Vegas is often referred to as the adult Disneyland, so we decided to try the kiddie version. It takes a little over four hours to drive there from town, during the week. The road has lots of changes in altitude, so if you’ve a tendency toward motion sickness (like me) it’s good practice before hitting the park.
This was definitely the time of year to go – no waiting. We had only one day of less than ideal weather (chilly and heavy rain) so on balance that was a fair tradeoff, I think. During the week when school is in session you’ll find mostly families with young children – no unsupervised teenagers running around hogging the better rides.
I’d say this year’s promotion offering free admission on your birthday is a great success – At least every tenth person wore a button with their name and Happy Birthday, soliciting smiles and good wishes from more than half of the staff and quite a few other guests. And of course the others in the party paid to get in so I doubt Disney is losing money on the deal. As you’ve probably guessed, one in our party was celebrated. Since we bought a multiday pass, a $69 gift card (two golf shirts, one mug, and a cookie) replaced the free admission. If the management has any sense, they’ve amply rewarded whoever had the idea and plan to continue it indefinitely.