Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Our Daily Itinerary

On the left side of my website, you see a Trip Itinerary that lists where we plan to be each day. Here's a little more detail:

Day 1
We plan to leave Portland no later than 6:00 AM and drive approximately 700 miles to Santa Nella, CA where we have reservations at Motel 6. Dinner is scheduled at Pea Soup Andersen's restaurant in Santa Nella.

Day 2
Another early start is planned, hitting the road between 6:00 and 7:00 AM. Today's drive will be a lot shorter, approximately 300 miles. We hope to arrive in Anaheim by 1:00 PM at the latest and immediately check in to our hotel, the Howard Johnson Plaza Anaheim Hotel. Even if our rooms are not ready, we should still be able to check-in.

After this is taken care of, we'll drive over to the Disneyland Resort and park in the Downtown Disney lot, where you can get up to three hours of free parking. We'll head directly over to the Will Call area and pick up our Annual Passport vouchers, our Parking Pass, and our tickets to the Mysteries, Myths and Legends Tour.

After entering the park we'll proceed to the Annual Passport processing area, where we will turn in our vouchers and get our pictures taken for our Annual Passport. After a brief look around, we'll drive back to the Hotel, where we'll unpack and take a short nap.

Around 5:00 or 6:00 PM, we'll drive back to the park, this time parking in the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure and using our parking pass. The park is open until 11:00 PM this day, so we'll ride some rides and have a relaxing dinner before heading back to our rooms for a good nights sleep.

Day 3
This will be our first full day in the park and we plan to spend it at Disneyland. Since the park doesn't open until 10:00 AM, we'll be able to sleep in a bit after our long drive and late night the night before. With our RideMax plan in hand, we'll work our way through all the major attractions, stopping for lunch at the Blue Bayou at 1:40 PM and then continue until park closing at 8:00 PM.

Day 4
We plan to spend the day at Disney's California Adventure park, which opens at 10:00 AM. Again, we'll use the RideMax plan we designed before we left. Lunch is scheduled for Ariel's Grotto at 1:00 PM. We may schedule a short rest period back at the Hotel before returning to the Park for the new Mysteries, Myths and Legends tour that begins at 6:00 PM. I explain about the tour in more detail in an earlier post. By the time the 2-1/2 hour tour is over, both parks will be closed and we'll head back to the Hotel for dinner and a good nights sleep.

Day 5
Today, we're back at Disneyland again. The park opens at 10:00 AM, but we have breakfast reservations at the Carnation Cafe at 9:30 AM. This restaurant is located on Main Street and features outdoor seating and Mickey Mouse shaped waffles. We can eat breakfast and watch the crowds.

Day 6
We've scheduled another trip to Disney's California Adventure. This time we don't have a scheduled plan and we'll pretty much play it by ear. We would like to see all the shows and visit all the shops. Lunch will probably be at the Taste Pilot's Grill. Depending upon how we feel, we may return to the Hotel in the afternoon for a nap. This park closes at 6:00, so we would most likely go back over to Disneyland until the 8:00 PM closing time.

Day 7
This is our last full day and we plan to spend the majority of the day at Disneyland. We plan to see all the shows and visit all the shops and may use this day to finish up doing that. This also might be a good day to bring the camera and take pictures. We want to be sure to have a picture taken of both of us together to submit to the Happiest Faces on Earth project that Disney is working on. You can submit your photos to Disney and they'll use them is a series of collages to commemorate the 50th anniversary next year. They're trying to collect a million guest photos to use in these collages. One of them will be of Mickey Mouse. If they use your photo, they'll let you know approximately where it is located so you can check it out next year during the celebration.

At 7:50 PM, we will head on over to the Wine Country Trattoria restaurant in Disney's California Adventure for dinner and watch the Disney Electrical Parade while we eat. After we finish dinner, we'll go back over to Disneyland to watch the fireworks. When the fireworks are over, we may ride a couple of the rides before the park closes at 11:00 PM.

Day 8
After our late night, we'll probably welcome the chance to sleep in a little, but not too much. After packing up and checking out of the hotel, we'll drive over to the Disney Resort one last time and spend some time going through Downtown Disney and doing some last minute shopping. Around 1:00 PM, after making a stop at a grocery store for supplies, we'll hit the road to begin our drive home. Again, we'll drive to Santa Nella and stay at the Motel 6.

Day 9
We have a long drive ahead of us today, so we'll be on the road early, probably by 6:00 AM. Today's drive will be 700 miles and we'll be anxious to get home, but sad to leave Disneyland. Once we're home, we'll begin planning our next trip.


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