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 into the option of flying, but I know that at certain times of year we can get airfare around $200 per person.
One thing we HAD to do was rent a car. Our two (paid for!) vehicles are super old (about 15 years each) and not the most reliable. The family car doesn’t have air conditioning anymore, which would be necessary on a trip to California in September. Plus, we get pretty bad gas mileage these days. So, I found a full size rental car with unlimited mileage for 10 days for $326. We filled our tank 4 times @ $60 a pop, so the whole travel portion of our trip cost us $566. Cheaper than air fare.
For those of you who have been waiting for me to post my list of stops and site seeing activities along the way, I’m sorry to disappoint you! We are pretty hard core drivers. My kids are GREAT road trippers. (Mama brag moment. Sorry about that.) We did provide each child with a little shoebox sized tub full of snacks and drinks, and we packed peanut butter sandwiches for lunch on the way down. They both had gaboons of books to read, and we listened to a lot of classic rock. My computer was an excellent portable DVD player. That’s about it when it comes to the drive. My husband is my hero. He drove the whole time so I could read books and talk his ear off.
AND, we didn’t stop at a hotel along the way. It takes us 13 hours to get from our house to my sister’s house, and then another 3 hours from her house to Disneyland. We drove down, stopping twice for food, gas and potty breaks, then stayed the night at my sister’s house, where they fed us dinner and let us sleep in their cozy beds. The next morning, we got up, drove to Disneyland, and arrived not long after the gates had opened. It was perfect!
In Anaheim, we arrived at our hotel, did a little pre-check-in thing, left our suitcases in the car, and walked to Disneyland.
SO exciting! I can’t wait to share about all of the fun things we did!
Question time: When you go to Disneyland, do you drive or fly? And, I’m curious about the kids-fly-free thing Alaska does. Is it really a good deal, or do they just hike up the adult ticket price to come out even? Share here in the comments so we can all learn from your wisdom!