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Old 09-25-2013, 10:02 PM   #31
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I would love to get back to Disneyland. Just not sure when yet. I thought 2016 but my youngest wants WDW for his graduation gift. Ds#1 is getting Hawaii in 2015 for his gift.
Sounds like you have some great trips in the works!
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:39 PM   #33
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Loving it so far Caitlin!! My name is spelt like your's, except it's spelt with a K.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:37 AM   #34
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Glad you are enjoying it!

Very cool!
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So excited to hear about adventures about DLR! I hope to one day visit, but I'd have to get over the plane ride from NY to California.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:11 PM   #36
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:14 PM   #38
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Just catching up on your previous report and saw this link so I am subscribing.

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ETA: Just read your intro. Awesome start! I'm excited to read about your California Adventures

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So excited to hear about adventures about DLR! I hope to one day visit, but I'd have to get over the plane ride from NY to California.
Can't wait to share the stories with you!

The plane ride wasn't as bad as we though it would be. It was over pretty quickly!


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ETA: Just read your intro. Awesome start! I'm excited to read about your California Adventures
Welcome to our new report!

It should be a fun trip report!
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:29 AM   #40
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We're going to Disneyland!




Ok, is everybody ready to get this party started? I hope so, cuz away we go!!

Our flight was at 6:30am so our day began crazy early. (but it's not like anyone actually sleeps the night before they head to Disney anyway)

My dad picked us up just before 5am, and since there was no traffic at 5am on a Sunday morning, we were at Detroit Metro airport by 5:15. We were flying Southwest and as we waited to board I was a little nervous about their boarding procedure. You see Southwest doesn't pre-book seats like the other airlines. Rather than pay ahead of time for a certain seat, like most of their competitors, the order in which you do online checkin determines your place to get in line to board the plane. Then once on the plane, you select your seat. Since we had a pretty long flight ahead of us I didn't want to be seated with strangers so I paid $12.50 pp for the option for a better place in line. We ended up being like 29-31A which meant we were among the first on and did not end up having a problem. I worried for nothing. We had a smooth flight




and arrived at our layover in Denver 30 minutes early

We had about an hour til our next flight so we grabbed some snacks and Caitlin took some pics.




We weren't really sure what this was supposed to be but it was pretty huge!



Our second leg of the flight was also very smooth and before we knew it we were about to land at LAX!!

We got super excited when we spotted the "Hollywood" sign from the airplane!

We arrived at LAX right on time and our bags arrived about 15 minutes later. Easy peasy!

We grabbed our bags and headed outside, to overcast skies and 70 degrees, to find the not-so Magical Express. The shuttle service to DL is nowhere near as simple and efficient (or free) as the WDW ME. We had to wait about half an hour before it arrived but finally we boarded and after half a dozen more stops we were on our way to Disneyland!!




Getting closer



And closer



The shuttle stopped here first


Our stop came next






We're here!!! Disney's Paradise Pier hotel.










I cannot even tell you how excited we were to be here. Dale had been wanting to do a DL trip for years but the cost of air was always prohibitive. However, when I started researching a trip I found a great deal that only cost about 50$ more pp than air from Detroit to Orlando so thanks to that, we were now about to have a dream come true

I got in line to check-in while Caitlin and Dale hit the gift shop.


The CM that checked us in was very nice and as we talked he asked if we were celebrating. I told him that the trip was our 25th anniversary gift to each other although our actual anniversary was still a few months away.

He quickly got us checked in and told me they would text me when the room was ready. I told him that was fine and that we needed lunch anyway. It was only 11am in Cali but to us it was 2pm! So I found the family and we headed over to Downtown Disney to find some lunch.

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Old 09-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #41
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We loved how everything was in walking distance from the hotel. To get to DTD we passed the DL Hotel


and within a few more minutes we were at DTD. Not needing a bus to get everywhere is amazing!

The DL DTD has a lot of the same businesses as its WDW counterpart


Exhibit A



Exhibit B



Exhibit C (and our destination)






I had gotten some free gift cards for RFC so that would be our first lunch in DL. We checked in at the elephant



and we were lead up a few flights of stairs to our table. On the way we passed this





We were seated amongst the noisy monkeys and colorful birds.





Once at our table our server arrived pretty quick and we ordered some drinks and our lunch.

Dale and Caitlin ordered some adult beverages. Caitlin had the Island Daiquiri while Dale tried the Panama Punch. They both enjoyed their selections



For her entrée Caitlin wanted a sandwich wrap but they did not have any gluten free options so they wrapped it in lettuce.




Dale and I split the rack of ribs.



Even though the RFC tends to get a bad rap on the Dis, we all really enjoyed our meals. Good food and a lively atmosphere. A nice way to begin our DL adventure!


After we finished our meals it was time for more pictures.







Bellies full it was time to head out into DTD and see all that it had to offer!
Come back next time and Caitlin will tell you all about it
























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Great update . Paradise Pier seems like a fun place to stay but I keep not hearing good things about it, what did you guys think? When I was in Disneyland we stayed off property because my mom's friend that we went with has a bunch of marriot points so we used those. Unlike Disney world where staying on property makes a HUGE difference, we didn't really notice any setbacks or disadvantages of where we stayed except for the fact we had to make sure we were at the shuttle before the second park closed for the evening.

I actually am a big fan of rainforest cafe. they actually do have decent food and I LOVE the atmosphere. I hear T-Rex and rainforest cafe have alot in common so I am curious to finally go there and see what I think of it. My brother said they have really good drinks so I really want to try one of them!!!! While I do love rainforest cafe I haven't been to either Disney Rainforest cafe. I didn't even know they had a rainforest cafe in Disneyland. I have three Rainforest cafe's near me (one is 15 minutes away from my house) so I guess that's why I never really go there when i'm on vacation.

I'm curious to hear what you guys thought of Disneyland's Downtown Disney. I wasn't a big fan of it but I keep hearing I went at a weird time and I didn't make the right choices about where to eat and stuff. We went in the early evening which is probably one of the more crowded times to go there and ate at the counter service part of naples. I LOVED marcellines though so that was a saving point and I really enjoyed there world of Disney which helped as well.
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Great update . Paradise Pier seems like a fun place to stay but I keep not hearing good things about it, what did you guys think? When I was in Disneyland we stayed off property because my mom's friend that we went with has a bunch of marriot points so we used those. Unlike Disney world where staying on property makes a HUGE difference, we didn't really notice any setbacks or disadvantages of where we stayed except for the fact we had to make sure we were at the shuttle before the second park closed for the evening.

We have nothing but good things to say about Paradise Pier. We were very pleased with it. I do think staying on Disney property made a difference in our trip. Other than when we rented the car and went into LA we always felt in the "Disney bubble". We loved walking to the parks and DTD and never seeing the outside world.



I actually am a big fan of rainforest cafe. they actually do have decent food and I LOVE the atmosphere. I hear T-Rex and rainforest cafe have alot in common so I am curious to finally go there and see what I think of it. My brother said they have really good drinks so I really want to try one of them!!!! While I do love rainforest cafe I haven't been to either Disney Rainforest cafe. I didn't even know they had a rainforest cafe in Disneyland. I have three Rainforest cafe's near me (one is 15 minutes away from my house) so I guess that's why I never really go there when i'm on vacation.

RFC owns TRex and we really like their food too


I'm curious to hear what you guys thought of Disneyland's Downtown Disney. I wasn't a big fan of it but I keep hearing I went at a weird time and I didn't make the right choices about where to eat and stuff. We went in the early evening which is probably one of the more crowded times to go there and ate at the counter service part of naples. I LOVED marcellines though so that was a saving point and I really enjoyed there world of Disney which helped as well.
The only meal we had at DTD was at RFC but we enjoyed roaming the shops and the live music.
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