Here is Part 1 of our photo trip report from Seattle to Disneyland Resort and Newport Beach. Note, these pics are not all in chronoligical order. They are meant to condense five days of traveling into one.
I did this trip on the super-cheap using US Airways frequent flyer miles, Priceline and a good rental car deal through Costco.
Our trip begins at SEATAC airport for the 2:30 flight to Phoenix. Frequent Flyer miles means that I had to take one of the few non-direct flights between Seattle and the So Cal area. So we flew from SEA to PHX (About 2.5 hours) and then PHX to John Wayne Airport - SNA (About 1 Hour).
Great views of Mt Rainier right after take-off!
This was followed by some great views of the Grand Canyon about 2 hours later
Here is our hotel. The Holiday Inn & Suites on Walnut. You can see the Mickey & Friends Parking structure next door. Great deal at $38 per night on Priceline. My Holiday Inn Priority Club card even got me a Kids Eat Free coupon for all meals at their restaurant.
The hotel had recently been renovated and it looked great. Here's the lobby and restaurant entrance.
Snazzy Downtown Disney Alamo rental car for $15 per day.
Time to drive over to the parking garage.
Are we here in time for park opening!?!?!
Ariel was out around the castle in her seafoam dress
After a quick ride on Peter Pan it was over to Alice in Wonderland. We always make sure we appreciate the Disneyland rides that don't exist in Florida and this ride has so much heart to it. (No pun intended)
WHhooooooooo RRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Uuuuuuuuuuuuu????
Here's the view up top with the new railings
BEHOLD! THe wondrous sight that is.... THE SECRET BATHROOM!!
Note that it even has its own high-powered air-conditioner!
Sunday morning park opening saw that Murphy was out for a post-mortem after the failure the night before.
For those of us that are used to being stepped on, bumped into or run over in the gridlock of New Orleans Square and the Indy queue here are some beautiful sights. This is one of the glorious benefits of waking up in time for park opening on a late summer Sunday.
Here is a pretty decent panoramic shot covering the Rivers of Amercia waterfront
Part 2 to come later....