We are planning a trip for late February/early March 2019, and I’ll be detailing our experience here promptly when we get home. We are an extended family of 8: -My husband and I and our 2 sons, ages 9 and 2. -My mother-in law -My mom, step-dad, and grandma We are driving from the Central Valley and will be checking in to Tropicana Inn & Suites on Wednesday, 2/27 for 6 nights. We’re getting 5-day hoppers and will visit the parks Thursday-Monday. Our plans include the following: 1. Lamplighters Lounge on Thursday night 2. Blue Bayou on Friday 3. Fantasmic Premium View Seating at Riverbelle Terrace on Saturday 4. World of Color Dessert Party on Sunday 5. Character Dining on Monday We have been to Disneyland many times before, but we normally only stay for 3 days, and we never, ever spring for extras such as dining packages or table-service restaurants. This time, we decided to save up so that we could afford as many extras as possible as well as a generous budget for food and souvenirs. The idea is to make this trip special because my grandma is getting older and is a huge Disney fan. Not to mention, we probably won’t be back for a couple of years because the massive crowds that will accompany the opening of Star Wars Land are a huge deterrent for us. We are so excited! Please share any suggestions or tips that you think might be useful.