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  1. WDWsBFF

    WDWsBFF Everyday Disney Dreamer

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    IS to help me plan my 1st anniversary married trip to Disneyland!!!! :cool2:

    It will be my 3rd time (I've stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Garden Grove and the Portofino Inn and Suites back in 09) and my hubby's 1st! I am a WDW vet and have already checked out HydroGuy's thread on the topic...Regardless, I am out of my comfort zone because I am doing the planning all by myself. Which is why I need your help in this important mission! :wave2:

    Here are the details:

    We're going August 1-4, 2013 and we would like to stay within walking distance (don't we all lol /we won't have a car) and would like to spend no more than $80-90 a night.


    ...Now I have found a great rate at the Jolly Roger hotel for $72 per night, but I have yet to really hear nice things about it. Has anyone had a good recent experience there? How about the pool? Is it swimworthy?

    Other hotel suggestions would be lovely though too!

    Also the debate of 2 day PH vs. 3 day PH is something we're battling with...Our trip runs Thursday-Sunday and I know weekends are always going to be more crowded.... Any thoughts on this? Cause I'm so baffled on that, that I don't really have any thoughts on it myself. I think most of the APs are still blocked out on those days so that might help a little.

    One other big topic: Airfare.
    ...Anyone have any tips or tricks in this area? ...I'm not sure what the rules are on the board for this but if any promo codes/pins can be shared (same goes for hotels), all I can say is please and thank you!!!! :flower3: I keep checking everyday but it's not changing...neither going up or down.

    Some other quick questions:

    ~Is there a certain touring plan I should construct for this time of year? I would love to hit everything in both parks at least once. I know BTMRR will be down.
    ~How far in advance should/can I get a reservation for Blue Bayou? Is it really worth it? We do want one romantic dinner during our trip.
    ~OR should we do a World of Color dinner package? ...Or would we be better off just getting a FP for it in the AM?
    ~Are there certain FPs that need to be obtained right after rope-drop?
    ~Outside dining vs. in-park/DTD dining....Is one really cheaper than the other? How do you dine while visiting?
    ~Anyone have any good experiences using SuperShuttle from SNA?


    ....PHEW....I think that's all my overwhelmed brain can come up at the moment. Also, please note I have searched this forum as much as I can, though I noticed since it isn't visited too too often, a lot of the posts are outdated so I figured I'd start fresh. Plus we don't have any kiddos yet so that changes our vacation style by quite a bit I think....

    Any and all help will be appreciated!!! :thanks:

    ~Shelby
     
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  3. Mama Who

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    "Really nice", right near Disney and $80-$90 is not generally a realistic expectation. "Clean" is about what you get in that range and area. Under $100 in peak season on a weekend is hard to find and I'd be inclined to hop on that $72 if price is a priority.

    It's farther away that we like to be, so I can't give first hand experience. Have you looked at Yelp?

    I'd go with the extra day if you can swing it. A non-weekend is a good thing.

    For airfare, I have a friend in the industry and he says his best tip is kayak.com.

    We enjoyed the WoC dinner at Ariel's. The cioppino remains the single best thing I've had in a Disney restaurant other than Club 33 and the now defunct Vineyard Room. (Which are both MUCH pricier.)

    I do not consider the food at BB worth the prices anymore. I'd put that money toward dinner somewhere else, although the atmosphere at BB is nice.

    We have found that DTD and the surrounding area are either as expensive or close too, so we stopped trying to save money that way. I have noticed that the food in DCA, particularly in quick service tends to be higher quality and with larger portions for similar prices to DL. There are exceptions, but as a whole, that's our experience.


    We honeymooned in Disneyland. Our take on it is that every moment is magical and anything can be an excuse for a kiss. Remember that sometimes sitting on a bench doing "nuthin" is the best use of time in Disney with your beloved.
     
  4. sherilaine

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    In searching for a hotel I find tripadvisor.com to be a great site. Here you see real pictures guest have taken and get some honest opinions from people who have already stayed there. Jolly Rancher is listed as the 73rd out of 107 hotel to stay in for Anaheim - so it's more than towards the bottom half of the pile. To me, booking anything under $100, especially with carsland and the economy picking up bringing prices up from a few years ago, should be done with a great deal of research to make sure you are getting a good deal and not wasting your money. :surfweb:

    As to the extra day - if there is an option to go for an extra day - always take it, is my advice. pixiedust:

    You have come to the right place though - there is a lot of great advice to be found here. :disrocks:
     
  5. ManusDei

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    I can only touch base on a couple of these, but here goes my humble opinion:

    -RSR is the only that FP that must be obtained after rope drop, and even then, that's not a hard rule. Especially if you can go to DCA on a morning without Early Entry for that park, you can do Wide Right to get on RSR first thing, then scurry back to BVS and get in the FP line for a second ride, hopefully in evening (though I don't know if they stopped giving evening FPs out, I had heard they did...)

    -It sounds like money might be tight for you, so iono if BB is a great choice, but if you do have extra money, I might recommend Carthay Circle or Napa Rose as romantic dinners. Both are more expensive than BB (Napa Rose a LOT more), but they're a lot better IMO. Some don't like Carthay's food, but DGF and I thought it was great, plus the great atmosphere, and you can do WoC dining there too (I hear WoC dining seats are great). Napa Rose food is a step further and is simply to die for :cloud9:, but your wallet might die too :rotfl2:

    -Lastly, if you're really trying to save money on food, you can always pack your own lunches, security doesn't seem to care if you bring in a full cooler of food. Just pack something easy to carry and eat, like sandwiches, water, and snacks, and you could save some money there.
     
  6. Astylla

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    Hope this helps.
     
  7. WDWsBFF

    WDWsBFF Everyday Disney Dreamer

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    Thank you Mama Who, Sherilaine, Manus Dei, and Astylla for your help! Y'all rock! :thumbsup2

    Turns out we'll most likely be staying at the fairfield inn now, thanks to an early anniversary gift. Has anyone stayed there?

    ....After seeing another thread from someone saying the Blue Bayou has gotten better, I'm not gonna lie I am leaning towards it. I think I want the Disney ambiance anyways. :wizard:

    Okay so if I get the 3-day PH which would be better for the 3rd day: Thursday or Sunday???? ...I'm guessing Thursday, cause of the whole weekend rule yes? Or is it really not that bad the first week of August?

    Also one more question (hopefully :laughing:) do y'all know if Sams Club or Costco has a great deal on tickets? I'm trying to decide where's the best place to get them.
     
  8. ManusDei

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    I would also guess Thursday. Sunday is usually unblocked for most APs for most weekends, but I don't have much experience going in August so take my advice with a grain of salt.

    Costco had a great deal recently but that's probably over by now. Still, I would check those stores, when it comes to Disneyland tickets any legitimate discount is good.

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  9. VandVsmama

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  10. jenergy

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    Just an FYI - Virgin doesn't fly to/from CO but Southwest probably does and pretty much always has the cheapest flights and more often than not they're direct.
     
  11. Greysword

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    Honestly, I would probably apply for the Hilton Reserve credit card from Citi bank. After $2,500 in normal spend (gas, groceries, etc) over 4 months, I'd get two weekend nights at any Hilton, which I would likely use at the Hilton Anaheim. Then, I'd just need to pay cash for one night and maybe parking, which is in the budget range mentioned. In addition, the card gives Gold status in the Hilton program, granting free internet, continental breakfast (or a discount on regular breakfast), room upgrade, and maybe lounge access (instead of breakfast). There are other Hilton options nearby, too.

    As an alternative, the Hyatt card from Chase rewards 2 nights after $1,000 spend, which I'd use at the Hyatt Regency Anaheim (it is a mile down the street near the Target and Red Robin). Thus, you'd want to pay for their shuttle to get to the parks (or walk a bit, but that stinks after a long day in the park :) ).

    As for flights from Colorado, the handy-dandy ITAMatrix (same platform as kayak.com) says there are non-stop flights from DEN to LAX or SNA on Frontier, United, Alaska, and American airlines. All range from $258-$294 per person. As mentioned, you can also look at Southwest airlines, as they are not on the Matrix. When you find a rate you like, book it, especially this close in. Bing Travel's Rate Predictor recommendation is to Buy, as well.

    Good luck, and have fun!
     

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