Great H wrote:
OMG!!!Look out you lot, Great H is coming over!!
GreatH, I am so excited for you! How I wish I could come out. Why aren't we rich? Heck, I'd settle for at least financially healthy. One of us needs to win powerball/lotto so that we can share it with the lot of WTF'ers & have another west coast meet-up. A girl can dream. In a perfect world we could pool some monies to get ya to the midwest or east coast so that a good bunch of us could meet up with you.
Any exact dates yet?
In my humble opinion the drive from LA to San Francisco all along the Pacific Coast Hwy #1 (101) is spectacular. I've done it twice, but not in several years. I remember it as being a really long trip. The first time we did it we stayed on the coast at two different locations, one night each. It is something you really don't want to rush. The drive is so gorgeous and if you want to actually see it and take a few photos, it takes time. The second time we went straight through with a few short breaks and to take a few photos. I remember it being about 11 + hours. We didn't go at a pace where we were rushing, but we had to be very watchful of the clock. The road isn't easy at dark. At end of June-beginning July you will have daylight until at least 900pm so that's on your side. The weather should be ace. It is so beautiful in Monterey, Carmel, San Luis Obispo, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, & the 17 mile drive to the lone cypress tree. The list is long.
I totally agree with Vmh about Disneyland. It is special. BIG disney geek here. Of course I'm closer to Disneyworld in Orlando so I get to visit Disneyworld more frequently. Disney provides such outstanding services. You will have no problem at all getting assistance. This link may be helpful http://disneyland.disney.go.com/plan/guest-services/mobility-disabilities/
. More on that to come. Don't even get me started...I will bend your ears till it hurts. I love it so much and always have a lot to say on the subject.
Do you know about fastpass? Oh, cant wait to get into all of this with you. If you have an American Express, it is the official card, it may provide discounts or benefits. One last thing & I'll shut up about it. Disney has the most awesome fireworks for 4th of July. That may mean increased visitors but I've seen what they do for our Independence Day and it is incredible. It is a big holiday for us. You will want to bear that in mind when making plans. Most places of employment will close for the 4th giving us a 3 day holiday.
Last year Eorious and I stayed at the Hilton Universal Studios. It is adjacent to the park. You get a nice view too. They had a little tram right outside the front entrance to take you to the park. I checked the availability calendar for the 1st week July, they have an accomodation rate of $160 night or $279.00 one night package that includes accomodation & 2 adult/2 day tickets to Universal. A 1 day Universal Studios pass with 1 day free is usually $74 pp/$149 anyway. That means the room is really $130. It may be worth it since you have limited time and the convenience of being adjacent to the park is helpful. You may want to check out this website before you come http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/
. Eorious and I were able to drive right into Hollywood area in less than 10 minutes for all of the attractions, only we didn't have the time. We were there for Jem & Bret and I wasn't well at the time, had to take it easy.
I can see that I am going too long. GreatH, think that I will email you. I could go on for a week about one of my fav cities San Francisco.
Also wanted to give you a heads up on the amazing airfares Virgin America offers and sometimes Southwest Airlines can provide a good offer also.
Sorry I went long folks. The old travel agent ghost in me came out full on. Although I haven't been gainfully employed as such for awhile now the instinct comes out. I love being a airline reservations agent but sure do miss the fun of being a travel agent and helping others plan trips.
Yeah, what Nancy said...start a thread in members only so that we can talk about it. Good one Nancy.