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Old 06-23-2012, 03:30 AM   #1
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Super Deluxe Mega Trip Reportinator! Now featuring 8/12 San Diego/Disneyland report!

Last year I wrote up a nice big pre-trip report for our DLR trip. I had every intention of following up with a post-trip report, really, I did! But when we came back I was so sad, so very sad, and I just couldn't write it! What can I say, I get post-DLR depression.

So now I'm back. From outer space. I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face...

Oh wait, sorry. Disco moment. And now you're all singing it, aren't you. It's OK, I am too.

Originally I didn't want to go to Disneyland this year. Say WHAT??? No wait, hear me out. This summer I turn 39, which means next year I turn 40, and I thought it would be good to turn 40 in the Happiest Place on Earth. I figured the Carsland Hype would be gone, and there would be some other new and impressive thing, and we could splurge and stay at the DLH again, AND tack on a trip to San Diego with a stay at a nice hotel there, and that would be lovely and expensive and I'd need time to save for that. So that meant this year would be low key, or something different.

But I couldn't think of anything that didn't involve lots of driving, or even more money. And DD started talking about "When we go to Disneyland this summer..." and it just sort of made sense to go back. And to tack on a few days in San Diego in the beginning, because really, could we possibly have dragged ourselves to San Diego after being in Disneyland? No. We would have stayed put in Disneyland and canceled our San Diego trip for sure.

So let's get down to business!

Cast of Characters:

Me: Divorced mom of 2, teacher. I have always enjoyed Disney, but I really fell in love when I took DD on her first Disney trip when she was 15 months old, and I was pregnant with my son. It was just the 2 of us, and seeing the magic through her eyes was amazing. We've been to a Disney park every year since then.

DD: Happy, creative, dreamer. She is a feeler, LOVES Disney, and can be cautious about rides. She has always loved the characters though, and will talk their ears off.

DS: Adventurous, practical, logical. DS is a thinker, and he also loves Disney. He wants to try all the rides, but is a little shy around characters.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
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So, last year we went to Disneyland and did a day trip to Sea World. I love San Diego, but I couldn't fit a whole San Diego trip into the budget. I wanted to wait until next year to revisit DLR, so the Cars Land hype had a chance to calm down, but I just wasn't inspired and DD kept talking about the rides she was willing to try at DLR now. I figured we might as well go, and add SD to our trip.

We are flying in to SD, and staying downtown. When I ask the kids what they want to do in San Diego they both say they want to go on the Midway Museum (aircraft carrier). Our hotel has a view of a naval station, and the Midway, so I think they will be happy. I had wanted to stay somewhere "beachy" but then we'd have to take a taxi everywhere or pay for a rental car and parking. It made more sense to stay at a hotel that was near everything we wanted to do.

We will also hit the SD Zoo. I'm really excited to go there with the kids. They LOVE animals, and are so excited to see the pandas (well, and everything else). We have a "free" day in SD and I'm not sure what we will do. Maybe the Natural History Museum, maybe the beach, maybe (not likely) a whale watching tour. Don't get me wrong, I REALLY REALLY want to do the whale watching, but the tour is 6 hours (!!!) and I tend to get seasick and claustrophobic. And if the kids happen to get seasick, well, that's 6 hours of puking that I don't want to deal with. SIX HOURS?? Really? Is that necessary? I mean, they are taking people way out to see blue whales, which is awesome, but does it really take 6 hours??? Yikes.

Anyway, I hope to load some photos from our last trip. I never got around to doing a post trip report, because of post trip depression.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:05 AM   #3
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So last year we had this big hotel dilemma. I could not make up my mind on where to stay. This year I know where I want to stay, but I am hoping there will be a discount (not likely, but I will keep on hoping).

Our first trip to DLR, we stayed at the Park Vue. It was convenient and inexpensive. I hated it. There was construction going on, our room was right under the breakfast room and next to the store and front desk, so we had no quiet at all. In retrospect I should have asked to move to a room in the back of the motel, but I didn't think of it at the time.

On that first visit, we ate at Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. The moment I walked into the center of that hotel I knew I had to stay there some day. I can't explain it, and the hotel has been completely overhauled since then, but it just felt like Disney.

Next time, we stayed at Hojo. They didn't have the family suites, and we got the entertainment rate, so we had a double/double room facing the highway. Again, I should have asked to move, but I didn't think of it. I liked the Pirate's Cove area, the motel grounds were beautiful with fragrant flowers, and it felt "Vacationy" to me. However, the "highway noise" people mention drove me n.u.t.s. I didn't sleep. Not at all. It wasn't noise, it was a trembling. I felt like there was a nonstop earthquake the entire time we were in our room. Also I was sharing a bed with my son, who snores and kicks, and I couldn't get some space from him. I would lie awake at night crying because I couldn't sleep. It was awful!!

But I was OK with staying there again because of the kid's suites. I figured it would be fine, since I wouldn't be kicked all night. But then Disney came out with a hotel deal that made a PP/DLH stay fit our budget, so we did it. I was hesitant about PP, because people have said it is a no frills, overpriced hotel. Having stayed there I can see why people might say that, but that wasn't our experience. What they lack in grounds (no lush pool/bar/garden area like DLH) they make up for in service. I talked to a gentleman at the front desk, not the check in desk but maybe the concierge, about special needs in the restaurant, and he made phone calls, took notes, and really made sure to take my request seriously. From then on, every time we walked in or out of the hotel when he was there, he addressed me, said hello, asked if we needed anything, and really went out of his way to make us feel... important, I guess. It was an awesome place to stay, and we were sad to leave, even though we were just moving to the next hotel over!

Anyway, let's see if I can get a few photos loaded since I seem to be having a spectacular bout of insomnia this evening.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:22 AM   #4
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We arrived at the hotel early, so our room wasn't ready. We decided to hang out at the pool while we waited. I was aware this might happen, so I had packed our bathing suits and sunscreen at the top of our suitcases. Smart mom, right?

So at the Paradise Pier you have 2 elevator options: the glass elevator (which only goes up) and the regular elevators. I do have photos of the regular elevators, but I like this view better:



We arrived at the pool level and headed out. There is a sign, letting you know you have arrived at the pool (in case you hadn't noticed the large body of water, happy children, and yellow waterslide):





This was DS's first run on a water slide. If I said he loved it I would be understating.



Within about 30 minutes of arriving at the pool, I received a text message that our room was ready. That was faster than I had expected, and the kids didn't want to leave the pool!! I think we stayed for a little while longer, and then we headed to our room.

The rooms had recently (and quietly!) been "refreshed". I have to say I LOVED the decor!



The rooms have 2 beds, as seen above, and an awesome sofa bed. Now, when you hear "sofa bed", unless you've stayed at a Deluxe hotel in WDW or a DLR property you probably think of uncomfortable flimsy mattresses and metal bars. Maybe you even think of a Seinfeld episode involving Elaine, Jerry's parents, and an old sofa bed in Florida. Disney has reinvented sofa beds! This bed flips down into a twin bed. My kids actually fought over who got to sleep on the sofa bed!



The theming (hmmmm, spell check doesn't like that word) in the PP rooms doesn't end with the beach ball pillows.











I really, really liked this hotel!

Our room had a view of the pool. I had hoped for a theme park view, but I didn't pay for one so I had to take what we could get. I have to say, this wasn't half bad! By the way, those yellow things on the fence are life jackets. DS was so happy to have one for his first few runs down the slide (even though the water is barely knee deep, it was sort of a Dumbo's feather thing for him). For kids who aren't strong swimmers, those are great for swimming in the pool. I know I've brought a life jacket on vacation in the past, and I really appreciated finding a hotel that provided them for free.



Ok, gotta go to bed now. Apparently my body is already on California time!
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:26 AM   #5
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After bringing our things to the room we headed out to the parks. Now, being an active DIS member, I knew about the shortcut through the GCH, but I wasn't sure of the exact path to take. When we checked in, they showed me a map and pointed out 2 ways to get to DL. We could go down the hall on the first floor, walk past the DLH, walk through Downtown Disney, then enter the parks, or we could cut through the GCH. The woman at the desk drew it out on the map, and that's the path we took from PP every day.

Looking back at PP, walking out the front door:



At the corner, waiting to cross the street, looking at the GCH:



Looking back from the same spot, this is how you get back on the return trip:



Beautiful flowers at GCH:



After crossing the street, approaching the GCH:



Inside the GCH:



I forget the exact path, but we found our way to the GCH entrance to DCA. I know we stopped for Mickey Bars for the kids, and made our way to DL.



I never plan it this way, but we always enter the park during a parade. Always!!!



Somehow, maybe because of the parade, maybe because the kids asked, we ended up in Tomorrowland first, and this is what the kids wanted to do:



DS had wanted to do the Academy, but DD wasn't sure. At the last moment she decided to do it, and both kids got to participate! This is DS, with his back to me, dutifully watching the Jedi Master:



DD, mercilessly fighting Darth Vader:



All the young padawans, ready to head out into the world, full of knowledge, experience, and The Force:



DS had only wanted one souvenir, and that was a self-constructed double lightsaber. We apparently bought it right then, as I have a bad photo of him holding it in line for the next ride. Before we go on our trips, I give DS and DD a $25 Disney Gift Card and they can spend it on anything. They can spend it immediately, or wait, they can spend it on food or toys or clothing or pins or whatever. I do get ultimate veto power, as I wouldn't let them buy something totally inappropriate, but I do let them buy something I normally wouldn't say yes to, if that means anything.

Next we had to do Buzz Lightyear. We all like the DL version FAR better than the WDW version. We like being able to pick up the blasters, as you can aim so much more precisely.



According to my photos, we must have walked by the Tiki Room, Tarzan's Treehouse, etc.



I love this so much:



I hate this ride and won't ride it, but it really is a pretty ride/area of the park:

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I'm kind of shocked we didn't do this first, but here it is, on the first day:



I remember people balking when they heard that Disney was integrating characters into Small World. I really think they did it well.



I love the outside portion of this ride so much!



Tea Cups are just as pretty at night!



No clue what we did that night, but upon returning to the hotel we found this treat waiting for us! The kids were too tired to eat much, but we saved them and they worked on them the next day.

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We are headed to DL/San Diego for the first time ever this August! Your report is getting me so excited! We are staying at the GCH for 6 nights and then Hotel Del Coronado for 3...we are DVC so I was able to use our points for both hotels. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip/planning!
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:46 AM   #8
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So usually after a big trip I avoid the Dis. I just don't want to think about Disneyland because I never know when we are going back, and I hate to think about our trip being in the past. I know that sounds weird, but I just don't like to think about it. But really, that is stupid because then I start to forget. And come on, we will be back.

Alright, best to just dive in and do this!!!

So as you can see from previous posts, DS suddenly got really sick 2 days before we left for CA. I was so stressed, not knowing what was wrong, not knowing when he would get better, not knowing whether we should travel or rearrange our trip. Well, things all worked out and DS was feeling so much better by the day we left. Whew! Really, I'm not the drama type, so this was really awful for me. And awful for DS!!! He felt horrible!!! And DD and DS didn't want to cancel or rearrange our trip!!! And I felt bad for putting that idea in their heads, but I wanted them to be prepared if we had to make changes.

Anyway, it was all moot, and we flew to SD.

Now, we were flying United, and they have always had movies and TV shows available on flights to CA from Chicago. So I didn't bring the DVD player, and we ended up forgetting the kids' Nintendo DS players. They had other things, DS had a Lego set and DD had books, but still, I like having a back up plan if they get antsy with the toys. So we get on the plane, and they have Direct TV in each seat. Nice, right? Except you have to PAY to watch it. Something idiotic like $8 per person, with a $2 per person discount for groups of 3 or more. I was so mad!!! We had a delay on the plane, which I don't recall now. Either we were delayed in leaving, or moved to a new gate, or both, or we sat on the plane at the gate, I don't know. We were inconvenienced so they comped Direct TV for everyone. This was AWESOME!!!!! And it was pretty funny, too.

We found that ABC Family was playing Harry Potter 2, and it had just started when we got on the plane. Our flight was 3.5 hours long. So easily we should have finished the movie and watched something else too, right? No. Somehow, wizard magic (and TV commercials) made the movie last LONGER than our flight. I'm not complaining, I just laughed that it was like the magical tents at the Quidditch Cup, which are bigger on the inside than the outside. Somehow the movie was longer than it should have been, because we needed to have something to watch without stressing.

Now, I remember back when I was a kid, the pilot would announce points of interest as you flew over them. Do they not do that anymore? Because if I hadn't have been paying attention, I'd have missed the Grand Canyon!!!! We flew right over it, and no one said a word!!! We had the most amazing view, and somehow I didn't even think to take photos!!! What the heck is wrong with me? So clearly we need to fly to San Diego again and sit on the right side of the plane! At least DS and I (and DD, though she was kind of into the movie and didn't really care) got to really look and appreciate it.

So anyway, we arrived in SD and got in a cab to head to our hotel. Now, do cab drivers not need to wear seat belts in CA? Because ours did not. This scared me.

Anyway, we stayed at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. This was a good choice, for a lot of reasons. It was a nice hotel, and the kids really thought we were staying in a palace. The lobby is SO nice, very grand, very luxurious. The concierges were really awesome, too. I mean, you kind of have to be a people person to be a concierge, but these folks were great.

But really, what did the kids want to do while we waited for the room to be ready? Swim!!!



So, this was the main pool, which was closed most of our trip for a conference. I've read about this problem at other Hyatts, but I guess they do it here too. That really sucked, because it was closed for 3 days solid. Our room overlooked this pool, and I can tell you they used the pool maybe 3 hours a day for the event. We had access to the "adults only" pool, so the kids could swim, but it was hard to explain to them why they couldn't use the empty pool.

The crowd at the pool was interesting. Lots of games of "chicken" fights, with people on shoulders, and LOTS of splash fights among adults/teens. I kind of felt like I was on Spring Break. It was really annoying, especially since 99% of the people we saw in the elevators and hallways were from the conference, and the chicken/splash fight people were definitely NOT part of the conference.

Anyway, after swimming and getting settled in the room, we went to Seaport Village, which was pretty much attached to the hotel. There are shops, restaurants, a marina, a waterfront walking path, and other attractions. We really liked this area!!

Lots of fortune telling booths were set up:



There was a bird rescue, with tons of parrots. The guy would come and put a bird on your shoulder and you could take a photo, but you were encouraged to donate money.



This guy had stacked these rocks without glue or anything. They were just balancing. Nice, right? But again, you were strongly encouraged to donate money for the privilege of taking a photo



Luckily there were tons of free photo ops:





Tons of fish/crab traps and equipment. Kind of makes me squeamish, being a vegan and all...


The kids rode the carousel, which was very well-traveled:



I really liked the bike racks:



That night they had "poolside movies" at the hotel. They have firepits at the main pool, and sell s'mores kits at the store downstairs. So we made s'mores and then went to the movies! They had moved the movie to the adult pool, for unknown reasons. Again, annoying issues with the hotel and pools that kind of made this an annoying place to stay.



They were showing A Bug's Life, which was awesome!



We had a busy day coming up, so we went to bed after the movie.

Coming up soon... more San Diego!!
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Hi

I have just read your report from the start and have enjoyed it immensely! I am looking forward to hearing all about your latest Disneyland adventures. I know exactly "that" feeling when it is time to leave, but I feel doing the trip report does help to keep the memories fresh..................especially for this 44 year old brain

My DD and I are back to our happy place next month especially for Halloween and will have 16 fun filled days to soak up as much Disney magic as possible We are really looking forward to trick or treating as we don't celebrate Halloween here in Australia, but we know just how much fun you all have for this holiday!

Can't wait for more!
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Welcome! And wow, 16 days! That's incredible! Are you visiting other areas too?

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San Diego, day 2. Can you believe all that fun was just from our arrival day? I can't.

So before we ever went to San Diego, I had to "sell" it to the kids. I thought the zoo would do it, I mean there are PANDAS there, that's enough, right? But there was a dark horse attraction that somehow became the must-see-first attraction. That would be the Midway Aircraft Carrier. Who knew, right? But that was all they wanted to see: the aircraft carrier. One game of old school Battleship and a real WWII submarine in our local Science museum and they now have to see ALL the armed forces vehicles they can.

So we walked over to the Midway first thing in the morning, which was a good idea, as I'll mention later.



This thing is huge. I mean, you kind of know it will be huge, but it is still impressive to see up close.

As we approached the Midway, we saw these tiny cars driving by. Upon closer examination, we realized they are computerized tour cars. I really don't know where they go, or HOW they go, but here they are.



That guy didn't want his photo taken, I guess. Then don't drive the little computer cars, mmmkay?



So we climbed aboard, and got the headphones for the self-guided audio tour. This is really the only way to tour the ship, btw. Each person gets a headset with a little radio box. At each stop, you enter numbers and hear narration about the area/aircraft/etc. The kids got the kid's trivia card to fill out, with the promise of a reward if they completed it. This was really helpful, as we could enter specific buttons on the tour guide boxes. There were a lot of stops on the tour, and if we had done all of them the kids would have lost interest much sooner. So if you have kids, get the trivia cards, and do the condensed tour. You can still enter numbers for any stop, but the trivia cards narrow down the most important ones.

So we were walking around, looking at everything, and I see this sign and do a double or triple take and tell the kids we have to stop so I can process this sign:



because OMGWTFBBQ is that a LOST reference?????? No, apparently it was not a LOST reference (anyone remember my LOST reference from my last trip to San Diego? Frank Lapidus the bus driver? What is the universe trying to tell me?). It was just some dumb part of the carrier.

This was the anchor area (not the real name, sorry, my brain has the dumb these days and I don't recall what the proper name is) which was really cool. To anchor a carrier, you need more than just *anchors*. The chains also work as anchors. Each link is something like 140 pounds, so they help anchor the craft. Crazy!



This was one of the bunk areas. Each level of officer/worker had a different bunk area and dining area. It was kind of crazy how segregated it was (by rank, not by race). I felt like I was looking in some weird hall of mirrors or something in this part.



I'm pretty sure this was a plane that was in the Vietnam war, which rescued a family of 7, or something. There is room for 2 people, but they crammed a family in there to save them. There's a story about it on the tour that is worth a listen.



Of course there are tons of hands-on experiences for the kids.



On the top deck, with tons of planes and vets, answering questions and talking about the planes etc.



As we ended our tour, it was obvious that most people didn't get there early. When we arrived, we walked up and got our headsets without waiting, had no lines, and often were the only ones in any given area. We had to go back and do a few sections over again because we had missed clues for the trivia game, and on the second walk through we found crowds of people. It would have been very frustrating to go through the ship with that many people. So I recommend getting there early.

The kids did complete the trivia packet, and they got their reward. A vet pinned them with special wings, that they have cherished since then. I have a photo somewhere, and I'll add it if I can later. It was really cool, and they really liked that part. The wings (kind of like airline wings) are one of their favorite souvenirs of the whole trip.

So then we took a ferry to Coronado. I had been told by the concierge that there was a shuttle to the Del Coronado hotel, and that it wouldn't be a problem to go there without a car. That was not entirely true. There was a city bus, which didn't run on Sundays (the day we were there). We had to take a taxi, but it wasn't clear where we could catch one. Someone told us one thing, someone else told us another. It was annoying, and the kids were being whiny because suddenly they didn't want to go to the beach at all (GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!). But eventually we found a cab and got to the hotel, then got out to the beach. And it was worth it.



The kids were whining a bit, and I was really mad that they weren't appreciating the beauty of the beach.





But then they found some kids who were catching crabs, and suddenly all was well.



We were missing the air show in Chicago, but we had our own little air show going on in San Diego that weekend.



I could not get over the fact that the sand was sparkling like gold!!! I felt like I was in 1842, panning for gold and hitting the jackpot. We filled 2 empty water bottles with sand and plan to do something with them here. I'm sure Pinterest has plenty of beautifully photographed ideas for me.



The kids spent hours climbing on the rocks, searching for crabs and snails in tidepools, catching them then releasing them, and doing more climbing. It was awesome.

We eventually made our way back to the hotel, and had drinks at the bar at the top of the hotel (wine for mom, kiddie cocktails for the kids). The hotel had amazing views.





This is Seaport Village, the area we had visited the night before.



Some random shipping boat we liked:



We had a great view from our room too. The building with the green lights was our favorite, especially at night.



And that was Day 2!!! Next up... San Diego Zoo!!
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Great update

To answer your earlier question, no, we are not staying anywhere but Anaheim! We will be venturing out on a few days though to Universal, Knotts, LA ( to see The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D at the El Captain ) and also to Simi Valley for the day to visit the Treasures of Walt Disney Archives exhibition!

Total Disney overload.................just the way we like it!!!
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Love your trip report so far. The ship part made me very reminiscent of my youth. My dad worked in the naval shipyards for years. We used to go to them and tour them. One of my favorite tours was aboard the USS Enterprise. What an amazing sight that was. The size was amazing! The anchors and the chains wow! Thank you for that trip down memory lane.
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