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Unread 9 Oct 19, 02:43 PM  
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We are going the week before xmas too - 16th-19th Dec.

Crowd prediction calendars tend to be useless for DLP but everyone seems to be saying that this week shouldn't be too busy so fingers crossed!

1) I must admit when I first saw the closure times I was a little disappointed it is so early. But with a 1yr old and a 5yr old it's probably for the best to avoid them falling asleep for the fireworks. Also note the 16th and 17th first went up as 6pm close but is now 7pm..

2) We're going to try Lucky Nugget Saloon for a quick lunch for the kids (they don't eat big at breakfast and last all day like us adults) and a warm up drink for us adults.

4) Despite my comment about it not being too busy hopefully I would always make reservations at Disney... made the mistake of not doing so before and it can get stressful and waste more time hunting for somewhere that will let you in.

6) Don't bother with FP for Buzz.. it's a waste of time and I have often found practically walk on in EMH and towards the end of the night just before the fireworks. FP will be needed for Peter Pan, Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain in Disney park plus Ratatouille and ToT in Studios.

Finally don't forget you'll want to do lots of xmas shopping and the shops on Main Street often stay open at least an hour after park closes so don't waste time in the shops until after the fireworks!
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Although I would say if you get in at the beginning of EMT and head straight for Peter Pan, it is a walk on for a good half hour.
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We have booked buffets before, certainly at Cheyenne and Santa Fe, and it made no difference. It may do for Billy Bobs. If you are adventurous try Agraba Cafe for Middle Eastern style food. This is also a useful choice for Veggies.
I find table service food generally good at DLP. Quick service is hit and miss. Also hit food on buffets tends not to be very hot. Restaurant Hakuna Matata can be annoying as there is no one supervising the queue as there is at Marionette.
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Originally Posted by Stubbs86 View Post
1. Disney Village is mainly shopping and restaurants, with the park closing early it would probably be best to save your main meal until dinner and eat either in the hotels or the Village. There is Buffalo Bills Wild West Dinner show in the Village which is definitely worth researching to see if it would appeal to you.

2. Lucky Nugget is kind of a counter service/table service hybrid with entertainment whilst you eat. Cowboy Cookout and and Toad Hall are also good options we find.

3. Landry card isnt accepted in DLP

4. If you want to secure specific restaurants and/or times then yes book in advance, saves being dissapointed if you can't eat where you want.

5. Download the DLP app, it has a map and queue times so useful for when you are in the parks. Also download the Lineberty app, this is used to secure character meet and greets in the Studios park.

6. Yes Fastpasses are paper versions. Crush doesn't have FP so that is a definite one to save for Extra Magic Time to get the shortest wait. Rock n Rollercoaster has now closed at DLP. But the other headliners such as Tower of Terror, Ratatouille, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Peter Pan and Big Thunder all have FP.

Hope that helps!
Thank you - really helpful! I think we might have eaten in Lucky Nugget before as that definitely rings a bell. Shame about R&R being closed but were super excited for Ratatouille as thatll be new for us this time.
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Originally Posted by GjDisney View Post
Staying on site guarantees you extra magic which will help massively the week before Xmas.

Id highly recommend BBWW show if you havent done it before its completely unique and well worth the extra imo.

With parks closing early id second leaving your main meal for the day for after park closing. This fills in your evenings nicely. Id also recommend checking out the hotels after park close for a drink etc. Sequoia Lodge is great with the fire roaring.
Thank you! The Wild West show certainly seems popular, I shall look into it. Weve never stayed on site before so Im looking forward to a good mooch around the hotel (bars).
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In the evenings I would recommend some hotel exploring if you have time. The Sequoia Lodge is next door to NPB so very easy but all the hotels are just a small walk. As its Christmas definitely go into the Disneyland hotel, to see the Gingerbread house and decorations.

For counter service in the parks we like, Fuente del oro, Market street deli and snacks from Cable car bake shop or Boardwalk candy palace. In Disney village, Earl of Sandwich, Five Guys and New york style sandwiches.

Be aware that the hotels dont really have counter service like in WDW, the bars have some options but they are expensive.
Thank you. We quite like Five Guys so pleased thats available now, even if it isnt very Disneyfied! Cant wait to check out the hotels, definitely looking forward to a few cocktails in the Disneyland Hotel.
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Originally Posted by kk20 View Post
Hakuna Matata is our fav CS. We also like cowboy cookout. The village has enough to keep you busy for a few hours. Even though park closes as 6, thats when the fireworks show starts and thats another 30 mins plus exit.

In the village you have some decent food outlets such as earl of sandwich or five guys. We tend to avoid the bigger rainforest cafe and planet hollywood as there are better offer s elsewhere (IMHO).

Im partial to king ludwigs as I enjoy german faire.

We are going on 18th dec. It wont be super busy as most european schools break up on 21st. ADR still a good idea though.
Thank you. Im also fond of a bratwurst!

Pleased to hear you think it wont be too busy, as we arrive the day before you.
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Originally Posted by DaisyDuck87 View Post
Bistrot Chez Remy in the studios has really cool theming and pretty decent food. Good idea to make an ADR if you want to go here. Food in general isn't great in DLP though, unfortunately! Counter service is slow and often cold, and the Disney table service restaurants aren't brilliant either.

The nice thing about going at that time as year when the parks close early is that you can spend time in the hotels and in the village without feeling like you're wasting park time. Definitely go to the Disneyland Hotel for drinks, it's gorgeous. And sequoia lodge has a lovely bar too 😁

Hope you have a brilliant time! Newport Bay is a really lovely hotel too. My first visit to DLP was at Christmas and it was magic 😁
Thank you. I keep toying with the idea of booking a table at Chez Remy as that seems to get the best reviews but timing may be an issue with the parks closing early.

So glad you liked Newport Bay. Im hoping itll bring back some happy Beach Club memories for us.
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