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[22 Oct 2012 | 2 Comments | 4,436 views]
Our Disneyland Experience: Our Favorite Disney Apps

Well, I’m FINALLY writing about my favorite part of our Disneyland experience!  You know: Actually GOING there!
I’ve already filled you in on our Disneyland budget, our Park-Hopper ticket choice, our trip timing and our hotel choice, and our drive to Disneyland.  Let’s get there, already!
As I mentioned, on our first day, we drove from my sister’s house, checked into our hotel, then walked over to the park, arriving about an hour after they opened the gates.
Our first day was a Sunday, and MAN, oh man, was it crowded!!  The locals come out on the weekends, …

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[8 Oct 2012 | One Comment | 2,916 views]
Our Disneyland Experience: The Drive to Disneyland

I’m having a great time revisiting our Disneyland trip! 
Thanks for reading along and sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences as I shared about our Disneyland budget, our Park-Hopper ticket choice, our trip timing and our hotel choice.
We’re on our way!!  Let’s talk road trip!
Since we live in Oregon, and we have family in California, we decided that it made sense for us to drive down to Disneyland.  That way, we could see my sister and her family on both ends of our Disneyland trip!  We didn’t actually look too closely …

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[4 Oct 2012 | 7 Comments | 4,570 views]
Our Disneyland Experience: The Planning Stage – The Hotel

So far in this series, we’ve talked about our Disneyland budget, the number of days we chose to spend at the parks, and the timing of our Disneyland trip.  Go read those posts and catch up!
I must admit that the most stressful part of planning our trip was choosing a hotel.  I was putting WAY too much thought into the process.  I checked Trip Advisor reviews, compared costs and amenities, Google earthed locations, debated walking vs. taking the shuttle.  It was incredibly stressful.
See, we have Ritz Carlton taste on a Motel …

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[2 Oct 2012 | 10 Comments | 4,444 views]
Our Disneyland Experience: The Planning Stage – Timing Your Trip

We’ve already talked about our Disneyland Budget and Tickets, so let’s move along.
When should you go to Disneyland?
NOT in the summer.  I mean, seriously.  Why would you do that to yourself? It’s massively hot, especially if you are running from ride to ride or standing an insanely long line because EVERYONE and their grandmother decided to visit while on their summer vacation.
I consulted several websites that showed Disneyland crowd levels, and my favorite one was on Touring Plans.  They rank the days on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being …

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[2 Oct 2012 | 7 Comments | 6,471 views]
Our Disneyland Experience: The Planning Stage – Tickets

Yesterday, I shared our thoughts behind our Disneyland budget, so let’s break that down.
We’ll start with Tickets:  We chose 5-day park hopper passes for 2 adults ($290 each) and 2 children under 10 ($270 each) = $1120 (plus a $5 shipping and handling charge)
I think there are some discounts out there, especially if you live in Southern California, but if you live outside California, just save your inner nerd a little stress and pay what is listed on the website.  I looked and looked, and the only way I would save a little …

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[1 Oct 2012 | 10 Comments | 8,128 views]
Our Disneyland Experience: The Planning Stage – Budgeting

We have been home from our family’s first Disneyland vacation for less than a day and I am still experiencing the Disney high.  I’m completely Disney obsessed. It was AMAZING!  Truly the best vacation we have ever had.  It was everything that I had hoped it would be, and then some.
I’m VERY excited to tell you all about it!  Hopefully it will help you if you are planning a trip to Disneyland!
The Planning Stage –
Our Disneyland trip planning began about 15 years ago.  Back in married years 1 and 2, …