Who: Me and my wife (both in our late 40's, no kids except for me!). Where: Disneyland, of course!! Dates: Sept. 12-17 Other: Staying at Castle Inn, have a rental for getting around, 4 Day Hoppers for the parks, Maxpass each day. Sprinkling in some other activities like whale watching, some serious VR and dinner with west coast family. Day 1: We departed Houston early, arriving at LAX around 8 am. Took a shuttle to pick up our Dollar rental car and cruised on to our first destination, Newport Beach for an afternoon whale watching tour (we've never done this). Our tour was booked with Newport Landing, we did the smaller, faster 15 person boat...and than goodness we did that. The morning tour saw lots of dolphins, but no whales, so we tempered pur expectations. But, well...it went something like this: Cruising out we encountered a lone Minke Whale, very cool to see. Then, some Risso's Dolphins (beautiful coloring on these guys). We were headed in when about 20 minutes from docking one of their sister ships called our captain and reported something very rare for these waters....a pod of Orcas!!!! As we were at the end of our tour, the captain asked if anyone had anywhere they needed to be, because Orcas had been spotted and if we wanted too, we could go see them. It would add almost 2 hours to our trip (at no cost) but everyone had to agree. We had one person on the fence (she wasn't taking to the ocean motion) but she decided to tough it out. Thank goodness because: Not only did we get to see these magnificent animals up close (right next to our boat!!!!!!!) we got to see something that I've only seen on National Geographic documentaries...Orcas hunting and capturing prey. Words cannot describe the awe of witnessing this. While following the Orcas, they came upon (or were likely tracking) a huge pod of dolphins. They started running and it was an amazing sight. I caught some great video of this as well, and will upload it once we're home. It was awe inspiring and a little sad knowing what might happen to one of those dolphins. But, how many people can say they got to witness nature in all its glory and fury like this? I won't go into details, but the pod was successful in their task. You really can't describe the feeling of seeing them in their natural habitat doing what they do to live. As we headed back, the watcher/photographer explained to us how rare this was to encounter them this far south, and then to see what we did. Part of the reason they wanted to pursue this pod was to photograph them and identify individuals so they can keep track of population and migratory patterns. It was fascinating. So, that was just day one!! Afterwards, we hopped in the car and headed out to Castle Inn to begin our Disney days! Check was quick, we ended up on the fourth floor. Rooms here are pretty basic, but include a microwave and mini fridge. After our eventful afternoon, we just unpacked, had a snack and turned in for the night.