Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disneyland > Disneyland Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-11-2009, 07:08 PM   #1
Sunset Cliffs
DIS Veteran
 
Sunset Cliffs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Nor-Cal
Posts: 1,004

Just the 3 of us… almost. Nov '09 TR ~ Update 7/10

Ok, so I know the title is weird but give me a chance to explain. We are planning a trip to Disneyland for the few days before Thanksgiving. We are already going to be in southern California for the holiday so we decided to attach a few days to the parks ahead of time. The real question is…who is actually going on this trip with us?

Let me start with some intros.

Alison, me, 35 – planner of most trips and also the most hooked on all things Disney. I have been writing a TR of our trip to WDW (last June), and I am getting close to the end of it. I’m so glad that we decided to go to DL for Thanksgiving (for many reasons), but one of those reasons is that I was starting to get a little sad that I was close to finishing my last TR.

Todd, DH, 35 – my wonderful husband who loves Disney (almost) as much as I do, thanks to my gentle persuasion over the years. He leaves the planning up to me but definitely has opinions about things like rides & restaurants.

Dylan, DS, 2 – Our son who just turned 2 and who we took to WDW last June for the first time. He had a great time and hung in there with us when we had some long days in the park. Basically, he will have no choice but to be a Disney fanatic as he grows up.



We have been fortunate to go on a lot of trips to Disneyland over the years. We used to live in southern California and we were AP holders during that time. Since we live in Nor Cal now, it is harder for us to get there. We still have family that live down south, and we always try to go to DL for at least a day since we are already down in the area. What usually happens is that we will mention that we are going, and all of a sudden our group will get larger as other people will decide to join us. We LOVE that because we enjoy spending time with family & friends, and there is no better place to do that than at DL. We have many wonderful memories from these trips with so many different people.

My only problem with it is that I am a planner, which means that planning for a big group is much different than just a few people. By the end of it, I wind up being more concerned about details than anything else. For the past few years, every trip that we have been on (regardless of where we go) has included other people.

So for this November, I have asked Todd if we could have our time in Los Angeles be a trip only for the 3 of us. For some reason that just seems important to me. It will be much easier to plan and it will be nice to go with the flow, rather than stick to a more structured schedule. One small problem….we have had 2 separate groups of people already ask to go with us. We have tried very hard to say no the nicest way possible (& normally we would be thrilled to have these people go with us), but we are sticking with the plan so far. I’m not sure it will last, but as of right now it is still just the 3 of us.

That’s probably enough for now. Thanks for reading and please feel free to give any input! I am always looking for new things to experience at the DLR, especially now that we have a toddler. TIA!

UPDATE!! I will be starting the TR for this very soon & will just attach it to this PTR. I will add links to the bottom of this page for easier access. Thanks for reading!

PTR Chapters
Details, details
Character Meal
Schedule
What are we doing?
This is it!


TR is started!!
Really? This had to happen today?
Griffith Observatory
Are we there yet?
Our first ride!
A whole new land to explore
Where is everyone?
Wrapping up a perfect evening
Change of plans
A little bit of everything
Getting into the holiday spirit.


Last edited by Sunset Cliffs; 07-10-2010 at 02:06 PM.
Sunset Cliffs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 07:29 PM   #2
PrincessKell
Disney Princess Wanna be
Ok I did it! I actually got around to sewing!
 
PrincessKell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sonoma Ca
Posts: 1,425

I know that feeling too about planning and then when plans change I always have to try to fix them to make sure everyone is included or having a good time. Its great to have family around but there is something special when its just you, dh and the kiddo. Really is.

This year its just me and my dd (since there is no dh in the picture anymore) so its gonna be super exciting for me to enjoy it with her.

Sounds like you will have fun with you family! and what a nice looking family you have too!
__________________
PrincessKell is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 10-12-2009, 10:44 PM   #3
Sunset Cliffs
DIS Veteran
 
Sunset Cliffs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Nor-Cal
Posts: 1,004

Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessKell View Post
I know that feeling too about planning and then when plans change I always have to try to fix them to make sure everyone is included or having a good time. Its great to have family around but there is something special when its just you, dh and the kiddo. Really is.

This year its just me and my dd (since there is no dh in the picture anymore) so its gonna be super exciting for me to enjoy it with her.

Sounds like you will have fun with you family! and what a nice looking family you have too!
Hi there! Thanks for your comments. You are right about "fixing" things when plans change. I always end up feeling responsible for everyone's happiness. You would think that I would learn!

How fun for you to have a trip alone with your DD! That would be a lot of fun to do with Dylan when he gets older. Are you doing a PTR?
Sunset Cliffs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2009, 04:45 PM   #4
Sunset Cliffs
DIS Veteran
 
Sunset Cliffs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Nor-Cal
Posts: 1,004

Details, details

We are planning to actually be in the LA area from November 21 – 25, although we are not really sure what we are doing on any of those days yet. We will be driving to LA on Saturday morning and then leaving some time on Wednesday to drive to Todd’s parents house for the Thanksgiving weekend. We have to be sure not to leave too late on Wednesday because of the holiday traffic as everyone is trying to get out of town. We have gotten stuck in that traffic before and it took us 2 hours longer to get to our destination that usual. I really hope to avoid that now that we will have a 2 year old in the car with us.

We are staying at the Howard Johnson for 4 nights. We got a great rate through Mousesavers and I think we got a King room for about $320 for all 4 nights, including tax & fees. We have stayed there before and really like how close it is to the main gate. Staying at the HoJo will save us money since we don’t have to pay for parking when we go to the parks, and we also walk by a couple of places that are easy to pick up breakfast on the way. I would love to stay at a Disney hotel some day, but it’s hard to justify the money when this hotel is a good substitute for a lot less.

Here is a picture of Dylan at the HoJo last year when we stayed there. This is one of the only pictures that I have of the hotel.



We are trying to figure out what kind of park tickets we are going to buy. Originally we were only going to buy 2 day park hoppers, since we plan on doing other things in the LA area. Lately we have started talking about buying an AP because we have a feeling that we might be back in the area next summer and it will be easy to go back again at that time. What we really need to do is decide what other things in LA that we want to do and figure out how much time we are actually going to commit to doing those other things. Does anyone have any suggestions for not-to-miss things to do in LA?
Sunset Cliffs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2009, 05:50 PM   #5
aaaateamsgrandma
DIS Veteran
 
aaaateamsgrandma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Too far from Disney
Posts: 2,413

I followed you over here Alison. I've never been on this side before. It's kinda exciting. Good plans as usual. I'm always ready to see pictures of that sweet Dylan.

That time will be here before you know it.

Ginny
__________________
The journey determines your destination.

Follow this link to see my TR. Rain, Surprise Birthdays, Rain, First Visits and did I mention Rain?

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2211283&
aaaateamsgrandma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2009, 06:42 PM   #6
LilAnn
DIS Veteran
 
LilAnn's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: New England
Posts: 1,405

I followed you over here from your TR as well! I've never checked out this side before either. Hoping to visit DL one day so I'll be interested to see what you and your adorable Dylan end up doing!
LilAnn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2009, 06:46 PM   #7
figment41
Mouseketeer
 
figment41's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 459

Smile

I am loving your other trip report and had to come sub to this one. Dylan is so cute. Can't wait to read more.

As far as traveling with others when you go alone it will be like you are on vacation. The only schedule you have to follow is your own. It is so much more peaceful. There is no one else to try and make happy except yourselves. Have fun planning!!
__________________

figment41 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2009, 08:08 PM   #8
sharonW
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: nj
Posts: 1,672

I'm a follower also, Allison!! Unfortunately, I have
no suggestions as I've never been to Ca, though
it is a dream of mine.
I'm excited to hear all about the before and after
disneyland visit and still patiently awaiting who the
celeb is on your WDW visit....so its double the fun!!
sharonW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2009, 11:55 PM   #9
ladybugmom
DIS Veteran
 
ladybugmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 3,781

I'm here, Alison!! Can't wait to read all about your planning!!
ladybugmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 07:04 PM   #10
jordanyosh
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Orange county,CA
Posts: 17,714

HoJo is sooo close to DL. You could pick up an Egg McMuffin on your way over to the park.

The AP sounds like a good idea, they are just getting so dang expensive.

We head to Vista everything Thanksgiving and that traffic between Orange County and San Diego is ridonkulous!
jordanyosh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2009, 10:30 PM   #11
tinkgurl
Life is what happens in between trips to WDW
Those "flying cookies" flying through space can be seen
I'm hoping that the little guy likes them!
 
tinkgurl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 10,741

I'm here!
tinkgurl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 10:18 AM   #12
wdwgirl03
I'm just a big Disney Freak! :-)
I will throw a party the day I get a tag!!!
I am pretty wimpy when it comes to thrill rides
 
wdwgirl03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 12,085

Followed you over from your TR. I am so jealous you are going to Disneyland! Can't wait to hear about your plans.
__________________
I *HEART* WALT DISNEY WORLD!! been there, done that, GOING BACK!
'91-Disney villas '93, '95, '97, '99, '01, '02-Polynesian '03-All Star Sports '05-All Star Movies; offsite- Universal/Disney Oct. '06, Dec. '07/Jan. '08-Saratoga Springs May '08-Animal Kingdom Lodge Dec. '08-Beach Club Villas Aug. '09-Villas @ the Wilderness Lodge April '10-Kidani Village Aug. '10-Saratoga Springs Mar. '11-Old Key West Oct. '11-Saratoga Springs April '12-Boardwalk Villas April '13-Bay Lake Tower Aug. '13-Pop Century Dec. '13-Saratoga Springs April '14-Pop Century UPCOMING TRIP: Dec. '14-DISNEYLAND!!!
*DVC member since 2006*

Disneyland- '04, '06

Check out my past TRs: Mar./April '11 Oct. '11 CURRENT TR: APRIL '13 TR APRIL '13 PTR facebook Twitter/Instagram:mugirl0307
wdwgirl03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 04:24 PM   #13
Raecheal
DIS Veteran
 
Raecheal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,236

I'm here, I'm in...
__________________
ME , Stella
Raecheal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 11:41 PM   #14
Sunset Cliffs
DIS Veteran
 
Sunset Cliffs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Nor-Cal
Posts: 1,004

Wow! Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has jumped over to read this from my other TR. I was not expecting so many of you and I am overwhelmed at the support that everyone gives each other here on the Dis. Now I've actually got to make this worth reading! Thanks again everyone.

Sunset Cliffs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 11:51 PM   #15
Sunset Cliffs
DIS Veteran
 
Sunset Cliffs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Nor-Cal
Posts: 1,004

Character Meal

Now that we are about a month away from our trip, the Disneyland website FINALLY posted the hours for the days that we are going to be there. It is very frustrating to know that you can make a PS at 60 days ahead but have no idea where you will be on certain days because the hours have not been posted.

We are going to be there from Saturday 11/21 until Wed 11/25, and the hours posted are the same every day. We were thinking that we would have to go on the weekend days to take advantage of the longer hours, but now that all days are the same it is more flexible. My first priority is to figure out if we want to do a character meal, and if so, which one?

We had a great experience with Dylan at WDW at a character breakfast, and I would love to do another one but I’m confused… I want to do a meal with the characters that he knows. From my research it seems that DL is very different from WDW, where it is very clear who all of the characters will be at each meal. At DL, it seems like the characters rotate at all of the meals, and there are no meals that have Mickey Mouse at them, which is his favorite character.

There are other good options, but it seems like there is no guarantee that the same characters will be at each meal. We are not interested in the princess meal at Ariel’s.

So that leaves 4 options :
Minnie & Friends at the Plaza Inn,
Goofy’s Kitchen at DLH,
Storytellers Café at GCH, or
Lilo & Stitch Breakfast at PCH Grill.

I’ve read some reviews on All Ears, and all of them say that there are random characters at all of the meals….Captain Hook, Brier Bear, Baloo…I’m concerned because Dylan doesn’t know any of those characters and I don’t want him to get scared. He was not too sure about the Winnie the Pooh characters last time, and he knew exactly who they were.

Does anyone have an opinion of what we should do? Right now I am leaning towards the Lilo & Stitch breakfast because I heard that Minnie Mouse is there, plus the food looks like it is different than the regular breakfast food. We also have enjoyed Storyteller’s Café in the past and we like their food. We have never had breakfast there though, and we would be willing to give it a chance. I would love to hear from anyone who has done some of these meals and what their impressions are.

My favorite picture from our last character meal.

Sunset Cliffs is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Gleesome Threesome Go Back to DL - A PTR March 2010 rszdtrvl Disneyland Trip Reports 11 03-31-2010 09:54 PM
Dec 09 PTR The Molecular change is in full swing. pg40 the pink puppy disneyaddicted Completed Trip Reports 687 12-18-2009 04:41 PM
September '09, 22nd anniversary at Pop. FINAL THOUGHTS DECEMBER 3RD racefanof88 Completed Trip Reports 873 12-04-2009 12:36 PM
The now Non-Turkey Day PTR. Bad news UPD: 11/16! NuttyDisneyMom Completed Trip Reports 138 11-23-2009 04:14 PM
Aussie's on their way to Disneyland, a PTR becpee Disneyland Trip Reports 13 10-31-2009 08:29 AM

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:28 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: