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I hope you're able to get those dining packages in due course...
We were excited by how affordable the flights were using our reward points. I won't be giving up, but I wish DL would come on so I could quit worrying over getting them.

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Your trip report is really coming along! Im so glad you got the 1 bedroom! It is very nice to have laundry right there in your room. I will be very interested to see how you like Disneyland.
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I guess you're like me! I'd much rather take the fun, magical bus than the boring blue Super Shuttle, that I could take in Any City, USA. And to answer your question, yes, you can take it back to the airport. When you book, they will schedule a return pickup based on your flight time, and then you just meet them in front of the GC at the appointed time.

Like you, I'd been saving my SWA points for my trip, but Delta had a great fare sale in February, and I was able to book cheap, direct flights with them. Southwest also had cheap fares then, but I would've had to change planes in both directions, so I took the Delta deal, and I used my SWA points for a trip to WDW in November!
Yeah! I'm so excited now because I'll be on a cute bus rather than a boring bus. That boring ride to DLR was making me a wee bit sad. Our only bad experiences with flying have been with Delta, so we've almost written them off. Luke does check them, but we couldn't do as well with them.

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Those reward points really do help us to keep flying. I love to plan, and they are just not helping me do that right now. I thought waiting 60 days was a little late, and not for some of the ADRs it will be even later.

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Last ADR of the Trip

I was up earlier than Luke again today in order to make our breakfast ADR for the final day of our trip. We thinking ending the trip by spending some time with Chip and Dale will be fun. The Storyteller’s Café is even in the Grand Californian, so we won’t have far to go. But the Disneyland website still had to toy with me today. I logged in, went to dining reservations, and clicked on Storyteller’s Café. I selected October 12 and 8:00 AM. The website thought for a moment, and then told me that I would need to call. But based on my one experience with the DL dining CM made me think that probably wouldn’t help. So I put a new time – 8:30. This time three options came up 8:15, 8:30, and 8:45. I decided an extra 30 minutes to get ready would be nice. I clicked the NEXT button, and it took me through the next two screens without problem. On the last screen, I clicked RESERVE, and waited and waited. A message in red came up, informing me that there had been an error and I could either call or try again. I chose to try again, clicking Reserve. This time it quickly went through – finally! I was given a confirmation number and the reservation shows up in the My Reservations section, but I did not receive the confirmation e-mail has I have every other time. Weird! But I’m taking it as par for the course for DL planning. I again checked on the WoC and Fantasmic packages as well as getting dinner for Carthay Circle rather than lunch. But still no joy there! Luke has read that Disneyland depends mostly on folks who to some degree consider themselves locals, which may explain why they are slow to help out those of who are only planning to cross the entire country to get to them.

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s update that we do have layovers on both our flights. Heading out to LA, we spend a short amount of time in Denver. But we stay on the same plane, so we won’t have to disembark. On the way home, we have a slightly longer layover at Midway in Chicago and we do have to change planes, but at least it’s not at O’Hare. I am a little concerned about LAX as it’s a huge airport, but Luke couldn’t get the points to work with any other airport. Hopefully, the experience there won’t totally discombobulate me.

NEXT: The Continuing ADR Saga and Some Special Fun
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Wow, they sure don't make it easy, do they? I'm glad you were finally able to get the last dinner reservation!
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So crazy with your ADRs and DLRs system! I would like to know, which variation of neanderthals are running this site as saying it's primitive is....just unbelievable and you as a guest shouldn't have to tolerate this crap! Just ridiculous! That's a smack in the head to the DLR! I don't know what to say Cam and hope things improve with the rest of your ADRs! Perhaps, they should do it like WDW! Now there's a thought!
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Great job with the SW flights! I was happy to read you decided on Carthay Circle. Like I said before we really enjoyed our meal there and it was a late lunch just like you have. This gave us plenty of time to eat and then enjoy the parks some more before World of Color that evening.
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That sure don't. But maybe if I hadn't gone to WDW first and had all the planning advantages, I wouldn't notice it so much.

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So crazy with your ADRs and DLRs system! I would like to know, which variation of neanderthals are running this site as saying it's primitive is....just unbelievable and you as a guest shouldn't have to tolerate this crap! Just ridiculous! That's a smack in the head to the DLR! I don't know what to say Cam and hope things improve with the rest of your ADRs! Perhaps, they should do it like WDW! Now there's a thought!
This is becoming more long and drawn out than I expected.

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We won't be doing the WoC with Carthay Circle, and if dinner never opens a late lunch is still okay. As we'll still have some park time afterward then.

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Luke had found the DVC discount info online and I'm making a note on my ADR sheet of all the ones that have the discount. We'll have to remember to check each time we do CS, too.
The good thing is that I found that most CMs will ask if you are an annual pass holder (so they can give you the AP discount). That's a good reminder to say "No, but I'm a DVC member." 😀

I, too, was worried about being overwhelmed at LAX but while it is huge, it seems compartmentalized -at least the SW area is. That made it much more manageable. I only flew out of LAX, though, so I can't speak to baggage claim.
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You're right that glitches are par for the course with Disney on-line planning! You seem to have won the battle, though, and your plans are looking great. I've flown in and out of both John Wayne and LAX and yes, LAX is HUGE, and I prefer a smaller airport, but I didn't find LAX difficult to navigate at all. From Cheryl's experiences, though, I think we can be glad we don't have to go through customs there!
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I'm a little late to the PTR but I'm SO SO excited for this one!! I have used the Disneyland Express through gray lines for both of my trips to DLR through LAX. Both times was enjoyable and ALMOST felt like the Magical Express in WDW without the fun video. I have only seen the outside of the Grand Californian but I would LOVE to stay there one day. The pictures are breathtaking!! If you find yourself looking for another restaurant if something falls through the Catal restaurant in DTD is outstanding!! It is still the best meal I have ever had anywhere! I'm so excited to hear more about your plans!! I'm a 15 time WDW veteran but I LOVE DLR just as much and for different reasons and would love to go back soon!
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:07 PM   #135
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Glad you got your reservations almost done! Storytellers Cafe is a fun character meal! Actually, you've got some great meals planned - many of them I'll be doing myself on my upcoming trip.
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