Suzi's parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary next year. So they're taking the entire family to Disneyland. Grandpa/Grandma Bill and Jean, Aunt Sami and Uncle Brad, Aunt Jenny with Tyler, Desiree, and Kayla, and Suzi, the kids (Ryan, Josh, Katelyn), and I are all going. We leave June 29 from Seattle at 10am on the Amtrak coast startlight train, pick up Jenny and the kids at the Auburn station (or wherever the closest station is), pick up Bill, Jean, Sami and Brad in Portland, and finish the 35 hour (yes, 35 hour) train ride to Anaheim in 4 sleeper cars.
We arrive Friday the 30th of June at around 10pm and head from there to our hotel, the Embassy Suites South, which is right down Harbor Blvd from the main Disney park. We stay there through the 5th of July which is GREAT since we'll be there for the 4th of July celebration. We'll also get a day in at Knotts Berry Farm, which is pretty fun as I remember.
Then, really early on the 5th, everyone heads home on the Amtrak for a 31 hour journey back to Portland. Except for us... Suzi and the kids and I are staying another 4 nights at the Hyatt (a block down the road from the Embassy Suites) in a 2 bedroom kids suite (complete with bunk beds for the kids) from the 5th through the 9th. So we'll get a few extra days at the park and probably hit Universal Studios and also get in some pool time in the sun down there. Then we fly home to seattle (yes, fly, in 2 hours and 34 minutes direct) on Sunday the 9th.
Thanks to Bill and Jean for getting us down there and the first big chunk of the trip. It should be great and we'll get MUCH more Disneyland vacation than Suzi and I ever thought we'd be able to do... Now, I've just got to get the time off of work ;) No problem... worst case I just have the 264 hour (11 days) flu....