I'm 28 now, living in California about 5 hours away from DLR. A friend is going down there for one day on Aug. 24th to use his birthday to get (upgrading to park hopper) and several other friends in the area. I plan to go down, but don't want to make the trip for just one day, and I could use a vacation.
So I plan to fly down the morning of the Aug. 23rd, fly back on Aug. 28th. So 5 nights. Now I'm planning what to do now that I know for sure I got the days off, but waiting a week, prices may have gone up around $25-$30, so now I need to make a decision before it goes up even more.
Disney has the nice 5 for 3 park hopper package for $180. So that's pretty good. I'd only be with friends 1 day, the other 4 solo. I probably want to make sure I get to the park when fly in on the 23rd to see the end of a show that will stop.
HOTEL: Anyway, any tips on Hotels? I've got my eye on the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Mainly because of the shuttle, and the large atrium area with a restaurant, nice bar, starbucks, pizzahut express. If I'm by myself, I want to make sure I have some nice big open areas to hang out and relax.
Are there any hotels that can top that?
I saw the priceline thread on name your own price. Not sure I want to take a chance on not getting the Hyatt. If I was with someone, but being alone, I want to make sure I get a place that would resort like, or at least the most amenities when alone. Are the main Disneyland hotel's possibly crowded, and a lot of kids running around, or more awkward alone?
What's with Disneylands vacation booking system. They got the good neighbor hotel system with 3 nights and 2 free nights, but subtracting the cost the Disneyland tickets, the Hyatt only comes out to almost the same price as say Travelocity with Flight. So much for two free nights when they charge so much more for the first 3 nights.
Anyway, for example, Travelocity right now with 5 nights plus flight is $590, was $560 last week.
The last time I went on a vacation where I left was over 2 years ago, and to Juneau Alaska, near winter, and mostly running around for a wedding. So while I might not like Solo for DL, I'll have at least one big day with friends, then the other 4 i can still do stuff at my pace at DL (with a bigger memory card for my camera), and go back to a nice hotel and chill, trying to forget all the bad economy, lay-offs, pay-cuts, furloughs, etc (I work for a Newspaper). Sometimes vacations with family can be too much. Always how much you can fit in one day, running all around until exhausted, fighting what to do next, never just, relaxing.