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    If you just want to hit the hight points, two days at DL/CA would do it. If you want to spend a bit more time, plan three or four days. And, remember, those attractions "crammed into Disneyland" originated there, for the most part! It's WDW that spread them out!

    The parks are much smaller than those at WDW, which also makes them more crowded during high season--particularly summer. When we were there in July, 2006, it felt like July 4th 1976! I had never seen the park (only DL at that time) that busy at any time prior to that!

    There is more detail in Disneyland that the MK, although MK definitely has stepped up the detail in the past few years with renovations. IASW comes to mind--it always disappointed me at WDW until the last renovation. Even if you don't like "the dolls," it's still more of an experience at Disneyland--to me, at least! :)

    I've only been to CA once--in 2006. Didn't get to see a lot, as Leu's DD is not a morning person and we weren't able to access the parks without her. Soarin' over California is a tad better there than at EPCOT. Did get to see the Electrical Parade--formerly the Main Street Electrical Parade. Still love that thing! Even though it has been shortened over the years! :D

    We always did day trips to DL when I lived there--it was only about a 1-hour drive in those days. Now it's close to 2 hours--off peak! Leu has stayed at the Disneyland Hotel a few times with her DS, DDIL and their two children over the years. Usually just one night, though. And we stayed one night at the Grand Californian in 2006.

    The Howard Johnson's just outside of the parks has a good reputation, and is considerably less expensive than the official Disney resorts. And the DL/CA resorts don't offer the perks of EMH the way WDW resorts do, so it's less essential to stay on site. You might want to research that a bit--I'm using 2006 information and memory. And said memory has been known to be a bit faulty at times!

    You and your family did a western US road trip before Jon was reassigned to the UK, didn't you? So you have an idea of the distances involved--the California attractions are not as compact as the Orlando area, unfortunately. But combining a west coast visit with a visit to Hawaii would be eminently do-able, and give you a travel break in the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taja, post: 158529
    If you just want to hit the hight points, two days at DL/CA would do it. If you want to spend a bit more time, plan three or four days. And, remember, those attractions "crammed into Disneyland" originated there, for the most part! It's WDW that spread them out!
    Well Taja, you have to admit after the vastness that is WDW, it is shocking to see how small everything is at DL. And it is weird to see innoventions in MK. And Fantasmic shown there as well......

    Which reminds me.....when the CM's ask you to compare how you like DL over WDW....just tell them your having a great time They get a bit defensive. I learned quickly












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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnie, post: 158530
    Well Taja, you have to admit after the vastness that is WDW, it is shocking to see how small everything is at DL. And it is weird to see innoventions in MK. And Fantasmic shown there as well......

    Which reminds me.....when the CM's ask you to compare how you like DL over WDW....just tell them your having a great time They get a bit defensive. I learned quickly
    And Fantasmic originated at Disneyland!

    I usually just say that I love both locations! :D

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    Touche! I stand corrected

    I didn't say it wasn't a wonderful place, it is just much, much different and that does take some getting used to if your used to WDW.












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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnie, post: 158533
    Touche! I stand corrected

    I didn't say it wasn't a wonderful place, it is just much, much different and that does take some getting used to if your used to WDW.
    I know! When I first visited WDW in 1981--and it was only MK at the time--I found it terribly disappointing! Well, I was on a short vacation and it was different, so how bad could it be?

    Fast forward to 2003 and I'm now a huge WDW fan! I enjoy it more than Disneyland, primarily because of the extra space. And I'm on a longer holiday, which makes it even better!

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    Juli, my DH is mad to do this next year and l need more persuading. We want to do San Fran for a week and then LA for a week. He has done alot of work over in LA and San Diego as says l would love it.
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    Go for it Siobhan you won't regret it, San Diego is lovely too we went there on out last visit and will be going again. We will be going to San Diego Zoo and my DH want to go to the USS Midway Museums. There is also Sea world, but we have already been there so we are going to give this a miss this time. There are other places as well is all depends on what you like to do. :)


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    Well remembered Taja! yes we did travel a lot and don't think twice about travelling a long distance!

    its definitely worth looking into. thanks for your help















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    Quote Originally Posted by britchick, post: 158771
    Well remembered Taja! yes we did travel a lot and don't think twice about travelling a long distance!

    its definitely worth looking into. thanks for your help
    If you need anymore help just shout and I will do my best to help. :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandy, post: 158783
    If you need anymore help just shout and I will do my best to help. :)
    thank you















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