First the costs:
JetBlue Boston to LAX: $159.80 per person
Virgin America LAX to Boston: $158.80 per person
Alamo car rental for 1 week for a standard sized car: $140 using a Visa discount code
HoJo Anaheim: $106.82 per night. No EC rate available. Used a mousesavers.com discount code.
Hyatt House or Residence Inn Sorrento Mesa: $133 per night for a suite, free parking, free breakfast.
Candlewood Suites, Hawthorne:; $89/night
Day 1: Got up nice and early so we could be out the door at 0530. Boys did well and were cooperative. By the time we got thru security, our flight was boarding, so no time to sit around. DH went on early with the carseats and the boys and I boarded last. This was our first time on JetBlue. It was an uneventful flight and we arrived on time.
Got our car from Alamo. It was $140 for the week using a visa discount code. I like how Alamo lets you choose your car from the row.
Driving on Wednesday afternoon at 1 was easy. No traffic to contend with. We headed to Von's for some groceries. DH thought they were overpriced.
Then it was off to the HoJo. The staff was polite and friendly. Rooms are standard but very clean. Only complaint was the bath towels. Kids loved the pool area and spent a few hours going down the slides and chilling in the wading pool.
Dinner was take out from OC Poultry in Anaheim. Chicken Banh mi sandwiches for less than $4! And they were delicious. We had a lemongrass beef sandwich too. And we got an order of spring rolls which each had five large shrimp in them. We picked up a rotisserie chicken for sandwiches the next day.....it ended up providing two days worth of Lunch. Next door was Brianna's so we grabbed a large fruit plate for $5. Had some with dinner and the rest with breakfast the next day. Total was $35 and this ended up being dinner and two lunches.
Day 2: got up very early due to the time change. Had breakfast in our room and headed out at 7am. Decide to kill time at downtown Disney since DL didn't open until 9. The walk from the HoJo was quick and easy.
Boys had fun at DD even though nothing was open. The played at the fountains and my three year old made his first wish...it was for ice cream! We checked out the Grand California....beautiful hotel! The boys sat in the lobby watching cartoons for a bit.
Now it was time to head to Disney. We went left. Jungle cruise was up first. My youngest really enjoyed this. Then we all went climbing on tarzan's tree. Went on pirates and the haunted house with no wait at all. The two year old hated pirates, cried after the first drop, then went to sleep on my shoulder. My three year old is very tall, so splash mountain was next for him and daddy. It was walk on so they rode twice....same thing with thunder mountain. YDS and I treated ourselves to a frozen lemonade since we couldn't ride. It was $4.19 for a large portion.
By the time we got to fantasyland it was a bit crowded. We did the carousel, story land boats, Pinocchio, and small world. I wasn't waiting forty minutes for dumbo.
YDS was now asleep in my carrier, so daddy and ODS played at toontown. He was overtired so didn't enjoy it as much as he could have. We decided to go back to the hotel for a break.
Headed back out at dinner time and stopped at Mimi's. It was mediocre, and other than convenience, I would not eat here again. Their breadbasket and muffins were good though.
Got back to the park and went right. The buzz lightyear ride had no line....but space mountain did and the fast passes were for too late in the evening. So we did autotopia and the nemo sub ride. Both boys enjoyed both of these. It's so hard to find rides that my younger one enjoys. It was now time to call it a night . The boys each got a Mickey ice cream sandwich and we walked back to the hotel. The little one fell asleep again. I got him undressed and almost fully bathed before he woke up!
Oh, forgot to mention that we got silhouettes done on Main St for the grandmothers!
Overall I was a great day. We chose to spend only one day at Disney and really could have used a second. But the two year old was too young to enjoy it fully, so I'm okay with the one day.
Costs for the day: Mimi's $39, silhouettes $18, snacks $15. I'd say that's a cheap Disney day!
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First the costs: