The Majestic Garden Hotel.

Last week, I talked about my big trip to Disneyland with Ryan – our crazy, nerdy adventure and I didn’t even remember to mention our adventure in pin trading (another big part of our adventure that slowed our pace through the park even more).

But instead of going on more and more about Disneyland, which I could because I truly enjoy it so much, I will be looking and talking more about the amazing experience we had at the hotel shaped like a castle a street or two down from the park: The Majestic Garden Hotel.

First and foremost, this is not an official Disneyland Park Hotel – staying here may bring you closer to the park so you can get in earlier or sleep in depending on your preferences, however, it doesn’t give you perks like early entry to the parks (called the Extra Magic Hour which changes by day from one park to the other) and the ability to send bought items back to the hotels so you don’t have to carry them away and don’t have to turn around and scavenge for your prizes at the end, busy shopping part of your day. While there are other perks (like access to the pools at any of the resorts), there aren’t any kind of deals on tickets or the merchandise at either park.

When weighing these perks against astronomical prices I have found at these resorts, I have been pretty permanently turned off of them. I remember walking through the Grand California when I was younger to meet mom who was rooming there for a business conference and the entire place smelled amazing – this is a smell that finds me every single time I walk by the hotel. I haven’t been inside since but that is how strong a response this place leaves with me.

Again, despite all of this, I can’t even explain how much I love The Majestic Garden Hotel.

The hotel is absolutely amazing in terms of all the things it offers, it’s tiny fairy tale details, the price, the access to the parks, it’s views and (at least for us) it’s discounts. Unfortunately, I had a phone debacle after our trip so the majority of our hotel pictures are gone as well – meaning one more reason to come back and recreate some garden photos! – but I will still talk about everything else.

Basically, you are staying in a castle with fairy tales woven throughout it – there are different parts of a tale about a princess and a castle covering the walls and floors as you wander through the hotel – so seriously, feel free to wander. This is the story of Princess Corinne who you can meet or write to during your stay here. This is a lot of fun for little ones who love princesses!

There are pools and gardens and the hotel restaurant is amazing – I am a picky breakfast eater but their buffet was amazing and so was the grilled cheese and tomato soup we had for lunch (they even gave us the kids grilled cheese price alongside the soup). We didn’t spend a ton of time here, however, I was so taken aback by all of these amazing features.

Before you look at the room here, you should check out all of the deals that they cycle through throughout the year. We used the Military discount that got us a double queen room for $90 a night, plus free parking (usually $16 a day), and free transport to and from the park with some of the nicest shuttle drivers I have ever met!

Again, we were here as a couple, but there were many families who were having a blast as well. I am very hopeful that I will be returning here soon enough, but until then, do some research and chase your own magic adventures!

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The Majestic Garden Hotel.

The pros and cons of hotel jumping

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A Stop in the Middle of Nowhere, Kansas. 1 July 2017.

During my 5 days in Kansas (and Missouri), Ryan and I stayed in three different hotels in three different cities – if traveling to one place isn’t enough to drive you nuts, having to pack up your bags everyday and switch outfits between driving and dates is quite a pain in the butt.

As we have talked about, I am the kind of traveler that (first) likes to take her time when exploring new places – you don’t get a lot of this when you are traveling between two states in 5 days – and (second) likes to settle into the places I am staying – I pack in such a way that I can live out of my suitcase if I need to, but it is nicer when I don’t (toiletries have their place, separating clean and dirty clothes, and hanging up dresses because I get to unpack, is absolutely lovely). Again, you don’t get to do this a lot when you are moving from place to place.

Still, when you know that you will be moving from place to place – even if you do plan on staying for more than two days –  if you unpack or not, you must always triple check every hotel room you stay in, because, in all likelihood, you will not be coming back for anything. And honestly, the more hotel room jumps you make, the more likely it is that you are going to misplace a thing or two along the way.

Luckily for me, on our journey from Kansas City, Missouri to Wichita, Kansas, I didn’t forget anything. However, Ryan left his dress clothes either hanging in the closet or laying on the bed for the play we had in Wichita that night.

Basically, due to the late night at the Starlight Theater and my slight jet lag, we got up a little later than we expected, but with an 11 am checkout time, I wasn’t to worried about us being late. However, with me showering and doing my basic bathroom routines (that I need the sink for) then him showering and doing all his business (while I folded both our random bits of clothes – mostly his since he had the room before I came into town – and finished getting ready), the time did slowly ebb away until I was knocking on the door giving him 15 minute updates.

Once we were both ready to go – after I had reminded him about his suit which he may or may not have moved – I double checked my stuff and we headed down to the car. I will admit that we may have been distracted by one another even as we were walking down the hall – new couple who hadn’t seen each other in about a month: yep. Also, Ryan was more interested in fighting over who carried my bag than double checking himself.

I talked about the stuff we did in Kansas City in my last few posts, which was followed by the almost three hour drive to Wichita. We chatted, sang, watched videos, and snapped pictures – basically having a gay old time. Then, about 30 minutes from getting to the hotel (that he booked earlier as we left Kansas City) which was a tiny bit out of the way of the actual city, but really convenient for a night stop over, he looked over his shoulder and burst out laughing. At my confused look, he told me to look out the window and pay attention to both the completely unblocked back windows – no suit.

We were still 30 minutes or so from our hotel (which was not located near stores) and probably had another hour and 15 minutes before we were supposed to get to the playhouse, which would be another 30 minutes away (give or take). It was time to reevaluate and arrange accordingly. Ryan jumped on the phone and canceled our reservation, looked up any local department store that we could pick up some nice clothes at, and locate a hotel close to both the store and the playhouse so we could have time to breathe and get ready before heading back out.

And somehow, he managed it.

We did the quickest run through a department store – being a good shopper with a good sense of direction within stores finally paid off – to pick up a tie, button up, slacks, and a belt (replacing all the slightly nicer but missing items –  he had had the old ones fitted and dry cleaned, while the new ones didn’t even have time to be ironed) and then crossed the street and check-in to the new hotel.

So yep, hotel jumping is hard and you should always, always send someone to do a final run through check after you get everyone and everything else out of the room – you never know what you may have missed! If you did forget something and aren’t too far away – ie, Ryan lives a few hours away – you should also definitely call the hotel and see if they can send you your lost items.

However, as always, when it comes to misadventures, sometimes the unexpected become great adventures and great stories for later.

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The pros and cons of hotel jumping