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Old 02-23-2009, 12:27 PM   #16
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OH no!!!! What are you going to do? Maybe you could have someone from DL send them a postcard to get them excited about the trip? I would be nervous, too, but DW is all they know, so it makes sense. Good luck and keep us posted!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pic of DD8 with Mickey, how cute! That is a priceless picture for sure!!
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:33 PM   #17
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What about showing her videos on youtube of rides like Alice in Wonderland that aren't in Disneyworld? That might get her excited.
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:31 PM   #18
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What about showing her videos on youtube of rides like Alice in Wonderland that aren't in Disneyworld? That might get her excited.
That's not a bad idea. I did show her video of the fireworks and castle in Disneyland. She seems to get more excited about the things that are the SAME as Disney World. I'll keep showing her some more. I think the more little tidbits she gets the more excited she'll be.

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OH no!!!! What are you going to do? Maybe you could have someone from DL send them a postcard to get them excited about the trip? I would be nervous, too, but DW is all they know, so it makes sense. Good luck and keep us posted!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pic of DD8 with Mickey, how cute! That is a priceless picture for sure!!

We talked about how we'd get some time at the beach in California and she seemed to like that. She hasn't been to the beach in 3 years. My 4 yo (going on 5 yo) however can't really grasp the concept of two Disney parks and as long as is "Disney" she will be thrilled.

Glad I'm not the only one who loves that pic. Sometimes I wonder if I'm too partial to pictures of my own kiddos.
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:46 PM   #19
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Well I officially changed our return flight. We were originally going to be there Sat-Sat. (7 nights) Now we will be there Sat-Sun (8 nights)!! I have to say, we have never flown Southwest before but so far I am thrilled with them. They let you change flights w/ no fee and if the flight goes down in price you can be credited the difference for a future flight. They are inexpensive, lots of non-stop, and NO baggage fee. Hopefully the seating arrangements will go smoothly as well, that's my one concern.

So, anyway we're excited about the change. That means DH will get 4 nights in DL w/ us. Although we probably won't see him until the morning after he arrives (he's flying in after work on Wednesday).

This also helped Granita and I decide on 3 nights in Coronado for sure!! This is the beginning of our weekly plan. (Sure to be tweeked and changed several times).

Day 1 - Fly to San Diego + enjoy the beach in Coronado
Day 2 - Sea World
Day 3 - San Diego zoo
Day 4 - morning in Coronado, turn in rental car and take Amtrak Pacific Liner
to Anaheim, then shop + dine DTD
Day 5 - DL/CA
Day 6 - DL/CA
Day 7 - DL/CA
Day 8 - either DL (upgrade to 4 day) or Universal w/ DH and Papa
Day 9 - fly home


I recently read that on our first day in DL (DD's 5th birthday) it is grad night. I'm really not sure what this will mean to us yet. I have to do more research on how that or if that will affect us.

Also, I'm trying to figure out what to do for DD's birthday. DH and I originally thought about taking everyone to eat at Ariel's Grotto. She loves Ariel. It will be sure to be expensive at $30+ per adult and $20 per child. Sounds like a new fun BBQ called celebration roundup is scheduled to open in April or May. Wish I could find prices for that.


One thing DD8 seemed to like about DL is the Nemo ride is in a submarine!

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Old 02-24-2009, 12:51 PM   #20
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Yay for 8 nights!!! And your plan of attack looks great! Lots to do but it will be fun and some where new, which is always exciting!! The Nemo ride is in submarines? COOL! Cant wait to see all the new pictures when you get back (I know ,rushing time here a bit!!), not sure we'll ever make it to DL, so it will be fun for me to see!!! And live vicariously through you!!!
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I could be wrong on this, but I think they close up early on Grad Nights...... I'm sure someone here knows for sure.
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Yay for 8 nights!!! And your plan of attack looks great! Lots to do but it will be fun and some where new, which is always exciting!! The Nemo ride is in submarines? COOL! Cant wait to see all the new pictures when you get back (I know ,rushing time here a bit!!), not sure we'll ever make it to DL, so it will be fun for me to see!!! And live vicariously through you!!!
Well, never say never. Thanks, I've enjoyed living vicariously through you as well.

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I could be wrong on this, but I think they close up early on Grad Nights...... I'm sure someone here knows for sure.

Yep I did a little more looking on grad night. It looks like DL will close by 9 p.m. CA will close by 6 p.m. That in itself does not worry me too much. As long as they don't move around magic morning for that morning we can get an early start and I'm sure be ready to call it a day plenty early.

What does worry me is that I read there can be noise and loud bass music heard from the Howard Johnson all night long. This is disconcerting as I was so happy this morning to find out we were getting Disney facing lower level rooms away from the highway for the same rate as highway side standard rooms. Now I'm wondering if we should move to pool side. I was really glad about the location. I talked to a very nice employee at HOJO for about 15 minutes who finally helped me reserve this location. So, my next decision I guess will be to take a white noise machine or change to pool view.
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Yep I did a little more looking on grad night. It looks like DL will close by 9 p.m. CA will close by 6 p.m. That in itself does not worry me too much. As long as they don't move around magic morning for that morning we can get an early start and I'm sure be ready to call it a day plenty early.

What does worry me is that I read there can be noise and loud bass music heard from the Howard Johnson all night long. This is disconcerting as I was so happy this morning to find out we were getting Disney facing lower level rooms away from the highway for the same rate as highway side standard rooms. Now I'm wondering if we should move to pool side. I was really glad about the location. I talked to a very nice employee at HOJO for about 15 minutes who finally helped me reserve this location. So, my next decision I guess will be to take a white noise machine or change to pool view.
Keep the view and bring the white noise machine. That way you can at least have the great view on the night that closes early.
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:06 PM   #24
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Keep the view and bring the white noise machine. That way you can at least have the great view on the night that closes early.
Thank's for your input. I can tell this is one where I'm going to second think my decision all the way up until we go. I am already a light sleeper who struggles to sleep in hotels.
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Yay! A new pre trip report!!! I am so here with you! I've never been to Disneyland so I will be living it through you!!! I can't wait to hear all about it.
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Yay! A new pre trip report!!! I am so here with you! I've never been to Disneyland so I will be living it through you!!! I can't wait to hear all about it.

Yeah So glad you joined me over here on the "Land" side. I really am looking forward to seeing the differences. I read today that DL has 30% more rides than MK. Neither DH nor I have been since they also added California Adventure and DTD. We are also stoked about our hotel being within walking distance and getting a "Disney View" balcony. Those luxuries are much more expensive in the "World".
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:31 PM   #27
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I sent an email to HoJo about the noise at grad night. Here was the nice reply I received.

"Thank you so much for taking the time to email me! Itís wonderful to hear from you, and Iím so glad to hear that you will be celebrating your daughters birthday while you are here with us!

I donít think that the GradNight noise should be a problem in those rooms- but we do offer ear plug at our Front Desk, and if it does become a problem, you can definitely speak to a Front Desk Manager and request a move [although really, those rooms will probably be equally affected/unaffected as any other room onsite, with the exception of the rooms on the freeway side- and thatís just because the freeway noise would absorb any other noise outside.] [Also, the rooms are about the same size, its just the beds that are smaller- but those buildings are actually CLOSER to the ParksÖso I donít know that it would make it quieter.]

I hope that this information has been helpful! We are really looking forward to your upcoming stay! :D

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They are SOO helpful at this hotel. I didn't realize that the pool view rooms are actually a bit closer (to the noise). So, this really helped ease my mind about making the right decision.
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:10 AM   #28
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Some things we've never done before that I'm looking forward to:

*Princess Fantasy Faire w/ a Coronation Ceremony, Disney Princess Storytelling, Pretty as a Princess Boutique

*Pixie Hollow Both girls are excited about this new addition and can't wait to meet Tinkerbell and her fairy friends.

*Nemo Submarines That's sure to put a new twist on one of our favorite WDW rides.

*Everything in walking distance and Disney View Rooms

*Disney Dreams Come True Fireworks

*Celebrate parade

*Space Mountain renovated
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:28 AM   #29
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WOW, that hotel seems very attentive, that's great and one less thing to worry about, right? I thought it was funny that they offer ear plugs are the front desk, though!!

I love that you can walk to the park from your hotel, how cool is that? Do they offer ME at Disneyland so you don't need to worry about transportation at all? And how cool that you will see Space Mountain renovated, I'm jealous, doesn't seem like I'll see that at MK this upcoming trip we have planned at DW, they will still be renovating. I'll be intersted to hear about it though, how do they renovate a rollar coaster??

Great updates!!
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Everything I hear about Hojo's is good. One thing nice about Disneyland is there are so many off property place that are within walking distance.
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