As some of you may know, we had originally planned on doing a trip to Walt Disney World in September. That trip ultimately had to be canceled, but this last minute trip was booked as a replacement! We traveled to Disneyland from November 30 to December 4, and I booked the trip at the end of September. For me, that was pretty last minute! I’m such a planner (obviously) that this trip seemed a little rushed to put together. The good news though is that we didn’t have as long of a countdown as my usual trips!
This trip, we stayed at Best Western Plus Raffles Inn & Suites, which are about three-quarters of a mile from the entrance to the park. I did a video tour of our room via Facebook live, which you can find here. They were doing a 4th night free promotion, which was my deciding factor for booking the room. On my last trip to Disneyland, I stayed at the Courtyard right across the street, and the walk to the parks wasn’t bad. According to my Apple Watch, it’s about 0.8 miles from the hotel to the security entrance at the park.
When we got to the hotel on Thursday, it was only about 11, so our room wasn’t going to be ready for awhile. Luckily, the front desk checked our bags and told us they’d be in our room when we got back, since we were heading to Downtown Disney. When we got back to the hotel that evening, we stopped by the front desk for our room key, and when we got to the room all four of our bags were there!
Our room was on the bottom floor, which was nice because we didn’t have to climb any stairs at the end of the day. It was also a straight shot back from the entrance to the hotel, which made it more accessible for us at the end of the day, too! The room itself seemed to have been recently renovated. The floors were all tile, which I thought was a little strange. I liked the look of it, but those floors were pretty cold when we woke up!
The shower was big (no tub in our room), and the water pressure was good. There were two sinks, which would be ideal for a family trying to all get ready at once.
My one complaint about the place was our beds. We didn’t mind that they were only full size, versus the queen we have at home. The big issues were the fact that they were rock hard, and had no real blankets. There was a thin sheet and a “cover” for the bed, but no actual blankets or weight to what we had. Our first night we both slept horribly, and I was freezing all night long. I’m sure if we had called the front desk, they would have had options for us. We were just so tired the next three nights that it didn’t matter to us.
The beds really were the only downside to the hotel, and even then we made do just fine. After spending all day at the parks, I think I could have fallen asleep on the tile floor just fine!
Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take any pictures in our hotel room. So, my live video is all I’ve got!
My next post is going to be about the breakfast options at BW, which was a big selling point for me when I booked the hotel.
Last weekend (Nov. 30 - Dec. 4) was our four night trip to Disneyland. We had three days in the park, and got to Anaheim at about noon on Thursday. We had a wonderful time, and I’ve actually got a few different recaps that I wanted to share with everyone.
I took a lot of pictures (I’m sure I drove Brian crazy) over the course of our trip, and even posted a few live videos on my Facebook page. The first thing I wanted to share though was our packing list!
Something to keep in mind is that this packing list is only for two adults, and not accounting for things you might need for kiddos. We also were packing for fall versus summer, and not planning for things to entertain us in line.
While this list is everything (mostly) that we packed, we definitely didn’t use everything! Am I the only one that always packs my own hair dryer and literally never uses it?
This list also doesn't include our basic clothes that we packed. We basically packed what we needed for all of our days, plus an extra outfit.
We also didn’t realize what a pain bag check was going to be until the second day. On our first day we had about five different bags inside our backpack, and made sure we didn’t make that same mistake a second time!
Our Packing List (with notes)
Do you have that one item you can't live without when you travel? Anything you would add to the list?