Planning a WDW trip is an awesomely fun puzzle to me. But for some reason, I am really struggling with my DL plans. We’re almost 60 days out so I need to make some decisions. I’d love input on my preliminary plans if you are willing.
When: 12/4 - 8
Where: Staying at Grand California
What: 5 Day Hoppers with Genie+
Who: Me (41), DH43, DS10, DS7, DD5, DD2, DMom70, DAunt71
Why: It’s Disneyland!
The (very) loose plan:
Saturday 12/3 - Stay at DFW hotel for easier access to early morning flight
Sunday 12/4 - 8:40am flight arriving at 10:02 at SNA. I’ve arranged for a private van pick up through Anaheim Town Car Service. We have a stroller and ECV being delivered to GCV from ScooterBug. I figure we will arrive at GCV by noon, but we probably won’t have a room yet. We’ll be hungry. I don’t want to make an ADR because timing of flights is always so iffy. Our park reservation is for Disneyland. I figured we should start with the original. So, we can eat at any QS at GCV or DD. I’m wide open for suggestions. Well, wide open as long as it has something basic for my mom. She doesn’t do Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, Cajun, or pretty much anything that isn’t American, Italian, or Mexican. After we get some food in our belly we will start exploring DL. I suppose we could eat at DL for lunch, but I think it might be a bad idea to walk into the park hangry. We won’t be able to focus on the magic. I have no touring plan at this point.
Monday 12/5 - Park reservation for DL again. I think it’s a good idea to RD Fantasyland? Again, no touring plan at this point.
Tuesday 12/6 - Park reservation for DCA. RD RSR? No touring plan yet.
Wednesday 12/7 - Park reservation for DL. RD not Fantasyland? Or what we want to repeat from Fantasyland? Still no touring plan.
12/8 - Park reservation for DCA. We’ll be running around doing whatever we didn’t get to yet, or want to repeat. Our 6:55pm flight has been switched to a 4:40pm flight What time do you recommend having the car service pick us up? Flying out of SNA again. Or I could try to switch to the 6:30pm out of LAX, but I’m not sure how much time that would actually buy us, and I’m not sure it’s worth the headache of LAX.
So, I basically have nothing planned. I have a list of to-do’s though:
Christmas Party (not announced yet, but I’m assuming)
- I am a sucker for paid events that get me a reserved spot. I see that for the Halloween Party there are 2 - one for the parade and one for the fireworks. Assuming it will be the same for the Christmas party, would it work out logistically to do both in one night, or should I plan on attending 2 parties (assuming there are 2 during my dates)?
WOC - I’m thinking Dessert Party because you can reserve it ahead of time. I’m open to hearing why the Dining Package might be better though.
Fantasmic! - I’m leaning toward the River Belle Terrace Premium Package because you get an actual seat. But I’m worried about a crappy view if we don’t get a table on the front rail.
Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour (assuming it ever returns)
Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace - I think this is like a reserved spot for the fireworks? Anyone ever do it? Is it worth it?
And whatever seasonal stuff is going on
Blue Bayou - will probably just have dessert here, but want to for the atmosphere
Lamplight Lounge - brunch
Napa Rose - maybe the Princess Breakfast?
Storytellers - brunch
Plaza Inn - Minnie character breakfast
Wine Country Trattoria - lunch dinner
Carnation Cafe - lunch/dinner
Goofy’s Kitchen - dinner
Craftsman Bar/Grill - lunch or dinner
Trader Sam’s - need to find some downtime to meet a colleague
And I feel like I’ve heard that QS is actually excellent at DL, so please hit me with your best suggestions for snacks. Or meals. Whatever.
I obviously want to do all the things that are unique to DL, but I also want to do all the things that are “better” at DL. We can probably skip Galaxy’s Edge as it’s essentially the same, right?
I’m not sure we’ll be able to do all the meals that I’ve proposed. I sure would like to try though!
So I’d love any input y’all are willing to give about what to do on what day, when to hop, when to eat where, etc… I feel like a fish out of water trying to plan this trip!
Thanks in advance for any and all advice!