We can’t help but notice how different our experience is visiting Disneyland this time around vs. the first time we lived in Las Vegas. Back then we stayed onsite – at the GC quite often – and DCA was our relaxing place. This was before Cars Land, the GC DVC Villas, and the Disneyland Hotel refurb.
It was quiet and much more affordable back then. Plus, we’d just moved back from Florida and were far more connected to Disney. The GC gave us a piece of WDW in California – it seemed like the best of both worlds.
Upon our return to Las Vegas, Cars Land still draws huge crowds to DCA, prices have skyrocketed, and we’re just not that into the things we once were. For example, before, we loved the whole Nor Cal vibe at the GC and the Pier area of DCA. Since then, we lived in the Bay Area again and revisited Monterey and the wine country and the redwoods, etc., so it’s not that special.
And now we’re living in Las Vegas again, the whole Cars Land isn’t that special – in fact, it’s like commuting to Rich’s job – not much of a getaway there.
So, as we were talking this morning, we’ll probably return to doing Disneyland the way we did before when we lived in the Bay Area pre DCA. We made one trip a year, usually in October, and that was all we needed.
While I’ve always loved Disneyland because it’s part of my childhood, we only became Disney addicts once we visited WDW for the first time together and it was so amazing, we had to move to Florida. WDW has so much to offer, you almost need to live nearby to do it all. We’ve done that twice now.
Retiring in Florida is still part of our conversation. But until then, we don’t really have to do Disneyland that often. We’d rather focus on the beach, although I wouldn’t mind another meal at Napa Rose. 🙂
But, if we’re going to splurge on a big Disney trip, we’d probably choose Florida over California. There’s just so much more to do and I’m not even talking about the parks. 🙂