Disneyland/Beach October Trip Revised Again

Plans A and B

gcWe originally booked and cancelled an October trip at the Grand Californian. We tried booking it a second time, but when Rich called to see if we could book the GC again, he discovered the only rooms available were concierge for almost $800 per night with taxes. Uh, I don’t think so.

Plan C

RMS_Queen_Mary_Long_BeachWe haven’t had a real vacation in years. Other than a couple of Disneyland/DCA trips a year, we’ve been too busy moving. We did have a fun birthday vacay in Vegas a year ago but now we live here, so that doesn’t really count now. So the only other vacay we’ve had in years was a 4-night cruise out of Tampa soon after we first moved back.

And the way we’ve been doing Disneyland (see previous reports) – not staying onsite because it’s just too expensive – leaves us feeling like we’re not having a real vacation. So, we’ve cancelled all Disneyland plans and are going to stay on a ship – the Queen Mary – for a fun weekend mini vacay combined with a family meet-up.

Perhaps it will feel like we’re actually cruising, which we’re hoping to do again in the spring. But we do love ships so and we always enjoy visiting the Queen Mary, even if just for lunch as we’ve done before.

t3.1188x0I stayed on the Queen Mary years ago before Disney owned it briefly. We had 2 twin beds and the A/C didn’t work so we ran the shower all night to cool off the room. Disney refurbished it when they owned it and the current owners are keeping it in top-top shape and it sounds like all should be well. And this time we have a Deluxe King Suite.


Afternoon: Depart Las Vegas for Long Beach after work.

Evening: Arrive around 7 p.m., check in and have a nightcap at Churchill’s Lounge.


Morning: Coffee and breakfast in room.

Lunch: Meet Rich’s aunt for lunch at the seafood restaurant.

Afternoon: Tour the Bob Hope exhibit with Rich’s aunt. Aunt Lea and Uncle Charles were (he is now deceased) big Bob Hope fans. One story I heard is that soon after they moved out to L.A. they followed him home  – lol! The cruise setting should also be fun because they used to go on quite a few Star Trek cruises together.

I had the privilege of seeing Bob Hope at the World’s Fair in New Orleans so we’re really looking forward to touring this exhibit together.

Evening: Cocktails and appetizers, tour the ship.


Morning: Brunch onboard.

Afternoon: Drive home to Vegas.

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