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Old 01-22-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Driving to Disneyland

Hi there fellow Canucks! We hale from the Edmonton area and we are wondering if anyone has ever driven down the coast to Anaheim? I have been doing a bit of research on driving this for July 2013. I was thinking it will take about 4 days to get there but I could be off on my calculations. If you have done the trip, my questions for you are this:
How much was your fuel bill?
Where did you stop along the way?
What hotels did you stay at along the way?
How long did it actually take you to get there?
We are leaving on July 20 and hoping to get to our reservations in Anaheim by July 25 with one nights stay in LA before hand (the 24th).
Thanks for all of your help if you can!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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We are from Edmonton too. We have driven to Disneyland for the last 2 Christmas-New Year periods. We don't drive down the coast though. We take the I-15. Do you want some info on this route?
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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Hi there fellow Canucks! We hale from the Edmonton area and we are wondering if anyone has ever driven down the coast to Anaheim? I have been doing a bit of research on driving this for July 2013. I was thinking it will take about 4 days to get there but I could be off on my calculations. If you have done the trip, my questions for you are this:
How much was your fuel bill?
Where did you stop along the way?
What hotels did you stay at along the way?
How long did it actually take you to get there?
We are leaving on July 20 and hoping to get to our reservations in Anaheim by July 25 with one nights stay in LA before hand (the 24th).
Thanks for all of your help if you can!!
We are in Calgary, and we drive to DCA all the time(3-4 times a year). If you have never driven down the coast, I recommend that you do, its beautiful. It is a lot longer to go down that route tho.

It's a straight 30 hours to Disneyland driving thru the coast vs 22 hours if you drive thru Vegas. We drive a Ford Focus when we go and our bill driving thru Vegas for gas is about $180.00(double that to get the full gas bill to also come back).
Where did we stay? nowhere because we keep on driving. We take turns to drive and sleep.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:59 AM   #4
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Thank you for the replies! We have decided to drive the coast on the way down, making stops in Woodburn Oregon for shopping at the outlet mall, Florence Oregon to do some sandboarding, drive through the redwood forest, Alcatraz in San Francisco, Stops in Monteray, Big Sur and Santa Barbara, then stop at Santa Monica pier, off to Universal than 7 days in Anaheim! We will drive the I-15 on the way home! I would love any info you have Albertagirl for that route for sure! Thanks so much!!
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:16 AM   #5
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Do you belong to CAA? If so, you can do an online trip tik- plug in your route and it will give you maps of your route as well as mileage and driving times so you can calculate stopping points. Clicking and dragging allows you to modify any portion of the default route given. The CAA travel books make it easy to find hotels, restaurants, and gas close to the highway exits.

As for the cost of gas- go to gasbuddy.com. Give them the route and the make, model and year of your vehicle and it will give you the estimated round trip amount of gas needed and cost. It can also tell you where the cheapest gas is along the route and even recommend places where you should fill up.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:34 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help minnie mum! Much appreciated. Unfortunately we are not AMA members, even though they keep sending me a ton of propaganda in the mail each week!!
Thank you so much for the gas buddy website, it is fantastic and will come in ultra handy on the road!
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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Sooo, we have changed up the plans a little and have now decided to save a few bucks and tent it on the way down! I am a little unsure of this but, every disney trip should be an adventure right!!!! We are still taking the route from above and will hotel in Kamloops BC then tent right until we get to LA for Universal Studios. Then we are booked in a hotel in Anaheim for 7 days. After that, we will take the more direct route home and hopefully will only tent it for 2 nights (or hotel, depending how cranky we all are!!). Anyone have experience with tenting it down the coast to Anaheim?? If so, PLEASE share!
Thanks so much!
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:57 PM   #8
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Thank you everyone for all of your valuable advice! I truly appreciate you taking the time to respond to my queries!
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