I guess it's official now. Airfare is bought and paid for, hotel and park tickets are reserved and deposit made for October 27th-31st. The Disneyland Hotel was already booked up for those dates on their 3 nights 4th free special, so looks like we're staying at the Marriott Fairfield Inn across the street- they had the same deal. The Disneyland Express Bus will take us from LAX to the hotel. I've heard it can be a rather lengthy trip, but the last thing we'll want to do after a full day of flying is try to navigate Los Angeles traffic. We're from a town that doesn't even have a traffic sign or light! Best to let someone else worry about traffic issues.
We're so excited! The kids (ages 15, 13 & 8) about shot out of their seats when DH and I told them the good news. This will be their first airplane ride(s) and their first amusement park venture. For DH and me, it'll be a fun Disney reunion. We each had one brief trip to the park in childhood and are eager to see what's changed and what hasn't in the last 30 years!
So on to my questions. What do cab fares run in the Aneheim area? We are adamant about not driving. We have a full three days in Aneheim and plan to spend most of them in the park. However, this is the first chance for our kids to see the ocean and we are determined that they will have the experience. I've read that Newport Beach is 18 miles from the hotel and Huntington Beach is 19 miles. Is one beach better than another for a weekday afternoon? We'd like to at least wade, if the weather is too cold to actually swim. It would also be fun to watch surfers if either of the beaches have surfing/swimming. I'm wondering the best way to get to/from the beach and am assuming a taxi is our best option (there will be 5 of us). Looking on line, I can find lots of info on taxis, but no info on the rates specifically. I've never been in a taxi, so know nothing about them. Anything you can tell me about Anaheim taxi's or other transportation options and anything you can tell me about the beaches would be most appreciated!
Also, whats the deal with Disney pins and lanyards? We get some as part of our "package" and the agent said something about trading them with CMs? Huh?
I'm so excited for the kids and for DH and meeeeeee! This is our first real family vacation. Disneyland here we come!
Thanks in advance, you MiceChatters are the best!