Go Back   theDIBB > Other Planning > Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning
Forgotten Password?
Notices
Disneyland California and West Coast Trip Planning Disneyland California and West Coast Holiday Planning Questions, Suggestions and Tips.
Eat and Play Card
Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Unread 2 Jun 19, 09:30 AM  
Link to this Post
#1
Sallyingforth
A Guest at All-Stars
 
Join Date: May 18
The parks and one other?

We have just got back from our perfect Florida holiday -5 days at Disney, a week on the gulf coast and 3 days at Universal. It was so good that we want to do it again.

The only problem is that due to kids exams the only time of year we can go is in the summer. We don't think we could handle Florida in the summer so started thinking about California. I've been reading all the trip reports and it seems like most people do a big road trip with multiple stops. That isn't really what we are looking for.

We would like to do 2 nights Universal, a day at Knotts Berry Fam, then a week on the coast followed by 4/5 nights at Anaheim. Can anyone recommend a base for our relaxation week? I am thinking San Diego. Has anyone done it? Are we daft if we don't go further north? I can't get excited about San Fran and whilst I would like to see Yosemite, the busyness puts me off...
Any thoughts gratefully received...
Thank you
Sallyingforth is offline Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Unread 2 Jun 19, 02:29 PM  
Link to this Post
#2
daytonababe
Imagineer
 
daytonababe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 08

daytonababe's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 2
You know need a day at universal its not that big , and 3 days does Disney comfortably.
__________________
Florida 98.01.05.08.09.10,18
North Carolina 2005,2017, 2018.19 x2
Phoenix 2012.13.14.15.16.17.18.19
LA 2015. 2016.2017.2018.2019
Vegas 2004.06.11.12.13.14.15,16.17.18.19
daytonababe is online now Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Vegas / Anaheim
Reply With Quote
Unread 2 Jun 19, 03:33 PM  
Link to this Post
#3
landandword17
Very Serious Dibber
 
Join Date: May 17
Mobile

Its personal preference. Personally I wouldnt go all the way to California to do theme parks and beach but thats because I am interested in the cities and natural parks. You may be fine with it if youre not a city person or nature lover.

I have not been to the Gulf coast of Florida so I cant compare. Ill give the caveat that California beaches are city beaches mostly. There arent resorts and beaches where you can rent loungers. Some people will be laying out but most locals are running, dog walking, doing water sports. Also the water is cold even in summer and I believe the gulf coast is warm water.

If someone is just looking for the Florida experience I would say theyll be disappointed and frustrated with the fact that the parks are just a small part of huge urban areas and mostly frequented by locals. It isnt set up for the tourist like Florida and accommodation and food are more expensive, traffic is heavier and you are surrounded by people going about their everyday business in the city rather than hordes of fellow chilled out tourists and that lessens the magic for some people depending on their expectations.

Hope I havent put you off 😃 Just wanted to give you a more realistic view. Imo to have a great California holiday you have to put Florida out of mind because they are different holidays and you cant compare them.
landandword17 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
POR-Hawaii-San Diego
Reply With Quote
Unread 2 Jun 19, 05:25 PM  
Link to this Post
#4
Sallyingforth
Thread Starter
A Guest at All-Stars
 
Join Date: May 18
No, it's helpful. Thank you both. I do get what you are saying.
One question though - if you were to base yourself for one week at a single destination in California other than LA, where would you choose?
Sallyingforth is offline Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Unread 2 Jun 19, 08:24 PM  
Link to this Post
#5
lindasarahlou
Serious Dibber
 
Join Date: Jun 10
If the kids like the big rides don't miss Six Flags Magic Mountain, but choose mid week if you can organise it.
__________________
1990 Orlando/Clearwater; 1992 Orlando/Daytona,Ft Laud, Keys, Everglades, Naples/Clearwater 1995 Cedar Point, Niagra Falls, Orlando 02 (now with kids!)- DLP Santa Fe 04 Lindfields; 07 Doral Woods/Daytona 500; 07 Sanctuary, Westhaven; 10 Calabay Parc; 13 Highlands Reserve 15 DC, Smokies, Coasters, Cumbrian Lakes 16 Toronto, Cedar Point, Niagara + coasters 17Highlands Reserve Apr18 NY Oct 18 Vegas & Canyons 19 West Stonebridge
lindasarahlou is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Just the 2 of us, no parks, relaxing
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 Jun 19, 01:17 PM  
Link to this Post
#6
400ixl
Imagineer
 
Join Date: Mar 12
Originally Posted by Sallyingforth View Post
No, it's helpful. Thank you both. I do get what you are saying.
One question though - if you were to base yourself for one week at a single destination in California other than LA, where would you choose?
If I absolutely had to based on your plans it probably would be San Diego.

Would be our teenage DD idea of hell though. Beach holidays isn't something we do.

If you want to see some of the national parks then maybe spend some time at Joshua Tree and Palm Springs on a diverted route between LA and San Diego.

As mentioned Universal is a 1 day park, Six Flags Magic mountain is 30 minutes from Universal / Hollywood area. Anaheim is a good 60-90 minutes from Hollywood and there isn't much there other than Disney and Knotts Berry farm (our DD thought this was a bit young for her even before she was a teenager, but others seem to like it).

Griffith Observatory, Warner Bros studio Tour, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach (if the teens follow some of the US vloggers) etc are all worth visiting in the northern side of LA. The Science museum is also good in mid LA.

So much to do that is better than time sat on a beach for us. Can do that in the UK.
400ixl is offline Boy Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
Back to the West Coast
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 Jun 19, 03:09 PM  
Link to this Post
#7
landandword17
Very Serious Dibber
 
Join Date: May 17
Mobile

I agree if I had to pick a base it would be San Diego.
landandword17 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans
POR-Hawaii-San Diego
Reply With Quote
Unread 3 Jun 19, 03:46 PM  
Link to this Post
#8
Sallyingforth
Thread Starter
A Guest at All-Stars
 
Join Date: May 18
Great, thanks all. Really helpful.
I feel like I need to defend myself and say that we don't want to sit on a beach all week, promise, that's not what I said or meant at all.
BUT we don't want to have a massive road trip and be in and out of hotels all holiday either. I think there are some really good ideas here for making it a great a two centre break.
Thanks for replying
Sallyingforth is offline Click to view Members Gallery Click to view Members Trip Plans Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump

US Rent A Car

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin - Copyright © 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

theDIBB Menu


US Dollar Rates
ASDA  $1.2522
CaxtonFX  $1.2575
Covent Garden FX  $1.2679
FAIRFX  $1.2600
John Lewis  $1.2576
M&S  $1.2291
Post Office  $1.2295
Sainsburys  $1.2525
TESCO  $1.2548
Travelex  $1.2437
Updated: 16:30 17/10/2019

theDIBB Charities
Cancer Research UK
DIBB Members have Donated: £10,130
£


Macmillan Cancer Support
DIBB Members have Donated: £1,085
£

Euro Rates
ASDA  €1.1309
CaxtonFX  €1.1305
Covent Garden FX  €1.1404
FAIRFX  €1.1335
John Lewis  €1.1365
M&S  €1.1123
Post Office  €1.1104
Sainsburys  €1.1311
TESCO  €1.1332
Travelex  €1.1233
Updated: 16:30 17/10/2019

Orlando Weather
Florida Time
Thu 17th Oct 11:41am
Now: 26C/79F
Few Clouds
Few Clouds
Cloud Cover: 20%
Wind: 5mph - NW Arrow points to where the wind is coming from.
Pressure: 1015mb
Humidity: 69%
Illuminations Smoke
Updated: 15:40 17/10/2019