Summer of 2016: Disneyland Birthday Trip: Friday, Getaway Day

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where: Anaheim
What: Kathy’s Birthday Trip
When: July 8-10, 2016
Why: Kathy’s Birthday

This was a last-minute trip short trip because along about Wednesday or Thursday, we decided it was time to get away from Las Vegas and because it was also close to Kathy’s birthday. Why not plan a trip to take care of both?

Rich was able to snag a 2-night ressie at the Anaheim Hilton for just $122 per night. Well, that was too good to pass up. And then Kathy said, “Oh, I suppose Carthay Circle is already booked up.” Rich called and we had several choices for dinner and we chose 6:10 p.m.

We were undecided whether to get a 1-day 1 park ticket or a 1-day park hopper. We figured we’d decide once we got there. But having made dinner ressies at Carthay Circle, which is located inside Disney’s California Adventure (DCA), we had definitely chosen DCA. If we also wanted to see Disneyland Park, we’d have to get a hopper.

We feared the crowd on a Saturday in mid-July and were concerned that a park hopper would require we split our time too much and we wouldn’t get much done in either park.

Friday was a work day for Rich but he worked at home in the afternoon and we were all packed and ready to go by 4 p.m. This really helped because he works in North Las Vegas and we live in the Southern end – closer to California, which is quite convenient.

Traffic in the summer was a bit heavier than usual, but we still made it to Anaheim in 4 hours. We left the car with valet, Rich checked in while Kathy sat with the luggage in the lobby. We were soon relaxing in our standard view room on the 11th floor. Amazingly, we had a view of DCA and could even see Disneyland fireworks if we craned our neck a certain way – lol!

We sipped on some wine and watched the fireworks and activity in the park and then turned in. We were tired from the work day, the drive, and tomorrow would be a long day.

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