California, Here We Come! DLR, Hollywood, and San Diego *OCTOBER 15-23, 2011*
Welcome! I am so excited to share about the great time we had in California! Please feel free to join in!
There is a Table of Contents with links in post #2.
DH: Stu is a test engineer that is looking forward to some time away from work! We have been to Florida the past three years and he decided that it was time for a change. He loves me enough to know that Disney needed to be involved in the decision on where to go, so California was the perfect choice!
My DD Erin is a second grader this year who loves soccer. She can't wait to see World of Color!
My DD Ava is so excited to be able to ride almost all of the rides this year. It is so hard to explain to her that she is too short for some rides because she thinks she is "big."
My name is Heidi and this will be the first time I have visited California! Needless to say, I am pretty excited. I work part-time as a Dental Hygienist and full-time as a Mom.
An exciting addition to our trip is my MIL Sandy! You hear all the stories about how awful mother-in-laws can be, but she is awesome. We have a lot of fun when we are together and she is so excited to go on a trip with two of her grandchildren. She has been faithfully hitting the gym since January to prepare for the trip. Here is a picture of Sandy with Stu.
The What: 9 days in Southern California!
The When: October 15-23, 2011
The Where: We will be spending 5 nights at the HOJO in Anaheim and 3 nights in San Diego.
Table of Contents:
October 15-Travel, Howard Johnson, and DTD:
October 15-Day 1
HoJo kids suite
Can we go swimming Mom?
October 16-Hollywood, LaBrea Tar Pits, Farmers Market, The Grove, Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach:
Hooray for Hollywood
Hooray for Hollywood continued
What is that smell?
Stu, you need to break this mess up!
October 17-Magic Morning, Bill Hill and the Hillbillies, Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Flag Retreat Ceremony, and the rest of our day at Disneyland!:
A Magical Morning
A Magical Morning-Part Two
She is going to be mad that Tink is on my shirt!
Billy Hill and the Hillbillies
Mickey's Soundsational Parade
Mickey's Soundsational Parade-Part 2
Mickey's Soundsational Parade-Part 3
Flag Retreat Ceremony
Flag Retreat Ceremony Part 2
October 18-Park opening at Disneyland, California Adventure, and World of Color:
The Rebel Spy
Rockin' and Rollin' with Phineas and Ferb
Hey Big Boy
Grandma Sandy's Promise and World of Color
October 19-Toontown Morning Madness and our last day at Disneyland and California Adventure:
Toontown Morning Madness Part 1
Toontown Morning Madness Part 2
Toontown Morning Madness Part 3
Saying Goodbye to California Adventure
A Very Magical 90 Minutes
October 20-Our day at Sea World:
Sea World Part 1
Sea World Part 2
Blue Horizons Part 1
Blue Horizons Part 2
Sesame Street Bay of Play
October 21-Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego, Cabrillo National Monument, Tide Pools, Coronado Island, and Hotel del Coronado:
Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego Part 1
Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego Part 2
Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Deigo Part 3
Holiday Inn Bayside and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Cabrillo Part 2
The Tide Pools
October 22-Trolley tour of San Diego with Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Old Town, and Seaport Village:
Touring San Diego By Trolley-Gaslamp Quarter and Coronado
Touring San Diego By Trolley-Coronado and the Trolley Ride
Touring San Diego By Trolley-Balboa Park and Old Town
Life Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
have a wonderful trip.
cant wait to read all about it
Beautiful family! Can't wait to read about your trip. Wish I was leaving next week too... This is the longest month ever and it's only the 7th.
I'm in! :) The trip sounds great!
Thanks to DISboards...
I have been having a great time with the planning of our trip. DISboards has been such a valuable part in the planning process.
Thanks to DISboards I learned about this fantastic thing called the Entertainment Rate! We don't live in a city that has an Entertainment Book, so this was entirely new to me. With the Entertainment Rate I was able to secure a kids suite at the HOJO for $99! My girls are hoping that it will be warm enough to enjoy the swimming area. Considering we typically have our first snow by mid-October I think they will be fine. I also like the fact that the suite has two bathrooms. This will come in handy considering there will be 3 adults getting ready and the one man in the group takes the longest to get ready in the morning!
Thanks to DISboards I learned that the ticket prices for DLR would be going up in June instead of August. This information allowed me to purchase our park tickets the day before the price increase!
Thanks to DISboards I learned about the AAA discount for Sea World tickets. With this discount we were able to get the tickets for the girls for free and our adult tickets at the childrens ticket price. That saved us almost $150!
Thanks to DISboards I found some great threads by Hydroguy. I have especially found the DLR Guide for WDW Vets thread and the World of Color Superthread helpful. I can't wait to use the hints in the World of Color thread for places to view the show.
Thanks to DISboards I have already received pixie dust! ttfn2u2pooh offered to be a "Fairy Godmailer" and sent my girls a postcard from "Mickey!" They were so excited to receive mail from Mickey. Even my DH was impressed!
I was also a recipient of some special pixie dust from smiles145 and Butterfly123. They were generous enough to share vouchers to TT Morning Madness that they did not use. Because of their generosity my girls will have a special surprise. Belle Ella is also pretty awesome in maintaining the list of people requesting vouchers.
The DIS rocks!
Up next: Our daily plans
Wooo-Hoooo!!!! So happy for you!!!!
Speaking of snow, we recevied our first dusting today. :( We go from Record Highs to snow overnight. Ugh!
LOL...funny we have the same itinerary.
We leave Oct 15th and stay at DL till Wed night then we're heading to SD and coming home on the 23rd. Have a blast and look forward to your TR. Heres to good weather!
Disboards is such an amazing resource! I'm glad that made planning your trip easier. I didn't know you could get discounted Sea World tickets with AAA. We have AAA so I'm tucking that tip in my mind for future use. Does that apply to Sea World in FL as well?
Staying at the Fairfield Inn. Stayed there before and enjoyed it. Had good rates at the time we booked so we're staying there again. If you run into a guy strutting Seattle Seahawks or Washington Husky gear...say hi, its probably me :lmao:
I am pretty sure you can get a $5 per ticket discount at Sea World in FL, but definitely keep an eye out for better deals. I found the awesome deal that we got on the Mousesavers site. Someone had posted that the deal was in the California AAA magazine and they included the promo code to purchase online. It was also nice because the tickets don't expire until one year from the date of purchase.
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