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    Since I bought our airfare in June, our trip has changed half a dozen times. The dates have remained the same, but the flight times were "adjusted" numerous times by Travelocity (to our benefit), hotels booked and cancelled 4 times (budget, budget, budget), packages planned and changed. It's exhausting, trying to plan a quality vacation for 5 on a budget.

    But I think I've done it.

    Now we're two weeks away. Two weeks. In a mere 360 hours I will be within the walls of the Happiest Place on Earth! The dream of the little girl in my avatar is coming true 30 years later. She's nearly back. And the dream is all the more special, sweeter, because I get to share that dream with those I love most, my husband and our three children.

    We were booked at the Fairfield Inn with a 3 day Parkhopper package. Then optimistically I switched us to the Disneyland Hotel. Medical bills piled up and I switched us back to the Fairfield. Then my daughter, who works 1 day a week at the local Hampton Inn was able to get us a $29 rate at a new Hampton 6 miles from Disneyland. How can you beat that- and with a full spread breakfast buffet to boot?

    To rent a car or not rent a car- that was our question? We live in a town that doesn't even have a stop sign, much less a traffic light. Did we really want to tackle California traffic? Not really. At the Fairfield we could walk to the park. At the Disneyland Hotel we could walk. We booked the Disneyland Express bus to run us to and from the airport to the hotels. But how to get to the ocean- which we were determined we would see? Taxi's are expensive, but we were convinced that it was worth the price NOT to drive. But when we switched from the Fairfield to the Hampton, we had to cancel everything at the travel agency and start all over again. (except the airfare, which we booked independantly for a song). Even with penalties, we were saving a huge amount of money. We were forced to admit driving was now a requirement. So the car rental was booked, and we were comforted by the hotel and transportation savings. The budget always is there, always cautioning me. Splurge on the good stuff, save where you can.

    As I said, our flights were changed and changed again. Next thing I knew, instead of getting into LAX on Saturday night, we were able to arrive Saturday morning, in essence, providing us with another day of fun. What to do, what to do? We'd saved so much money on hotel and transportation, that we decided to splurge and spend a day at Sea World in San Diego with some quality time at the ocean on the way there. What a coup! Three days at Disneyland, a night at Mickey's Halloween Treat, time at the ocean, and Sea World too? Can we say dream come true and bigger than ever imagined?

    The costumes have been chosen. The e-tickets printed out, with a second set printed and enveloped in case of emergency. Hotel, car and airfare- check! Free breakfast- check! Disneyland shopping cards loaded up and ready to go for food and souvenir purchaces- check! Maps and directions- check! Ride-Max downloaded and a variety of itineraries printed out and ready to go- check! Trip itinerary/schedules made up for kids and ready to print- almost done! New, serious-amature, digital camera/movie camera ready to document the trip- check! Animals scheduled for their trip to the "doggie spa"- check! (Shhhhh, we try not to say the word, kennel, if we don't have to) Teachers notified of the upcoming absence of K, T and J with homework and extra credit trip projects being organized as we speak- check! All papers, documents and miscellaneous trip stuff organized and lovingly placed within the specially bought purple organizer folder book with elastic closure- check!

    What's left?

    Some kids never grow up. They just become more eager.

    Two weeks, friends!

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    It sounds like you're going to have a great time.

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by lil lisa View Post
      What's left?
      I can answer that easily...TAKING ME WITH YOU! )

      But anyway, I'm really happy you're going. I hope you have a blast! Make sure you come back with hoards of pictures!

      ...Joe...

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      • #4
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        It sounds like you've really put a lot into planning this trip. I hope you have a GREAT time! I'm excited for you!

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        • #5
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          Lisa, I am so going to talk to you when I go :lol: you can do my booking :lmao: I am so happy for you, this is a wonderful dream come true, and the kids well..... there going to have a ball. Lanyards will be on the way tomorrow before 10:00 ( priority) and with that you are set. I put the wrong addy on the envelope :lmao: I put my own, so I had to go back to work, I made a label out to put over the wrong addy :lol:
          I am going to love your trip report. you have gone thru much, and I know you are going to wish those days never ended. I will be praying that in the near future,you will once again make that trip down in the mean time, hows the camera practicing

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          • #6
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            Congratulations! You'll have a fantastic time!
            "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? " - Alice

            "If his brain's ran down, how can he talk?" - Jack Pumpkinhead
            "It happens to people all the time, Jack." - Dorothy

            "It seems the words on my mug are right: 'It is hard to soar with Eagles when you work with Turkeys.'" - Sam the Eagle

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            • #7
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              So you did decide to rent a car. Perfect! That really is the most efficient way of getting around if you are not on property and decide to do things like go to the beach or to other parks.

              What street is your hotel located? As an Orange County resident since 1972 I can get you anywhere you want to go. So feel free to ask. I can let you know the closest beach area to where you are and how to get there.

              Have fun!

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              • #8
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                Thanks everybody!

                JosephTNielsen- come along! We can cram another body in... somewhere, ha ha!

                Karla, I'll be passing on all the good info right to you!

                DisneyIPresume, thanks! Yeah, we started leaning towards the rental and with the final hotel switch it became a must. Forunately, the hotel doesn't charge for parking. I can't wait.

                The hotel is 10900 Yahama Way in Cypress. I heard there was a Target right across the street (I guess the hotel is in a business area) so we can stock up on snacks and pop and water bottles there.

                I've heard Mission Beach is San Diego is nice and right near Sea World. Have you been there? Do you know how far it is from Sea World?

                You can bet I'll have pictures and stories. The problem is, I'llprobably have too many pictures and too much story!

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                • #9
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                  Have a wonderful time. I usually get real excited about 2 weeks out, too. I can't believe how much effort you've put into the planning. I'm fortunate, my friend lives 2 blocks away from DL so I have transportation and a couch to sleep on. I like doing a hotel if I visit for more than 4 days, pull-outs aren't comfy.

                  Have an amazing time and give Mickey a hug for me!


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                  • #10
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                    I sure will, thank you!

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                    • #11
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                      Wow!!!
                      Sounds like it's going to be a wonderful trip!!
                      Have fun!!!
                      Good morning, son
                      In twenty years from now
                      Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                      And I can tell you 'bout today
                      And how I picked you up and everything changed
                      It was pain
                      Sunny days and rain
                      I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                      • #12
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                        I'm a San Diego native and Sea World employee, so if you have any questions about that part of your trip, I can help you there! I'm just a PM away.

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                        • #13
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                          I'm PMing you shortly. Thanks so much!

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by lil lisa View Post
                            DisneyIPresume, thanks! Yeah, we started leaning towards the rental and with the final hotel switch it became a must. Forunately, the hotel doesn't charge for parking. I can't wait.

                            The hotel is 10900 Yahama Way in Cypress. I heard there was a Target right across the street (I guess the hotel is in a business area) so we can stock up on snacks and pop and water bottles there.

                            I've heard Mission Beach is San Diego is nice and right near Sea World. Have you been there? Do you know how far it is from Sea World?

                            You can bet I'll have pictures and stories. The problem is, I'llprobably have too many pictures and too much story!
                            I have been to Sea World many times. Have never been to Mission Beach though. If you have the time you should check it out as I know it is very nice.

                            Cypress is actually a very good area to be staying in. It isn't fancy but it is nice. I am assuming the street is Yamaha... In any case the closest beach to your hotel is Sunset Beach or Seal Beach. As it turns out my uncle has a beach house on Sunset Beach. This would be only 10 miles from your hotel and shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to get to. Just go south on Valley View (Valley View becomes Bolsa Chica at a certain point -- same street different name) for 6 or so miles until you get to Warner Ave. and then go right (west) for another couple miles. Keep going unitl you can't go any further (across Pacific Coast Hwy. There is a Jack In The Box on the corner) and park in the free parking right there.

                            Let me know if you have questions and have fun!

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                            • #15
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                              Ha ha! Yes, I meant Yamaha. I'm fighting a nasty sinus and upper respitory infection, so I'm not real "with it" right now.

                              Thanks for the great information! I'll take down the directions to the beach. It's great to know there are some good options so close to the hotel.

                              Thanks again!

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                                Lisa, I want to remind you od a few things to take on your trip in case.....
                                alergy med, I found I was very alergic to the plants they have there. I am thankful I remembeered my zyrtec. eye drops to. lip balm, Oh man you are going to need that! rain gear..... yes just in case. believe me you will be happy to have poncho;s when it rains. I hope it rains like mad when we go, it stops all traffic and the parks are dead :lol: extra flip flops, licorice, beef jerky,water bottles you can refill over and over...sun glasses, extra socks in your pack, you will get wet feet and its very uncomfortable at night!! and always, I mean always have the kids pack a sweat shirt for nght time. its hot during the day, but very cool at night when the sun goes down. put it all in the locker ...... you will thank me. if you can fit extra shoes in do it. wet shoes at night suck. and thongs at nigh..... oh no your feet will freeze.

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                                • #17
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                                  plan on visiting DCA and seeing Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular? I can get you great seats if you'd like....
                                  You can't talk S*** unless your gonna do something about it...

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                                  • #18
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                                    Originally posted by IMAGINE View Post
                                    plan on visiting DCA and seeing Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular? I can get you great seats if you'd like....
                                    I loved Alladin!!! Lisa do not pass that up. it may not be there in the future ( seems great things go away

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                                    • #19
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                                      Originally posted by Hakuna Makarla View Post
                                      I loved Alladin!!! Lisa do not pass that up. it may not be there in the future ( seems great things go away
                                      It's an awsome show! Don't miss it!

                                      I have annual passes to SeaWorld! I went EVERYWEEKEND for several months. Haha. You'll have fun, I love the shows there. Don't forget to touch the rays and starfishes... and go see the eels, that's awsome. And the manatees! And ride Atlantis, that's good fun.

                                      I know you'll have a blast at Disneyland! I'm so excited for you! It's nice to see that you get to go back! ^^
                                      Code Lee-Oh-Co (Or Jessica, if you want)

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                                      • #20
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                                        Yay! Congratulations on your trip. You are going to have a great time--of course, it's DL!
                                        <3 Chloe

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