Discussion in 'DIS Adventures by Disney Trips' started by DisneyKevin, Jun 7, 2017.
We love the Chef's Counter! One of our favorite Disney dining experiences!
I'm so glad that we were able to make the tour. We are looking forward to meeting everyone on the tour. We will probably book (2) nights prior and (2) nights post tour. We will probably book Lowe's for the (2) nights prior.
Jen and I have done chef counter numerous times. I've also done it another 4x then her on my solo trips. I am also thinking of prenighting at DL- I think candlelight will be on the 1 and 2. The Disneyland version of on the same songs and show takes place on the train station -it's first come first and hard to see but I think it's very special to see at Disneyland.
So, this adventure officially starts one year from tomorrow!!! I know that Val & I will already be in Hollywood a couple of days beforehand.
Color me jelly!
We cannot wait. We are looking so forward to this tour. Even though we have been to S. California many times this will be a new experience for us. We are also planning on arriving a few days early.
Looking forward to this tour. Candlelight might be on the 1st. We might prenight at DL to see it. Looking forward to imagineering
Wow! So far away, yet I know the time will fly. So looking forward to being there and having my mind blown.
Never gave the Candlelight a thought. We have seen the WDW version many times but never the DL version. We were planning on arriving at least a couple of days early so will have to give this a thought.
It will go fast.
I see several people mentioning doing stuff at DL before the start of the actual ABD. Just keep in mind that this ABD starts in Hollywood (you stay at the Loews at Hollywood & Highland) which is quite a ways from Anaheim. If you're going to do DL stuff beforehand, you'll probably need to book a hotel at DL separately and plan on your own airport transportation to that hotel, plus transportation up to Hollywood for the start of the ABD.
Nothing insurmountable but it does add some complexity. OTOH, you could add days on the other end of the trip to spend more time at DL which would be logistically easier.
Candlelight is very different - no tickets standing room only
This is a good point. I also need to figure out plan to get from San Diego to LA area and back. I might train. Normally I drive but no where to leave car with the move. Candlelight is a big draw for us. We find it very moving
As part of the ABD if you arriving by car they offer free valet parking at the Grand Californian.
Car – If you plan to arrive by your own car, please drive to the valet area of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Just mention to the hotel bellman that you are with Adventures by Disney and receive complimentary valet parking for the duration of your adventure. Since your Southern California adventure will conclude at this hotel, your car will be conveniently located at your vacation's end for your trip home.
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is located at: 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
Along with complimentary parking, on Day 1 of the adventure receive a one-time transfer from Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to Loews Hollywood Hotel. In order to take advantage of this transfer, please plan to meet your driver at 1:00 PM outside the main entrance of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. In the event you are unable to locate your transfer vehicle or its driver, get help by introducing yourself to a valet and saying that you are with Adventures by Disney. Your driver and the valet will be available to assist with your luggage.
Good info. I think we will prenight in the grand so we can do candlelight plus or minus napa
Morgan and I cannot believe it is under a year. Morgan works retail so we really can only be gone the 1-7. We have decided to add a day on each end. If we fly in early on the 1st we may go to the Farmers Market for a few hours. Thinking about Universal VIP early for the 2nd. Then be back in time for dinner
I am also excited. You would think that living in Southern California I would've done the VIP but still on my to do list
We really enjoy a few hours at Farmers Market. Lots go good places to eat!
I'm guessing that you guys have had to drop out in order to do that fantastic Africa ABD with Joe Rhode.
Yes. It was a pretty tough decision. We’ll miss traveling with the DIS group. We’ll have to catch up on the next DIS get together. Hopefully after the announcement on the show today, this trip is already full again!
Please welcome Andrew to our Adventure!
Thanks Kevin, and hello everyone! I am super excited to be joining all of you on this trip! This is my first ABD and my first time visiting Disneyland. Forgive me if I'm bouncing off of the walls with excitement this whole trip. I am a huge Disney fan and I've been to World many times. This trip is like a pilgrimage to the motherland for me .
213 days to go!
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