Hi everyone, I'm Gretchen - welcome to my newest Disneyland trip report! I love DLR but I hadn't been since September 2015 because, well, life happens. Now I'm living on the west coast though, in northwest Washington, and it's just a short plane ride away - nothing like the long haul involved to get to WDW! When I heard about Pixar Fest, and specifically that Paint the Night was returning, I knew I had to go back - but I'm the lowest woman on the totem pole at work and my time off is limited for my first year, so I knew I'd have to go over a long weekend if I wanted any time there. That left me with Memorial Day weekend. Not ideal, but I could make it work. Our local airport is very small and pretty expensive, so that left me with Vancouver (one hour away) or Seattle (two hours away). The flights from Seattle were surprisingly cheap; my trip into Long Beach was only $80 and my flight home from SNA was $105. I booked Super Shuttle for both airport trips and found a good room with a AAA rate at Best Western Plus Stovall's Inn. My past two trips I've stayed onsite but that just wasn't in the budget this time. This hotel also offered free breakfast and free WiFi, and it's just a couple of minutes walk further than Paradise Pier Hotel, so I figured I'd be fine. Picking my park schedule was a little tricky, because I'd only be there for one full and one 3/4 days. I decided to go to the parks on the day each had Early Entry even though I wasn't eligible. This was because I knew on my arrival day I wouldn't be arriving at the park until 10:30-11am, and I would rater do Disneyland knowing that it's open until 11pm. For DCA, I'd rather be one hour behind Early Entry (turns out it wasn't even that much) than 1.5-2 or more hours behind a regular opening. This plan actually worked out very well. I had made touring plans via TouringPlans.com and RideMax...but I ended up throwing them out the window and it was fine! I had two dining reservations made: the Fantasmic! package dinner at River Belle Terrace and the Paint the Night package lunch at Wine Country Trattoria. I'd never had a table service meal at DCA before so I was looking forward to trying something new! Hotel - check Flights - check Tickets - check Airport parking reserved - check Cat sitter hired - check Dining reservations made - check Let's go!