5.3 #17754 (DL Qual #0

Aug 28, 2011 7:36 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Okay. My brother is getting married out in Oregon sometime next August(dont know when yet, but the dates would have little to no flexibility). It would prolly be just Dad and I, mum wanting to stay with my bro. We want to go to DL. I've never been, dad's been a couple times in the '60s. How long should we stay? What do we need to experience? Should we stay on-property or a good-neighbour hotel? Any and all tips are welcome and much appriciated. Just will be an almost-14-year-old and a 50- something. ***edited*** also, should we fly or drive down? If we fly tranaportation might be anissue for off-propery. It would be a 12-14 hour drive. I hate long drives.

Some people can experience everything in one day, but honestly it's more magical if you take your time and spend at least two days. Hotel is pretty much based on how much you want to spend. Don't forget you also have to pay for tickets, food, and anything else you want to buy. - ekwhite  473.0 #452 7:48AM
 - SplashMountainFTW  5.3 #17754 7:48AM
@ekwhite so one day for DL and one day for DCA? That's what i was thinking. Now do they have Magical Express like WDW does? Are there buses, boats, and monorails transportation, or do you walk everywhere? - SplashMountainFTW  5.3 #17754 7:50AM
Staying 3 days is nice... Get a 3 day park hopper. If you can afford to stay on the property, do so. If you have Costco go online and look at Costco travel. They usually have pretty good packages. They also usually include a character meal with your package. Also check AAA. The California Grand is the most expensive of the 3 hotels on site, and the Paradise Pier is the least. We like to stay onsite because we feel it maintains the "Disney" experience. The two times we have stayed off site, kind of took us away from the whole fantasy. Don't get me wrong, they have wonderful Good Neighbor hotels, but you have to leave the DL property, then it's back to reality (cars, dirty streets, bums..etc.) a 3 day hopper will allow you to really enjoy the park. I would go on MW (and online) and do a little recon on the park. I have to say, I have been to DL at least 10 times, and I found new and exciting things just reading here on MW. Folks are really friendly and helpful. Each persons "must do" is so different I am going in Oct for my birthday.... Mine is the Haunted Mansion cause it is decorated the Nightmare Before Chistmas. Have a great time!! - 2BeignetOrNot2Beignet  1422.2 #121 7:53AM
if you are on property or neighborhood hotel its mostly all walking distance. Some hotels have shuttles. Other than that we aren't spread out like WDW. - toph  2418.2 #60 7:55AM
@Splash you could do it that way or get hoppers and move back am forth whenever you want. There's a bus (Toy Story) to the parking lot, a tram (Mickey and Friends) to the parking structure. Monorail goes from Tomorrowland to DTD and back. Other than that, it's not like WDW at all transportation wise. You walk everywhere. I'm no sure about Disney specific transportation connected to the airpor though. - ekwhite  473.0 #452 7:56AM
Hi if you've never been two days would be cool. It's starting to be less crowded this time of the year....oh wait you coming next August yeah two days. There's so much to experience not just attractions different shows, parades, bands that play music. You dont want to make you first trip to DLR a rushed experience. - MeAndMy3Girls  183.3 #2211 7:59AM
If you fly, fly into Orange County (Ana) it's closer to DL than lax. You can get a cab to your hotel for about $40. We usually stay at the best western Anaheim inn which is right across the street. It's cheap, but nice, and you can walk everywhere. Have a great time with your dad! - withaneejen  7.9 #12955 8:24AM
I suggest the 3 day park hopper and staying off property but within walking distance to the park. There's tons of accommodation to choose from. It's a pretty easy drive straight down I5 but u should b able to fly cheaply too. Car rentals Near lax are pretty cheap too. U can also get a shuttle to Disney area but a car rental is probably not much more. Do a search on here for hotel suggestions - ready4vacation  8.8 #11955 9:19AM
Where in Oregon are you coming from? Yes it's a straight drive down the 5, but it will take you awhile to get here. My brother lives in Medford, right on the CA/OR border but he flies down if he can. Or, he drives down to SFO and flies out from there if it's cheaper. If you fly, I would recommend flying into SNA and then looking for a shuttle. There are several companies that do shuttles to the Disney resort. - alohaimchelle  171.0 #2392 11:28AM
Thanks for all the suggestions guys! @aloha they live in Eugene, but i'm not sure where the wedding and such will be, tho i imagine it would be nearby. Maybe Portland. - SplashMountainFTW  5.3 #17754 2:57PM
Unless you're a fan of road trips, I would just fly. If you can afford to stay at a Disney hotel, go for the Grand Californian! Otherwise there are several moderately priced hotels on Harbor Blvd. Two nights and three days should do it. But make sure you get hopper passes so you can go back & forth between parks. Have fun! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1397.0 #3 3:04PM
definitely fly, it's a long drive (I live in portland). stay for at least three or four days. - missgoofy  371.6 #614 3:11PM
We just did the 3-day park hopper passes (spent 2 days at Disneyland and 1 at CA Adventure)...we stayed at the Disneyland Hotel for the first time and it was wonderful...didn't have to get in our car once since everything was in walking distance. I have heard good things about the good neighbor hotels such as The Best Western Park Place Inn (right across from the entrance) if you'd prefer to save $. Like others have said, the Grand is most expensive and the Pier is the least of on-property hotels - we preferred the DL Hotel because it was neat to experience the magic of the original hotel - and you will get a completely renovated room. Have fun! - Alicewhoareyou  2568.5 #53 3:13PM
Bump! - Alicewhoareyou  2568.5 #53 3:29PM
I would recommend at least three days; one day for each park and one day to go back and revisit your favs. If you have the money stay on site. I love the Gand Californian because it is the closest and you can return to your room to rest/nap. The Gran also has a direct entrance into CA Adventue. Check out the Disney web site for package deals. Summer is winding down you might be able to save a lot. - hahalina  121.6 #3195 3:41PM
For an August trip, I'ld say four full days. That way you're not rushed to try and do everything and the heat won't get to you as bad cause you'll be able to slow down and soak up all the atmosphere. - GoofyMom77  904.1 #203 3:51PM
Spend no less the three days . I live in Oregon and I have driven to Fresno Cali a couple times and let me tell you that's a rough drive and it's still 4 to 5 hours farther I recommend flying . Round trip for us was about $100 more then price of gas .we book our Disney trip threw AAA and have enjoyed our last two trips. Just have fun and yes stay at a Disney hotel if you buy stuff they will deliver it to your room for you - cowboygoofy  219.0 #1742 3:54PM

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