Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Toddler Wearing

I have 2 boys - 2 completely different boys.  They are opposite in so many ways - my older looks like his dad, the younger looks like me.  The older loves fruit and veggies, the younger will devour a good steak.  The older started walking/running at 11 months, the younger was closer to 13 months and even still, prefers to be carrier.  And he's two.

So, with my older boy, I wore him in a wrap for his first trip at 6 months.  By his second trip, at 13 months, he was very comfortable in his stroller and stayed in there when he wasn't running around.

But, with bubba #2, he's always been a Mama's boy.  No rush to walk or run.  Why bother, when mommy will carry everywhere."

I knew this going into our trip back in November.  I knew that, even at 18 months, he would want to be carried a lot.  So, I pulled out my trusty Ergo - never my favorite carrier, but one of ease and convenience, and packed it with me every day in the parks.


I know many parents that say "strollers are easier" or "I'll just carry them" - but this way (yeah, yeah, I may get a bit sweaty, but I would anyone if he was in my arms) I have my hands free, I can move all around, and drop the stroller off.  Especially at Disney, strollers can stay parked and we can go as we please with this convenient option.
Who doesn't love snuggly baby??
Honestly, he slept more in his great stroller from Kingdom Strollers than anything else, but I'm glad we had this option for the occasional nap!

Want to read more about baby wearing and see more options?  Check out my full page here!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Disneyland - Airport Options

Disneyland Travel Woahs

Has anyone else looked into a Disneyland Resort vacation only to say "woah - where do I fly into, how do I get from the airport to the hotel, and how do I get around?"

As a Walt Disney World veteran, I've never had to think about which airport to go to or how to get from point A to point B.  As the #1 tourist destination in the country, WDW has taken care of all those steps for us with Disney's Magical Express and being located only nearby 1 major airport (yes, there are other options, but with MCO so close by, there is rarely a reason to look elsewhere).

Airport Options

 
There are 4 airports in close proximity to Disneyland:
  1. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 32 miles
  2. Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA) - 14 miles
  3. LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) - 34 miles
  4. Long Beach Airport (LGB) - 22 miles 
 
LAX is the largest with the most flights from carriers.
John Wayne is the closest.
 
All 4 have fairly simple directions to the parks, but 34 miles in LA traffic might take much longer than 34 minutes!

Transportation Options

As with all airports, you'll have plenty of taxi options, but with Disneyland you have a few more options:
 

 1. The Disneyland Resort Express, operated by Grayline/Coach U.S.A.

  

 
Unlike Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Express is not included.  But, it does drop off at a number of the Good Neighbor Hotels.  Cost is $48 (at time of this post) per round trip adult and up to 3 children are free per paying adult.
 
 

2. Super Shuttle -

Just like with any airport around, you can schedule a Super Shuttle pick up or drop off.  Van Shuttle transportation available one-way or round-trip to and from the airport. Holds up to 7 passengers. Reservations required 24-hours in advance from day of arrival. Please call (800) 200-6655 or visit www.supershuttle.com.
 

 

3. Limo Service by Best Transportation

Ride in a 6- or 8-passenger private limousine by one-way or round-trip transfers. Arrival/Departure Flight information is required when making a reservation. Contact Best Limousine at 1-800-827-7411 once departing the plane for airport pick-up instructions
 


4. Taxi by Yellow Cab


Anaheim: Orange County Airport and Amtrak to/from the Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Resort Good Neighbor Hotels.
San Diego: San Diego Amtrak to/from San Diego Hotels.
Up to 4 or 7 Passengers:
Prices vary


With so many options, planning a Disneyland Trip may be tricky and intimidating, but with help from a Guru Travel Agent, you won't need to worry - we'll help you figure anything out!!  As I have taken the Disney Destinations Courses and tests and continue learning more, I would love you help you plan a vacation!!  Email me at JennL@thewdwguru.com for fee free full service travel planning!



 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tomorrowland - Disneyland or WDW


Welcome to those of you joining me from My Dreams of Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail

Tomorrowland - The Future That Never Was  


The 1990's retro-futuristic take on Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland is the Tomorrowland that I know and love.  Featuring Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority/People Mover/Blue Line, a few different alien inspired attractions, the Carousel of Progress, and the Astro Orbiter, this land has always been one I've loved.   Tomorrowland is also the land that has never been completed, had a consistent theme, or can possibly stay up-to-date with it's theme, thus inspiring the "retro-future" we all know today at the Florida park.

Disneyland Resort's Tomorrowland is fairly different.  Though I have yet to experience it in person, I'm always shocked to hear that their People Mover is inactive.  Disneyland's Tomorrowland seems to have an even less-consistent theme than WDW - it hosts many attractions shared on both costs, but with the expansive space available in Florida, the east coast versions are in many different locations.

The 5 Disneyland Tomorrowland attractions shared with Walt Disney World that are located in completely different areas... 
  • Star Tours - Hollywood Studios
  • Captain EO - Epcot
  • Monorail - more of an actual mode of transportation than attraction at WDW
  • Innoventions - Epcot
  • Railroad - WDW does not have a stop in Tomorrowland
  • Jedi Training Academy - Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World's Space Mountain Kitchen - who doesn't want that?
There are a few similarities, even with their own touches - 
  • Space Mountain - ride vehicles are 2 per seat at DLR as opposed to single at WDW
  • Buzz Light Year Astro Blasters - DLR offers removable shooters - much better to aim!
  • Autopia - different ride vehicles at each park. Both drastically outdated!
I think the Astro Orbiter may be the most similar of the attractions between Tomorrowlands, but as I have yet to experience it, I may be wrong!


Personally, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover is one of my favorite attractions - an absolute must do every time, making Magic Kingdom my winning land.  I love the views, the narration, the special tour around the Magic Kingdom.  I wish the People Mover at DLR would re-open in time for my June visit!




Which Tomorrowland is your favorite?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Disneyland 1st Visit

It looks like it's going to happen:

I am finally going to the West Coast to visit the Disneyland Resort (DLR)!!

As an East Coaster, Floridian, and life long Walt Disney World fan, and haven't spent much time in California.

But - as a travel agent, I've learned even more about the parks and resorts.  I have read about the 3 Disneyland resorts "on property" and the many Good Neighbor hotels - but I haven't had a chance to see them.


The sad part is - I won't be taking my boys and I'll only be there for 2 days, but it's still a trip to a new-to-me place and I'm excited to share my experiences with you!

What are your #1 recommendations for a first timer at the Disneyland Resort?  Do you have a favorite restaurant or hotel?



Monday, April 7, 2014

Diamond Horseshoe Revue

Following tradition from Disneyland, when the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World opened in 1971, the Diamond Horseshoe Revue opened up in Frontierland as a Western saloon show with dancer, singers, live music, and even Wally Boag, known for portraying Pecos Bill for many years at Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue, acted there for 3 years!

Now, the Diamond Horseshoe is the occasional quick service restaurant - rarely ever open.

After eating there, I say - stop in and take a look around for history sake, but skip the food!  Blech!


The stage still looks great - we ate from upstairs to overlook everything!