Table of contents! PTR - Kinda boring... pages 1-5 Trip Report Travel Day Day 1- Part ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE Day 2 Mickey's Halloween Party - Part ONE, TWO, THREE Day 3 - PART ONE, TWO, THREE Day 4 - PART ONE, TWO, THREE Day 5 - Part ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, FINAL Installment!!! Trip Report #2! Travel Day Day 1 - Part ONE, Part TWO, Part THREE, Part FOUR, Part FIVE Day 2 - Part ONE, Part TWO, Part THREE, Part FOUR, Part FIVE Day 3 - Part ONE, Part TWO, Part Final Day - Part ONE, Part TWO, Part THREE PhotoPass Photos - ONE, TWO, THREE Hi Everyone! I am Paula and I am planning my first trip to Disneyland! I have been a WDW a few times but never to DL and I live in the same state! About a month ago I was becoming obsessed with trying to go back to WDW. I could not get it out of my mind. I even had my husband agreeing to go as long as he could get into a few of the Culinary demos at the Food & Wine festival. Unfortunatly the ones he wanted to attend were already booked . So with that and the fact that I have worked REALLY hard this year to pay off some of our debt I came to my senses and realized a trip to WDW was going to be outside the budget and wouldn't happen this year. When I was obsessing about going to WDW a few people mentioned why don't I just go to DL since it is closer. My non-disney loving hubby had even mentioned that. So I asked him if he would go with me. Of course his answer was NO So then I was discussing my love of Disney with a friend and she mentioned she would LOVE to go to DL! So there started my planning. Having never been to DL I started combing the boards looking for info. I am trying to make this as budget friendly as possible. Currently we are planning to fly down on October 13 and stay through the 17th. (I originally had wanted the 12-16 but my friend has a prior obligation on the 13th before we leave.) I have not booked any airfare as we are waiting to find out if the friend can actually have the time off of work. We work in the same place but her unit is not as well staffed as mine and they are much more reluctant to let anyone have vacation. I would LOVE to stay on Disney property but that is not very budget friendly so I am looking for a CLOSE, CHEAP place to stay. I currently have reservations at 2 hotels and am considering adding a third until we can make up our minds! The 1st is the Super 8 on Katella. Cheap! About $200 for 4 nights. Says it includes breakfast but I have been reading that it is pitiful and the rooms do not have a fridge. The 2nd is Ramada Main Gate: Approx $400 for the 4 nights. Closer to DL, not as Cheap, can't remember if it has breakfast, has internet and fridge. The 3rd I am considering is Carousel Inn. Would be Approx $300 for 4 night, even closer to DL, includes a breakfast, has a fridge, fee for internet. I am also looking at the Quality Inn & Suites on Manchester. Would also be around $300, has breakfast, internet, fridge, not quite as close as Carousel. The breakfast isn't as important as the fridge as I am already planning to bring cereal. I need the fridge for my Almond Milk (to go with either my own or the motel's cereal) as I am lactose intolerant. So WHO is going. Well there is ME. I'm Paula. I've been to WDW 5 times, 4 times with my Parents and once in 2009 with my hubby for our Anniversary. NEVER been to DL even thought I've lived in CA for 7 years (althought NorCal, about 6 hours away) Then there is my friend. Her name is Hong. She has been to DL twice. She says for one day each time. Has also been to WDW one time for 5 days (I think) We are both HUGE disney fans and both of us agree that character interaction is a MUST. When I went with my hubby last year to WDW I thought the character interaction was just for kids but then really missed that I didn't do it so this time we are stopping at any characters we come accross! That is a really long post! Wow. Sorry!