"Let me start by being completely open up front - I worked for Get Away Today between 2000 and 2004. But I had to write about my experience.
It all started on Thursday night, July 24, 2014. My boss told me I had to take my vacation the next week since he had been out all summer and would only be in the office the next week and then he would be gone again. That gave me Friday and Saturday to plan a vacation trip. We had been wanting to go to Disneyland for a while, but it hadn't worked out. We decided to see if Get Away Today could help us at the very last minute and you guys came through with flying colors.
There were very few hotels that even had rooms available for 5 nights starting the next week, but Sherry and Lisa helped me find a great hotel. We picked up our hotel voucher and Disney tickets in your office on Friday July 25 and were on the road on Monday July 28. Check in at the Sheraton Anaheim, where we stayed, was a breeze. The desk clerk took our Get Away Today hotel certificate and checked us right in. We got an amazing room at the end of the hall where it was nice and quiet - we loved that!! The service at the hotel was amazing from the check in, to the cleaning staff, to the waiters at the in-house restaurant. Imagine our surprise when we checked in and were given a $50 restaurant voucher for staying 5 nights at the hotel. We used it for burgers and kids meals and it just about covered the entire price for our family of two adults and three kids. We ate on the outdoor patio and loved every minute of it. That was such a fun bonus.
The best thing about the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel is the free shuttle. It left the hotel every 30 minutes from before the park opened and left the park every 30 minutes all the way up to an hour and 15 minutes after the park closed. They were always on time and they brought in extra shuttles for the busy times of the day, like first thing in the morning and after the fireworks. The shuttle was amazing. The hotel is just north of Disneyland and has a perfect view of the fireworks from their parking lot. It was nice to watch them the first night we arrived without even having to go to the park. The hotel is by no means a 5 star hotel, but the lobby was amazing, our room was huge and very comfortable and clean and the grounds were fun to explore. It has a gazebo, outdoor fountain, koi pond, rose garden, and decent pool area.
Our experience at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure was just about perfect. I was worried about going to the parks in July - I don't like large crowds and the hot temperatures. But Fastpasses saved the day. We rode the free shuttle to the parks first thing in the morning when it was still cool and crowds were very small. We got a Fastpass as soon as we could to the popular rides and kept getting them throughout the morning as they became available.
Then as it warmed up and it got more crowded and we got hungry, we rode the shuttle back to the hotel for lunch and rest. Then we rode the shuttle back to the parks as it cooled down in the evening and enjoyed several more hours at the parks. We were able to ride every single ride at both Disneyland and California Adventure and the popular rides three times or more each. It worked out great and all of us had such huge smiles on our faces every day. We had our best experience at the Disney theme parks ever.
I want to thank Get Away Today for helping us have our dream Disneyland Trip with only a few days' notice. You all went above and beyond and since you have such a great presence and reputation, you had everything working behind the scenes so we didn't have to worry about anything. I have attached a few pictures - the smiles on our faces says it all!
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