So about a week ago, when DH & I started planning our Disneyland trip (1st ever for our kids), we were originally going to to Sun 6/3 and Mon 6/4. Then I spoke w/my SoCal college buddy, who suggested that we use SoCal discount tickets that she'll get, which are blocked out for 1 of those dates (6/4). Plan B then was to: drive from AZ to Anaheim on Wed 6/6 Disneyland day 1 on Thurs 6/7 day 2 on Fri 6/8 hang out in SoCal on Sat 6/9 or drive back home Sun 6/10 to drive home Then this evening, DH said, "Can't we go in May instead?" So here are some factors floating around in my head... YDD is 3.5, in preschool, so missing a couple of days is not a big deal ODD will be finishing up the kindergarten year in May. Our schools finish right before Memorial Day. Should we take our kids out of school for a couple of days for Disneyland? If we do take them out of school, I don't want to do it the week of Mother's Day...partially because ODD's school is doing DIBELS testing that week. Plus, according to touringplans.com, crowds are higher on Mother's Day. So a possible plan C is this: Sat 5/19 - drive from AZ to Anaheim Sun 5/20 - Disneyland day 1 Mon 5/21 - Disneyland day 2 Tues 5/22 - drive home to Anaheim...OR do a 3rd day at Disneyland and drive home on Wed 5/23. DH said that he's thinking about going in May instead because he's worried about hotter weather in June. Here in Tucson in June, it is hot as a blankety blank (106-110). On ODD's birthday (6/19) when she was born, it was 105 out. Plus, we'd be staying at my friend's house in Riverside (which often has comparable temps to Tucson) and she has no air conditioning (ouch!). ....factors which, of course, now have me reconsidering Hydroguy's strong recommendation to stay across the street. Plan B or Plan C both still have openings available at the Entertainment book rate at Hojo's. If we were to stay near the park, I've decided that we want to try Hojo's because: everybody here recommends it so highly they don't charge for parking on the day we check out, we can keep our car in the Hojo's parking lot for free on the day we check out, Hojo's will store your stuff in a locked room behind the check-in desk, so you don't have all of your stuff in your car waiting to get ripped off. the ENT book rates are CHEAP!! So I guess my questions are two-fold: 1. If you've taken your kids out of school for a couple of days to go to Disneyland, what was it like (both dealing w/your child's school & when you were at Disneyland)? 2. If you were in our shoes, which of these sets of dates would you pick?