The nice part of this happened on accident, mostly.
This summer we are going to a convention that is in Reno. We normally vacation in the area of the convention but Reno is unappealing to us. Right before the convention starts we’ll be in Lake Tahoe.
For my original Disney World plans I’d bought three nights at a Hilton timeshare, but post-lockdown I didn’t want to use that for DW. So, I looked at other locations, and they don’t have many but they do have one in Carlsbad, CA. I thought, well, since we are driving that is close enough to Lake Tahoe. We’ll hang out at the beach. So, I made the reservation. We always start vacations with a rest day. DD hasn’t seen that ocean yet.
Then I noticed that there is a Legoland in Carlsbad and I told my Brickhead DH. Mucho excitement.
Then I noticed that the hotel was next to Legoland and there was a special backside entrance for the hotel. Even better.
Then the problem was logistics of driving. 22 hours drive. We like to drive at night and hotels aren’t keen on people checking in at 8am and out at 8pm. At least without two nights price. So, I tried to add a day to the front of the CA hotel so that our room would be available whenever we arrived, probably very early in the morning. Plan being to drive straight through and take power naps at rest stations if required. No availability. Darn.
But while looking at the hotel site I saw that they had first-come-first-served Pool Cabanas that are even free. Score! Current plan is to arrive early morning and be there when the pool opens and snag a cabana. DH will sleep in there until our room is available or Legoland calls to us. I feel like a Super Mom Vacation Planner even though this was mostly on accident.
ETA: I even talked to the hotel and they said that plan would work. We’ll arrive do paperwork and our keys will open the pool even without a room.
I told DH that since the hotel is so close we could easily take mid-day breaks like at DW. He said, “Like I’ll want to leave Legoland. You can take naps and bring me back a sandwich” I said, “Deal”