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Old 01-25-2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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**Need planning help...Pretty PLEASE?**

I have appreciated the Disboards ever since I discovered them back in 2003, at that time we were planning our trip to WDW...now I humbly ask for your help again, this time to Southern California. Actually, part of the trip will be up the coast a bit towards Hearst Castle. We went to Southern California last year, but didn't stay quite as long, and did Anaheim/Vegas/Garden Grove. Anyway, here's my tentative plan right now. I'd love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and if you stayed at a fabulous hotel in any of the areas, please let me know! We don't need fancy, but no motel 6's either. Clean and safe is good!

Thursday, May 26: Fly from Anchorage, Alaska to John Wayne Airport, Anaheim. We get there about 930a. I was thinking about us heading straight down to San Diego on Amtrak, so taking a shuttle to the train station and then taking their noon train, that would get us there about 2p. I just reserved the Dana Inn for 4 nights, we've never stayed there and it sounds like it might work for us, based on Trip Advisor reviews, location, water sports, promixity to public transportation, etc.. I haven't ruled out other options though, we don't normally rent a car, so we rely on public transportation/tours, etc. and this one is close to Seaworld and they have a shuttle, and the lady at the reservaton dept said there is a bus that takes you to the trolley that is near the area.

Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29th: San Diego, relaxing, playing, eating, little bit of sightseeing, although nothing major, we were there in 2009, and did the Old Town trolley tour, which took us to downtown, Old Town, Coronado..we stayed at the Best Western Island Palms on Shelter Island, it was a lovely hotel, but I think it's a bit isolated for us this time around.

Monday, May 30-June 4: Take Amtrak back up to Anaheim, then I'm thinking we will do Disney for the next 5 days, assuming (hoping) they will have the "buy 3, get 2 free" deal again. We normally stay at the Fairfield, but I'm open to other suggestions within walking distance, although we are kind of partial to the Fairfield, it's nothing spectacular, but we mainly use it to shower and sleep anyway. Walking distance is most important to us...

June 5: Booked (not paid yet) Amtrak to San Luis Obispo via Santa Barbara. We take a train to Santa Barbara, where we switch to their bus, which works, because they do checked luggage all the way. At first I considered going to Paso Robles instead, but they don't have checked baggage, and we are going to have ours with us every step of the way. It's just less of a hassle having the checked bag option. Not sure where to stay in San Luis Obispo, so please give me suggestions and reviews? We will get there about 2p, so we should have time after we check into our hotel to do a little sightseeing and then have dinner...I wonder if we should rent a car on our own to drive around the area and to Hearst Castle the next day or go with a tour package? Our return bus/train is on June 7.

June7: Back to the Anaheim area about 6p, not sure where we will stay, haven't thought ahead this far, but we'll have to take a taxi, and I'm thinking maybe the same place we stayed before in Garden Grove, we liked the spaciousness of the rooms and the free breakfast at the Embassy Suites South.

June 7-9: We will basically have 2 days left after we return from the coastline/wine country area..we may want to do Universal Studios one day, and then just maybe relax by a pool the day before we leave, which is on the 10th.

June 10: Head back to Alaska, we don't leave until noon, so we can have breakfast and then head to the airport for our long journey home...

What do you think? Any ideas or things I haven't thought about? Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance, a diehard California/Disney fan, Kelly
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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I don't know Amtrak well (we always drive), but when you return from San Luis Obispo, why are you staying back in Orange County if you are planning to go to Universal Studios? Would it make more sense to stay somewhere up in the LA area so you can see Universal and some of the sights up there? Where does your return flight leave out of, Orange County or LAX?

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Old 01-26-2011, 01:01 PM   #3
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hi PHXScuba, thanks for your reply. We are leaving out of John Wayne airport, so it makes sense for us to stay closer to that airport. I realize that we would have to get transportation to Universal, but that's ok, we would have to get back to the area anyway...you just made me rethink something though! Maybe we could do Universal in the middle of the trip and then use one of our Disney days towards the end of it! Our kids would probably like that..Thank you for your idea! Kelly
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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Ok, here's a shortened/revised itinerary:

Thursday, May 26: Fly from Anchorage, Alaska to John Wayne Airport, Anaheim. San Diego on Amtrak, taking a noon train, we will get there about 2 Dana Inn for 4 nights, any experience with this place? We rely on public transportation/tours, etc.

Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29th: San Diego, relaxing, playing, eating, sightseeing.

Monday, May 30-June 4: Amtrak back to Anaheim at 330p, Disney, Universal & ? for the next 6 days. Haven't booked a hotel yet. We normally stay at the Fairfield, but I'm open to other suggestions within walking distance. Even consideriing splitting the visit between 2 hotels, onsite if we get a good discount, and then offsite for part of it. Thoughts?

June 5: Amtrak to San Luis Obispo via Santa Barbara. because we switch to an Amtrak bus in Santa Barbara. We will get there about 2p. After much research, I choose the Quality Suites, it got great reviews on TA! We may have time after we check in to do a little sightseeing and then have dinner. We will be there for 2 nights..wondering if we should rent a car to drive around the area the next day or go with a tour package?

June7: Back to Anaheim @ 6p, need ideas for place to stay, I'm thinking maybe the same place we stayed before, the Embassy Suites South in Garden Grove.

June 7-9: We will basically have 2 days left after we return from the coastline/wine country area..we will probably use our last ticket to Disney one day, and then just maybe relax by a pool one day.

June 10: Head back to Alaska, we don't leave until noon, so we can have breakfast and then head to the airport for our long journey home...

Does this sound good?? Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance, a diehard California/Disney fan, Kelly[/QUOTE]
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DL, CA, DD, Las Vegas here I come! 11/30-12/8, 2012, PPH!
DL, CA, DD Feb 23-26, 2012 Paradise Pier!!
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Disneyland, California Adventure (Anaheim) San Diego August 8-12, 13-16, 2009
Disneyworld, D Wonder & Universal Studios: Oct. 2003
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