I would have benefited from Liner advice before now for sure, but life has been too busy for me to be very active here the last few months. So I’ve planned (and repeatedly replanned) this trip in a vacuum of information. The trip has expanded and contracted in scope, but the final shape is now set. I’ve got hotel reservations, park tickets and reservations, and most dining reservations I want.
For now, I’d like to outline my overall plan and see if there is anything that jumps out to anyone that I should change. As I have time, I’ll fill in the details. For those that know me, you know I have details. I promised DW I wouldn’t micro-plan this trip, but once my ADR day came along I went down the rabbit hole of planning each park day with TPs and ended up doing the same for the rest of the trip too.
Here’s the context. My family is waiting for Make-A-Wish to allow us to travel to Orlando (DD3 needs to be vaccinated which is not possible yet, or MAW needs to change their air travel policy). But DS7 and DS5 have been obsessed with LEGO since the pandemic began and we don’t want to lose the window of visiting Legoland. So we decided to visit San Diego in early June on our own to knock out that park. Then when our Wish trip does happen, we can just focus on WDW and UOR. Originally we thought of doing Legoland as well, but I much prefer the idea of just focusing on the two major resorts.
So a few months ago I started outlining a trip to San Diego and immediately noticed that Legoland was roughly halfway (ok I’m being a bit generous) to Disneyland, and my mental wheels started spinning. After a few minutes my brain was in full on Disney mode. I proposed the idea of extending the trip a few days and visiting DLR, and to my surprise DW said yes.
Ok, this post is already getting too long and I really just wanted to give an outline of my trip to get Liner opinions. So here we go.
Me, DW, DS7 (50"), DS5 (46"), and DD3 (41")
We will be using DAS at DLR and Assisted Access at Legoland
3-day hoppers at DLR and 2-day hopper at Legoland
Arrive SAN late(ish), pool/dinner/etc. at hotel
RD SD Zoo, start with bus tour, lunch at Albert’s, focus on animals we don’t have at DFW area zoos (e.g., polar bears), Balboa Park train, pool/dinner/etc. at hotel
Sunrise and exploring La Jolla, lunch on the go, car museum at Balboa Park (DS7 is crazy obsessed with cars right now), USS Midway (this is Memorial Day, so extra hoopla?), pool/dinner/etc. at hotel
Drive to Carlsbad and RD Legoland, epic day at the park hopefully hit everything we want, pool/dinner/etc. at Legoland Hotel
Late start, breakfast at Legoland Hotel, Sealife Aquarium, Karl Strauss Brewpub for lunch, Laguna Beach for lazy afternoon, get to Anaheim for dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen, staying at Disneyland Hotel
RD DLR, long mid-day break (pool/naps/etc.), dinner and evening at DCA, maybe World of Color if kids can make it
RD DCA, hoping to get 1pm ADR for Plaza VIP package (MSEP) otherwise lunch at GCH Craftsman, long mid-day break (pool/naps/etc.), dinner and evening at DLR, hopefully MSEP via VIP or Fantasmic via VIP (still waiting for these packages to drop before deciding, may do one on Friday and the other on Saturday)
RD DCA, early lunch, long mid-day break (pool/naps/etc.), dinner and evening at DLR, hopefully make it to fireworks
Breakfast at Storytellers and then driving to SAN for early afternoon departure
I won’t write up any more details right now, but here is my working itinerary if you’d like to see.