Ok, so here’s the scoop… we’ve been watching and waiting eagerly for our Disneyland first trip since the Before Covid times and I need help picking what to do on our non-Disney day (a Sunday/Monday before our Disney days start and then the following Saturday just before our final day in the parks).
We’ve always had APs so any plans that we think about making for things outside of Disneyland Resort usually get quashed because it’s money we’d have to spend on top of what we already spent for an AP and since the AP money is already sunk (and we love the place) might as well stick to Disney. This trip since the AP cannot exist, we have ALL THE options we usually don’t pick open to us and now I have too many choices, so what would you do?
We are me, DH and 4 kids ages 9,8,4,1. Current rough trip plan:
Drive into Cali overnight Sat 6/12 to arrive Sun 6/13 and have a chill day, maybe hit up the beach until hotel is ready and/or wander Old Town in San Diego. Stay Sun night in San Diego.
Mon 6/14 San Diego Zoo, drive to Anaheim after day at the zoo. Check-in late evening to our hotel on Harbor.
Tuesday-Friday- four days of Disneyland with park hoppers planning to be there each day open to close & take breaks inside the parks, with the littles sleeping in strollers to maximize what will probably be our only trip until they bring back an AP at some point.
Saturday break day- this is the big question mark.
Sun 6/20- Final day in Disneyland (our anniversary/Father’s Day)- again planning open to close.
Mon 6/21- maybe shop a little in Downtown Disney (and eat breakfast somewhere in it) before driving home to be back at a relatively respectable hour for some sleep before work on Tuesday.
So for our break day: Do we chill at the hotel (will be nothing fancy but will have a pool and that will be enough to entertain kids for a bit and this also gives us the flexibility to just have a lounge pool day if that’s what we want and if we need to break up the monotony we could always wander Downtown Disney/World of Disney/Lego Store as our kids love all of that (and we wouldn’t have much time for this beforehand with the plans as they are). Or do we find at least one other activity to venture out to do. I want it to be restful so I’ve kind of quashed plans for another theme park, especially ones with a longer drive (ahem, looking at you Universal and Legoland). But I also haven’t completely ruled them out because the kids would just LOVE either of those, as we are big fans of both Harry Potter and all things Lego in this house and the kids haven’t done any of that. It just wouldn’t be a rest day like I had initially intended the day to be, should we decide to those. And if not those things, what else is there: a baseball game? an OC beach? How about Knotts? Is that even a fun park with kids? And would Saturday be a foolish day (aka busy) day to squeeze it in?
And for the San Diego time: are there any really glaring pitfalls in thinking that doing the zoo and then a drive to Anaheim that night won’t be too strenuous? I know it’s a lot of walking- DH & I have done the zoo a couple of times, but the last time we did it the oldest two were 23 months and 3 months and we’ve done it as newlyweds without kids and would love to see it again. But both those trips were full on San Diego so we didn’t drive up to Anaheim after, so am I underestimating it? And if that does sound too strenuous- what better options are there for before our Disney stuff (we’d be driving through central/Southern Utah on 1-15, through Vegas and then into SoCal- any national park stuff -Bryce, Zions, in Utah isn’t directly in our path and DH & I aren’t so sure about staying a night in the area as they are MUCH more relaxed than we plan to be on Covid precautions- so Disney and California seem to be better option on that front, at least until the kids can have their turn to be vaccinated). Anywho. Any input on any of these ramblings would be wildly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!