Table of Contents: 1. Cast of Characters (scroll down on this post) 2. Background information 3. Couture Mouse Ears 4. Priority Seating and Dining Thoughts 5. Top Ten Reasons... 6. Starting to Plan! 7. What it Looks Like When DIS'rs Pack! 8. Our Arrival to California and Wedding 9. More Wedding Pics 10. Disney Soda Fountain Shop and Hollywood! 11. Candy Cane Inn Review and Disney Outlet 12. Downtown Disney 13. Dinner at Napa Rose Chef's Counter 14. Parks - Day One 15. Parks - Day One (Cont'd) 16. Parks - Day Two (Lily Belle) 17. Parks - Day Two (Ride Evac. on Indy!) 18. Finishing out the Trip This TR is now complete! YAY! Howdy, present and future Dis pals! To help contain the excitement I have for our upcoming trip to Disneyland, I decided to start a pre-trip report! Let's start with the basics! Cast of Characters: Just the two of us. My fave pic taken last year at WDW. Elijah, a Viking... I mean my husband. Not a huge Disney freak, but has fun every time we go to WDW. This trip will be his first time going to Disneyland. Danielle, that's me. Taken at WDW a couple of years ago. I will be the author of this report for you. Hope you enjoy my silliness and nutty travel planning habits. Just bear with me. Trip Info: We are actually heading out to CA for a wedding and a baby shower in early August. Two separate bookend events on each weekend we are there. With friends working during the week, and in hopes of having less crowds, we decided to do Disney in the middle of the week. We will be staying at a Good Neighbor hotel. I just could not justify the price of staying at the disney hotels. As Florida residents, we get some great rates at the WDW hotels. When I compared the price difference vs. what you get, I decided to save the money. Plus, with how expensive this trip is getting due to rising costs all around us, it seemed like we didn't have much of a choice anyway! We are spending 3 nights in the Anaheim area. First day, will be all about exploring the nearby Anaheim area (Garden walk, Downtown Disney etc) and relaxing by the pool. We are also thinking about a special dinner that first night. Days two and three will be spent parkhopping. Check out day might be spent by the pool again. Why is the Disney portion of this trip so important to me? I grew up in the Los Angeles area, but moved away ten years ago. (More info to follow in the next section: "Background) Disneyland had always been my home park. It holds so many childhood memories, as it does for the billions of people who have been through the gates since the summer of '55. The last time I was there was June of 1998. Back when this travesty premiered: Sorry, not a big fan of the "refurb", which I still can't believe is now ten years ago! I digress! So the last time I was there, I got to experience Indiana Jones, ride the short lived Rocket Rods, and see the construction of California Adventure. It was also just called Disneyland! There was no Disneyland RESORT. While I have been back to CA since, time has not allowed for a Disney trip. Quite frankly, it is time to go home! I now live in S. Florida with my husband and dog (having moved here from the Boston area a few years ago.) I have gotten used to the humidity and have traded earthquakes for hurricanes. The beaches are nicer here, so I love that. I also traded home parks, DL for WDW. While I love WDW, don't get me wrong, I think you always hold a special for your home park. I also am an avid nerd about Disney park history (more to come later) and like comparing rides. I can't wait for my DH to see DL for the first time too. Just for fun, here is our Florida holiday card we sent out this past year. The pics and design of the card was made by us! Look inside the letters. Ok, I am excited to post my first entry. For now, to hold you over and to give you a sense of my trip report style, I invite you to read my report from our October visit to WDW last fall. Here is the link: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1628959%22 Coming up, a picture heavy entry of my Background Disneyland history.