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Old 03-06-2016, 12:17 PM   #946
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With GC being the only DVC option at DLR it does fill up quickly. Luke tried for four days before being able to get us a room for our entire stay. It also as fewer villas available than most Disney World DVC resorts.
We have been trying for a month to get even one day there in a studio. We stayed in June in the regular rooms, but on DVC points. Which was bad as it is over 100 feet smaller, and almost twice the DVC points as the villas. We will be there in two weeks and so far.....nothing. So it looks like Embassy Suites it is. Which is a shame as I shamelessly love the GC.

I will keep calling each day as I would really love at least two days there if we can get them.

Oh, and I think they told me there are 23 studios. But all 23 can be booked as the two bedrooms, as there are 23 one bedrooms, which are all common door to the studios. So if 13 are booked as two bedrooms, then you are looking at only 10 possible studios being open.

I always tell them that they should develop the parking lot behind the GC where they park the cars for guests at the GC. Make it parking below and put in two to 4 levels of DVC rooms. Put a bridge in to link into the GC so they can get more DVC members in to CA trips.
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We have been trying for a month to get even one day there in a studio. We stayed in June in the regular rooms, but on DVC points. Which was bad as it is over 100 feet smaller, and almost twice the DVC points as the villas. We will be there in two weeks and so far.....nothing. So it looks like Embassy Suites it is. Which is a shame as I shamelessly love the GC.

I will keep calling each day as I would really love at least two days there if we can get them.

Oh, and I think they told me there are 23 studios. But all 23 can be booked as the two bedrooms, as there are 23 one bedrooms, which are all common door to the studios. So if 13 are booked as two bedrooms, then you are looking at only 10 possible studios being open.

I always tell them that they should develop the parking lot behind the GC where they park the cars for guests at the GC. Make it parking below and put in two to 4 levels of DVC rooms. Put a bridge in to link into the GC so they can get more DVC members in to CA trips.
for getting at least a couple of nights at GC. I love your suggestions. Luke knew the situation going in, but I was totally flabbergasted by how little space as far as various villas there were at GC. And it so beautiful!
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Thank for this trip report. We took our girls to DL for the first time last June, and are headed back on Friday night (in three days!). So your trip report has helped me tide over my excitement until we are there! And yes, I did pull up YouTube and the Paint The Night parade in HD to have playing while I read your report.

We decided to go too late and could not get any rooms at the GC so we have to 'slum' it at an Embassy Suites. lol Well, we could buy three nights at $3,300, or they did have the first 5 night open in the one bedroom El Capitan Suite. Which was only going to be $34,860.15. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh nope nope nope nope. That's like another 250 DVC points for 50 years.

We are very blessed to get to go as often as we do, but dang! Some people are in a different planet than we are income wise. Fun note, we were at the BBQ that is closed now last June and was standing near Adam Sandler and his family and a few friends. Seemed relaxed and just a good close family. It was nice to see.
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Thank for this trip report. We took our girls to DL for the first time last June, and are headed back on Friday night (in three days!). So your trip report has helped me tide over my excitement until we are there! And yes, I did pull up YouTube and the Paint The Night parade in HD to have playing while I read your report.

We decided to go too late and could not get any rooms at the GC so we have to 'slum' it at an Embassy Suites. lol Well, we could buy three nights at $3,300, or they did have the first 5 night open in the one bedroom El Capitan Suite. Which was only going to be $34,860.15. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh nope nope nope nope. That's like another 250 DVC points for 50 years.

We are very blessed to get to go as often as we do, but dang! Some people are in a different planet than we are income wise. Fun note, we were at the BBQ that is closed now last June and was standing near Adam Sandler and his family and a few friends. Seemed relaxed and just a good close family. It was nice to see.
Thanks for reading! So cool that you all are leaving Friday to go back to DL! I can't wait until we can get back.
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Oddly enough, we have a nephew who has never liked ice cream or pizza. Rather amazing. Now as an adult he will eat pizza, but still doesn't really care for ice cream.



I've never seen Lightning or Mater moving at WDW, but we saw both them driving down the road along with Red. They move into the meet and greet area, which is so cool. We had no idea before we saw them moving that they did this.



We did have a great time!
One great piece of advice we were given was to go to DL the first day, but leave and hit up Carsland at night for our first visit to Carsland. Which was great, because as great as it is during the day, it is simply jaw dropping to see it for the first time at night. I love WDW and consider it my first choice for vacations, but Carsland at night has given me a love for DL and CA that means we will be visiting more often. Luckily (not so luckily for our pocketbook) we bought Premier passes for last June, so we had a June trip there, a November trip to WDW and now are going to fit one more trip back in to DL before the passes expire.

Then sadly, will have 'stay-cations' for a while until we build up more DVC points as we have already borrowed too many against our 2016 year (October).
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I've really enjoyed your trip report of Disneyland! Thank you for providing so much great detail and description.... I was taking notes, as we will be visiting Disney Land for the first time June 2017/In just under a year.... We are also from the south east, having visited WDW several times, but never Disney Land.

While I am really looking forward to our trip- your description of the heat has scared me a little, but now at least I will be prepared for it.... I associate California with year round temps in the 80's- obviously I'm mistaken.

Sounds like you had a great trip and I really enjoyed reading about it!
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I've really enjoyed your trip report of Disneyland! Thank you for providing so much great detail and description.... I was taking notes, as we will be visiting Disney Land for the first time June 2017/In just under a year.... We are also from the south east, having visited WDW several times, but never Disney Land.

While I am really looking forward to our trip- your description of the heat has scared me a little, but now at least I will be prepared for it.... I associate California with year round temps in the 80's- obviously I'm mistaken.

Sounds like you had a great trip and I really enjoyed reading about it!
Glad you enjoyed the trip report and found it helpful. As to the heat, we were told by several Californians that the hot spell we experienced was rather a fluke as usually it's Santa Ana winds that create that heat. But this one just seemed to come out of nowhere. Normal highs in October were listed as mid 70s to mid 80s. Hopefully, it will be more pleasant weather-wise when you all visit.

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I've really enjoyed your trip report of Disneyland! Thank you for providing so much great detail and description.... I was taking notes, as we will be visiting Disney Land for the first time June 2017/In just under a year.... We are also from the south east, having visited WDW several times, but never Disney Land.

While I am really looking forward to our trip- your description of the heat has scared me a little, but now at least I will be prepared for it.... I associate California with year round temps in the 80's- obviously I'm mistaken.

Sounds like you had a great trip and I really enjoyed reading about it!
No big road trip for you and your family this summer as I enjoy your Road Trip TRs?
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Nope. We had to take a year off due to a combination of finances and conflict schedule as my oldest started college this year.

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While I am really looking forward to our trip- your description of the heat has scared me a little, but now at least I will be prepared for it.... I associate California with year round temps in the 80's- obviously I'm mistaken.

Sounds like you had a great trip and I really enjoyed reading about it!
What Cam said is 100% true...that heat wave came out of nowhere and was not even remotely close to our normal temps at that time of year (should've been 80s during the days, 60s at night).

Also bear in mind for your June trip...in a "normal" year, you will have cool and cloudy mornings with a marine layer over you that burns off by midday and temps in the 80s. This year, we had one of the hottest Junes ever with hardly any marine layer and temps in the 90s up to 100s. Again, that was nowhere near the norm!
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Going in 29 days, This will be my first trip to Disneyland as well, I love reading this!
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Thanks so much for reading! I hope you all have the best first time trip to Disneyland. You'll love park hopping since the two parks are so close to one another.
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Thank you, Cam and Luke, for sharing your trip. I came back to your report, as we have scheduled a January trip to Disneyland, and I need some ideas! We have 5 nights at the Grand Californian, and can’t wait.
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Thank you, Cam and Luke, for sharing your trip. I came back to your report, as we have scheduled a January trip to Disneyland, and I need some ideas! We have 5 nights at the Grand Californian, and canít wait.
I was surprised to see this one come up as it was 3 years ago. Luke and I will be returning to Disneyland in May of 2019, and I can't wait. We'll be at the Grand Californian again.
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