decided on a three day, one park per day pass for $159. This includes one pass to enter a park one hour early which will save us some time for hitting the busier rides. If you divide the total by 3, I pay an average of $53 a park a day. That’s a whopping 42% off! This alone should answer our is it worth it question, but there’s much more. The only drawback is having to use these tickets before summer and getting blacked out during most of April because of Spring Break.
Mickey and the Magical Map
Our first show played to a packed house. Some visitors were even turned away till the next show. Everyone in the bleachers were whisked away by talented dancers, tons of Disney characters (live and CGI) and music from a handful of classic Disney movies. After the show, I remember gasping, this show was worth the price of admission.
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
Similar to the show, the parade that ran through Main Street was packed full of characters and beautiful floats as they marched in time with more classic Disney songs. After about 40 minutes, the parade wrapped up with the Mary Poppins gang. Can you say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?
Fireworks and Fantasmic!
The highlight of the evening goes to the double bill of fireworks over the castle at 8:40 PM and Fantasmic! on the Rivers of America next to Frontierland at 9:00 PM. Pictures and videos don’t do these extravaganzas justice. You have to be there to experience all the sights and sounds in their full glory. Rather than fight the huge crowds, we watched the fireworks from a nice spot along the lake. In keeping with the show and parade, fireworks lit up the sky while more Disney tunes blared in the background.
In Fantasmic!, Mickey battled the evil queen as other Disney characters danced to their themes in riverboats. Every thing was seamlessly merged together with impressive water acrobatics and laser light displays. At the end of it all, I caught my breath thinking each action spectacular was worth the price of admission.
We brought fruits and snacks but spending so many hours at Disneyland we purchased some additional food items. During the day we got a frozen pink lemonade. It hit the spot, but cost $4.75. After Fantasmic!, we needed some additional nourishment. We devoured a delicious smoked turkey leg like a barbarian, but it too cost a pretty penny at $10. Since it was officially Baby Buck’s first visit, he got a cool Disneyland first visit button from a souvenir shop. Last, but not least, we spent all our time bouncing through rides at Fantasyland and Toon Town.
Baby Buck had a meltdown waiting to ride the Flying Dumbo, but couldn’t get enough of Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. At first I thought even with the discount, the price was too rich for my blood. However, when you combine the rides, the show, the parade, and the evening extravaganzas, Walt Disney and the Happiest Place on Earth proved me wrong. The SoCal Resident Ticket is definitely worth it.
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