I got a bug in my butt a few weeks ago to go to Disneyland again. I blame it on all of my friends who have been waking up their kids and telling them they're going to Disneyland... and the videos of them finding out making me CRY! Anyway, my husband and I have booked our next trip at the end of August. We have someone to watch the dog and someone to feed the cat. Now, I just have to make it 4 weeks without SPILLING THE BEANS to our 4 year old and 8 year old!
The last two times we went to Disneyland weren't great. We still lived in California then, so the 5-6 hour drive wasn't too bad. We took our dog with us and stayed at the Motel 6 because it allowed dogs. We weren't wowed by the Motel 6, but the hard wood floors and newly remodeled rooms were very clean. Then, we went back a couple of months later and it seemed like they hadn't cleaned the place since we'd last been there! I had to go to a drug store and purchase soft scrub to clean the bathroom, and I just told them not to send housekeeping at all! The location was decent, though--and again, I REALLY appreciated the hard wood floors!
The time before we had gotten our dog, though, we'd stayed at the Grand Californian, and I just wasn't super impressed. I'm super picky about beds, and I wasn't comfortable at all on the super soft pillow-top things. We DID have a room that was 20 feet from the door that leads right down to the exit-only door that comes out by The La brea Bakery--which was great in the mornings, but not great at night when you had to drag your kids back to the entrance doors and back THROUGH the super long hallways to get back to your room.
This time, we've reserved a room at The Marriott Suites. I'm looking at it on the map.. and it just seems further from the gates than the rest of the hotels... but it is a suite, which means we won't have to wake up the kids early in the morning if they DO manage to sleep in, and they can nap in their part of the room while we just rest in the other. I'd love any input or reviews on the Marriott Suites if anyone has any. I'm still on the fence and considering upgrading to the Grand Californian.
Another thing... I've been on Weight Watchers for 8 months... down nearly 50 pounds. My endurance for long days in the park are much higher than they used to be.. but I remember being so bummed that they went from having apples and peanut butter to having Apples and caramel in the kiosks. Any changes in the last year to improve healthy options in the parks? I realize there's tons of exercise to be done in the parks.. and I'm not too strict on vacations, but I do love to hear about good choices I can make for my family in the parks! My kids never drink soda.. and on vacation, I allow it. But, the corn syrup overload might be too much for me for four days!