Our family just returned from a 5-day trip to California where we enjoyed a couple of days at Disneyland and visits to nearby cities.
I have info on how to do that, plus some recent news and a quick tip on navigating easily.
These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.
Our California trip
We loved our time in California visiting both Disneyland and nearby cities. Some notes about visiting Disneyland:
- The DLRPrepSchool.com site is the best place to research and plan
- Dining reservations can be made up to 60 days ahead (though the park hours are often not available then)
- 1 day in each park is probably enough for Disney World veterans
- Easy to combine Disneyland with nearby locations. Our family liked doing a park day, followed by visiting a nearby location (such as Hollywood and San Diego) to balance sleep and driving time
- Staying off-site is much easier at Disneyland since there are so many locations that are affordable and within walking distance
- The weather is so, so mild compared to Florida and a sweater/jacket is often required for mornings and evenings
- There are very few FastPass opportunities at Disneyland but many more single rider options
- Unique things like Cars Land, World of Color (watch my video of the last few minutes), and the new Paint the Night parade and Disneyland fireworks are worth a visit by themselves
- Disneyland isn't as immersive as Disney World so you aren't in the "bubble" as much but there are many great things about it that make it fun but in a different way
- Starbucks is opening at Animal Kingdom on June 18
- The "Frozen Fever" movie short will be showing at Hollywood Studios from June 17 - September 7
- Disney Dining Plan credits can now be used in more ways
- I'm hosting a private breakfast at Epcot on November 6. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
Quick tip of the day
I've used Uber about 10 times in the last month at both Disney World and Disneyland. Use my code ("shannona9") to get a free ride of up to $20.
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