We are taking our kids to DL for the first time ever this May. YAY!!!!! Cast of characters: Me: turning 40 next month! I/T project manager by day, mom & wife 24x7 DH: will be 41 when we go to DL. I/T guy by day, husband and patient dad ODD: 6, turning 7 in June, finishing up 1st grade, believes that the princesses live at Disneyland YDD: 4, turning 5 in June, entering kindergarten this fall It has been about 12 years since DH & I last went to DL, so we have never been to DCA! This is also our kids first trips to DL! I am so SUPER MEGA EXCITED I can hardly stand it and its only 2 months away. So here is our current itinerary: Thurs 5/23: School year ends, pack up the car after kids are in bed Fri 5/24: Drive to San Diego (actually La Mesa). Stay with BIL & SIL & their 2 kids. I hate driving at night since my children are not the sort that will sleep in their carseats. Nor do I want to deal with San Diego rush hour traffic the day before a holiday weekend, so I am hoping that we can be out the door here in Tucson (Marana actually) by 9am, which would likely get us to La Mesa by 4:30pm-5pm (if you factor in pit stops). Even though my kids are out of the toddler stage now, we still bring a kid port-a-potty with us on our drives out to San Diego. Why? Because I guarantee you EVERY SINGLE TIME we have just left Gila Bend on I-8 a few miles past the sign that says No services for next 60 miles, one of my kids says, Mommy, I have to go to the bathroom. This results in us stopping off on the side of the road, the kid dropping her trousers, and peeing in the port-a-potty and I chuck the pee in the desert. This is also why I stock the car with bottles of water (to rinse the thing out ick) and flushable wipes (to wipe bottoms, which then go into a ziplock bag to toss). Sat 5/25: Spend day w/BIL, SIL, DNiece, DNephew. Dont really have any formal plans and I dont want to bother with Sea World or any place expensive since we are saving our $$ for Disneyland!