Disneyland Pre-Trip Report, Part 2

With three weeks to go, we made a couple of changes to our plans. I’m sure the reality won’t exactly match up with the plans anyway.

We called Disneyland to ask where we could convert our AP voucher and the only place to do that is at Guest Services on Main Street inside Disneyland Park. We had planned to go to DCA first, but since we can only get our AP inside Disneyland, we changed our first day touring plans. That means we also changed our lunch plans.

We now have a PS at Cafe Orleans for lunch on Saturday. We plan to have dinner at Rancho del Zacolo, the beach day is now Sunday instead of Monday – we’ll be back in time for a quick tour of DCA and dinner at the Vineyard Room. Monday morning we hope to get to the Submarine ride first thing in Disneyland and finish the morning riding rides we couldn’t get to on Saturday, afternoon at DCA, finishing up with dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen.

Confused yet? Tuesday morning we’ll check out and have breakfast at Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm and then drive home. Gotta get back to Mrs. Knotts.

Whew! There’s so much we want to pack in on this first short trip back to Disneyland. What we can’t do on this trip, we’ll just have to do on several more trips.

Disneyland Pre-Trip Report, Part 1

You may or may not know that Disneyland still uses the term Priority Seating (PS) instead of the Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) that Disney World now uses. To us, changing the terminology is silly. PS is exactly what it is – priority seating – it is not a reservation. But from what I heard when I was working at WDW, WDW guests are more comfortable with the word “reservation,” even though it still isn’t a reservation. 🙂

But whatever you call it, you gotta have it, so here is our first attempt in determining what we might do when, including when and where to eat:


Breakfast: Home
Lunch: Tortilla Joe’s
Dinner: Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port
Park: DCA early p.m.; Disneyland late p.m.


Breakfast: Blue Ribbon Bakery
Lunch: Rancho del Zocala
Dinner: Vineyard Room
Park: Disneyland a.m.; DCA p.m.


Breakfast: Bakers’ Field Bakery
Beach: Newport Beach
Lunch: Blue Water Grill (at the beach)
Dinner: Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Park: DCA a.m.


Breakfast: Storyteller’s Café
Drive Home

Note: We used to eat at Blue Bayou on every trip, but now that there are other choices for the same amount of money, we decided to skip it this time. We can’t justify paying over $20 for a Monte Cristo. I say that sitting here but we’ll see what happens when we’re actually there. That’s true for all of our plans, of course.

Also, there isn’t a lot of time to see and do everything on this trip. We’re wondering if we’ve allowed too little time in the parks.

Next: Changes in plans in Part 2

First Trip Back to Disneyland

When we sat down to figure out when the last time we visited Disneyland was, we couldn’t believe it – October of 2000? Yep. Had to have been because we hadn’t been there since DCA opened the following January. But we didn’t move east until summer of ’02 – what happened to our ’01 October trip? Then we remembered. 9/11.

By then we were living in Oregon – Rich’s company had transferred him to Oregon from Silicon Valley in ’00. All looked fabulous – we bought a townhome, we both had good-paying high-tech jobs, and we were able to continue our love of travel. But by ’01 – between the dot com bust and the effects of 9/11 – we ended up losing our jobs and weren’t able to travel as we once did. And no longer living within a comfortable driving distance, we had to forego our annual October trip to Disneyland in ’01.

The good news was we eventually found employment in Florida, allowing us frequent access to Walt Disney World, enjoying the benefits of an Annual Pass. In fact, this time last year we were still living outside the gates of WDW. But now that we’re living close to Disneyland, we’re planning our first trip back. We even got an Annual Pass for Disneyland. I’ll post some of our pre-trip plans – which keep changing – over the next couple of days.