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Old 01-23-2009, 04:13 PM   #46
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can you rent points for a disneyland hotel?

Can you rent points from a DVC member and stay on site at disneyland? Just wondering.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:10 PM   #47
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Any thoughts where you will stay in San Diego?
We stayed at the Bahia resort. Our room was in the First 3 story building and had a full kitchen it was huge. We overlooked the bay and could see the seaworld tower from the room. It was close to the beach and shopping to get groceries.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:19 PM   #48
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A few other random thoughts:

- Carlbad Caverns is great.
- So are indian reservations near Alb.
- As is Durango / Mesa Verde. (all better than Vegas imo)
Hey Hound, you mentioned my hometown!

To the OP, I just stumbled across this thread and haven't read through all of it yet. We're a homeschool family as well, and you've received a lot of great advice so far. Honestly, I'd skip Vegas. It's just not for kids or family-minded vacations, IMO. Although Hoover Dam close-by is an awesome learning opportunity. We went there with our kids once, and won't ever go back.

Looking forward to reading more about your planning.
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Oh Boy! Your itinerary looks great! I think you got all my favorites in there! Can I stowaway?
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:17 PM   #50
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Your gonna have a blast! We are thinking of driving this summer back to our new favorite Disney park. It's like 23 hours from KC. We are thinking of stopping over at the Grand Canyon. We have flew over it twice on the last two trips and am wondering if its worth it?

My kids are 14, 11, and 11. Would they like legoland at that age?

We have been two years in a row so if you have any other questions keep em coming.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:37 PM   #51
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Oh Boy! Your itinerary looks great! I think you got all my favorites in there! Can I stowaway?
We have a minivan. The more, the merrier! However, I think your family would miss you.

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Old 01-26-2009, 04:46 PM   #52
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Honestly, I'd skip Vegas. It's just not for kids or family-minded vacations, IMO.
I know, taking the kids to Las Vegas sounds crazy. What are we thinking? Actually, the only other time I was in Vegas I didn't drink or gamble. Just enjoyed the hotels and shopping. Then again, I was eight months pregnant! When I first started planning our trip, I asked for the kids input on "Daddy's Surprise". Before I could finish my sentence, DS8 screamed out "Las Vegas!". Yes, an eight year old. When he was an only child (many moons ago), we went to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon. He was only two. But, still remembers that trip. He wants his siblings to experience it too. The hotels are amazing and I want to take them to a show. Maybe, a magic show or "O". Also, maybe we can tour the chocolate factory. I only plan one full day in Vegas. Enough time to get our bathing suits wet. Then, I plan to get everyone up and early on Wednesday and on our way to DLR.

We'll have four-day Park Hopper tickets. So, I'm actually debating on whether to visit a park that first day or keep it as is and go on Saturday or even add another day. Can you add another day upon check-in if needed????

Any suggestions on what time we should plan to try and attempt going through LA???????

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Old 01-26-2009, 04:55 PM   #53
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Any thoughts where you will stay in San Diego?
Need help!!!!! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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We'll be there the same time for our anniversary trip- no kids! June 24-July1st. We decided to stay at Embassy Suites South instead of onsite and stay for extra days.
We should have our DISgreen shirts on in the parks. If you see a very bright family of five, don't hesitate to say "Hi!". I love meeting DISers in person.

See you there!

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I bought the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2009. I've read it from cover to cover this past week. It has some great info. However, I bought it to tie me over until the Passporter comes out this week. I have a Passporter for WDW and DCL and love their format. I highly recommend it for any newbies to WDW.

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I bought the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2009. I've read it from cover to cover this past week. It has some great info. However, I bought it to tie me over until the Passporter comes out this week. I have a Passporter for WDW and DCL and love their format. I highly recommend it for any newbies to WDW.

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Hate to disappoint you, but I called the Passporter office on Friday Jan 23rd and was told that the Disneyland Passporter is on hold due to changes happening at DCA

I know, I know..... I wanted to buy one too
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Hate to disappoint you, but I called the Passporter office on Friday Jan 23rd and was told that the Disneyland Passporter is on hold due to changes happening at DCA

I know, I know..... I wanted to buy one too
Oh noooooooooo! Any idea when it will be out??????? What are the "major" changes for DCA besides Mickey's face on the sunwheel? I guess I'll have to keep bothering my local B&N until it comes out.

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Oh noooooooooo! Any idea when it will be out??????? What are the "major" changes for DCA besides Mickey's face on the sunwheel? I guess I'll have to keep bothering my local B&N until it comes out.

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Don't know when the new Passporter will be out. They couldn't tell me.

I've bought a 2006 version off of ebay to tide me over

As I've never been to DL/DCA before I wouldn't know what had changed and what hadn't.

I'm doing a trip something like yours. My daughter and I are flying into San Francisco and renting a car to drive down to San Diego with stops at DL and LA and a couple of other places along the way.
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We have a minivan. The more, the merrier! However, I think your family would miss you.

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I am afraid you are right...well my DD would anyway. You would think she's practically attached to part of my body! The guys would only miss me because they wouldn't have someone to feed them!

We took our kids to Vegas too. It wasn't all that amazing and we will never miss it if we don't go again but we wanted to see it just once. We did not gamble at all but we did have fun seeing some of the shows.
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