Trip is a go.
Poll post 27
DD 17 is graduating this year. And I had floated the idea of doing a mother-daughter trip in lieu of a grad party (as I had done with DD19 when she graduated in 2022). DD17 was always sort of -meh- on it, because she is more the party-type and she and I are not as close as DD19 and I are, AND she really isn’t into any special thing that we could hone in on.
I mentioned it again a week or so ago. She and I have gotten volumes closer over the last year, and she was far more open to the concept, but said, “I’m just not THAT into Disney.” I answered that there were more options in the world that Disney World, and then couldn’t help but jokingly tag on , “you know - there is DisneyLAND.” And lo and behold her eyes lit up and she said, “We could go to California!?” I told her we could look into/consider anything. And she gave me a green light to look into options, but she did say it might be fun to go to California and go to the beach, and go to Universal, and spend a few days at Disney.
So - I did some research. A lot acutally. I have since ruled out Europe, NYC, most cruises (still low key looking at DCL and an Alaskan cruise on Princess). But I keep coming back to SoCal.
I can get some nonstop flights from Charlotte, NC to LAX plus hotel for less than $660 a person for 6 nights. It’s Spirit, which I am willing to try bc it’s not like I’m trying to get a cruise, or something. And @Enchantedbythemouse has me willing to try it.
I’m looking at Anaheim Majestic Garden - has anyone stayed there?
I’m open to other options in walking distance for my daughter and I.
I would not rent a car. I’d uber from airport to hotel, and then use uber for the other outings (thinking San Juan Capistrano, Crescent beach day, and another day to Universal Studios Hollywood).
She is not the Disney Rope-Drop-to-closing-do-every-ride-and-meet-every-character type like DD19 and I are. I anticipate focusing on Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars. With a hefty dose of shopping and eating.
We did DLR in 2018 and she was the one who sort of “lost out” because I was so focused on MY interests and then my sons were total tools the last day and I failed to add a fifth day like I wanted to. Not that she’s lost sleep over it. But I would love to take her back. Let her set the pace (sort of ).
I know I am missing others.