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Old 07-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #31
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Count us in for a Jan Trip

I'm surprising my daughter (8) with a trip after Christmas. The current plan is to be there Jan 1-6. Staying??? Hopefully PPH if I can get a good AP rate. Otherwise probably BWPPI. It will be our first trip to see the Christmas decorations, and also a chance to scope out Carsland.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:17 PM   #32
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Hello fellow January 2013 travelers! I've been tasked with coming up with a short list of inexpensive (but not trashy) hotels that are nearest to the Grand Californian. It looks to me (using Google Maps) that the few hotels at the cross streets Katella and West (next to the convention center/Tiffy's/Coco's) are the best bet. These include Anabella, Eden Roc Inn, Best Western Stovall's Inn, Anaheim Discovery Inn, and Quality Inn. I haven't looked in-depth at any of these yet (we typically stay on Harbor), but a quick look online is showing some of these already sold out for at least one of the two nights (Jan 24-25, 2013). Yikes! I'm assuming this is because of the NAMM show and the proximity to the convention center.

We're planning on using my room at the VGC to be "home base" for those staying off-site (like meeting for breakfast in the morning or changing clothes after Grizzly River Rapids), and I'm concerned about my dad in particular and how far he may have to walk to meet us. (I've offered to have him stay with us, but he really values his privacy and doesn't like sharing hotel rooms, not even with his adult kids, and of course he doesn't want to pay Disney's hotel prices.)

Anyway, just looking for feedback on recommendations for some of my family members. TIA!
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:59 PM   #33
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first timer!

We have a time-share reservation outside of San Diego starting Jan. 6th ... so I am thinking of flying in on the 4th with my DH and DD's age 10, almost 8 and almost 4 to visit Disney for Sat/Sun. Recommendations for where to stay? I had been told the Best Western across the street would be great but have not researched it yet... we usually go to WDW and don't know a thing about Disneyland...any tips for us? I would like to save a little on the hotel b/c flying out there is going to be btwn $2500-$3000 (ouch!!!)
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:06 PM   #34
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We'll be coming down from Buffalo January 12-19th! We've been to WDW many times, but this will be our first ever trip to DLR. It will be me, hubby and our 3-year old daughter. We're also planning to take the train down to San Diego on that Monday to hit the zoo. I'd like to hit a beach somewhere, too (I know it will be cold, but I've never seen the Pacific). Other than that, a leisurely stay at the GCV.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:14 PM   #35
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I'm coming down from Canada for the Tink 1/2 marathon and I'm splurging on myself and staying at the DLH! My kids aren't coming either! I'm a mean mommy but running a destination race is on my bucket list and I'm going all out on myself.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:47 PM   #36
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For anyone flying Southwest, the booking window opened!

I just booked our flights! WOOT! WOOT!
To make it even sweeter we used all points so airfare cost us only $15 cash!! I feel like the budget queen.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:51 PM   #37
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We're booked from 1/12-1/18 at Hojo. One last trip before the AP expires
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:07 AM   #38
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We will be there January 18-22. I'm running the Neverland 5k and we are also celebrating DD's first birthday and her first Disney trip! It will be me, DH, DD, my mom, and my brother. Staying at HoJo for the first time (usually book off Hotwire and end up at Crown Plaza but needed a place within walking distance with the little one.)

Anyone have any tips for doing Disney with a one year old, please share! I know there are quite a few rides in both parks that don't have height restrictions, but which ones are really good for kids that age and which ones are too scary?
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:01 PM   #39
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:12 PM   #40
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Sac area here Just booked our room @ the Grand Californian for the 2nd-5th. Was on waitlist for VGC but noticed the 2013 DLR point charts out on the DVC site and the 2nd - 5th are listed under value season, so I called to check availability and they had the room Happy dance! We haven't stayed at the GCH since they opened and haven't been to DL for the holidays in a few years so this is going to be a nice treat.
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:48 PM   #41
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Another one!!! Love your name by the way. I am also a Bubba's mom (it is/was my oldest's nickname when she was younger) and live in Sac. lol small world!
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #42
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I added a list of who is going and when to the first post in this thread. Let me know if I've made any errors!
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #43
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We're going down Jan 10-18 from Canada!! SOOO EXCITED!!!
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:09 PM   #44
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Our dates are now January 8-16!! Whoopee!!
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:45 PM   #45
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Please add us on the list - VGC Jan. 3rd - Jan. 6th! YEAH!!!
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