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planning my retirement trip for DL

Hopefully I will get to retire next year and am planning my celebration trip for DL. I've been to WDW lots but never the original. Where should I eat? What exciting things should I do? Where to stay? I'm thinking 4 days with park hoppers. And some extra things to think about: I'm Pooh sized and may still have some back issues-standing in lines hurts and not sure about loads of walking.

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Oh, you're going to love Disneyland Resort! California Adventure is my favorite of all the US parks (haven't visited any outside the US).

I really like Flo's V8 Cafe for CS meals--hand-carved roast beef and turkey! Although I just saw something that said the menu is being changed somewhat.

We had the World of Color dining package at Carthay Circle--yummy! I wasn't crazy about the veggies, and asked for mashed potatoes. They were possibly the best mashed potatoes I've ever eaten in my life, so I strongly recommend them.

But WOC is standing-only--you might want to do the dessert party, which is the only way to watch it while seated, since you have problems standing for long periods.

Take full advantage of single-rider lines: Radiator Springs Racers (10-15 minute wait instead of up to three hours!), Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, and Grizzly River Run. California Screamin' had a single-rider line; this may change with the retheming to Pixar.

I would totally skip Matterhorn Bobsleds--the ride is just too rough and jostles you all around.

And of course get the LIVE! Guide!

Where to stay: to me, the three DLR resorts don't have the same Disney magic as the WDW resorts. Grand Californian is splendid but mighty pricey. Depending on the time of year, you can stay at a nearby Good Neighbor Hotel (or several that aren't GNH) directly across the street or in easy walking distance, for maybe $115/night (Red Lion) up to $200 and more.

Look through the various reviews here to get an idea of what other people thought of them. I've stayed at Candy Cane Inn, Red Lion Inn and Park Place Inn, and liked them all. I've also stayed at Grand Californian, when DH was at a convention there and got convention pricing.
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Thanks--easy walking distance may not be easy for me by next year. which is the closest, easiest to walk from?
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Thanks--easy walking distance may not be easy for me by next year. which is the closest, easiest to walk from?
Look on this map here https://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland-hotel/maps/, and it'll show you the hotels. [let me know if it doesn't work for you).

Park Place Inn is the very closest, right at the parking lot (and free breakfast! Breakfast is upstairs and may not have an elevator, not sure).

However, two things:
--If walking much is hard for you, it may be time to get a scooter. Practice ahead of time if you go this route and look at threads dedicated to special needs.

--The ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) buses pick you up at several hotels there on Harbor Boulevard and deliver you right to the park, for a VERY reasonable fee--probly less than $20 for a 4-day pass. The Red Lion Inn is one stop, so you can stay a bit farther away, save some money, and still not have to walk a lot.
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Look on this map here https://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland-hotel/maps/, and it'll show you the hotels. [let me know if it doesn't work for you).

Park Place Inn is the very closest, right at the parking lot (and free breakfast! Breakfast is upstairs and may not have an elevator, not sure).

However, two things:
--If walking much is hard for you, it may be time to get a scooter. Practice ahead of time if you go this route and look at threads dedicated to special needs.

--The ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) buses pick you up at several hotels there on Harbor Boulevard and deliver you right to the park, for a VERY reasonable fee--probly less than $20 for a 4-day pass. The Red Lion Inn is one stop, so you can stay a bit farther away, save some money, and still not have to walk a lot.
Also, that map shows only Good Neighbor Hotels, which don't really have much in the way of perks over non-GNH. Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, etc., can help you find other hotels right there, possibly with better prices.
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