Magical Blogorail Teal: Disney for Christmas!

Welcome to those of you joining me from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I am very excited to be filling in on the Teal line this month!  Thanks to Dave and Mary for letting me join in as they have some regular team members that aren’t able to make it this month!  The topic this month is “Getting or Giving Disney for Christmas!  Now what?”

This is a huge topic for me because, as fate would have it, my wife and I are planning on surprising our daughter with the announcement of a trip to Disneyland for Christmas!  We have never been to Disneyland before, so this will be a huge deal for us as we take our Disney passion across the country and have a one week gig in Anaheim, California at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa!

My plans for the announcement are that we are going to wrap a box with some essential items, this is some of what I had in mind:

  1. Birnbaum’s Guide to Disneyland — they have one for kids for Walt Disney World, I’m looking to see if they make a similar one for Disneyland.  My daughter Sophie loves it!
  2. The Disneyland Planning DVD — an absolute must for any family planning a trip to Disney, especially for the first time like we are this time.
  3. Printouts of the maps of the resorts
  4. A printout of our reservation confirmation email from DVC!

We likely won’t be buying our tickets until later on, as well as our airplane tickets, so those will wait a bit.  I think there will be some other things, as I see something that strikes my mind, but if you have any ideas, leave them in the comments!

Now, after the announcement, there is still some things that we need to take care of.  This includes the following:

  1. Determining what we are doing with regards to dining.
  2. Look in more detail at all of the things that we are going to see, and prioritize our ride choices.
  3. Purchase our airline tickets.
  4. Purchase our park tickets.

This will be a fun trip, and I can’t wait until Christmas morning!  For the record, on December 25, 2012, we will have exactly 177 days until our trip!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A Disney Mom’s Thoughts.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ YourFirstVisit.net
2nd Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
3rd Stop ~  My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts

Planning our trip to Disneyland!



Get Ready. Get Set. Go! I am so excited!  Last Monday night, I was looking at our DVC points we had for next year (we had borrowed some for our trip this year) and I found out that we could spend a week at the Grand Californian Resort & Spa for 166 points!  I talked with Cindy about it, and decided that this would be the perfect time to take a trip out west to experience “The Park” as my good buddy Chad from Days in the Park calls it!  I can’t wait!  I have so much planning to do, and did I tell you that we have never been before?  Fortunately for us, we have some great Disney friends in California, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to meet up with them — and that they’ll be able to help me with vacation planning.  For now, though, here are the questions that I have off the top of my head:

  1. Our check-in date is June 20, and check-out date is June 27.  When should I purchase our airfare?  What airlines are the best price typically?
  2. Does Disneyland have Magical Express, and is it worth it to use?
  3. I’ve heard there are two airports near Disneyland.  LAX and John Wayne.  Which is better to fly into?
  4. Who should I get my tickets through?  My friends that are TA’s, or Undercover Tourist, or somewhere else?
  5. What are the best places to eat at the parks?
  6. How busy will it be during that time period?
  7. Are there Touring Plans type apps for Disneyland also?
  8. What else am I forgetting?  I expect it is quite a bit!

At this point Sophie doesn’t know that we are going!  So don’t tell her (she doesn’t read the blog that much, especially with all the schoolwork she has in middle school) so I expect that she won’t see this post anytime soon. :)

Have I told you how excited I am?  Thanks for stopping by!

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