May in L.A. - DLR & SWCIV
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DH and I have been tossing around the idea of combining a Disneyland visit with the Star Wars Celebration IV convention at the end of May. We attended SWCII & III when they were in Indianapolis and really enjoyed the experience (despite the massive crowds)
Our plans look something like this:
* Fly out on 5/17
* Spend 5/17 - 5/19 with family in the area
* Visit DL from 5/20 - 5/23
* Attend Star Wars Celebration from 5/24- 5/26
* Fly back out on 5/27
I've gotten price estimates on the flights & DL hotel (heard good things about the Candy Cane Inn & Hojo Anaheim) - but would need to get our Celebration passes before finding out what hotel packages they offer.
We're holding off on actually making any ressies due to some issues with DH's job (crappy management - hopefully he'll be able to transfer to a new team SOON). It sounds like we'll run into some refurbs - the monorail may not be running and (even worse) Fantasmic! may be dark...
Tell me what I have to look forward to - and keep your fingers crossed DH's job situation resolves itself soon... I wanna get this trip rolling!
Kind of planning backwards - we decided to get our Star Wars Celebration IV plans in place, as it seemed those were more time-sensitive.
We got two 4-day badges (as members of the Star Wars Fan Club, we can attend Thursday before the convention opens to the general public) and made reservations at the Kawada Hotel... the 3 hotels were were looking at all had mixed reviews, but this seemed like the better deal, as it was a bit closer than the other two.
Have a quote request in to Dream Come True Vacations & an e-mail sent to the family in the area to see if they'd like us to for a few days before heading to DL. Once we know when we're flying out (family visit or no visit), we'll look at getting our plane tickets.
Right now - only Northwest is showing non-stops from Indianapolis to LAX and they're a bit pricey ... Need to decide if a 1-stop is acceptable/worth the price differential. (I get nervous about lost luggage)
Got our quote back from Dream Come True Vacations - no availability at Candy Cane or Hojo (prob too close to Memorial Day Weekend) - but Liz did list availability at Tropicana and Camelot (formerly Park Inn) - any comments/feedback on either? I think we're leaning towards Tropicana for now.
I also ordered the Disneyland Passporter - getting the planning chapter preview PDF was VERY helpful in providing hotel info - thanks, guys!
Still waiting on info from family to decide on our flights - if we visit with them, we'll fly in on Thursday... if not, we'll probably fly in on Sat & find somewhere cheap to stay Sat night.
I'm slowly getting my spreadsheet filled in - next up is deciding on meals: definitely want to do BLue Bayou again & probably a character breakfast - any suggestions there?
We are doing the same trip for the same reason! My DH and DS(5) will be going to the SW thing on Thurs -- we signed up both in the fan club for this reason. And we all (me and DD (will be 2) also) will go on Friday. We are driving out from TX the weekend before and are planning to do DL all together one day that week and I'll probably take DD when the boys are checking out all things SW on Thurs. We are staying at the Residence Inn Garden Grove -- they have kids' suites with bunk beds in a separate room. Maybe mom and dad will finally get some sleep on a vacation!
Plane tickets are purchased, package is nearly paid off and a couple of meal reservations are made! (Blue Bayou and Lilo & Stitch's Breakfast at PCH Grill).
We just need to confirm with the family (DH's aunt & uncle) that it's OK to stay with them for the first couple days.
Current plans: Wed, 5/16 - stay night in Indy = early flight the next day Thurs 5/17 - Fly from Indy to LAX - spend day with family Fri & Sat 5/18-5/19 - family time. Possibly going to El Capitan to see Meet the Robinsons on Friday.
Alternate plans if things don't work out with family... possibly at day at Universal? Check out San Diego & the zoo? What else would you folks recommend? Where would be a good/inexpensive place to stay somewhat close to Anaheim?
------------ Sun. 5/20 - Drive to Anaheim, check into Tropicana Inn & Suites & start our Disney fun! Will probably be up late, as DL stays open till 11 & it's the only time we'll have a chance to see the Block Party Bash, Electrical Parade & fireworks.
Mon. 5/21 - DL Early Entry and/or Toontown Morning Madness - probably go over to DCA after lunch at Blue Bayou at 11:30 - keeping fingers crossed for a waterside seat!
Tue. 5/22 - DL Early Entry? (not sure how many times you can take advantage of this during a given trip) - Head over to DCA when it opens & probably catch the DL parade this evening.
Wed. 5/23 - Toontown Morning Madness if we haven't done it already. DCA for the Aladdin show - will try for 12:25 or 1:55 if we miss the first one.
Thur. 5/24 - Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch to wrap up the Disney portion of our visit. Check out of Tropicana, then drive to downtown LA and check into Kawada Hotel.
The Star Wars Celebration (SWCIV) convention opens at noon for Fan Club members - we've already got our badges! Hopefully we'll see some of the more popular stuff today, before the crowds descend over the weekend.
Fri. 5/25 - SWCIV - arrive around 8:30 for our 9a-11a Shopping Pass to pick up show merch. Another perq of being fan club members! Spend the day at the convention, taking breaks as necessary.
Sat. 5/26 Another day at the SW convention - will probably leave earlyish to pack for our flight home in the morning & to get some sleep.
Sun. 5/27 Up *early* to get to LAX for a 9:45a flight! (was 10:20, but NorthWest rescheduled it a few weeks ago ) Fly home - possibly work on trip report.
Mon. 5/28 REST - maybe work on photos & trip report.
Yay - sent a note to Liz at Dream Come True vacations yesterday to pay off the rest of the Disneyland package & she confirmed we were PIF! Plane tix are bought & paid for, car rental ressies made, hotel resv the night before the flight & 2 dining reservations made: Blue Bayou and Lilo & Stitch Breakfast at Paradise Pier. :grin:
DH and I chat a bit about the trip just about every day - what attractions we want to make sure we do, where we want to eat & possible souvenirs.
We do still need to talk with DH's aunt & uncle to make sure it's OK for us to stay with them the first 3 days of our trip ... if not, we may head to San Diego to visit the zoo & maybe catch a ball game. (which will put a dent in the budget, but that's OK...) Any other suggestions?
We checked with family - they're looking forward to our visit - Scott talked to his aunt, who thought his uncle had already emailed us back.... oh well! Not sure what we might do with them - probably some general sight seeing. Last time they took us to Balboa Island, then one of Scott's cousins took us on a whirlwind tour of the Hollywood area (Graumans, the Walk of Fame) then up (and down and left and right!) Muholland Drive & thru Griffith Park.
So, earlier today, DH was looking around the Star Wars boards & found that some folk were planning on seeing PotC3: At World's End at the El Capitan Theater during the Star Wars Celebration convention. Quite a few were planning on the midnight showing on Friday, but that would make an awfully late night for us. He got to thinking.... could we push our flight forward to Monday so we could spend more time at the convention and see the movie Sun night? Our budget is in good enough shape to add an extra day, so we decided to see what we could do...
Turns out since NorthWest changed our original flight's departure time by more than an hour - we could reschedule our flight with no additional charge! So we're now flying out of LAX on Monday, 5/28 at 9:45am. We added an extra day to our hotel ressie & car rental & DH is going to try to score VIP tickets from the El Capitan website later today. Our hotel is right near a Red Line Metro station, which we can take almost to the theater door - so that will save some driving stress & parking $$.
It's not an extra day at Disney, but I still think we'll enjoy our extra vacation time!