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TheTXTaylors5
02-18-2009, 04:45 PM
:thumbsup2 I have seen numerous post from WDW veterans, planning a first DLR trip (including us!).

:confused: What is bringing you away from WDW to DLR this year? For us, it is for a change of scenery. :thumbsup2 Don't worry. We're not abandoning WDW. We'll be back in November for MVMCP and a Wonder cruise. :santa: We feel as if we know the WDW parks inside and out. We can't afford a Disneyland Paris or Tokyo trip right now. So, going "home" to Disneyland California seems like the next best Disney adventure for our family. Also, DH celebrates a milestone birthday this year. He stated he did NOT want to be at WDW for his birthday. He never said anything about DLR. :rotfl:

:confused: What about you? Why are you going to DLR this year? :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

wmp.dll
02-18-2009, 04:51 PM
We went to Disneyland last August, and were planning on going to Walt Disney World this year, but since Space Mountain is going to be down for a refurbishment, were going to wait and will just go to Disneyland Instead.

Disney Princess
02-18-2009, 05:23 PM
We love WDW and are not abandoning it at all - we, like you, wanted a change in scenery. We thought it would be fun to do something we've never done before (at least not together). We are looking forward to a "fresh" Disney experience. But we'll be back at WDW in January (and maybe November if the flight prices come down!) :goodvibes

YellowMickeyPonchos
02-18-2009, 06:25 PM
If y'all don't already listen to the DIS Unplugged Podcast - run by the owners of this board, you should. :thumbsup2 From here on out, they will be featuring stories on DL planning - from dining and hotel reviews, to cool things to do around the parks. They should be a lot of fun and will help with your trips!

(Of course, I completely realize this is a shamless plug to get more of our DL folks to listen!!!!:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: )

f15robyn
02-18-2009, 06:34 PM
Well I'd been to WDW a number of times before I met my husband. His first trip ever was with me, but it's not something we got to experience together for the first time.

In his short 2 trips to WDW, he's become as BIG a fan as I am.

(And lots of recent business travel lead to a JetBlue award flight and some credits :thumbsup2 )

So it's off to DLR in May for the first time for either of us :mickeyjum

fairycat
02-18-2009, 06:40 PM
Can I say WOW!! You WDW peeps get back to the world a lot!!! No wonder you like the joint!!! :rotfl:

And welcome to the Land side of the dis!!!!!!:cheer2:

TinkSassy
02-18-2009, 07:24 PM
We're actually going to WDW in the fall.

Our DL trip came up as a girl's trip - one of our close friends is having a milestone as well! LA was a lot cheaper for everyone to get to than FL - so away we go! I'm looking so forward to it! I've only been once and I was 8 so it will feel like a whole new experience.

robynv
02-18-2009, 07:31 PM
For us it was the Military deal that came out last month. While I knew we couldn't afford another trip to the world, I thought we could swing one to the land. Being in Colorado helps as we are closer (although I'm still looking for good airfare) Also we hadn't been to the land since 2000 before Ca adventure opened so we"ve never seen it.

carj
02-18-2009, 07:32 PM
We tagged along when my husband went to Orlando for a conference. That was our children's first trip to WDW.

This year his conference is in San Francisco so...since he has to be in California anyway...:rotfl: Why not go visit Mickey?

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and very excited.

Sadly, this probably means that I won't be able to talk my husband into a WDW trip in 2010 for our 10 year anniversary. ( Besides, next year his conference is in Las Vegas:confused: )

Brady's Mom
02-18-2009, 08:06 PM
Well the good news is that Las Vegas is actually closer to DLR than San Francisco! :thumbsup2 So maybe you won't get to go to WDW, but maybe you can swing another trip to DLR! ;)

ksbean
02-18-2009, 08:32 PM
We're heading to California in May for two weeks primarily as I told DH we needed to visit someplace we've never been before. So we'll be off to visit the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Universal Hollywood, Death Valley Nat'l Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nat'l Park and Yosemite Nat'l Park in a few months. Yippee!

I do have to admit to trying to see if we can't fit in a week visit to WDW in the fall to take advantage of a 40% off pin code and possibly to visit over a birthday.

TheTXTaylors5
02-19-2009, 11:06 AM
If y'all don't already listen to the DIS Unplugged Podcast - run by the owners of this board, you should. :thumbsup2 From here on out, they will be featuring stories on DL planning - from dining and hotel reviews, to cool things to do around the parks. They should be a lot of fun and will help with your trips!

(Of course, I completely realize this is a shamless plug to get more of our DL folks to listen!!!!:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: )

party: Congratulations on being a Disneyland Correspondent! party:

Did you meet with Pete while he was in CA (or is he still there?)? DH has me hooked on the DIS Unplugged Podcasts. He downloads them on Thursday and then we lay in bed that night listening to them. Sometimes, it puts me asleep. So, we have to relisten a few times to hear the whole Podcasts sometimes. :rotfl: I can't wait to hear your DLR contributions to the show. Good luck! :goodvibes

:banana: It seems more and more die-hard WDW guests are venturing west to the original park. A WDW - DLR comparison would be great. Does Hydroguy have something like that? I've seen his name on the Disneyland California boards quite often. I am totally comfortable planning a WDW trip. But, DLR has been all new to me. How come they don't call things the same thing (ie: Magic Mornings (EMH), Priority Seating (ADR), etc ...). Being consistent among ALL Disney parks and resorts would make planning a little easier. :rolleyes1

Everyone have a magical trip! :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
02-19-2009, 11:16 AM
We're heading to California in May for two weeks primarily as I told DH we needed to visit someplace we've never been before. So we'll be off to visit the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Universal Hollywood, Death Valley Nat'l Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nat'l Park and Yosemite Nat'l Park in a few months. Yippee!


:cool2: We're squeezing San Diego into our DLR trip too. I can't wait! DH was there last year on business and emailed some photos. It looks beautiful. :cloud9:

Here's our "tentative" itinerary (We're driving. Anyone else having their own "Griswold" vacation too? ;) ):
TX - NM (hotel ?)
NM - San Diego, CA (2 nights @ Hotel del Coronado)
San Diego, CA - Anaheim, CA (4 nights @ Disneyland Hotel)
Anaheim, CA - Las Vegas, NV (2 nights @ Paris hotel and casino)
NV - Grand Canyon, AZ
AZ - NM (hotel ?)
NM - TX (Home!)

:surfweb: Jennifer

Melynny
02-19-2009, 11:19 AM
Hi Guys! I am a WDW vet, Heading to DL for a conference in March! I still love WDW, but work is funding the majority of this trip. Add to that it's at the DLH and I can't pass it up! I'll be using my DVC points for a few extra nights so I welcome ANY tips. It's been 30 years since I have been to DL and I CAN'T WAIT!

It's been strange, planning I mean, going the WDW has become more of a "what's new or changed" This is ALL NEW, I really do feel the pain of total Disney theme park newbies.. I had forgotten how intimidating it is! by the way, thanks for starting this thread!:hippie:

Sunshineminnie
02-19-2009, 11:28 AM
Oooo what a fun thread!

I am hoping to run in the DL marathon so that I can get a Coast to Coast medal as I just ran Goofy at DW in January. What a great excuse to slip off to California with the family!
:woohoo:

TheTXTaylors5
02-19-2009, 11:32 AM
Hi Guys! I am a WDW vet, Heading to DL for a conference in March! I still love WDW, but work is funding the majority of this trip. Add to that it's at the DLH and I can't pass it up! I'll be using my DVC points for a few extra nights so I welcome ANY tips. It's been 30 years since I have been to DL and I CAN'T WAIT!

It's been strange, planning I mean, going the WDW has become more of a "what's new or changed" This is ALL NEW, I really do feel the pain of total Disney theme park newbies.. I had forgotten how intimidating it is! by the way, thanks for starting this thread!:hippie:

:goodvibes Welcome to the thread!

:thumbsup2 We are also DVC members. However, our points for this and next year are tied up in our November/December WDW trip. We're going with extended family and I am sure you know how that goes, bigger room(s) means more points. I hope one year to stay at the new GC Villas. :thumbsup2 I plan to check out the models while at DLR. A fellow DVC Member DISer said they are amazing. :cloud9:

:surfweb: Jennifer

gowensby
02-19-2009, 11:40 AM
May 4-8 will be my first trip to DLR. I grew up on the East Coast (PA) and lived in Florida for 8 years. So I've been to WDW over 50 times, but I also wanted to do something different and new. Now that I'm in TX and have a free Southwest flight and Disney VISA points I'm going to DLR.

I'm excited, but a bit overwhelmed by the planning. The park-hopping talk is what I can't fathom. I never do it at WDW because of time, but it just seems like I could do more if I stay in one park all day. Hmmm.

I'm a huge Disney fan and though I'm married with three sons, this is a research/fun solo trip for me. Everyone will be in school and dad gets to go play for a few days! :cool1:

I'm going to go to an Angels game too.

Transportation from and to LAX is a concern. I'm not going to rent a car and am looking at mixed reviews of Super Shuttle.

Must say, I don't know what I would do without the DIS boards!

Disney Princess
02-19-2009, 11:40 AM
: We are also DVC members. [. . ]I plan to check out the model while at DLR. A fellow DVC member DISer said they amazing. :cloud9:

:surfweb: Jennifer

We are DVC members too - we are going to check out the models as a break from the heat. We can't wait to see what they look like!

Disney Princess
02-19-2009, 11:41 AM
Lots of us in TX! Guess we are between the two parks, so it is easy to hit both! How lucky are we!!!!!! :cool1: :cool1:

gowensby
02-19-2009, 12:00 PM
Yes! I'm just South of Dallas. Enjoying a beautiful day where the stars at night are big and bright.

Melynny
02-19-2009, 12:02 PM
I hated using my points for DLH, but even though I got a great conference rate it still seemed so expensive. I am planning on checking out the models, but I doubt we will be adding on, esp. out there. I see most of you are only at the DLH or a near hotel for 4 or so nights.. we will be there 9 nights.. Is that way too many.. I have 5 nights for the conference and then we will have 4 that I will take care of?

I am planning to get a 5 day park hopper and fill in the evenings and our travel days with DTD and hotel exploration/pool time? What do you guys think? We are flying from St Louis, so we leave stl around 8:30 am and we arrive at SNA-John wayne at 3:00, so that day will be all travel with a nice dinner, then on the day we leave we depart around 3 :30 pm. get home around 10:30 pm. Is a 5 day park hopper enough? Too much? Remember that I do have 2 all day training courses and 2 partial days of "conference stuff". Thanks for any input!

Sing4MeMickey
02-19-2009, 12:14 PM
My family goes to WDW 3-5 times a year (from Texas) and am completely satisfied spending every penny of vacation money there. However, my husband was just awarded a trip to any Ritz-carlton in the US for his sales with RSC. We chose Laguna Niguel which is about 30 miles south of DL. Sooooo, we are going. We are very excited (no kids are going), but a little nervous we will be disappointed and clueless. Any pointers? Which park first?:banana:

YellowMickeyPonchos
02-19-2009, 12:17 PM
We are DVC members too - we are going to check out the models as a break from the heat. We can't wait to see what they look like!

I'm going to be photographing them for a future DIS Unplugged blog entry this weekend, so they'll be posted up eventually.
We saw them before Christmas and they are even better than the normal hotel rooms.

meegs
02-19-2009, 12:23 PM
I also am headed to DLR for the first time, as a previous WDW regular! My friend and I have a conference in Anaheim, so we are excited to check out DLR! We went to WDW together during our intern year and had a blast- I am sure we will this year too!

TheTXTaylors5
02-19-2009, 12:25 PM
Lots of us in TX! Guess we are between the two parks, so it is easy to hit both! How lucky are we!!!!!! :cool1: :cool1:


:wave2: Welcome fellow Texans! :wave2:

:cool2: It really is a beautiful day here today. Feels like Spring has sprung. ;) I grew up in MA. I have been living in Texas for fifteen years. I do NOT miss shoveling snow or de-icing my car in the morning. However, one good snow a year would be nice for the kids. We had two ice days a few weeks ago. Where's the snow?????? :confused:

:thumbsup2 I agree, living in Texas is perfect for a trip to DLR or WDW. When I mapped DLR from home (We live in the Lake Cities area - south of Denton, north of Lewisville Lake), it was a few hours further to DLR than WDW. We drive to WDW at least two times a year. So, adding a few hours should be bearable for the family. Also, we're stopping off in San Diego on our way to Anaheim. It will give DH a few days to relax before the chaos called Disneyland. :rotfl:

:surfweb: Jennifer

YellowMickeyPonchos
02-19-2009, 12:27 PM
Did you meet with Pete while he was in CA (or is he still there?)?

I did meet with both Pete and Walter. Very wonderful gentlemen! Had a lovely dinner and conversation with them, Mary Jo, and the other two correspondents.

It seems more and more die-hard WDW guests are venturing west to the original park. A WDW - DLR comparison would be great. Does Hydroguy have something like that? I've seen his name on the Disneyland California boards quite often. I am totally comfortable planning a WDW trip. But, DLR has been all new to me. How come they don't call things the same thing (ie: Magic Mornings (EMH), Priority Seating (ADR), etc ...). Being consistent among ALL Disney parks and resorts would make planning a little easier. :rolleyes1

:surfweb: Jennifer

Jen - We are working on plans to do a show like this. It may take some time, but we would all like to get it on the air this year. Hydroguy has been wonderful in doing all of his FAQs for the DL Board. I think the biggest difference in how they do things between both parks is due to size. WDW outgrew the PS (used to be called that in the late 80s early 90s - ADRs are a relatively "new" term for WDW). Same with MM - Extra Magic Hours refers to before and after normal park hours. DL doesn't have "After Hours" openings.

Disney Princess
02-19-2009, 12:27 PM
I'm going to be photographing them for a future DIS Unplugged blog entry this weekend, so they'll be posted up eventually.
We saw them before Christmas and they are even better than the normal hotel rooms.

Wahoo!! I can't wait. :yay: :yay: :yay:

TheTXTaylors5
02-21-2009, 11:16 AM
:surfweb: I have been on the DISboards for a few years now. I mostly lurk on the Theme Parks and Attraction section under WDW. I have posted a little on the DIS Unplugged Podcast section. Also, when close to cruise time I hop onto the Disney Cruise Line threads.

:confused3 Have any WDW DISers noticed the lack of Disney "magic" on the WDW section lately? What is going on? I think being anonymous behind a computer screen has brought out the worst in some people. Just a recent observation. Okay, rant is over. Back to happy Disneyland planning. :wizard:

Y'all are great over here! :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
02-21-2009, 11:21 AM
Nancy - Thank you in advance for the photos and info on the DVC Villas. With all the new DVC properties. Buying into DVC when we did seems like the right move now. :banana:

:goodvibes Jennifer

fairycat
02-21-2009, 11:26 AM
I'm excited, but a bit overwhelmed by the planning. The park-hopping talk is what I can't fathom. I never do it at WDW because of time, but it just seems like I could do more if I stay in one park all day. Hmmm.

I'm a huge Disney fan and though I'm married with three sons, this is a research/fun solo trip for me. Everyone will be in school and dad gets to go play for a few days! :cool1:



YES to parkhopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It really is as easy as we DL vets say. It is a shorter walk to parkhop then it is from the bus station to the AK gates (by quite a bit). With no lines it takes less then 5 minutes, with lines max 15 minutes. It is so worth the ability to switch back and worth especially when the DL crowds build or to get food in DCA, which I do often since I like some stuff better at DCA.

I made the reverse mistake and thought it was easy at WDW and well I was very wrong. DLR does make hopping so easy, you'll love it!

wdhinn89
02-21-2009, 11:27 AM
We go to WDW just about every year and got a little burned out during October's trip. Figured we would try California in the summer so we could take a longer vacation and still do Disney but a little different.

5 Nights at the GC and 5 Nights at the Dana on Mission Bay in San Diego.

charmama4
02-21-2009, 11:31 AM
For us it was the Military deal that came out last month. While I knew we couldn't afford another trip to the world, I thought we could swing one to the land. Being in Colorado helps as we are closer (although I'm still looking for good airfare) Also we hadn't been to the land since 2000 before Ca adventure opened so we"ve never seen it.

Hey! We're taking advantage of the military deal also. We are coming from Wyoming ourselves. Tried to crunch numbers for WDW but it just wasn't in the cards for this family of 6. Enjoy DL.

daisygirl902
02-21-2009, 11:33 AM
I will never ever give up my opinion that WDW is the best place in the entire world - I would live there if I could...that being said I am travelling to CA in May to see my best friend, who moved there last year....I could not go all the way to CA without seeing DL :) So we are both going to be celebrating our Birthdays there in May - I am over-the-moon excited, but for some reason she is only mildly so....I'll never understand the people who are not inflicted with "mouse fever"....

tzuhouse
02-21-2009, 12:09 PM
Because my ds7 wanted to ride the Nemo subs and my DH had never been to California. We spent 10 days in CA, from Yosemite to San Fran to Monterey and down to Anaheim. It was a fun trip and we got to see many things that we'd never seen before. Personally, though, it wasn't a magical trip. Even though we went to DL/DCA for 3 days, got to countdown to open the park, etc. I just felt like there was something missing. Things weren't where they were in my head (because I'm use to WDW). Lines were outside in heat which got really bad one day and I wound up being sick with a migraine for most of the day and night.

I'm thrilled we went, but the next vacation will be back to WDW. I think I like picking a theme for the day and going there. If I want Epcot, we do Epcot and if we want to do a safari and see Devine, then we go to AK.

We've only been to WDW twice, but it has been for a total of 25 days. Not sure how long the 2010 trip will be, but I'm shooting for 14 days like the last one.

Mary

pmama
02-21-2009, 12:23 PM
Oh, I'm so excited. Didn't realise there were so many of us WDW fanatics visiting DL for the first time! What convinced me was:

1) CHEAP flights. WOW! Literally more than 1/2 the cost of flying to Orlando.
2) Inexpensive hotels in walking distance!
3) Something new!
4) Southern California City Pass (we are visiting San Diego and Coronado as well).
5) DD's birthday, we will be there over her birthday.

Disney Dreams
02-21-2009, 01:14 PM
...but a little nervous we will be disappointed and clueless. Any pointers? Which park first?:banana:

You won't be disappointed IF you come to DLR with the right mindset. So, let me help get you there.

WDW is 4 separate independently enjoyable parks, plus water parks and DtD. The parks are all linked through transportation and one can travel throughout them in about 10-20 minutes (depending upon which Parks). The Resorts are on property and one could easily spend a week a WDW and never leave Disney property.

DLR is 2 parks, plus DtD. Disneyland is easily the "Main" park with Disney's California Adventure being an enjoyable park as well. They are about a 3 minute walk from one main gate to the other. One can very easily go back and forth between the parks a few times during the day. While there are Disney hotels on-site, there are many, many hotels/motels within walking/shuttle distance from DLR that are NOT on property or Disney run.

Do not attempt to compare WDW to DLR. You WILL be disappointed. Instead, think of Disneyland as the Magic Kingdom, DtD as DtD, and DCA as the 2nd Park at DLR. Within this mindset, I don't think you will be disappointed. In fact, many find Disneyland to have a charm that the MK lacks, as well as appreciate many little details throughout Disneyland that are missing at the MK.

My last "mind-set" comment is in regard to the castles. Cinderella's Castle is HUGE. It is the focal point of the MK. This is NOT how Walt designed Disneyland. Sleeping Beauty's castle is MUCH smaller and was never meant as the center of the park. It is, however, the focal point when walking down Main Street and beautiful to its own right. Again, I find it more magical than Cinderella's castle which just seemed a little bit unnecessarily big to me. However, I know many WDW "regulars" who are disappointed in DL's castle because they find it so small. Knowing ahead of time might avoid this. :goodvibes

I would suggest you read HydroGuy's Guide to DLR for WDW Vets (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1162599). It is a good guide and will help you with your planning. He also gives you ride comparisons that will help with your expectations. (DL's Pirates ot Caribbean, for example, has much more to it than MK's.)

I hope this helps with not being disappointed. Disneyland is a wonderful, magical, special place. Enjoy it!

- Dreams

GottaLuvMickey
02-21-2009, 01:48 PM
My husband and I actually met on the College Program at WDW... but we're going to Disneyland this year mostly for financial reasons... We live in Phoenix, so we can drive there easily,:drive: plus he works for the Disney Store part time:worship: , and we have a couple tickets that we've gotten for free from them... But we're actually going to celebrate our daughters FIRST birthday! Yay! :tinker:

GottaLuvMickey
02-21-2009, 01:55 PM
:cool2: We're squeezing San Diego into our DLR trip too. I can't wait! DH was there last year on business and emailed some photos. It looks beautiful. :cloud9:

Here's our "tentative" itinerary (We're driving. Anyone else having their own "Griswold" vacation too? ;) ):
TX - NM (hotel ?)
NM - San Diego, CA (2 nights @ Hotel del Coronado)
San Diego, CA - Anaheim, CA (4 nights @ Disneyland Hotel)
Anaheim, CA - Las Vegas, NV (2 nights @ Paris hotel and casino)
NV - Grand Canyon, AZ
AZ - NM (hotel ?)
NM - TX (Home!)

:surfweb: Jennifer

Where in NM are you planning on stopping? I'm assuming you're probably taking I-10 and going to stop in Las Cruces? I wouldn't reccomend stopping anywhere else! If so, I used to live in LC and could tell you what hotels are decent there if you'd like... just let me know!

Sleepless Knight
02-21-2009, 03:12 PM
My last "mind-set" comment is in regard to the castles. Cinderella's Castle is HUGE. It is the focal point of the MK. This is NOT how Walt designed Disneyland. Sleeping Beauty's castle is MUCH smaller and was never meant as the center of the park. It is, however, the focal point when walking down Main Street and beautiful to its own right. Again, I find it more magical than Cinderella's castle which just seemed a little bit unnecessarily big to me. However, I know many WDW "regulars" who are disappointed in DL's castle because they find it so small. Knowing ahead of time might avoid this. :goodvibes
- Dreams

I completely agree with everything you said. I just wanted to add one note about why Disneyland's castle is so small. Please note that in no way is the following to be taken as a criticism in any way of the grandeur of Cinderella Castle. In medevial times, castles were designed to be large and intimdating to the peasant classes. Walt Disney wanted nothing to do with that, so he intentionally designed Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland to be smaller and more intimate.

YellowMickeyPonchos
02-21-2009, 03:43 PM
There's another reason the castle is small, too. Walt mortgaged everything he had to build that park. The net total spent on it in 1955 was in the ball park of $3,000,000 - a huge sum for that day and age.

He built it as big as he could and in the 1950's, in an area that previously was all orange groves -and didn't have as much replanted vegetation as it does today, that castle was HUGE!

Once you put yourself in that understanding, it's even more magical!!!!

Sleepless Knight
02-21-2009, 04:49 PM
Yep. Walt Disney risked his business and his own personal finances to build Disneyland. The Walt Disney Studios were still struggling to recover from WWII when Walt really began to work on Disneyland. As much as the place is a testament to him, it's also a testament to his brother Roy and wife Lillian that they believed his vision. He had the luxury of the huge success of Disneyland and the huge profits from Mary Poppins to sink into what he called the Florida project. Disneyland was built at tremendous risk to his life, family, and career.

I also think that every WDW veteran who loves WDW should keep this in mind when visiting Disneyland. If not for Disneyland, there would be no WDW.

traveljunkie
02-21-2009, 06:59 PM
Although we have been to DL before, it's be over 10 years and before CA and DTD were added. I planned a trip to San Diego under the guise of visiting relatives and I managed to squeeze 2 days at DLR. My husband likes WDW alot (still not as much as me) and is not at all excited about our DLR visit. I planned to stay the night at HOJO with just my daughters so we could go the 2 days. Now he's *thinking* about going 2 days too.... We'll see :confused3 but I know what I'm doing!! :rolleyes1

Disney Princess
02-21-2009, 08:22 PM
My husband and I actually met on the College Program at WDW... but we're going to Disneyland this year mostly for financial reasons... We live in Phoenix, so we can drive there easily,:drive: plus he works for the Disney Store part time:worship: , and we have a couple tickets that we've gotten for free from them... But we're actually going to celebrate our daughters FIRST birthday! Yay! :tinker:

We met on the college program at WDW too!!!! We were there in 2004. Our first date was to the MK. It will always be our "special place", but we're excited to try something new.

GottaLuvMickey
02-21-2009, 08:27 PM
We met on the college program at WDW too!!!! We were there in 2004. Our first date was to the MK. It will always be our "special place", but we're excited to try something new.


When were you there in '04?! :eek: That's when we were there! We did Fall Advantage '04, I was a lifeguard at BB :sad2: and he did merch on Discovery Island at AK! We both lived at Vista....:cool1:

jpeka65844
02-21-2009, 08:35 PM
More WDW vets making the pilgrimage to DLR this summer: June 30-July 5

We're going for the change of scenery and to see where it all began. Plus, we have friends that live in the area that have been bugging us to come visit "You know, they have one of those Disney thingies out here too......" they like to say.

I've never been to CA and if there's an earthquake and the whole state falls into the ocean while I'm there, I'm going to be pissed.....;)

Disney Dreams
02-21-2009, 08:48 PM
...I've never been to CA and if there's an earthquake and the whole state falls into the ocean while I'm there, I'm going to be pissed.....;)

Yeah, but then you will be getting an island vacation without having to go all the way to Hawaii! :goodvibes

abeyst
02-21-2009, 08:51 PM
I just got back from my first DL trip, and it was a wonderful experience!! I was in LA for business, so how could I not stay a few extra days and see DL!! Being I've been a WDW fan for decades, I was worried I may not like DL. Yes, it is a bit different. Having read HydroGuys thread, I was prepared. It was still hard not to compare DL to WDW, though. At least for the first day, lol! After that you just get swept up in the new park (cause you really don't know where you're going and you will need a map), and all the quaint, special touches that you won't find in the vastness of WDW.

A co-worker and I had Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. We finished everything we wanted to see/ride (which covered 98% of DL, 75% of DCA) by Sunday morning. We could have used a few extra days just to relax at the hotel.

I found many things I liked better about DL, too many to list in fact. I swear I could ride Storybook Land over and over and never get tired of it. I loved the charm of it all, and walking around knowing Walt was here, he designed this, he stood right where I stood. I had a chance to tell my coworker why the light in the fire house window stays lit all the time. I got to walk through a castle.

I had such a great time I upgraded my pass to an AP. I can't wait to take my kids back to see it, and enjoy the 'familiar differences' that DL will bring to them. (Here's hoping airfare goes WAYYYYY down!)

It won't be a 'destination' we can go to every year and have a new vacation, like we can at WDW. But we will visit every few years to enjoy the great qualities that you won't find at WDW.

I hope you all enjoy your trips, and have a truly wonderful time!

Disney Princess
02-21-2009, 09:26 PM
When were you there in '04?! :eek: That's when we were there! We did Spring Advantage '04, I was a lifeguard at BB :sad2: and he did merch on Discovery Island at AK! We both lived at Vista....:cool1:

:scared1: Spring Advantage 2004!!!! This is a SMALL WORLD. ;) I worked at Epcot as a Rescue Ranger and my husband worked at MK in food. Not "glamorous" jobs by any means, but a wonderful adventure and step in our careers. And yes, we were at Vista. Not meaning to hijack the thread, but crazy, crazy meeting you here. :goodvibes

TheTXTaylors5
02-22-2009, 10:18 AM
Where in NM are you planning on stopping? I'm assuming you're probably taking I-10 and going to stop in Las Cruces? I wouldn't reccomend stopping anywhere else! If so, I used to live in LC and could tell you what hotels are decent there if you'd like... just let me know!

:thumbsup2 Looking at a map, it does have us taking I-10. I think we can get further than Las Cruces on day one. Is Tucson an okay stop-off point? If not, somewhere close to Tucson. That would give us about six (6) hours left on day 2 to get to Coronado and enjoy the beach. :cool2: On the way back home, I plan to stay somewhere near Amarillo, TX. Then again, we may stay at the Grand Canyon longer than anticipated and Albuquerque might be a better stop. If we drove onto Texas, DH might see that Texas border sign, get a second wind or I would take over and we could drive on home. Our children travel well in the minivan. We've driven straight through to Orlando a few times (19 + hours). Where's Starbucks at 1 am when you need it? The one on the FL Turnpike is always a pleasant sight. ;)

Any suggestions appreciated. :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
02-22-2009, 11:23 AM
:banana: Believe it or not, I just bought our Disneyland souvenir t-shirts yesterday. There is a temporary store that set-up shop near us (Disney items up to 80% off). They will be there for the next 30 days. DH saw the banner driving home from work on Friday. I was out and about in the area and stopped by. Walking into the building, I was like a kid in a candy store. The merchadise was "authentic" park merchandise. Yes, authentic real Disneyland-logo merchandise. I was shocked. I thought it was going to be crappy rip-offs. It was like the shopping gods put this store there just for me. Most of the merchandise was from Disneyland, there were a few items from WDW. They had t-shirts, sweatshirts, pin-trading pins, 2008 Disney park scrapbooks, authentic park autograph books, cups, mugs, authentic stuffed animals (with the special tags you know they are from the parks), etc... They plan to get more merchandise this week. I plan to go back. I got everyone a Disneyland t-shirt (or two ;) ), Mickey doll with a Disneyland flag and a Disneyland pin-trading pin.

Here are some photos, so you can see exactly what I got:

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:thumbsup2 If this comes to your town, check it out! You won't be disappointed. Happy Shopping! :wizard:


:surfweb: Jennifer

02AggieGirl
02-22-2009, 02:56 PM
I wanted to go to disney for my bday and airfare was less to LAX than MCO. I'm super excited!! :thumbsup2

Disney Princess
02-22-2009, 09:16 PM
:banana: Believe it or not, I just bought our Disneyland souvenir t-shirts yesterday. There is a temporary store that set-up shop near us (Disney items up to 80% off). They will be there for the next 30 days. DH saw the banner driving home from work on Friday. I was out and about in the area and stopped by. Walking into the building, I was like a kid in a candy store. The merchadise was "authentic" park merchandise. Yes, authentic real Disneyland-logo merchandise. I was shocked. I thought it was going to be crappy rip-offs. It was like the shopping gods put this store there just for me. Most of the merchandise was from Disneyland, there were a few items from WDW. They had t-shirts, sweatshirts, pin-trading pins, 2008 Disney park scrapbooks, authentic park autograph books, cups, mugs, authentic stuffed animals (with the special tags you know they are from the parks), etc... They plan to get more merchandise this week. I plan to go back. I got everyone a Disneyland t-shirt (or two ;) ), Mickey doll with a Disneyland flag and a Disneyland pin-trading pin.


:thumbsup2 If this comes to your town, check it out! You won't be disappointed. Happy Shopping! :wizard:


:surfweb: Jennifer

Great deals you found!! Where exactly is this shopping paradise? I may have to trek to Lewisville!!

4greatboys
02-22-2009, 09:56 PM
Another Texan, WDW vet and DVC member heading out to CA this summer. We are going in June.

My 2 youngest are 8 and 6 and they want to go to Lego Land plus my husband has family in CA so of course we have to hit Disney and Universal while we are there. We are going to stay a week in Anaheim then drive down and spend a few days in San Diego.

We are flying. I'm not a fan of driving anywhere that takes more than 3 hours to get there :rotfl:

I have been to DL once before but it's been over 20 years.

TheTXTaylors5
02-23-2009, 07:54 AM
Great deals you found!! Where exactly is this shopping paradise? I may have to trek to Lewisville!!

It is right off of I-35E in the same shopping plaza as Garden Ridge and Toys R Us. You can't miss it! They are there for the next 30 days.

Here's a link (http://www.ams-liquidation.com/) to the company that offers these sales.

Happy Shopping! :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

Inkmahm
02-23-2009, 12:30 PM
I won free airline tickets with AA in a raffle and we had to figure out where to go to use them. With the birthday promotion this year, we decided to go to California to San Diego zoo and wildlife park as well as DL for my DH's birthday. We get to WDW 3 times each year so this is a 4th Disney trip for us this year. I haven't been to DL since about 1988 and DH has never been there.

Disney Princess
02-23-2009, 02:23 PM
It is right off of I-35E in the same shopping plaza as Garden Ridge and Toys R Us. You can't miss it! They are there for the next 30 days.

Here's a link (http://www.ams-liquidation.com/) to the company that offers these sales.

Happy Shopping! :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

Thanks! I'll take a look this weekend. :goodvibes

02AggieGirl
02-23-2009, 02:53 PM
It is right off of I-35E in the same shopping plaza as Garden Ridge and Toys R Us. You can't miss it! They are there for the next 30 days.

Here's a link (http://www.ams-liquidation.com/) to the company that offers these sales.

Happy Shopping! :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer


Hey I grew up in Lewisville!! My parents still live there :)

TheTXTaylors5
02-25-2009, 12:03 PM
Hey I grew up in Lewisville!! My parents still live there :)

It's a small world! :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
02-25-2009, 12:06 PM
I won free airline tickets with AA in a raffle and we had to figure out where to go to use them. With the birthday promotion this year, we decided to go to California to San Diego zoo and wildlife park as well as DL for my DH's birthday. We get to WDW 3 times each year so this is a 4th Disney trip for us this year. I haven't been to DL since about 1988 and DH has never been there.

:dance3: You get to WDW three times a year and you live in Wisconsin. Personally, I find that amazing. And now the DLR trip will make it four Disney trips. :worship: Can I be a part of your family? Are you open to adopt a 30 something year old child at heart???? :rotfl:

:goodvibes Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
02-25-2009, 12:12 PM
Another Texan, WDW vet and DVC member heading out to CA this summer. We are going in June.

My 2 youngest are 8 and 6

If you had a DS3 too, I would have to say . . . JINX! :rotfl:

We are from Texas
WDW Vets
DVC Members (AKV)
Going to DLR in June
Have DS8 and DD6
We're going to San Diego while in CA

:goodvibes Jennifer

Mickeefan
02-25-2009, 12:19 PM
I'm planning my first DLR trip for next January. I've not giving up WDW. My extended family is taking a cruise in December between Christmas & New Year's to the Mexican Riviera. After the cruise, I'm planning to stay a few extra days (since I'll already be in the area) and visit Disneyland. My parents may also stay, since they've never been there either.

I haven't done a lot of research about hotels or airfare quite yet, but would love hotel suggestions. Thanks.

sm4987
02-25-2009, 09:50 PM
I'm a a WDW vet and this will be our 3rd time to DL. We started to take advantage of that wonder 4/3 deal, but the kids (go figure) were like we are so tired of WDW and they LOVE DL (even more so than DW, never expected that!) so we are off to DL this summer instead of WDW.

We are in by no means giving up on WDW, but it really is a change of pace, scenery, and DL just has a great feel to it. However with all the additions to DCA, I'm thinking we are going to have to go back a few times to take it all in! :thumbsup2 :woohoo:

jpeka65844
02-26-2009, 05:29 AM
Here's a question for everyone: We're going June 30-July 5 and plan on only doing Disney property. Will we be bored? Some people say you need 4 days tops and we've got 6. I like the idea of spending multiple days in a park and getting to do things more than once. It seems like at WDW, we've always gone when it's crowded and it's hard enough to do things ONCE, let alone twice.

What do you think?

pmama
02-26-2009, 08:45 AM
Here's a question for everyone: We're going June 30-July 5 and plan on only doing Disney property. Will we be bored? Some people say you need 4 days tops and we've got 6. I like the idea of spending multiple days in a park and getting to do things more than once. It seems like at WDW, we've always gone when it's crowded and it's hard enough to do things ONCE, let alone twice.

What do you think?


Not sure as we've not been there yet but I noticed you're from Kansas. Might be fun for your family to take a day trip to Catalina Island (or just a local beach) since you will have the time.

I live inland too and can't stand being that close to the ocean without at least visiting it for a day.:sunny:

Disney Princess
02-26-2009, 09:37 AM
Here's a question for everyone: We're going June 30-July 5 and plan on only doing Disney property. Will we be bored? Some people say you need 4 days tops and we've got 6. I like the idea of spending multiple days in a park and getting to do things more than once. It seems like at WDW, we've always gone when it's crowded and it's hard enough to do things ONCE, let alone twice.

What do you think?

YAY KS!! I grew up in Wichita. :goodvibes We haven't been ourselves since we were kids, but we are planning 7 days. I think most people think we're crazy, but we want to enjoy it! We plan on taking afternoon breaks and riding things multiple times. We want to see all the parades and shows, and we want to take our time and enjoy the atmosphere. I think we may have extra time on our hands, but I don't think we could ever be bored there. We'll just ride something again, sit and people watch, catch a parade, etc. Especially in the heat of July, you'll need those breaks, and you won't feel rushed to accomplish everything so quick.

Of course, I may change my mind after our 7 day trip, but I still think it'll be great. Just my .02!

Disney Princess
02-26-2009, 09:37 AM
Here's a question for everyone: We're going June 30-July 5 and plan on only doing Disney property. Will we be bored? Some people say you need 4 days tops and we've got 6. I like the idea of spending multiple days in a park and getting to do things more than once. It seems like at WDW, we've always gone when it's crowded and it's hard enough to do things ONCE, let alone twice.

What do you think?

Just realized, it's over 4th of July as well. The crowds may slow you down, so you'll want those extra days to accomplish things! :thumbsup2

sm4987
02-26-2009, 10:09 AM
Here's a question for everyone: We're going June 30-July 5 and plan on only doing Disney property. Will we be bored? Some people say you need 4 days tops and we've got 6. I like the idea of spending multiple days in a park and getting to do things more than once. It seems like at WDW, we've always gone when it's crowded and it's hard enough to do things ONCE, let alone twice.

What do you think?

We did the 6 day many years ago, and with the kids being really young it was harder. Now 6 days wouldn't be so bad. However, count in all the fun stuff to do at the resorts, take more time to actually sit and eat at some of the restaurants and shops, and of course explore DD. I'm sure you can fill up six days!

TheTXTaylors5
02-26-2009, 10:22 AM
I'm a a WDW vet and this will be our 3rd time to DL. We started to take advantage of that wonder 4/3 deal, but the kids (go figure) were like we are so tired of WDW and they LOVE DL (even more so than DW, never expected that!) so we are off to DL this summer instead of WDW.

We are in by no means giving up on WDW, but it really is a change of pace, scenery, and DL just has a great feel to it. However with all the additions to DCA, I'm thinking we are going to have to go back a few times to take it all in! :thumbsup2 :woohoo:

:scared: It is just killing me that we aren't taking advantage of the the 4/3 WDW deal this year. But from all the recent Trip Reports, a lot of other people ARE taking advantage of the deal. If it is financially possible, this may be the perfect year to visit DLR. However, last night DH (Who DOESN'T know about our DLR trip.) was pricing a WDW trip for Spring Break in a few weeks. :banana: I think he needs a Disney "fix" (and a break from work). Little does he know . . . :rolleyes1 Last year, we went to WDW in April/May, September and November/December. This year, we are only scheduled for November/December. I think DH is missing "home". ;)

:thumbsup2 We'll have to head back when they finish all the updates to DCA too. Hopefully, DS3 will still be into Cars as much as he is now. He loves that movie and anything Lightning McQueen related. :love: I can't wait to see "Carsland". Also, I assume the lake will still be drained when we go. I want to get the whole intended effect of the wharf area. My poor family, they'll have to head to DLR again in the future. :rotfl:

:surfweb: Jennifer

sm4987
02-26-2009, 10:34 AM
:scared: It is just killing me that we aren't taking advantage of the the 4/3 WDW deal this year. But from all the recent Trip Reports, a lot of other people ARE taking advantage of the deal. If it is financially possible, this may be the perfect year to visit DLR. However, last night DH (Who DOESN'T know about our DLR trip.) was pricing a WDW trip for Spring Break in a few weeks. :banana: I think he needs a Disney "fix" (and a break from work). Little does he know . . . :rolleyes1 Last year, we went to WDW in April/May, September and November/December. This year, we are only scheduled for November/December. I think DH is missing "home". ;)

:thumbsup2 We'll have to head back when they finish all the updates to DCA too. Hopefully, DS3 will still be into Cars as much as he is now. He loves that movie and anything Lightning McQueen related. :love: I can't wait to see "Carsland". Also, I assume the lake will still be drained when we go. I want to get the whole intended effect of the wharf area. My poor family, they'll have to head to DLR again in the future. :rotfl:

:surfweb: Jennifer

I know we need our Disney fix and DL really gives you that in spades! I kept warning my kids last year, it's not like WDW. It's not like WDW. They took that advice to heart and ended up falling in love with DL based on what it is. I just moved from Texas(DFW) to Colorado and find now that I'm closer to DL, I want to get to know the park a little better...................but I promise you that 4/3 deal just keeps calling!

BTW, my son is 13 and still loves cars and can't wait for Cars land. Then again, he loves test track, so this will be really great for him. As for the other updates, another show on the water! Must go back for that too. Although I hope it's more Illuminations type rather than another form of Fantasmic.

If you have a chance, go to Goofy's to eat. I promise the family will love it. I also like Minnie and Friends a whole lot as the character interaction is wonderful. :wizard:

TheTXTaylors5
02-26-2009, 10:48 AM
I know we need our Disney fix and DL really gives you that in spades! I kept warning my kids last year, it's not like WDW. It's not like WDW. They took that advice to heart and ended up falling in love with DL based on what it is. I just moved from Texas(DFW) to Colorado and find now that I'm closer to DL, I want to get to know the park a little better...................but I promise you that 4/3 deal just keeps calling!

BTW, my son is 13 and still loves cars and can't wait for Cars land. Then again, he loves test track, so this will be really great for him. As for the other updates, another show on the water! Must go back for that too. Although I hope it's more Illuminations type rather than another form of Fantasmic.

If you have a chance, go to Goofy's to eat. I promise the family will love it. I also like Minnie and Friends a whole lot as the character interaction is wonderful. :wizard:

:cloud9: We're staying at the Disneyland Hotel. So, I am hoping to make a PS for Goofy's. We won't have far to go for breakfast. ;) Also, I was planning on making a PS at Blue Bayou for DH's actual birthday. Is making PS at DLR just as cut-throat as WDW? :banana: I felt like we won the lottery when DH got a CRT ADR at 8:10 am last September. I had been trying for three years!!!!

:thumbsup2 We live in the DFW area. You are missing a beautiful 80 degree day here today. It is gorgeous! :cool2:

:goodvibes Jennifer

sm4987
02-26-2009, 11:28 AM
:cloud9: We're staying at the Disneyland Hotel. So, I am hoping to make a PS for Goofy's. We won't have far to go for breakfast. ;) Also, I was planning on making a PS at Blue Bayou for DH's actual birthday. Is making PS at DLR just as cut-throat as WDW? :banana: I felt like we won the lottery when DH got a CRT ADR at 8:10 am last September. I had been trying for three years!!!!

:thumbsup2 We live in the DFW area. You are missing a beautiful 80 degree day here today. It is gorgeous! :cool2:

:goodvibes Jennifer

DL Hotel is so beautiful. That was where we stayed our very first time. However once I realized the walk was further than across the street, we saved the money and stayed at HoJo this last time. Not a bad walk and closer than DL hotel believe it or not! TO get to the parks from the DL hotel you have to walk through DD. Seems like a trek and sometimes difficult when the parks let out as DD gets very crowded.

It's not as cut throat, so if you call when your window opens up, no problems! Blue Bayou is also beautiful. The food was ok, but you can't beat the atmosphere! :cloud9: He will so love you for taking him there :love: I could ride Pirates in DL over and over again it is such a huge difference from WDW!

DFW had no winter at all this year. We've had a semi one here in the Springs. It has been a wonderful 55-60 as an high pretty much the last 2 weeks. Love it. Don't miss that Texas heat for anything. :rolleyes1 You would think that some one who's lived in Texas their whole lives would think Colorado too cold, but I am loving it here. Plus we have a wonderful view of the mountains and the Air Force Academy. Awesome!

TheTXTaylors5
02-26-2009, 01:05 PM
DL Hotel is so beautiful. That was where we stayed our very first time. However once I realized the walk was further than across the street, we saved the money and stayed at HoJo this last time.

It's funny you mentioned HoJo's. :confused3 I was on the fence about DLH or HoJo's. Being our first DLR trip, I chose DLH to stay on-property for the MTTMM and option of MM every day offered. :thumbsup2 After seeing the lay of the land, we may try HoJo's next time. They have a very "postive" following on the DISboards. :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

sm4987
02-26-2009, 04:41 PM
I was on the fence again, started to stay in DLH or HoJo. I decided on HoJo again. Our last room was so great we had a top floor facing DL room with the fireworks visible every night! It was so awesome and beautiful. It was also peaceful watching the fireworks and not being in the crowds.

You will love the DLH, but for us after that first time saving the money is so much better!

tink713
02-26-2009, 07:55 PM
We just booked our first DL trip for this October. We're staying at the DLH. But we will be back to WDW next February. We just want to try out all the different rides that Disneyland has to offer plus we have family out in California so we will visit them while we are there.

TheTXTaylors5
02-27-2009, 12:07 PM
:lmao: DH is still persisting the WDW trip for DD6's Spring Break in a few weeks. However, ALL the onsite resorts are booked. I didn't think that was a good sign crowd-wise. :scared: It will be a madhouse. :confused3 I guess a lot of people took advantage of the 4/3 deal and will be there for Spring Break too. We may be able to go, but stay off-site. Does anyone recommend any hotels near WDW? In the past, we have always stayed on-site. Oh wait! I take it back, they DID have rooms at the Swan and Dolphin. Has anyone stayed at either of those resorts? I know they are not owned by Disney, but enjoy the same on-property perks as other Disney guests. Also, any off-property hotel recommendations are appreciated.

Thank you in advance for any help. Who knows, we may be in Orlando in three weeks. :cool1:

:surfweb: Jennifer

sm4987
02-27-2009, 12:11 PM
I have stayed at the Dolphin and it was great! However, you can not charge back to your room. That would be the only downfall. Not sure about the dining plan. I stayed there way before the new dining plan.

Offsite......what about the Gaylord?

f15robyn
02-27-2009, 12:22 PM
:lmao:...Oh wait! I take it back, they DID have rooms at the Swan and Dolphin. Has anyone stayed at either of those resorts? I know they are not owned by Disney, but enjoy the same on-property perks as other Disney guests. Also, any off-property hotel recommendations are appreciated.
:surfweb: Jennifer

On our January 2009 trip we stayed at Board Walk Villas, which share the bus line with Swan and Dolphin. I felt bad for the folks at S & D. Because by the time we left BW, the busses were almost always practically full. So the folks from S or D would have to stand. Also, they were dropped off after us on return trips. I said to my husband, that's the downside of not being a Disney property. Although technically the busses are available to those guests, it's not quite as good as the service at the Disney owned resorts.

For our Jan 2008 trip we stayed at Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, 8100 Lake Street, Orlando, Florida. It was about $139 per night for a 2room suite (king bed in the bedroom and sleeper sofa in the main room, plus mini kitchen, table and chairs, etc). The free morning breakfast was good and the pool at hot tub were great. It wasn't that far from the parks (we had a rental car).

If you don't mind driving to the parks, it really was great.

TheTXTaylors5
02-27-2009, 07:05 PM
:worship: I have to give my DH some praise. :love: Somehow, he got us into the All Star Movies resort the week of March 16th. So, we are off to WDW in three weeks! :cool1:

Thank you for all the hotel recommendations. DH really wanted to stay on-property. :banana: Somehow, he made it work. We've only stayed in a Value (ASMU) one other time for just one night (we got to WDW a day early). So, we know what to expect. It's a glorified motel with a Disney price.;) I honestly didn't care where we stayed. We'll be at the "Happiest Place on Earth!" :wizard:

:goodvibes Jennifer

Disney Princess
02-27-2009, 09:14 PM
It is right off of I-35E in the same shopping plaza as Garden Ridge and Toys R Us. You can't miss it! They are there for the next 30 days.

Here's a link (http://www.ams-liquidation.com/) to the company that offers these sales.

Happy Shopping! :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

We went today. DH left work early and we had fun. Thanks for sharing the tip! :thumbsup2

:worship: I have to give my DH some praise. :love: Somehow, he got us into the All Star Movies resort the week of March 16th. So, we are off to WDW in three weeks! :cool1:

Thank you for all the hotel recommendations. DH really wanted to stay on-property. :banana: Somehow, he made it work. We've only stayed in a Value (ASMU) one other time for just one night (we got to WDW a day early). So, we know what to expect. It's a glorified motel with a Disney price.;) I honestly didn't care where we stayed. We'll be at the "Happiest Place on Earth!" :wizard:

:goodvibes Jennifer

You are so lucky! Enjoy your time. No matter how busy it is, you'll have a blast. You must have gotten in on those great airfare sales they are having! :goodvibes

TheTXTaylors5
02-27-2009, 09:20 PM
We went today. DH left work early and we had fun. Thanks for sharing the tip! :thumbsup2



You are so lucky! Enjoy your time. No matter how busy it is, you'll have a blast. You must have gotten in on those great airfare sales they are having! :goodvibes

:goodvibes Glad you made it out to Lewisville. Did you get anything? I'm heading back there on Sunday.

:drive: We are driving to Florida. With a family of five, airfare can add up. Also, we love roadtrips. We've made the drive so many times, we honestly don't need the navigator anymore. :rotfl:

:goodvibes Jennifer

Disney Princess
02-28-2009, 09:50 AM
:goodvibes Glad you made it out to Lewisville. Did you get anything? I'm heading back there on Sunday.

:drive: We are driving to Florida. With a family of five, airfare can add up. Also, we love roadtrips. We've made the drive so many times, we honestly don't need the navigator anymore. :rotfl:

:goodvibes Jennifer

That drive will be adventure in itself. Should be fun. Especially if your kids can sleep during the drive! It is just my husband and me, so the airfare is cheaper than driving (sometimes :goodvibes ). We didn't get much. I got a T-shirt and we got a little souvenir book. It is outdated, but it has colorful pictures to look at as we get excited for our trip! Something else to touch as we wait and wait and wait. Have fun in Orlando. :thumbsup2

4greatboys
02-28-2009, 02:58 PM
I have stayed at the Dolphin and it was great! However, you can not charge back to your room. That would be the only downfall. Not sure about the dining plan. I stayed there way before the new dining plan.

Offsite......what about the Gaylord?


The Gaylord is very, very nice. The rooms are big and the internet is included in the resort fee unlike some other hotels.

TheTXTaylors5
02-28-2009, 05:16 PM
Okay our plans have changed once again. :rolleyes1

:cool1: We are heading to DISNEYLAND in three weeks! DH was poking around on the internet again and found the adults pay the kids price for tickets at DLR. Then, he logged onto the AAA website to see if he could find a 4/3 WDW deal for his birthday in June. So here's our current and LAST change (I promise! ;) ):

Disneyland Hotel (March 15 - 19)
Port Orleans French Quarter (June 24 - July 1)

:sad1: I had to cancel the Hotel del Coronado and Las Vegas portions of the trip to make both these trips possible. I am sure we'll be back.

:banana: I called today and made our PS for DLR. We are having lunch at the Blue Bayou and breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen.

So much for trying to plan a surprise trip for DH's birthday. But, I got two Disney trips out of it. So, I can't complain too much. Two for the price of one. :laughing:

:happytv: DH is in the other room watching a Disneyland special we DVRd last year. He's my BIG kid. I think he's a little excited about the trip. :rotfl:

:surfweb: Jennifer

sm4987
02-28-2009, 08:48 PM
Okay our plans have changed once again. :rolleyes1

:cool1: We are heading to DISNEYLAND in three weeks! DH was poking around on the internet again and found the adults pay the kids price for tickets at DLR. Then, he logged onto the AAA website to see if he could find a 4/3 WDW deal for his birthday in June. So here's our current and LAST change (I promise! ;) ):

Disneyland Hotel (March 15 - 19)
Port Orleans French Quarter (June 24 - July 1)

:sad1: I had to cancel the Hotel del Coronado and Las Vegas portions of the trip to make both these trips possible. I am sure we'll be back.

:banana: I called today and made our PS for DLR. We are having lunch at the Blue Bayou and breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen.

So much for trying to plan a surprise trip for DH's birthday. But, I got two Disney trips out of it. So, I can't complain too much. Two for the price of one. :laughing:

:happytv: DH is in the other room watching a Disneyland special we DVRd last year. He's my BIG kid. I think he's a little excited about the trip. :rotfl:

:surfweb: Jennifer

Don't you just love men? LOL They will totally change all the plans! Have a wonderful time. Now you've got some planning to do!

Check out the ridemax software. Can make a trip to DL much easier.

TheTXTaylors5
03-01-2009, 11:49 AM
Don't you just love men? LOL They will totally change all the plans! Have a wonderful time. Now you've got some planning to do!

Check out the ridemax software. Can make a trip to DL much easier.

:thumbsup2 They mentioned ridemax on the DIS Unplugged Podcast. I think their segment on Disneyland is what got DH thinking about going. :rolleyes1

:idea: I hinted today that I really wanted to see the Grand Canyon on the way back home. So, we may still get to do that. There are some "buffer" days built-in. So, if we want to stay at DLR longer or actually take the longer way home (via Grand Canyon) we can. :cool1:

:wizard: I am on a quest to find a Passporter - Disneyland today. It was suppose to be delivered to the book stores in February. But, there was a delay. The Unofficial Guide just isn't cutting it for me. Off to B&N ...

:surfweb: Jennifer

Marjol
03-01-2009, 12:04 PM
I'm not really a WDW veteran with two (long) visits in '07 and '08, but I guess you could call me a Disneyland Paris veteran with 12 visits between '97 and '08.

This year we're visiting Disneyland during our two week trip through California. We've been to this area of the states in '06, but didn't get to see Disneyland so we always wanted to go back. :wizard:

I think we'll be back in WDW one day, but it's a big trip for us and we have some other plans for the future, so we'll see how it goes :)

For the moment, I'm really looking forward to our first Disneyland visit! :cheer2:

TinkSassy
03-01-2009, 12:05 PM
Skip the Passporter Disneyland - unless you like the pocket and planning pages. As a WDW veteran - it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Hydroguy's threads were much more informative.

Disney Princess
03-01-2009, 03:17 PM
Have fun with both your Disney trips! At least you get to go soon to SOME Disney park. I'm dying with my 2+ month wait. :rolleyes1

pmama
03-01-2009, 04:20 PM
Okay our plans have changed once again. :rolleyes1

:cool1: We are heading to DISNEYLAND in three weeks! DH was poking around on the internet again and found the adults pay the kids price for tickets at DLR. Then, he logged onto the AAA website to see if he could find a 4/3 WDW deal for his birthday in June. So here's our current and LAST change (I promise! ;) ):

Disneyland Hotel (March 15 - 19)
Port Orleans French Quarter (June 24 - July 1)

:sad1: I had to cancel the Hotel del Coronado and Las Vegas portions of the trip to make both these trips possible. I am sure we'll be back.

:banana: I called today and made our PS for DLR. We are having lunch at the Blue Bayou and breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen.

So much for trying to plan a surprise trip for DH's birthday. But, I got two Disney trips out of it. So, I can't complain too much. Two for the price of one. :laughing:

:happytv: DH is in the other room watching a Disneyland special we DVRd last year. He's my BIG kid. I think he's a little excited about the trip. :rotfl:

:surfweb: Jennifer


Wow, well now you are going to DLR before me! Looking forward to reading about your trip. I'm interested especially in how Goofy's Kitchen goes. I'm thinking of booking that for DD's birthday.

aGoofyMom
03-01-2009, 07:21 PM
If y'all don't already listen to the DIS Unplugged Podcast - run by the owners of this board, you should. :thumbsup2 From here on out, they will be featuring stories on DL planning - from dining and hotel reviews, to cool things to do around the parks. They should be a lot of fun and will help with your trips!

(Of course, I completely realize this is a shamless plug to get more of our DL folks to listen!!!!:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: )

I will second that shameless plug! :thumbsup2
It was Pete & the gang's talk about DL that made me really want to go. They keep saying how it is such a different experience.

Acutally I am over here as I am starting some planning for my first trip to DL for the end of August/beginning of September. DD is very aware that she is the only family member not to celebrate her birthday in a Disney Way. I will take any suggestion for a celebrating an 8th birthday at DL. I will admit the planning likely won't start in full until AFTER the podcast cruise in May :woohoo:

TheTXTaylors5
03-02-2009, 12:21 PM
Skip the Passporter Disneyland - unless you like the pocket and planning pages. As a WDW veteran - it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Hydroguy's threads were much more informative.

I couldn't find the new Passporter - Disneyland. I couldn't even find an old (1996 version) Passport - Disneyland. The clerk told me the new version won't be out until early summer now.:scared: I may venture out to 1/2 Price Books today to see if they have an older version. After hearing the DIS Unplugged Podcast on ridemax (http://www.ridemax.com/)(and a previous post's recommendation). I am leaning towards subscribing to that too. Every bit will help! ;)

:goodvibes Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
03-02-2009, 12:33 PM
Wow, well now you are going to DLR before me! Looking forward to reading about your trip. I'm interested especially in how Goofy's Kitchen goes. I'm thinking of booking that for DD's birthday.

:thumbsup2 I'll give you a report on Goofy's Kitchen.

:goodvibes I have to admit, making PS for DLR was so much easier than an ADR for WDW. I pretty much had my pick of times. I was shocked to get an 11:30 am PS for Blue Bayou. I hope that means the parks will be reasonable crowd-wise

With the Podcast Crew's recommendation, we are touring the parks Monday, Tuesday and and Wednesday. If needed or desired, we can tour Thursday too. :sad2: DH said there isn't a showing of Fantasmic! on Mon - Wed. I thought it was shown every night (sometimes two times). Did he misread?????

I assume with DLP being a "locals" park. It would be busy during the locals' Spring Break. Does anyone know when the locals have Spring Break or Californians in general? I googled and read a lot of April dates. :worship: I'm hoping that is still true.

:surfweb: Jennifer

Kayla's Mom
03-02-2009, 01:50 PM
:

I assume with DLP being a "locals" park. It would be busy during the locals' Spring Break. Does anyone know when the locals have Spring Break or Californians in general? I googled and read a lot of April dates. :worship: I'm hoping that is still true.

:surfweb: Jennifer

I can tell you that some of the AZ schools have Spring Break that week...we are going to be there the 15th and 16th. I remember reading about other breaks that week, but I don't remember what states they were.

TheTXTaylors5
03-03-2009, 01:44 PM
Check out the ridemax software. Can make a trip to DL much easier.

:thumbsup2 I purchased the ridemax subscription. I have PM'd you some questions.

:surfweb: Jennifer

sm4987
03-03-2009, 02:53 PM
:thumbsup2 I purchased the ridemax subscription. I have PM'd you some questions.

:surfweb: Jennifer

I sent you a pm back! :yay:

TheTXTaylors5
03-05-2009, 11:47 AM
:confused: What is the first ride everyone plans to ride at Disneyland? We are heading straight for ...

The Matterhorn Bobsleds

:goodvibes Jennifer

sm4987
03-05-2009, 12:08 PM
:confused: Was is the first ride everyone plans to ride at Disneyland? We are heading straight for ...

The Matterhorn Bobsleds

:goodvibes Jennifer

LOL. That is where we head first too. Of course you then have to go on it again and pick the other side! :laughing: While not quite Expedition Everest, it is really a fun ride! :thumbsup2

pmama
03-05-2009, 12:37 PM
:thumbsup2 I'll give you a report on Goofy's Kitchen.

DH said there isn't a showing of Fantasmic! on Mon - Wed. I thought it was shown every night (sometimes two times). Did he misread?????


:surfweb: Jennifer

Thanks, from what I've read here on the boards Fantasmic will be closed March to May. I'm hoping it's back up by the time we get there.

WannabeAriel
03-06-2009, 06:49 AM
Add me to the list of WDW vets headed to Disneyland this year!!! I've been one time - in 2005 for our 10 year anniversary. I think the castle was decorated like a cake or something! It was cool!

I'm going because I have a wedding in Portland to go to and the flights between Portland and LA were TOO cheap not to take advantage!!! We are doing a whole 16 days spread out between Portland, Disneyland and then up to San Francisco! I'm pretty excited!!! :thumbsup2

We saw most of the LA/Hollywood/San Diego stuff when we were there in '05 so we aren't doing anything in LA besides Disney!!! We will have 3 full days at Disney plus most of our arrival and departure days!!!! :banana:

Although WDW will always be "home" - I am excited to get back to Disneyland! There is something magical about visiting the park that Walt built and actually walked around in! :cloud9: I'm also going to do the "Walt's Footsteps" tour and I can't WAIT!!! Oh yeah... AND it's my BIRTHDAY!!!! :yay: :woohoo: :yay:

Oh... and even though we live in Louisiana now, we lived in Fort Worth for 10 years... so that SORT of puts me in the Texas club huh??? :laughing:

jpeka65844
03-06-2009, 07:49 AM
:confused: What is the first ride everyone plans to ride at Disneyland? We are heading straight for ...

The Matterhorn Bobsleds

:goodvibes Jennifer


We will probably be going for Indiana Jones or Space Mountain. Haven't run it by DH yet.....:yay:

Getting excited! 115 days to go!

TheTXTaylors5
03-06-2009, 07:58 AM
Oh... and even though we live in Louisiana now, we lived in Fort Worth for 10 years... so that SORT of puts me in the Texas club huh??? :laughing:

Once a Texan, always a Texan! :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

Disney Princess
03-06-2009, 08:05 AM
Oh... and even though we live in Louisiana now, we lived in Fort Worth for 10 years... so that SORT of puts me in the Texas club huh??? :laughing:

You're in! :rotfl: Your trip sounds awesome. I have distant relatives in Oregon and we've done family reunions there - it is BEAUTIFUL. You'll have a blast. Enjoy!

TheTXTaylors5
03-06-2009, 08:15 AM
:smickey: Reminder: Daylight Savings this weekend. Set your clock ahead an hour at 2 am Sunday morning. :hourglass

WannabeAriel
03-06-2009, 08:20 AM
Once a Texan, always a Texan! :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

Haha! That's good! I miss FW terribly!!!! Maybe one day I'll get to move back!!! Although... it IS nice to be only 9 hours drive away from WDW!!! It's all about priorities!!! ;-)

TheTXTaylors5
03-06-2009, 09:03 AM
In case y'all want them for your trip ...

From the Anaheim Orange County (http://www.anaheimoc.org/)website:

McDonald's - 10% Discount (Food Only) coupon (http://www.anaheimoc.org/banner_admin/ads/McDonalds08_v1.gif) (Anaheim location)
Rainforest Cafe - Free Appetizer or Save $5 off two breakfast entrees coupon (http://www.anaheimoc.org/banner_admin/ads/RainforestCafe_09v2.gif) (Anaheim location)
Disney's Character Warehouse Outlet Store - 10% Off Your Purchase coupon (http://www.anaheimoc.org/banner_admin/ads/DisneyCharacter08_v1.gif) (Fullerton location)

From the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (http://www.bubbagump.com/)website:

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company - Free Smoothie coupon (http://www.bubbagump.com/promotions/smoothie.html)(take the survey, print the free coupon)

:goodvibes Jennifer

Disney Princess
03-06-2009, 09:05 AM
Haha! That's good! I miss FW terribly!!!! Maybe one day I'll get to move back!!! Although... it IS nice to be only 9 hours drive away from WDW!!! It's all about priorities!!! ;-)

If we were 9 hours away, I'd be on :cloud9: ! Although I know how you feel. We are so close to FW and LOVE the area. But . . . . I think 9 hours away from WDW wins. ;)

TheTXTaylors5
03-07-2009, 02:46 PM
:cool1: I can't believe this time next week, we'll be on the road to Disneyland. :cool1:

7 days until the Taylors hit the road to where it all started! :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

momofdisaddict
03-07-2009, 07:19 PM
:cool1: I can't believe this time next week, we'll be on the road to Disneyland. :cool1:

7 days until the Taylors hit the road to where it all started! :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

We are three weeks away from our road trip. Have a great time on yours. :)

jpeka65844
03-07-2009, 07:21 PM
Does anyone know if DLR resorts have refillable mugs like WDW? What's the easiest way to grab a soda?

And I'm assuming that soda isn't going to taste funny, seeing as how it's not made with Orlando water. ;)

TheTXTaylors5
03-08-2009, 11:56 AM
And I'm assuming that soda isn't going to taste funny, seeing as how it's not made with Orlando water. ;)

:rotfl:

:confused: Have you been on a Disney cruise? By day three, the soda from the machines starts to taste salty from the filtered water. Yuck! :scared1:

:goodvibes Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
03-10-2009, 11:48 AM
:surfweb: Did any of you enter your email to be notified on the "Are You 23?" promo? The site is still counting. But, it was announced elsewhere. As rumored, it is a Disney Fan Club.

:wizard: Official D23 membership and merchandise is now for sale on Disneyshopping.com (http://disneyshopping.go.com/disney/store/CategoryDisplay?Nu=p_productID&Nty=1&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nr=AND%28OR%28pStoreID%3A10051%2CpStoreID%3A10601% 2CpStoreID%3A10052%29%2CpPublished%3A1%29&langId=-1&Ntt=14479&categoryId=14479&catalogFromSearch=10002&N=0&Ntk=p_categoryID&lid=search_submit&Searchstr=D23&selectedOption=All+of+Disney+Shopping&D=D23&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Dr=AND%28OR%28pStoreID%3A10051%2CpStoreID%3A10601% 2CpStoreID%3A10052%29%2CpPublished%3A1%29&catalogId=10002&Dn=0&storeId=10051)

:goodvibes Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
03-11-2009, 12:30 PM
As a DLR newbie, I have found the following info from HydroGuy very helpful...

A DLR Guide for WDW Vets (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1162599&page=9)

:goodvibes Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
03-13-2009, 10:59 AM
1 day until our anticipation is over! :wizard:

:woohoo: DH purchased our Disneyland 4-Day Park Hoppers online today. There's no turning back now! ;) You see correctly "4-Day Park Hoppers"! Since we're not going to Legoland this trip, DH surprised me and added an extra Disneyland park day. Yay! More Disney fun to be had. :cool1:

:scared1: We plan to leave home around 5 am tomorrow and end up somewhere in New Mexico for the night. We should arrive in Anaheim around 4 pm on Sunday. We're relaxing Sunday night and getting to bed early. We plan to be at the Disneyland Park rope drop Monday morning. :woohoo:

:thumbsup2 I'll post a Trip Report when we get back.

:surfweb: Jennifer

WannabeAriel
03-13-2009, 11:25 AM
Whoo Hoo! Have fun and happy driving!!! :drive:

Be sure to come back here and link your trip report when you start it!!!

Disney Dreams
03-13-2009, 02:37 PM
Does anyone know if DLR resorts have refillable mugs like WDW? ...
No refillable mugs at DLR. Sodas are sold everywhere.

:surfweb: Did any of you enter your email to be notified on the "Are You 23?" promo? The site is still counting. But, it was announced elsewhere. As rumored, it is a Disney Fan Club.

:wizard: Official D23 membership and merchandise is now for sale on Disneyshopping.com (http://disneyshopping.go.com/disney/store/CategoryDisplay?Nu=p_productID&Nty=1&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nr=AND%28OR%28pStoreID%3A10051%2CpStoreID%3A10601% 2CpStoreID%3A10052%29%2CpPublished%3A1%29&langId=-1&Ntt=14479&categoryId=14479&catalogFromSearch=10002&N=0&Ntk=p_categoryID&lid=search_submit&Searchstr=D23&selectedOption=All+of+Disney+Shopping&D=D23&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Dr=AND%28OR%28pStoreID%3A10051%2CpStoreID%3A10601% 2CpStoreID%3A10052%29%2CpPublished%3A1%29&catalogId=10002&Dn=0&storeId=10051)

:goodvibes Jennifer

D23 Website (www.disney.com/23)

Disney Dreams
03-13-2009, 02:39 PM
1 day until our anticipation is over! :wizard:

:woohoo: DH purchased our Disneyland 4-Day Park Hoppers online today. There's no turning back now! ;) ...

ROADTRIP! Fun! Have a great time. DH and I spent 8 wonderful days at WDW in October. It was a blast and we can't wait to go back. That said, I just love Disneyland. It's just magical.

Disney Dreams
03-13-2009, 02:51 PM
:goodvibes I have to admit, making PS for DLR was so much easier than an ADR for WDW.
Dining is MUCH easier at DLR. When we made our WDW plans we were in shock at all the "to do" over planning meals. You will find DLR a giant relief in that respect.

DH said there isn't a showing of Fantasmic! on Mon - Wed. I thought it was shown every night (sometimes two times). Did he misread????
Nightly showings of Fantasmic! since the holiday season ended was unusual. It was due to the fact that there was major work taking place on Main Street so there have been no parades or fireworks. With the "off season" ending, the new parade is starting at the end of March. Therefore, the nightly showing of Fantasmic! has ended. It is now weekends only, with fireworks back during the week.

It would be busy during the locals' Spring Break. Does anyone know when the locals have Spring Break or Californians in general? I googled and read a lot of April dates. :worship: I'm hoping that is still true.
DL starts getting busy around now. Colleges around the country start having Spring Breaks and people come to DL. Local schools (generally speaking) have Spring Break the week before or the week after Easter.

I sent you a pm back! :yay:
Have nothing specific to say to your comment, but wanted to catch your eye. I noticed your signature. - moment of silence - I STILL miss VMK. :hug:

Thanks, from what I've read here on the boards Fantasmic will be closed March to May. I'm hoping it's back up by the time we get there.
See above regarding Fantasmic! It will be back for summer. Exactly when is not yet known.

HTH,
Dreams

tetney12
03-13-2009, 05:53 PM
Born and raised in Miami, FL, I have been to WDW over 100 times in my 30 years. I love everything about WDW! My DD (4) has already been to WDW 8 times.

We have been out to CA 3 times before and my DH has never wanted to go...stating that WDW is in our backyard. This trip out to CA i have finally convinced him! We are going out for his cousins wedding....so i extened the trip by 4 days....

We will be there July 12th-16th and then we are off to Pasedena for the wedding and then Las Vegas for 2 nights!

I am BEYOND excited and am obssessed with planning out trip.

I called last week to set-up our ADR's, but was told that they don't do the 180 days like WDW....i was taken aback :lmao:

So far we will have a 3 day park hopper...hoping to do 1 day per park and then on the last day do BBB and then hop over to Ariel's gotto for dinner!

BTW...did I mention that I am super excited!

TheTXTaylors5
03-23-2009, 10:41 AM
:sad1: We are back home. :cool1: What an amazing trip!!!!!! :cool1:

Some Trip Highlights:
Seeing the light on in the Fire Station. (Thanks Walt!)
Seeing the fireworks from our hotel room (Disneyland Hotel - Magic building)
Eating riverside at the Blue Bayou.
Eating at the Storytellers Cafe - Chip 'n Dale Critter Breakfast @ GCH. Great character interaction. (We never made it to Goofy's Kitchen. I'll explain that in my TR).
Riding in the back and front of the monorail. (When it was working. ;))
Riding the "original" PoTC with my family. (Great ride. Definitely better than the WDW version. IMO)
Riding California Screamin' (Great ride! Loved it!)
Special "Fast Pass" card (I'll explain that in my TR).
Seeing the Grand Canyon with the children.
Seeing a wild coyote run in front of us at the Grand Canyon.
Driving through snow flurries in New Mexico. (We live in Texas. So, anytime we see snow is a treat.)

:thumbsup2 I will load the pictures onto the computer and then compose a Trip Report soon.

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
03-23-2009, 11:54 AM
Some Observations:

Churros, churros, churros. They are EVERYWHERE. But, so yummy!

I've heard numerous times that Disneyland is a locals park. We found that to be so true. Which makes the parks crowded no matter what time of year you visit. Both parks were crowded during our visit. But, we still didn't wait more than 20 minutes for a ride, except for Nemo Subs. Using FPs and riding the more popular rides in the morning helps in touring efficiently. The parks were definitely more crowded after 11 am.

Disney's California Adventure is a mess. But, we see their vision for the future and can't wait to see it completed. We plan to return when the renovations are completed. Next year, the water show should start. It is going to have lights on the water like Fantasmic! at DHS and also a water show like the Bellagio in Vegas. It looks like it will be an amazing show. We can't wait to go back and see it. In 2012, Cars Land should be completed. A nice CM told us that the Cars ride will be like Test Track. But, your car races the one next to you. It should be fun.

:sad2: There always seemed to be a ride closure somewhere. While at DLR the following rides/attractions were down at least once:

Monorail
Space Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Indiana Jones Adventure
Matterhorn Bobsleds
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Grizzly River Run

:thumbsup2 Rides we liked at DLR better than WDW:

Pirates of the Caribbean
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Jungle Cruise
It's a Small World
Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

:surfweb: Jennifer

sm4987
03-23-2009, 02:02 PM
Welcome back! I'm glad to hear that you all had a great time. Those same rides you listed we also liked much better than the WDW versions.

I can't wait to see the Grand Canyon.

It sounds like you all had a great time and I can't wait to read your trip report.

Disney Princess
03-23-2009, 03:29 PM
Welcome home! It sounds like you had a great time. We also drove through those flurries! We went to visit my in-laws in WA and left Friday night. We started getting snow in Amarillo - of all places we had snow in TX - not CO, not WY, not MT, not ID, not WA! Unbelievable.

I am looking forward to your trip report. :goodvibes

TheTXTaylors5
03-24-2009, 12:22 AM
I called last week to set-up our ADR's, but was told that they don't do the 180 days like WDW....i was taken aback :lmao:


FYI: WDW changed their ADR policy. Now, they only make ADRs 90 days out like PS at DLR. I learned that the hard way when trying to make ADRs for our June 2009 WDW trip.

Good luck getting whatever you want. If you plan to dine at Blue Bayou ... I made an 11:30 am Blue Bayou PS and had no problem getting riverside. Just make sure to inquire on riverside when you check-in. I noticed people coming in after us being seated away from the water, when there were plenty of tables near the water. So, it pays to ask. ;)

Have a magical trip! :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
03-24-2009, 01:04 AM
We also drove through those flurries! We went to visit my in-laws in WA and left Friday night. We started getting snow in Amarillo :goodvibes

:cold: There was still some snow on the ground when we came through Amarillo on Saturday morning. I saw a family building a snowman at a rest stop a little west of Amarillo. It was a sight.

We were tempted to stop at the infamous steak place in Amarillo (The Big Texan Steak Ranch (http://www.bigtexan.com/)). But, it was too early in the day for steak. On the way back, I caught a glimpse of the Cadillac Graveyard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/crowolf/148572637/in/set-72057594138154958/)off the highway. One of these years, I need to remember to pack some spray paint and let the kids loose out there. :rotfl: We'll definitely be heading west sometime in the future.

:cloud9: We fell in love with Disneyland park. As much as people comment on how small Sleeping Beauty castle is compared to Cinderella Castle at MK. We felt it fit the park perfectly. Knowing we were in the park Walt built made it extra special. DH and I took a moment one night and stood in front of the Fire Station with the lamp on in the window.

It was truly magical. :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
03-25-2009, 02:38 PM
:thumbsup2 I've started my Trip Report. Check it out here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1933900).

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
03-29-2009, 01:26 PM
DH just informed me that Disneyland resort has a current "Get Two More Nights FREE With a 3-Night Hotel and Ticket Package" (http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/reserve/specialOffers/detail?name=FY09Q4_2MoreNightsFreeSpecialOfferPage ) . Where was this promo when we went??????

Maybe, it can help some of y'all. :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

sm4987
03-29-2009, 08:53 PM
DH just informed me that Disneyland resort has a current "Get Two More Nights FREE With a 3-Night Hotel and Ticket Package" (http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/reserve/specialOffers/detail?name=FY09Q4_2MoreNightsFreeSpecialOfferPage ) . Where was this promo when we went??????

Maybe, it can help some of y'all. :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

We just booked it! We switched to the Disneyland hotel. Great deal if you ask me. Hopefully I will have it paid off by the end of the week!:banana:

jpeka65844
03-29-2009, 09:06 PM
DH just informed me that Disneyland resort has a current "Get Two More Nights FREE With a 3-Night Hotel and Ticket Package" (http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/en_US/reserve/specialOffers/detail?name=FY09Q4_2MoreNightsFreeSpecialOfferPage ) . Where was this promo when we went??????

Maybe, it can help some of y'all. :goodvibes

:surfweb: Jennifer

We rebooked! We have reservations at GCH and the new package deal saved us $1300!!!!

TheTXTaylors5
04-04-2009, 05:18 PM
We rebooked! We have reservations at GCH and the new package deal saved us $1300!!!!

:scared1: Wow! Congratulations on your savings! :cool1:

:goodvibes Jennifer

MsStinkerBelle
04-04-2009, 08:13 PM
Hi folks! :goodvibes

Add me to the list of WDW vets headed to DL for the first time. Okay, well it isn't exactly my first visit to DL but when I lived in LA I visited DL as a day guest--not overnight. My DD and I will be visiting DL for Christmas and we are soo excited!

We've done WDW so much that it's time to try something different yet still somewhat familar. Wierd, I know.... :lmao:

bookgirl2632
04-05-2009, 07:02 AM
:confused: What about you? Why are you going to DLR this year? :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

We aren't abandoning WDW by any stretch. In fact, we are planning to go back to the World in September 2010. However, we happen to be going to Southern California in August, so we are working in a few days at Disneyland. I'm really excited since it will be my first time there. I'm sure I'll love it because it is Disney, but nothing can compare to WDW.

TheTXTaylors5
04-08-2009, 05:37 PM
It's almost time for the Easter Bunny to make his appearance. Here's Disney's version ...

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r23/TXTaylors5/TN_Easter-Pooh-Costume-Flowers.jpg

(Oh wait! Pooh isn't "technically" licensed by Disney is he? Let me find an "Easter Mickey". There has to be one out there somewhere ...)

:goodvibes Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
04-08-2009, 05:43 PM
We aren't abandoning WDW by any stretch.

:thumbsup2 Same here. We're going to WDW this June and November/December. However, our recent trip to DLR was honestly a nice break and treat from WDW. Navigating the parks was fun. It was all new to us. I think even our second DLR trip be just as exciting. The trip left us wanting more Disney magic. :wizard:

:goodvibes Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
04-08-2009, 05:54 PM
I found this one to be cute ...

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r23/TXTaylors5/easter3.gif

:goodvibes Jennifer

tinkatheart111
04-10-2009, 09:42 AM
We have been to WDW for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would love to do Disney over our summer break but I absolutely HATE heat and humidity. The overall Southern Cal weather looks much better to me. One problem I have, it may just be the kids and I and I am wondering about the transportation options available. Any details about this? Especially airport to resort and resort to parks. TIA!

TheTXTaylors5
04-11-2009, 03:52 PM
Happy Easter to you and yours!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r23/TXTaylors5/clipmickbunny.gif

TheTXTaylors5
04-11-2009, 03:55 PM
:surfweb: Does anyone have a Pre-Trip Report they want to share? Make sure to let us know how your trip goes. Others may be able to benefit from your experience.

Thanks! :flower3:

:goodvibes Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
04-15-2009, 01:07 PM
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r23/TXTaylors5/4th-July-Mickey-Donald-Rocket-1.jpg
Happy (or unhappy if you had to pay the Taxman) Tax Day 2009!

:surfweb: Jennifer

TheTXTaylors5
04-15-2009, 01:29 PM
We have been to WDW for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would love to do Disney over our summer break but I absolutely HATE heat and humidity. The overall Southern Cal weather looks much better to me. One problem I have, it may just be the kids and I and I am wondering about the transportation options available. Any details about this? Especially airport to resort and resort to parks. TIA!

We drove to DLR. So, transportation wasn't an issue for us. However, I did some research and found the following for you:

From the Anaheim Orange County website (http://anaheimoc.org/Articles/Archive/Webpage10255.asp):

Airport Shuttles Link (http://anaheimoc.org/member_details/listview.asp?cat=6419)

Disneyland Resort Express w/coupon link (http://anaheimoc.org/member_details/member_detail.asp?memberID=16394)

If you are staying on-property or at one of the Good Neighbor Hotels on Katella Ave, you don't need transportation once you get to your hotel. You should be able to walk to the parks. However, if you do find the walk too far (off-property), there is local transportation called ART (http://www.rideart.org/index.php?loc=1) (Anaheim Resort Transit). It makes the rounds to the local hotel and drops you off right in front of the main plaza between DLP and DCA. There is a fee for this bus service and multi-day passes can be purchased.

From the ART website (http://www.rideart.org/index.php?loc=11):
All ART passes run consecutive dates.

1 Day Pass
Adult Pass $4.00 (10 years and older)
Children's $1.00 (3 years and older)

3 Day Pass
Adult Pass $10.00 (10 years and older)
Children's $2.00 (3 years and older)

5 Day Pass
Adult Pass $16.00 (10 years and older)
Children's $4.00 (3 years and older)

Passes can be shipped regular mail
(1.00 handling charge per order applies)
or delivered directly to one of our member hotels listed below.
(Please allow 3-5 Days to process your order.)

Free Delivery to listed hotels Regular Mail Home Delivery - $1.00 handling charge.
America's Best Value Astoria Inn & Suites America's Best Value / Fantasy Inn Anabella Hotel Anaheim Carriage Inn Anaheim Desert Palm Inn & Suites Anaheim Harbor RV Park Red Lion Anaheim Resort RV Park Anaheim Marriott Ayres Hotel Anaheim Best Value Inn Best Western Meridian Best Western Pavilions Best Western Raffles (DKN) Best Western Stardust Best Western Stovall's Inn Clarion Hotel Comfort Inn & Suites Comfort Inn Maingate Courtyard by Marriott Cortona Inn & Suites Days Inn Anaheim West Dolphin's Cove Resort DoubleTree Guest Suites Econo Lodge Maingate Embassy Suites Anaheim South Extended Stay America Greenwood Suites Hampton Inn & Suites Hilton Anaheim Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Suites Anaheim/Orange Holiday Inn @ Walnut Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort Homewood Suites Garden Grove Hotel Ménage Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Islander Inn & Suites Jolly Roger's Hotel/Tarsadia Hotels La Quinta Inn and Suites Marriott Suites Motel 6 Peacock Suites Resort Portofino Hotel/Tarsadia Hotels Quality Inn Maingate Ramada Limited Maingate North Ramada Limited Suites/Convention Center Ramada Plaza Hotel Anaheim Resort Residence Inn Anaheim Residence Inn Garden Grove Sheraton Park Hotel Staybridge Towne Place Suites Travelodge International Inn WorldMark Anaheim

You can also buy on-board, one-way, one-time tickets for $3. The on-board purchase program does not include any type of pass, and accepts cash only.

Service Schedule
During peak periods or special events, 10-minute frequency services early morning and evening high-demand periods. Non-peak periods are serviced with 20-minute frequency and a mid-day service break is taken from approximately 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Daily Hours of Operation
Daily service begins 60 minutes before area theme parks open and concludes 30 minutes after closing.


I hope this helps!

:goodvibes Jennifer

pjstevens
04-15-2009, 04:30 PM
:confused: What about you? Why are you going to DLR this year? :wizard:

:surfweb: Jennifer

Jennifer, like you, we are WDW vets. This is our first trip to DLR. We bought into AKV in October and had developer points that needed to be used, (needed, lol)... just give me another reason to go! :goodvibes We've never been to CA. We did make it to AZ one year (dd was a competitive gymnast and had a competition out there).

I honestly thought we'd never get any further. I was so excited when we decided to do this. We are four months away from our trip and cannot wait. I'm checking out your TR for any tips.

TheTXTaylors5
04-16-2009, 09:28 PM
Jennifer, like you, we are WDW vets. This is our first trip to DLR. We bought into AKV in October and had developer points that needed to be used, (needed, lol)... just give me another reason to go! :goodvibes We've never been to CA. We did make it to AZ one year (dd was a competitive gymnast and had a competition out there).

I honestly thought we'd never get any further. I was so excited when we decided to do this. We are four months away from our trip and cannot wait. I'm checking out your TR for any tips.

:thumbsup2 We bought into AKV too. We finally get to stay at Kidani Village this fall (2-bedroom Savannah-View). :woohoo: I can't wait! Every past WDW trip, we ventured over to AKV and checked out the progress of our new "home". :cloud9: We aren't staying there in June. :guilty: We're staying at SSR (less points and they had availability). But, we plan to go check out the completed AKV resort.

We never got around to it ... check out the DVC models for the new VGC (The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa). The models are right next to the DLH. Presently, unless you visit the preview center, all you can see is the exterior construction of the new Villas (I think they open Fall 2009). We definitely plan to stay there on our next DLR visit. I have been spoiled with DVC. I missed the space and my washer and dryer in the room during our DLH visit. ;) We walked through the GCH for our Storytellers breakfast. That hotel is beautiful. It reminded me of WL a bit, but on a smaller scale.

:sad1: Our trip is now just a memory. :worship: I am so envious of y'all that haven't been yet. Maybe, I can live vicariously through you??????? :rolleyes1

Have a magical trip! :wizard:

:goodvibes Jennifer

stitch1986
04-19-2009, 01:17 AM
Reason why I am going to DL instead of WDW this year is due to money issues we are tight on cash, but DL is cheaper for everyone to get there, I am going on my first time without my family and just my friends to DL and it is a way for me to get close to them and to know them better when not at work. I also havent been to DL since 2004 and I have been looking at stuff to do in DL and I do not recall some of the stuff but then not sure it could of been there we just were not paying attention due to the fact my father just passed away and we just wanted to get out of the house, so I am hoping this trip will make up for it and to make new friend memories:) sorry if it was a bit long lol

helenk
04-21-2009, 01:45 PM
I am going on my first trip to Disneyland in just 10 days :banana: I've never been to California so I am excited. Florida was just closer and I'm comfortable in my surroundings in WDW. But I've always wanted to go to Disneyland since that is where it all started.
I bought into the AKV and I got my developer points. I used some to go to WDW last November and then I had enough to stay at the the DLH for 5 nights, then I decided to go on a Saturday instead of Sunday so I booked at the Fairfield Inn for one night on Marriott Points. I had enought Rapid Rewards with SW so I have a free flight from Phila to LAX. I am going solo so I am not renting a car, but I am booked on the Super Shuttle. I work for Allstate and we get a discount on the park tickets, so I am going relatively inexpensively.
I will never give up my WDW trips though, I booked for a stay at the AKV in June (my grand-daughter's first trip) and I've got my solo trip booked for December.
This is just going to be such a neat experience for me. I am nervous and excited all at one time :yay:

MK4ever
04-21-2009, 11:30 PM
Reason why we are going to DL for the first time is I have always wanted to see DL and the buy 3 get 5 deal convinced my hubby to go. We are used to going to WDW in value season with lower crowds and less heat, so this should be interesting to go in peak season. Since I am not sure if this will be a once in a lifetime trip I did not want to go off season and miss anything!
helenk I am nervous and excited like you. I know it is a lot smaller, but planning seems more difficult than going to WDW for some reason, I guess because I don't know what to expect.

05MM08MM
04-23-2009, 10:34 AM
I am going to the D23 Expo this year. The price drop on the flights made my decision about being able to go. Just going to be at DL/DCA for 1-day though. Will be a short 3 night stay in Anaheim.

TheTXTaylors5
06-04-2009, 01:46 AM
:wizard: We'll be back to DLR sooner than expected ...

:banana: Doing a happy dance! :banana:

I just booked DH and I (:woohoo: no kids!!!!) on an Adventures by Disney trip. We are doing the DIS Unplugged ABD California Backstage Magic Tour on April 13, 2010. We will have a little under a year to anticipate this trip. With the price, I will need all the time I can to save and pay for it! ;) Disney sure is proud of these trips. This will definitely be a "Once in a Lifetime Trip". :cloud9:

:wizard: Jennifer