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Disneyland Trip Reports - 2001 and after


Kelly McBride - November 2006

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran

Robert Yohe - August 2006

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran

Tami Olson - May 2006

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Frequent, Veteran

Tom Sherwood - April 2006

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, rental car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie

Kelly McBride - June 2006

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, rental car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran

Kandace Nichols - May 2006

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent

Doug Reed - November 2005

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent

Sarah Stroud - March 2006

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teenager, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent

Tami Olson - September 2005

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran

Pam Baca - December 2005

  • Time of Year: Holiday
  • Travel Method: Plane, shuttle
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran

Robin Goble/Larry Wilmot - October 2005

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal car
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: GCH
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran

CJ Hensley - November 2005

  • Time of Year: Holiday
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: DH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Infrequent, Veteran

Cathy Sowa - October 2005

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: It has been quite a while since Cathy visited Disneyland instead of Walt Disney World but the draw of the 50th Anniversary was too much to pass on.

Trey Walters - August 2005

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, rental car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Veteran
  • Comments: Trey thinks summer is a great time to visit Disneyland, and when Space Mountain's reopening was confirmed this last summer he and his family wasted no time in scheduling an August trip in order to ride it. He's also provided some essays on side topics that may be of interested (for example, why his family is hooked on DCA).

Lara Thompson - June 2005

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, rental car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Lara is a veteran of Walt Disney World, but when the chance arises to squeeze in a day at Disneyland into a trip out to Los Angeles, she finally gets her first visit to the original.

Jody Hamilton - July 2005

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, shuttle car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Preteen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Veteran
  • Comments: Judy and her husband decided to tack a two-day visit to Disneyland onto the end of a trip down for a family reunion. With a shorter visit than usual, they really fell into a commando approach to the park.

Kelly McBride - July 2005

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, shuttle car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Preschool, Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Veteran
  • Comments: Kelly's husband finally returning from Iraq means they get there first family trip to Disneyland in quite a while. It also means they're going to Disneyland during the summer.

Pam Roberts - December 2004

  • Time of Year: Holidays
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Veteran
  • Comments: When you share a birthday with Walt Disney it seems apparent where you have to spend it, at least every once in a while. And if you can use the trip as an excuse to get a friend over some bad associationss, then all the better.

Tami Olson - March 2005

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Tami and her husband wanted to fit in a trip to Disneyland before the spring break rush, but couldn't commit to anything until they'd sold their house and moved. That happened in the nick of time and they were able to take a five-day trip planned at the last minute.

JoAnne Webbal - April 2005

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Unlike Walt Disney World, many people make impromptu single day trips to Disneyland. This is one of those visits; JoAnne and her family get in one last relaxed visit before the 50th Anniversary starts.

Heather Tanner - February 2005

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Infrequent, Veteran
  • Comments: This weekend trip to Disneyland is Heather's first travelling with her 1-year-old son and she finds that it is a lot of fun when approached with the correct attitude.

Pam Roberts - October 2004

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Infrequent, Veteran
  • Comments: Eager to get the most out of their annual passes, Pam and her husband make their second 2004 trip to Disneyland. They again shair the time with their extended family and enjoy the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay.

Bill Lund - February 2005

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Bus
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Bill's daughter (and 149 other local high school kids) got to participate in Magic Music Days. Bill got to play chaperone to those kids. Sometimes you take your Disney trips as they come.

Robin Goble - December 2004

  • Time of Year: Holiday
  • Travel Method: Plane, shuttle car
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Robin focuses her meticulous trip planning on Disneyland for this large family trip.

Kelly McBride - November 2004

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, shuttle car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Veteran
  • Comments: Sometimes you just find yourself in a Disney loop. After three trips in one year back in 2003, Kelly expected it would be quite a while before she returned, but ended up making another three visits in 2004, including this five day trip with her family.

Tami Olson - September 2004

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Veteran
  • Comments: The heart part of writing a trip report can be just remembering all the things you want to say. That was the case for Tami, she had to resubmit her report after realizing she had forgotten to tell of a great cast member moment.

Pam Baca - September 2004

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, rental car
  • Resort: DLH
  • Accommodations: Standard, Concierge
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Infrequent, Veteran
  • Comments: I'm still trying to process this one, something just doesn't compute. For Pam, this was a honeymoon trip to Disneyland, but not her own; and there were 14 other people in the party.

Sheila D'Agostino - April/May 2004

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, rental car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Since retiring, Sheila and her husband have moved to Orlando and get to visit Walt Disney World almost weekly. They love their Disney parks, though, so a trip to the original was in order.

Lisa Berton - August 2004

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Veteran
  • Comments: A friend's wedding and some donated frequent file miles are Lisa's route to Disneyland for this trip. But budget remains an issue with a pretty tight meal allowance.

Robin - August 2004

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: DH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: For Robin and her family of Disneyland veterans this was a special trip as it was their last family trip before her husband, Bob, deployed to Iraq.

Victoria Hart - July 2004

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Victora has apparently completed her Spousal Training Program. When trying to come up with a destination for their summer getaway weekend, her husband suggested Disneyland all on his own. I hope he got a nice certficiate of completion, suitable for framing.

Kelly Pierce - January 2004

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Concierge
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Veteran
  • Comments: Not many trip reports come in involving a concierge suite at the Grand California Hotel, but the price was right for Kelly and her family to make a trip to Disneyland.

Wendy La Gasse-Anderson - April 2004

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Frequent, Veteran
  • Comments: An all too rare Disneyland trip report this time, and it is for a longer trip. Wendy and family made it down from Spokane for six days of getting reaquainted with what they love about Disneyland.

Kate Westbrook - December 2003

  • Time of Year: Holiday
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: PPH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookies
  • Comments: Kate can't believe that she and her family made it to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in the same year. But they did, and it was a rookie trip to Disneyland for her hustband and daughter.

Pam Baca December 2003

  • Time of Year: Holiday
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle
  • Resort: DLH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Veteran
  • Comments: Pam and her nephew once again make their increasingly traditional Christmas-time trip. And once again Pam is reminded that the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas isn't much of a slow time anymore.

Kelly McBride December 2003

  • Time of Year: Holiday
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Kelly and her family have been taking Disney trips about once a year since her first daughter was born, and 2003 wasn't going to be an exception. Told that she absolutely had to see Disneyland during the Christmas season, that's just what she and her daughters did.

Victoria Kahler October 2003

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: PPH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: It is only a weekend trip, but Victoria and her sister really know how to maximize their time. Even with two "twice, please" events (Haunted Mansion Holiday and Fantasmic!), they had a very full coupld of days.

Bill Lund November 2003

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental car
  • Resort: DLH, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Due to a conference for work, Bill was able to visit Disneyland all on his own for several days, which is always an interesting experience. Sadly, his stay at the Disneyland Hotel was not up to snuff, so read for that different experience.

Kelly Pierce December 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: For this trip to Disneyland, the party ended up being larger than expected, but that didn't hinder the fun for Kelly and her family. Other than disappointment at missing the Candlelight Processional, a good trip was had.

Janice O'Hanley June 2003

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, rental car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: This trip wasn't as thoroughly planned as usual for Janice, but she just couldn't resist combining two of her favorite things: Disney and soap operas. A lot of good detail about attending a special event (Super Soap Weekend) at the Disneyland Resort.

Jody Hamilton March 2003

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, shuttle
  • Resort: DLH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult, Elementary
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Having no children of their own, Jody and her husband take various kids from their extended family on trips to Disneyland. Getting to experience the Disney magic with different children each time keeps everything fresh and highlights how differently people react.

Kim Howe January 2003

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Condo
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Two years in the making, this trip report has some good insights on the differences in planning a trip for Disneyland as opposed to Disney World. Despite some frustration, she and her husband still had a wonderful time during their long visit to California.

Victoria Kahler June 2003

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: PPH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: It was wasn't long after their last trip that Victoria and her sister once again were ready for a trip to Disneyland. Victoria's birthday seemed a good excuse, but it just happened to be the same day as the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere. They decided to risk the crowds and chaos and ended up having a truly unique visit.

Dana Greenberg May 2003

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Concierge
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: With the philosophy that you only turn 40 once, Dana knew exactly what was going to happen when she found out her husband wanted to go all out. Four days with family at the Grand California Hotel was in her future, and she has been kind enough to share all the details.

Victoria Kahler April 2003

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: DH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult, Senior
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Victoria, her sister, and their parents decided to vacation at Disneyland to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. This is a great trip and truly does end with a magical moment, courtesy of a Disney cast member.

Steve Ruedy April 2003

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle
  • Resort: DH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Steve and family spent 5 wonderful days at Disneyland and he had the joy of watching the magic work on his children. This report also contains something very rare and special, a park guest (Steve) wanting to apologize for his behavior.

Jaque Hogue December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Jacque and his family road-tripped to Disneyland from Oklahoma. Their primary reason was to watch to the University of Oklahoma win the Rose Bowl, but they couldn't let the opportunity to visit Disneyland during the holidays just pass them by.

Steven Varble January 2003

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PPH
  • Accommodations: Standard
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Steven is a frequent DisneyWorld visitor, and was interested in visiting the Disneyland Resort and seeing the new California Adventure Park. A planned 2 day trip turned into a 4 day trip, and he was even able to snag a discount rate at the Paradise Pier Hotel. The report features comparisons between the California and Florida resorts.

Keri Murcray December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: DLH
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Though a short trip, it was a significant visit for Keri and John. Their honeymoon gave them the perfect excuse to experience Concierge Level service at the Disneyland Hotel and the company of friends made it even better.

Victoria Kahler - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult, Senior
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: 2002 was an Annus Disney for Victoria and her sister Mae. A holiday trip to Disneyland with here parents was just the ideal way to finish off the year. Neither rain, nor Innoventions, nor pushing wheelchairs uphill could diminish this trip.

Dan Coyan - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: This is the story of a great trip in which Dan and Krista took their five-year-old daughter, Bekah, on her first trip to the Disneyland Resort. It was a long weekend trip taken during Bekah's birthday.

Pam Baca - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Servicee
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Pam took her nephew Jaden to Disneyland for a weekend visit to the Happiest Place on Earth. I found it interesting that Pam wrote, "I booked this trip using MouseEars Vacations. I simply pressed the travel section on Mouseplanet, input my information and I received a quote back the next day." Later Pam wrote, "MouseEars Vacations was the best thing I did. Tim Larison was a fantastic travel consultant and I would highly recommend him to everyone."

Christopher Wing - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Chris and Kyle visited Disneyland just for a day trip in early November. Chris authored the trip report, and covers the day with all the details. However, to call this a "day trip" doesn't come close to explaining the ground that these guys covered.

Kelly McBride - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Kelly, her mom, and her daughters decided to visit Disneyland after visiting Walt Disney World a year ago. The trip was a four-day affair in late October and included a stay at the posh Grand Californian Hotel.

Gayle Firth - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: DLH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Gayle and her family visited Disneyland for a five day stay in mid-October. Referring to Brendan, the Firth's 2 year old boy, Gayle writes, "It was just a whole different and wonderful experience seeing the Disney magic through a child's eyes."

Neeracha Trabosh - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PPH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room (concierge)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Neeracha, her husband, and their two daughters enjoyed a long weekend down at Disneyland. The family stayed at Paradise Pier Hotel, covered both parks thoroughly (Disneyland more so than California Adventure), and enjoyed the characters and Holiday (Halloween) treatment at the Haunted Mansion.

Janice O'Hanley - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane
  • Resort: PPH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Janice and her daughter Michelle visited Disneyland for a few days as part of a trip to see family in San Diego. As WDW veterans visiting Disneyland for the first time in a very long time, it's very interesting to read Janice's comparisons between the West and East coast Disney resorts.

Dana Greenberg - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Private Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent
  • Comments: Dana and her daughters flew down to Anaheim for a mid-Summer visit to Disneyland with the Grandparents. Dana's husband wasn't able to join them on this trip, so one feature of the report is Dana's description of how she handled both girls in the parks by herself at times.

Julie Grant - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Julie and John tacked a Disneyland side-trip onto a trip to Oregon for a conference. I'll leave it to Julie to explain how close Oregon and Orange County are... and how she finagled the whole thing. It was Julie's first visit to Disneyland since DCA opened.

Jennifer Savage - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Jennifer and her family tacked on a trip over to Disneyland to a business trip that Jeff was taking to Long Beach. In addition to enjoying their time at Long Beach, the Savages enjoyed their quick run to the Disneyland resort, too.

Ron Harman - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Ron and his daughter Erin visited Disneyland. Ron says, "And that is what this trip boiled down to. We laughed together and cried together. We held hands more than we have since she was little. I think she understands my reluctance to grow up better than before."

Kelly Pierce - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Kelly and Sam had an improptu trip down to Disneyland just for the weekend. The last visit they'd made to the resort was back a year and a half earlier. Kelly writes, "I think that when you do visit often you tend to have higher standards than the average visitor which can detract from your experience if you are not careful. The self imposed year hiatus was a good thing."

Pamela Baca - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Vehicle
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 1 Bedroom Vacation Home, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Villa Vacation Home, Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Pre-School, Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Pam summarized the trip this way: "Overall, the trip was great! We didn't move through the park as quickly as we were used to. Things are very different with an infant and 3 Grammys along. You find you consider what others can do, as opposed to what you want to do."

Heather Robison - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Friend's Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Heather met up with her bridesmaid (for Heather's upcoming wedding). This report covers only a day trip to Disneyland, but in typical Robison fashion, Heather has packed this report with tons of details.

Rosie Kay - May 2002

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Rookie (to DCA, anyway)
  • Comments: In Rosie's own words, "This was an absolute spur-of-the-moment visit to DCA (first timer). I was in Southern Cal on business and finished at 1:30pm on Sunday. My flight was not until 10pm and I was by myself so I thought, why not? I have not been to Disneyland since 1987 (I live in South Florida, so WDW is my 'home territory') and I have been dying to check out DCA."

Victoria A. Hart - April 2002

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: This is a great report on a week end visit that the Hart's made to Disneyland in early April.  The excuse for the trip was a school band outing, and the Hart's stretched that into a whole weekend of fun.  They visited both parks, of course, using two-day park hoppers on a military discount. 

Michelle Carr - March 2002

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PPH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Michelle and Mike visited the Disneyland Resort to enjoy Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney additions (both new since their last visit to the resort.) This was a four-day trip, and Michelle packs in the details.

Tina Allman - February 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Tina and her husband Leland visited Disneyland for almost a full week in early February. I'll quote Tina's final thoughts as they provide a great trip summary, "This was a fun, relaxed vacation for us. It was nice to take the one day off from amusement parks and just kind of refuel. Spending Valentine's Day at Disneyland was great! My favorite place in the world with my favorite guy in the world on the most romantic day of the year!"

Donia Camarena - December 2001

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Donia and her family went to the Disneyland Resort to see the newest North American Disney park and to enjoy the oldest. In Donia's words, "We've heard such negative remarks about the new park that we weren't expecting much. We were pleasantly surprised."  She also said, "We had a great time," "Going in December was a beautiful time to go."

Robin Goble - December 2001

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Robin flew over to California with her sister and brother-in-law to enjoy the holiday trappings at Disneyland and to see California Adventure.  This is a great play-by-play report written by a veteran WDW trip planner.  Staying in a concierge room at the Grand Californian, Robin and her party visited in style!

Tina Allman - October 2001

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Tina tells us the story of an extended weekend trip to the Disneyland Resort with a whole bunch of people.  The troupe enjoyed their time at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney -- making good use of the park hopper passes they bought for the visit.  Allonna, Tina's niece made her debut appearance at Disneyland on this trip.

Abraham L. Rocha - August 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DLH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Abraham, Erin, and Graham (one year old) enjoyed a five day visit at the Disneyland Hotel in late August.  The report is topped off with some great lists of good, bad, "to do next time," and lessons-learned.

Celeste Hari - August 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PPH, offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Celeste and her family visited Disneyland in early August.  This is a great summary style report with tons of information on how to enjoy southern California (Disneyland of course, but including Universal Studios and other attractions, too) with older elementary-aged kids.

Penny Jackson - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  The Jackson clan enjoyed a full five days at Disneyland as well as spending some time at some of the other area attractions. This is a great trip report to read if you're going to visit the Disneyland Resort with younger kids.  I think the likes and dislikes of Jacob, 5, and Allyson, 2 1/2, are pretty good barometers to compare with other typical kids.

Dennis Greenblatt - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Dennis, a DLP and WDW vet (there are several of his DLP trip reports here on MousePlanet) enjoyed a visit to the original park (and the new park) in May.  This is a fun report, with a lot of comparisons to the others.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Sherry Gannon - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments: At the end of her narrative, Sherry writes, "My bottom line: Since I did not have high expectations for DCA, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed myself at DCA."  You'll have to read the report to see why.

Joel and Francine Bion - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: GCH
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments:  This is a report written by both Fran and Joel.  Fran went down to DL a couple of days early, and just for fun they both wrote their own trip reports and combined them into one.  If you want a detailed opinion about Disney's California Adventure, this report covers all the bases.  The Bions stayed at the Grand Californian, so the report covers that new resort, too.

MaryAnn Loft - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: In MaryAnn's words, "Here's our synopsis of 3-days in the parks April 18-20 (week of Easter Sunday)."  This is a shorter report, but has some great opinions on DCA as well as the offsite hotel that the family stayed at.

Jeff N Orange County - February/March 2001

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Local Resident
  • Accommodations: n/a
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Here, in Jeff's own words, is his take on California Adventure.  In a nutshell, in Cynthia Harris' words and Jeff's echo, "'Its Gonna Be OK' (My mixed feelings on DCA)."

JJ Julian - March 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Lives in the Area
  • Accommodations: n/a
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  JJ provides us with his first opinions of the new park.  As a veteran of Disneyland and a former AP holder, he was well acquainted with the old park... now her reports on his first visit to Disney's California Adventure.

Brian Bennett - March 2001

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  I visited Disneyland more to meet up with some MousePlanet folks and to handle some business issues, but of course, I visited the parks, too.  This is an odd report from me.  It's not a play-by-play, but rather more of a summary-style report on the things I saw and did (and my impressions of the new park, too).

Eric Schmitz - February 2001

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  In Eric's own words, "This is long, but I hope you get a kick out of it. It may be too long to post and impossible to edit down, but do what you wish. As I said, I think you'll enjoy the read. I hope you'll give Al a chance to see it.  It got too long for one more thing I wanted to include: While waiting for the shuttle home, I spoke with a family who really LIKED DCA."

David Yeh - February 2001

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Lives in Area
  • Accommodations: n/a
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Former CM
  • Comments:  David provides us with his impressions of Disney's California Adventure.  It's a fun report to read, and provides another independent opinion of the new park.

Don Matson - February 2001

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: n/a (lives in the area)
  • Accommodations: n/a (lives in the area)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  This note is actually an email message that Don sent me.  It's very short, but I include it because it gives another non-MousePlaneteer perspective on the new park.

Darryl Musick - February 2001

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: n/a (lives in the area)
  • Accommodations: n/a (lives in the area)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  I'll Let Darryl intro this report himself, "I really enjoy your reports and MousePlanet in general. Attached is a trip report for DCA. My son is in a wheelchair so it focuses on the accessibility issues as well as the park in general."

Helga Bergthold - January 2001

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: n/a (lives in the area)
  • Accommodations: n/a (lives in the area)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  This is the story of Helga and Kristin's (Helga's daughter) first visit to Disney's California Adventure, on the Disney Club Preview Day, January 28, 2001.  The last paragraph provides Helga's summary opinion...but read the rest of the report, too.

 

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