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  1. Disneygrl36

    Disneygrl36 Happy DVC member!!!!

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    Our DVC waitlist for 2 nights at Grand Californian Villas came in today too! Yeah....Now we will have to make our own arrangements to get back to the airport, but that will be much cheaper than paying out of pocket for 2 more nights at the DL resort.:cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:

    Still looking for flights & not sure hwen I am going to jump. Right now the cheapest I can find from our home airport is 425$ which isn't too bad I guess.
     
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  3. DarthVader92

    DarthVader92 Working for the Mouse

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    Be sure to look into either super shuttle or prime time shuttle for transportation back to the airport.
     
  4. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    Depending on which airport you are flying home from and how many in the party you may be just as well off taking a taxi. If you were flying out of SNA, a taxi one way is ~$40. They have flat rate coupons at GC's guest relations counter.

    Suggestion for those considering their inward flights and wondering about getting to CA a day or two before the actual tour - do it!!! And book the extra days through ABD (yes, I know the place is expensive) so that you get the transfers from LAX to the hotel. It is so worth it not to have to deal with the logistics of getting out to Hollywood and the hotel is located right in the heart of the strip.
     
  5. HollyMac71

    HollyMac71 Sucks to have a dull life!

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    If you can fly out of the SNA airport. It's about 30 minutes from DL.
     
  6. skier_pete

    skier_pete DIsney-holics Anon

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    So, just this past July, we flew into SNA and out of LAX going to Disneyland, and we used Supershuttle both ways. If you have the Entertainment book - there's a discount coupon in there, I think it's $2 per person.

    Looking at my records, we paid $8 per person from SNA to the Tropicana on Harbor Boulevard (probably about 25 minutes), and we paid $14 per person from the Tropicana to LAX (45-60 minutes). Leaving SNA we literally walked up to the shuttle and it drove us off. It was right across the road from the terminal. We were in our hotel less than an hour after getting off the plane. Traveling back we waited about 15 minutes past our provided "window" for the shuttle to arrive at the hotel, waiting about 30 minutes total. There was some confusion as a shuttle came and dropped someone at the hotel, then drove off without us. When that happened, I called, and they explained that that was not our scheduled shuttle, and ours was on its way. We've also used Supershuttle in Arizona in the past and had all good experiences.

    Since we are staying an extra day at the end, I am planning on using supershuttle again ths trip from Disney to LAX. (Expect they will want to pick you up about 2.5 - 3 hours before your flight.)

    Pete
     
  7. DisneyKevin

    DisneyKevin Kelvis Moderator

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    For those Adventurers unfamiliar with ABD policy, ABD will provide arrival transfers from LAX only.

    For your departure, ABD will provide transfers to LAX or SNA (Orange County / John Wayne Airport).

    Incoming flights should arrive prior to 1:00pm on the day the Adventure begins. This allows time to get to the hotel, check in and get to the Welcome Dinner. If you arrive earlier and have booked your pre-night with ABD, your arrival time doesnt matter.

    Departure flights on the last day of the Adventure can be at any time. ABD states that the last shuttle to LAX leaves at 4:00pm. Your shuttle will be scheduled approximately 3 hours prior to your flight out of LAX.

    ABD provides transfers to guests under an ABD reservation only. Should you decide to arrive early or stay later and book your extra nights through ABD...transfers are included. If you book pre or post nights on your own (this includes booking your own Disney hotel and DVC), transfers are not included.

    With every one of these trips I get questions about arriving in Los Angeles early and renting a car.

    Should you decide to do this, ABD will still provide transfers from LAX on the day the Adventure begins. You would have to meet the transfers at a certain place and time at the airport. If this is a possible option, I need to know as I need to make certain ABD schedules that transportation. If no one is scheduled, that transfer will not be there.

    Also, if you live close enough to drive or have a rental car that you wish to keep for after the Adventure, you can park at the Grand Californian (free of charge) and ABD will provide transfers on the day the Adventure begins. Again, there are specifics with this and it needs to be scheduled in advance

    With the discussion of airfare, airports, transfers, transfer companies etc....I though this might get confusing. I hope this helps
     
  8. skier_pete

    skier_pete DIsney-holics Anon

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    Kevin,

    My wife and I are planning on doing this...coming in on Saturday and renting a car for 1 day, and then returning to LAX on Sunday to drop off the car and pick up the ABD transport.

    Please have ABD let us know time and location @ LAX on Sunday and we will be sure to be there with plenty of time to spare! Thanks!

    Peter

    P.S. If you need a separate e-mail on this from us, please let me know.
     
  9. DisneyKevin

    DisneyKevin Kelvis Moderator

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    Please email me with your plans and I will make sure this is set up and that you have the correct info.

    Thanks.

    Kevin@DreamsUnlimitedTravel.com
     
  10. Lee Disney

    Lee Disney Mouseketeer

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    We just booked our flights. :cool1: We arrive just before noon on Friday and depart the following Saturday morning. We plan to rent a car for the first couple of days as well and possibly do a side trip on Saturday to the San Diego zoo. I'm so excited! :yay:
     
  11. OKW Lover

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    Sounds good Lisa. Just wanted to suggest though that you do not try to cram too much into those pre-ABD days. Once the actual ABD part of the trip starts you'll find yourself constantly on the go. We found that the change in time zones had us awake really early but ready to fall asleep at 7:00 pm. :rolleyes1
     
  12. BriarRosie

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    Nice going! I put myself on the waitlist on November 14th and am still waiting for the 2 post-ABD days at GCV. In the meantime, I have a "safety" reservation at the Tropicana on Harbor. They had a web special rate of $129, which was actually a better rate than I was seeing for similar hotels in the area.

    Wish me luck that my wait list comes through!
     
  13. skier_pete

    skier_pete DIsney-holics Anon

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    Gosh - no one else said it yesterday, so I'll say it today!

    SIX MONTHS TO GO!
    :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
     
  14. starwood

    starwood <font color=red>This mouse GOT her next cruise<br>

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    woo hoo! Still haven't booked airfare home. I just got a $50 Southwest GC from Coke Rewards so I want to wait until I get that in the mail.
     
  15. ymxbfalcon

    ymxbfalcon Mouseketeer

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    I didn't say it, but I was thinking it. Does that count? ;)
     
  16. Lee Disney

    Lee Disney Mouseketeer

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    Yippee!
     
  17. skier_pete

    skier_pete DIsney-holics Anon

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    Was just on travelocity because of an announced sale. They are showing the Lowe's Hollywood hotel for $219 a night plus tax ($252.51 inclusive) for both June 7th and June 8th. I think that's about $25 less per night than ABD is charging. Of course I don't know how that affects transfers or anything, but I thought I would put it out there if anyone was interested.

    (I booked us at the LAX Hilton for $93 a night on Saturday, June 8th, non-refundable. Need to save money where we can on this trip.)
     
  18. DisneyKevin

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    Please help me welcome Keith (rkdahl) and Cathy to our Adventure!

    :dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:
     
  19. ymxbfalcon

    ymxbfalcon Mouseketeer

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    :welcome: I look forward to getting to know both of you!
     
  20. starwood

    starwood <font color=red>This mouse GOT her next cruise<br>

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    Just booked return flight home with miles on United. Nonstop flight LAX to Newark.
     
  21. Chropistopy

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    Welcome!!
     

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