Traffic coming from San Diego...

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  1. SOCALMouseMommy

    SOCALMouseMommy DIS Veteran

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    Oh darn, you're right. Then I would be sure to make all your dining reservations early. Get to the parks early each morning for rope drop and do as much as you can before the crowds pick up in the afternoon. Maybe consider a hotel with a nice pool so you have something nice to do if you want to escape the crowds.
     
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  2. DisBuckMan

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    We are staying DVC at the Grand Californian. I was lucky enough to be able to book it at 7 months.
     
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  4. SOCALMouseMommy

    SOCALMouseMommy DIS Veteran

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    Oh wow, that is going to be perfect! You will want to take advantage of the beautiful resort anyway... I think you're doing this the best way possible.
     
  5. glk2009

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    I'm going to hijack this thread since there are so many locals giving out great info... we are considering a trip to DL for July 4th, combined with San Diego. If we drive to Anaheim from Legoland on the night of the 3rd, how late would we need to drive to avoid most of the rush hour traffic? TIA!

    Also, I wish we were staying at the Grand! That is a beautiful resort!
     
  6. SOCALMouseMommy

    SOCALMouseMommy DIS Veteran

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    I would think about leaving around 7:00 or 8:00, but you could always check an app like Waze or Google maps to see if it seems to be dying down.
     
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  7. Elima2015

    Elima2015 Mouseketeer

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    I think you have found your answers, but here is what I would do with your itinerary/flight times. I'd stay close to the airport on Saturday night after you arrive and go to the zoo on Sunday. The zoo is very close to the airport. Parking and ticket lines will be best first thing in the morning (parking is free). We have zoo/safari park annual passes and we love the zoo (the new Africa Rocks section is really neat). I'd head out late afternoon toward Anaheim. Lots of great places to eat dinner along the coast. I'd hit up Encinitas or Carlsbad - and I'd leave enough daylight to sit on the beach for a half hour or so around sunset, as long as it isn't overcast/foggy. (As someone asked earlier, I can assure you Carlsbad is safe - lots of families live there). Then stay in Anaheim Sunday night, Disney M-Th and head back toward San Diego on Friday morning. After all that touring and walking, I'd be inclined to have a relaxing day - sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, stroll DTD one last time, head out late morning after rush hour; get to San Diego and chill at a beach for a few hours and then head toward airport/downtown by 3:00 and stay near the airport to catch your early morning flight. The beaches are beautiful in San Diego County (again as long as May Gray isn't around that day). But the Safari Park is such a neat experience. Hit up the Africa Tram near when it starts running. Just a warning that traffic heading anywhere in San Diego after 3:00 on Friday is a pain (Safari Park is in Escondido which without traffic is about 45 min from the airport).
     
  8. Elima2015

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    I agree with @SOCALMouseMommy. I'd plan to stay in Carlsbad for dinner (we love Pizza Port) and monitor Google maps or Waze for traffic.
     
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  9. DisBuckMan

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I've been to the beaches at San Diego, and quite frankly, was unimpressed. I live extremely close to the white sand beaches with crystal clear water on the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast, and I'm admittedly biased and prefer them.

    What I was impressed with was the coastal area around La Jolla. We've dined at George's on the Cove several times in the past (years ago, though), and enjoyed seeing the seals there. Beautiful area, and something we don't have here at home.

    I think we've decided to do the Safari Park on Sunday, head up to DL Sunday night, then do Sea World on Friday back in San Diego. That puts us close to the airport on Friday evening, and we currently have reservations at the Hilton Airport/Harbor Island, which is very close.
     
  10. Katiebird

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    You should be fine leaving around 7.
     
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