Made it to the Wolf Lodge - just spent an hour outside in the pool shooting baskets with my daughter - time to rest with a beer - spending two days “relaxing” - then heading to Busch Gardens for the day - summer fun… High-res

Made it to the Wolf Lodge - just spent an hour outside in the pool shooting baskets with my daughter - time to rest with a beer - spending two days “relaxing” - then heading to Busch Gardens for the day - summer fun…

Travels #4 Part 3

So just a little more than 2 weeks till we are off on our trip to California. Lots of planning and decisions and waiting - and now it’s almost time!

The first two parts of our trip will take us to Santa Monica, Malibu, Venice, the Reagan Library, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Warner Bros Studio, Griffith Park, etc. Part 3 is all Disney.

The third part of our Cali adventure will take us to 5 nights in Disneyland. Now it would be great to spend that whole time at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels, but - it’s way too expensive. Their hotels are priced at the deluxe level of Disney World - and we always go for one of the moderate resorts. We wanted to experience one of these hotels, though, so we are compromising. The first 3 nights we are staying at a good neighbor hotel - the Sheraton Park Anaheim - with a Disneyland view. The last two nights we are staying at the Disneyland Hotel - with a premium view. It’s gonna be so epic. We plan on going to the parks 4 of the 5 days. All three days at the Sheraton we are going to the parks. The plan as of now is to go Disneyland the first day. We have reservations at the Blue Bayou on this day for dinner. The second day will be for California Adventure. The third day is back to Disneyland. We have a tour booked for this day called “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour”. We walk around Disneyland hearing stories about Walt - we get to go in his private apartment overlooking Main St - check out the lobby of Club 33, go on a couple rides that were there when the park opened, and have a private lunch with our group. There are also some surprises. Our main goal is to see Walt’s apartment, Club 33 and put the stories to the place. It’s going to be great. The fourth day we are checking into the Disneyland Hotel and are just staying by the pool all day. We have a Character Meal planned at the hotel that night. The last day we will split between California Adventure and Disneyland. 

We took our daughter to Disneyland 4 years ago - when she was 8. It was our first time there and it was a little jarring. We are so used to Disney World that Disneyland just seemed so small. After a few days we started to get it and really fell in love with it. It’s the place Walt was at. The detail is amazing - the little touches. It’s got a totally different feel to it from Disney World. It’s meant as more of a local park than one visitors go to for an extended vacation. There is a lot of entertainment and events there. We didn’t get to spend enough time there the first time and didn’t get to stay a the Disneyland Hotel. This gives us our chance to really enjoy Disneyland while my daughter is at a perfect age. Plus, California adventure is a lot different now with Cars Land and all the other new stuff there. 

Well - that about does it for our big trip to California. Next up is Travels #5 at the end of the year. Another Disney extravaganza - coming soon…