Category Archives: Planning 101
So you want to go to Disneyland but aren’t sure where to start or how to pay for it? Luckily we are here to help you with the best ways to Plan and Pay for Disneyland!
Let’s start at the beginning. Obviously, we need to plan before we can actually head to Disneyland, right? Let’s start with the biggest piece, where to stay, and how to stay at a clean comfortable but inexpensive hotel. Disneyland is fortunately surrounded by a plethora of “Good Neighbor Hotels”. These hotels range from 1 Star to 5 Star. In addition to the wide range of hotel choices, there are a number of studio, 1 bedroom and larger suites available at many of the hotels.
My favorite Good Neighbor Hotel recommendation for a basic, clean, comfortable hotel is the Howard Johnson Hotel. At approximately 3000 feet from Disneyland, it’s one of the closest. However, having personally grown up in the Midwest I had many memories of the “HoJo” from my childhood. Thank goodness those days are gone for this Anaheim hotel. It’s a great value resort for the family looking for a budget friendly hotel with a great water park too. Kid’s and Adult’s will love the close distance to Disneyland, the hotel’s water park and having a clean and comfortable room to return to at night.
We at Chip and Co are your go to Walt Disney World Planning Tips, but we’re more than just Walt Disney World. We are Disneyland, Disney Aulani, and beyond. Stop your searching the web and stick with us for all your Disney Needs. Here and now we’re giving you our Disneyland Pre-Planning Tips.
You may recall we went over some checklist items for a Disneyland Vacation earlier this year. Now we need to choose your Disneyland Airport.
What Airports are there: Disneyland is serviced by many airports. The main three are Long Beach (LGB), Santa Ana (SNA) and Los Angeles (LAX), CA. My personal favorite is Long Beach. It’s a great little airport that is easy to get in and out of. Plus the old school stair ramp exit off your plane is super cool. You could also fly into Burbank, Ontario or even San Diego if you wish.
When visiting Aulani with 3 to 12 year old kids, you will most definitely be visiting Aunty’s Beach House! Probably a lot. Honestly, it’s a great place for the kids. There is never a dull moment in this amazing 5200 Square Foot play area. Complete with childcare professionals, indoor and outdoor play areas and more. Once inside your kids will become a part of Aunty’s O’hana (family).
Let’s take a stroll over through Aulani to Aunty’s Beach House together. We can peer in the windows to see what the kids are up to together. I’m sure Aunty won’t mind a bit.
Let’s tell the cast members at check in what we’re up to though. No one gets in or out of this area without express permission and a signed agreement. These kids are their responsibility and they do not take it lightly. Be prepared to provide a safe word to get your kids out, as well as your kids wrist band to sign in and out with. After a few days the cast members may know you, but that won’t mean they will let up on the security that is there for the kids protection. I for one appreciate knowing this.
When you ask your little one what they want to see the most on their upcoming trip, they will most likely say one of the newest and most popular things currently in the park!
This is one thing that you must plan ahead for, unless of course you don’t mind spending 3 hours in line to see Merida! Kids like what is popular, so you should expect that hundreds of other parents are going to be trying to get their little ones that coveted picture too!
Here are some tips to help you avoid hours in line for one character/ride/show!
A series of Gasps and Woots went around the Disney boards today as we all heard the rustle asking the same question, Is Free Disney Dining Details Being Released Soon? As you can imagine, a hush fell over us as we all went to our search engines to find out if it’s true. You could hear a Key To The World Card fall, it was that quiet.
Our rumor hounds had found some information from a source who seems to generally be right on. Not all rumors can come true of course, but this particular rumor board has a good track record, so with a few more gasps, a few more key clicks, we saw this information:
Possible Release Date for booking window is May 9th to September 15th. For travel during September 2nd to September 25th. One Month Only is the thoughts for now. Sorry Halloween travelers.