I sort of have this running check-list in my head along with other random thoughts and questions leading up to our summer Disneyland/Legoland vacation. In addition, I’m keeping an eye out for anything we might need for our next Disney Cruise in December.
While our vacation is booked (and even some portions paid for) I have yet to figure out transportation. I logged into Super Shuttle’s website to inquire about costs—it’s going to be expensive—only to have my e-mail inbox ding with a 5% discount message from Super Shuttle. That’s a start!
Good thing that Disneyland has a 60 day window to make Advanced Dining Reservations as we are not ready. Oh, I’m sure we could be ready. I remember pulling together a twelve day Disney World vacation right at the 180 day mark and very quickly compiling a list of restaurants. So far, we’ve printed the list of restaurants from the Disneyland website and have selected ones we would like to try. Interestingly, some of the restaurants we want are part of special dining packages such as World of Color and Fantasmic. And, we’ve added character dining to our reservation—prepaying for vouchers that include the meal, tax, and gratuity.
Packing is another random thought. I know, we’ve got PLENTY of time. First, we needed a new suitcase—one with wheels! Each year, we’ve added a new suitcase/duffle to our arsenal and I just ordered and received a new rolling duffle to complete the checked luggage. Our luggage takes a beating and the wheels are the first to go—though the suitcase we acquired two years ago is still going strong!
Another packing issue is that we are flying with a new-to-us airline this trip and there checked baggage weight limit is 40 pounds. Every other airline we have flown with has a 50 pound limit. And, I’m pretty good at estimating when we are close to or have hit the 50 pound limit (to .8 of a pound!) so I’m going to have to readjust my “scale”. And, I may also employ the same type of packing we did last summer which was a bag for all of us for each “leg” or portion of our trip. That way, the other bags can remain closed until the contents are needed for their portion of the vacation.
Also, this trip, no rolling carry-on bags. Again, this new-to-us airline charges for carry-on bags! $15 per bag per way--$30 round trip! That would make it $90 for each of us to take a carry-on rolling bag with us and there is a weight limit for those, too! Historically, I have packed at least one rolling bag full of shoes. So with a reduced weight limit on checked luggage and no carry-on bags, I told the husband that each of us would be carrying a pair of shoes in our “personal” carry-ons, which are still allowed free of charge. I’m actually looking forward to navigating the airports without the rolling carry-on bags—just not the packing challenge.
As far as the December cruise goes, I’ve got alerts set for Kayak to notify us of flight price changes. Since our sailing includes a formal night and is over New Year’s I’m looking at dresses and have added several to my Amazon “save for later” cart. My goal is to get the dress for FREE using gift cards earned through Swagbucks. Speaking of free and wardrobe for our winter Disney vacation—I snagged a new denim jacket for the boy on Amazon for free. I had the jacket in my “cart” and noticed that the price was reduced dramatically—over half—so I used gift cards already in my account and it is on its way along with a new rash guard. I told the husband that I was already working on the wardrobe for our December trip. He just smiled, knowingly. He’s well aware of the running check-list!