Valentine’s Dinner at Carthay Circle Trip Report, Day 4

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where:
Anaheim Hilton
When: 
February 13-16, 2015
Why:
Valentine’s Weekend

Day Four – Monday, Plan:

Breakfast at Downtown Disney. Drive home.

Day Four – Monday, Actual:

If we’d been staying onsite, we probably would have had breakfast at Downtown Disney – that was our usual way of doing things. We sure miss those days. Anyway, we got up, drank our morning coffee, got ready, checked out, and retrieved our car with valet. We headed for our usual route home, but somehow we missed the gas station and the Del Taco where we’d planned to get breakfast. The next thing we knew we were on the freeway. So we found a gas station and a McDonald’s on an exit near Riverside.

The drive home was uneventful. After all the SoCal chaos, we’re always happy to get on the other side of the San Bernardino mountains when the terrain opens up to wide open spaces. Whew! We picked up some lunch and greeted our kitties who spent the next week making us pay for leaving them with a sitter. 🙂

We really enjoyed our time away and the focus on Valentine’s Day, especially dinner at Carthay Circle. Our room and service at the Anaheim Hilton was very good – for an offsite hotel, it’s probably the best for an overall resort experience. We’re just getting too old to trek back and forth. Note: this seems to be the title of the last 2 trip reports…

It’s quite noticeable to us because we’ve been going to Disneyland since we were both quite young and full of commando energy from park opening to park closing. Then we started taking afternoon breaks somewhere in our 40s… Then the breaks got longer and longer and we rode fewer and fewer rides. Now it’s mostly eating and drinking and dancing and shopping and soaking up the atmosphere.

Our Annual Pass expires May 3 and so we’re planning a final trip in April. We don’t plan to renew our AP. We’d like to use our vacation time and money for other adventures. If possible, we’d like to go to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot in the fall. And if we did plan another Disneyland trip beyond the AP expiration date, we’d like to stay onsite and purchase the minimum tickets needed. But even if we don’t, we can always drop in on Downtown Disney without an AP. Much of our Disney fun can be had there – plenty of restaurants and bars and music and dance floors there.

So it turned out well that Napa Rose was booked and we *had* to dine at Carthay Circle – without an AP we wouldn’t be able to get in. Without an AP, we can still dine at Napa Rose so we hope to do that again on a future trip. We will miss wining and dining at DCA – that is our favorite Disneyland Park activity – that and enjoying the GC – staying onsite with afternoons out by the pool with special access to DCA.

Who knows what we will end up doing. It’s all up in the air right now.

It was a good trip and we’re looking forward to the next one.

Thanks for reading.

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Author of Cruise and Travel-Themed Novels ("Real Women Wear Red" / "Real Women Sing the Blues"), Songwriter & Poet

3 thoughts on “Valentine’s Dinner at Carthay Circle Trip Report, Day 4

  1. Larry says:

    Thanks for writing this up. I still haven’t made it back to Disneyland, and your reports make me want to go even more. I was even checking on the DVC points needed for The Grand Californian the other night!

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  2. Kathy says:

    Would love to hear your take on it all.

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  3. Larry says:

    It’s actually not that bad, points-wise. The trick will be getting the villa I’d want when I want it. Since the Grand is not one of my home resorts, I can reserve at most seven months in advance.

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