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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Assembling A Disneyland Trip - #3

There was an old show on TV - The A Team - whose catch phrase was "I love it when a plan comes together". Despite our busy schedules Mrs. DisneyTraveler and my Disneyland trip is coming together.
Mrs. DLT purchased our tickets this morning. We plan to be in Disneyland for 6 days. Disney in their infinite wisdom decided to do away with 6, 7, and 8 day parkhoppers (though supposedly these are still available in packages for visitors from other countries). People also said if you beg enough you can get extra days added to your parkhopper at the park but its kind of a hassle involving getting a supervisor and such. So we would have had to buy a 5 day parkhopper plus an extra day admission - about $415. Mrs. DLT, who scours the internet for every possible cost cutting measure, found Deluxe Annual passes for $445 from our Credit Union (regularly $469). Given that we pretty much eat all our meals in the parks or Downtown Disney and AP's get a 10% discount on meals, that savings alone makes up the price difference between the parkhopper route and the Annual Pass. And if we can make another trip this year, we're all set with tickets. AP's give you freedom because a big expense (admission) is taken care of.
My sister picked up the tab for our hotel room. Kind of a pay back because we have treated her to hitch a ride on a few of our trips the last few years. Every trip we have made since 2008, we have always stayed at the Candy Cane Inn, a lovely place, but a bit pricey for Harbor Blvd hotel. My sister got us into the Anaheim Plaza Inn for almost half the price of the Candy Cane Inn. The reviews on tripadvisor.com are generally good but not great with a few down right frightening. The Candy Cane Inn gets the best reviews of almost any hotel in Anaheim including the Disney properties. This will either work or turn us back to the Candy Cane (or a Disney property that we treat ourselves to every so often) for all future trips. We shall see. It's only about a 5 minute walk to the Disneyland main gates (10 if you walk like me).
Tickets - check. Hotel - check.
Instead of taking our gas sucking SUV, we are opting for a rental car for our trip.
Transportation - check.
What's left? Packing along with money and a well prepared charge card.
Mrs. DLT went out last night and bought a Birnbaum's Disneyland Travel Guide for 2013. Not sure why she did this. This blog is longer than that book and probably covers the same material.

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