Friday, September 24, 2004

Howard Johnson Plaza Anaheim

Within a day or two of booking our vacation package we started having second thoughts about it. We started hearing about all the refurbishment going on in preparation for the 50th anniversary celebration in 2005. Some of our very favorite rides were scheduled to be unavailable during our visit. Space Mountain was closed until November 2005, the Matterhorn would be closed until November 2004, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was closed indefinitely pending the results of the investigation into the latest crash. Plus, the castle is completely covered in tarps and are some of the shops on Main Street. It just seemed like a lot of money to spend when the park is not at it's best. So we decided to stay off site this year and then next year stay at the Disneyland Hotel during the 50th celebration.

At first, I thought we would return to the Anaheim Plaza, which was certainly an okay place to stay. Before making reservations, I happened to notice that the Howard Johnson Plaza Anaheim was listed as one of the preferred hotels on the website. This site is an excellent resource for all the special deals and offers that are available. I also read the hotel reviews on the MousePlanet website and Howard Johnson Plaza Anaheim was at the top of the list. Plus, it was frequently mentioned on the MousePad message boards as a great place to stay. One of the biggest selling points was the complimentary high speed internet access in each room. I checked Expedia and the rate was $69 per night which was a reasonable price. Then I checked the HoJo's website for the AAA rate and was quoted $63 per night. Finally, I clicked the link on the MouseSavers site and received the special MouseSavers rate of $58. I immediately booked two rooms. After a few days I cancelled the two Disneyland Hotel reservations. We both felt immensely better about staying off site and planned to use some of the savings to do some special things like eating at some of the nicer restaurants in the park and maybe taking a tour.


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