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Disneyland by the numbers

We long planned to visit Disneyland on this California trip, but did we actually plan the visit, as all the guidebooks say you're supposed to?

Well, we planned to plan....but we ran out of time. (I'm blaming it on my devotion to getting you blog readers more posts.)

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So without the benefit of strategizing, advance ride selection, etc., here's some of the math on our day in Anaheim:

Cost of four tickets (purchased at a slight discount through a relative's employer): $232

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Hours at the park: 9

Rides completed: 6 for daughter, 7 for son

Approximate total hours of waiting (for rides, staking out a parade spot, etc.): 4.5

Wait for the Nemo submarine ride every time we checked: 90 minutes. (We passed.)

Souvenirs: $34

Lunch, dinner and snacks for 4: $90

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Money saved by buying "autograph books" (ie., regular notebooks with cool covers) at Walgreens instead of official Disney autograph books inside the park: $10

Cost of a "veggie box" at Mickey's Toon Town: $4 (hey, give Disney credit for offering them).

And some non-math facts:

Favorite ride: Alice in Wonderland for 6-year-old girl; Autobia for 4-year-old boy. Dumbo the flying elephant (below) a close second for both.

Best way to see the whole park: the train, which helped us get our only glimpses of New Orleans Square and Frontierland.

Family observation: Tomorrowland is looking a little yesterday.

I know most of you probably go to Disney World in Orlando, as I did when I was a child. I'd love to know your tips for getting the most out of Disney. Please share them in a post below.

(Photos by me)

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