This was the absolute perfect trip report I was looking for! We're headed to SoCal for the first time, with kids similar ages, and have a tentative plan very similar to yours. A couple of questions... How much do you estimate to have spent Uber-ing around? Trying to weigh the cost of renting a car. Was there anything you'd leave out if you were doing it again? We're in the same boat with the Hollywood tours, where staying right near the walk of fame so we wouldn't need a tour of that area. But I would love to see the stars' homes. I'm also debating the combo passes for the wax museum, Ripley's, and the Dolby theater tour. Would you recommend all? I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the trip. As a WDW vet, I try to prepare myself for how much smaller this is, but I know it's hard to comprehend until you get there. Thanks to your TR, I know I will take advantage of park hopping!