The Williams Family is headed West this summer to tour Disneyland. We’re excited, curious, and feeling like “newbies” when it comes to planning a Disney vacation. So where are we with our planning for a vacation that is six months away from today?
Flights—the flights are booked. We got a great deal on direct flights from an airport 90 miles from home. As a part of the flight booking process, we also paid for luggage and seats. Done!
So we know our dates. We’ve got 12 days and would like to spend a few/days nights at one Disneyland Resort, then head off to Legoland to stay and play in their theme park, water park, and hotel, then return to the Disneyland and give another resort a try. Always researching. . .
We’ve hit a bit of a snag and I sent an email to our travel agent to help us find out more. Transportation to/from the airports to the Disneyland Resort is available—for a fee. Motorcoaches have specific operating times, not like Disney’s Magical Express in Orlando. The buses start running at 6:00 am and our return flight is at 8:15 am so I’m wondering if getting on that first bus would give us enough time to get to the airport and make it to our flight. Otherwise, we will have to make alternative transportation arrangements.
Then, there’s getting to Legoland. Just like Disney to think of everything and adding transportation to Legoland and/or other Southern California destinations is something guests can add on to their vacation package. What I need to know is the timing of that transportation and is it such that we can take our luggage with us? The answers to this question will determine the types of tickets we want/need for both Legoland and Disneyland. And, we obviously want round-trip transportation, just not on the same day.
For example, if the transportation to Legoland is early in the day, then there is no sense in having a Disneyland park ticket for that day. Maybe there is enough time to have a character breakfast before going to Legoland.
Walt Disney World planning veterans would be making dining reservations as today marks our 6 month window, but not Disneyland. Dining reservations are available 60 days ahead. Good thing as we are not ready to make them yet.
We’re already noticing the differences, just in the planning stages. We’ll keep you posted!