by, 06-07-2013 at 10:34 AM
Even though our trip isn’t for another three years, I have mentioned it to some friends. They have all had about the same reaction. “Oooh! Disney World! My kids loved it when we went there. EPCOT is amazing! The water parks are great!”
“No,” I patiently reply, “DisneyLAND.” *blank stare* “California.”
“Oh. *awkward pause* Why?”
It’s a fair question. After all, Walt Disney World is twice as close (1,011 miles versus 2,336 miles to CA), offers twice the parks (4 theme parks & 2 water parks versus 2 theme parks), and will cost far less for travel (Estimated $300-$350 in gas versus estimated $2,700 for round trip tickets). WDW is also the park I first experienced.
Oddly, these are some of the very reason why I decided on Disneyland.
* We are not a wealthy family. My upcoming vacation to Myrtle Beach with my mother and the Boy will be the first vacation I've had in seven years. With the disney vacation scheduled for 2016, who knows when the next trip will be? Because of this, I want the Quest for DisneyBliss© to be big.
* It also may be the last vacation we take as a large-group family (me, my Beloved, the Boy, and my parents). The parents are now in their 70s... not ready for the home, but also not spring chickens anymore.
* It is also a celebration of my 50th birthday. I did not have a big blowout for my 21st, 30th or 40th birthdays. I reserve the right to make 50 a biggie.
* If we choose to revisit the Mouse, it would make sense and be more likely that we would take the “less expensive” route and go to Florida the second time.
* Another point is attraction based… two attractions in particular. The Boy is a huge fan of the movie Cars. Cars Land is a definite must have experience for us. Second (and selfishly more important) is the opportunity to experience the DL Haunted Mansion. I want to walk on that porch and through those "front" doors! Two things we can’t experience in WDW.
* Finally… well, how do I say this… we want the vacation to be multi-experiencial, not Pure Disney. SoCal offers so many parks, including the historic Knott’s, original Universal, and Sea World (we miss our Ohio park in Aurora) that are easy to visit from a centrally located hotel. A trip to WDW is a complete week-long Disney undertaking in and of itself.
So, there you have it. A semi-rational explaination of why we are headed to Cal-i-forn-I-A. At least, as rational as you can expect for someone on a Quest for DisneyBliss©.
T- 1,100 days and counting…
~ Attic Haunt