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DLPdaft
10-11-2008, 02:12 PM
The cast -
me (40) DLRP daft
DD (7) apprentice DLRP daft
Dsis (39) 2nd trip to DLRP
Dbil (39) 2nd trip to DLRP
Dnephew (11) 2nd trip to DLRP
Dniece (8) 3rd trip to DLRP

Day 3 - Wednesday 8th October.

Sigh - last day today.
After another great nights sleep, Goofy woke me up for the last time. We were all packed, ready and checked out of the NBC by 8.10. We put our luggage into Guest Services at the entrance to the Park, and by 8.25 we were on Peter Pan. As we got off, the CM smiled and said "would you like to go again?" How could we refuse :cool1: ?

Next stop for us was our breakfast in the park at 8.45. Today, this was at the Plaza Gardens, and it really was lovely - very civilised, as you are shown to your table there. I noticed on the cashiers podium that there were vouchers from the NBC, Santa Fe, and Cheyenne, but none from the Seqouia Lodge. By 9.15 we were all raring to go again, so we went onto Buzz. Then we split up - the boys went off to do more coasters (and in fact, they would manage to do 20 coaster rides throughout today, including Indie x 14 :woohoo: , BTM x 3, and SM2 x 3), while us girlies wanted to chase characters and watch the Halloween shows.

First stop for us was the Winnie the Pooh meet n greet. We were almost first in line at this, I was sooooo excited to see Pooh in his fancy dress costume

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Then we went into Fantasyland, passing the Princess meet n greet stage, where some very lucky little girls and boys were meeting Snow White and Dopey

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We went for another ride on IASW, and when we came out, we saw Aurora almost all alone, so we had to go and keep her company

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Aurora was lovely, she spent ages talking to the girls. Just as we had finished speaking to Aurora, we spotted Meg coming out of the gates between Fantasyland and Adventureland, and my DD raced off to be the first to get her autograph

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We've never seen Meg in the parks before, and she was beautiful.

Now it was nearly 11am, so we walked down to the hub and took a seat on the benches there, to wait for the Villains show at 11.15. We had ringside spots, and this show was excellent - a real highlight of Halloween season for me. Maleficent is just magnificent in this.

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All the Villains came around the hub to greet the crowd after the show - I got so carried away with them all that I completely forgot to take pictures of most of them! Maleficent was sneeringly wonderful, and Gaston kissed my hand, then turned to my sister and told her not to be too jealous. They really were all brilliantly in character - I truly believed no-one could have fancied Gaston as much as he fancied himself :rotfl2: :lmao: . The girls got sweets and streamers from the Pumpkin ladies too.

The next show on our schedule was the Pinata, then Goofy and the Magic Pot, then Minnie and the Bat Boys, These were all one after the other, in Frontierland. The Pinata was okay (more sweets for the kids), the Goofy show wasn't really my cuppa tea, it didn't really hold our attention. The Minnie show was better though, with lots of songs that everyone knew.

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We'd seen all the shows by 1pm, so we met up with the boys again, and all went back to Fantasyland, were we found Suzy and Perla, Tigger, Goofy, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. More antics, more autographs and pictures :goodvibes . We walked through Fantasyland, but there were a lot of people around, so we went back to POTC, and rode that twice in a row. Then the kids did Alices Labyrinth. By now it was about 2.45pm, so we stopped to fuel up at Toad Hall. I was very impressed with the food here - piping hot, a very decent portion, lovely white fish, lovely crisp batter. I will definitely go back there again.

We were into our last couple of hours in the parks now, so I took the girls to our parade spot (again :goodvibes )

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while the coaster fiends went for their last rides of the trip. Once again, we watched the whole parade from near the Bella Notte, then saw it all again at the end of the parade route. We had lots and lots of Princess interaction in the parade today.

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including the same Aurora, who recognised the girls from the morning, and came over to say how lovely it was to see them again, and had they had a good day?

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Ariel blew them a kiss, and Snow White stroked DD's cheek ever so softly as she passed by on the arm of her prince :love: . I also got this great picture of Cinderella in the arms of Prince Charming

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Now it was nearly time to go, so I dashed into a shop to buy DD a mickey-head bracelet (for us to share ;) ) then it really was time to say Bye Bye to the Magic. We collected our luggage from Guest Services, met up with the coaster fiends, and were on our way to the train station.

We had a really fun trip, with lots of surprises, and some amazing Princess interaction (and some cool Stitch interaction for Crazy Steve ;) ). I think we probably did a bit more hanging around, as there was a larger group of us this time, and we were into different things.
But all in all, another Disney success :cheer2: :cheer2:

Dianetigger
10-11-2008, 02:53 PM
Fabulous and I love your pictures, that one of Winnie the Pooh in his fancy dress is adorable!

tennisfan
10-11-2008, 03:27 PM
Lovely photos. I really enjoyed your report, thanks for sharing:goodvibes

cap'njack.
10-11-2008, 04:49 PM
Great report! We were at all the same shows as you on this day if you saw a guy with a baby on his shoulders standing on a wall opposite the stage that was me!! Kacee was the other way round, he loved the Goofy show with the dancing Cowboys however he wasn't interested in the Minnie Mouse one

tetley02
10-11-2008, 04:54 PM
We saw the character who you say is meg, although I have no idea who that is, we probably were in the same area at some time!

Boo-Boo
10-11-2008, 05:04 PM
Great report and pics......Pooh looks so cute!

The princess interaction sounds fab, and lovely Aurora remembering your girls....

DLPdaft
10-11-2008, 05:12 PM
Great report! We were at all the same shows as you on this day if you saw a guy with a baby on his shoulders standing on a wall opposite the stage that was me!!

We were sitting just at the back of the benches, at a table in the Cowboy Cookout outside area. You might have seen me - I got up a couple of times to shoo people out of the way while the show was on :mad: . A couple of them were just really inconsiderate - quite happy to block two dozen peoples view just so they could see themselves. Not on my watch though ;)

DLPdaft
10-11-2008, 05:14 PM
We saw the character who you say is meg, although I have no idea who that is, we probably were in the same area at some time!

This is how much of a Disney anorak I am :rolleyes1 - Meg is the female lead in the Hercules movie

PJackson
10-11-2008, 05:17 PM
Fab pictures Elaine - love the one of Cinderella and Prince Charming - they look sooo in love :lovestruc :thumbsup2

I also love your Pooh pic - how lovely!

Sounds like you had a fab trip :thumbsup2

Cyrano
10-11-2008, 08:04 PM
It was great to read your report. A bit like two halves - the coaster freaks and the character hounds.
Thanks for sharing :goodvibes

Anne64
10-12-2008, 04:44 PM
I luv the picture of Maleficent with the castle to one side :love:

A great tr :goodvibes

cap'njack.
10-13-2008, 04:02 AM
We were sitting just at the back of the benches, at a table in the Cowboy Cookout outside area. You might have seen me - I got up a couple of times to shoo people out of the way while the show was on :mad: . A couple of them were just really inconsiderate - quite happy to block two dozen peoples view just so they could see themselves. Not on my watch though ;)

He he. A guy with his child on his shoulders came over and stood right in front of me just as the show started (his child was about 8 or 9), so I said 'Oh no you don't' and went and stood right in front of him. He moved rather quickly :rotfl: Some people are so inconsiderate

MrsTigger
10-13-2008, 06:46 AM
Great report... 20 coasters in one day! Impressive! I love Winnie in his costume :cloud9:

karenmoloney
10-13-2008, 09:10 AM
Another lovely day & great photos. It's great to see new characters out & about & I love the one of Pooh in his costume. Were many kids dressed as witches etc when you were there instead of princesses? I'm thinking of bringing my daughters' witches dresses too. Great information about where to stand for the parade to see the princesses - I'll be standing there next week! Thanks.

DLPdaft
10-13-2008, 03:04 PM
Great report... 20 coasters in one day! Impressive! I love Winnie in his costume :cloud9:


I know! Most of the 20 coaster trips were in the time between 9.45 and 1pm too.

DLPdaft
10-13-2008, 03:05 PM
Another lovely day & great photos. It's great to see new characters out & about & I love the one of Pooh in his costume. Were many kids dressed as witches etc when you were there instead of princesses? I'm thinking of bringing my daughters' witches dresses too. Great information about where to stand for the parade to see the princesses - I'll be standing there next week! Thanks.


My DD took her witches costume (minus the big floppy hat - she had a little hat on a hairband instead, courtesy of Tesco) and wore it all day on Tuesday. I saw quite a few little girls dressed up as witches when we were there.

Ware Bears
10-25-2008, 07:11 PM
A fantastic day :goodvibes and lovely photos.

14 goes on Indy?? :scared1: Wow!! :eek:

hildasmuriel
10-26-2008, 02:29 AM
I'm surprised the coaster fiends could walk straight after 14 rides on IJ! :faint:
You got some fantastic character intervention that day, in fact all through your holiday.
Thanks for the tip about the best place to stand for the Halloween and OUAD parade - are you opposite Pizzeria Belle Notte?

DLPdaft
10-26-2008, 05:38 AM
Thanks for the tip about the best place to stand for the Halloween and OUAD parade - are you opposite Pizzeria Belle Notte?

Yes we are. The precise spot is about 5 paces down from the first pink bin opposite the Bella Notte ;) :rotfl:

hildasmuriel
10-26-2008, 07:57 AM
That is the sort of precise I like. :thumbsup2

jillrobinson
11-03-2008, 01:57 PM
OK so finally I found the trip reports :rolleyes:
Obviously I am extremely jealous of your upgrade to my hotel ;) I hope you've said some nice things about it, off to read that next.
Sounds like you all had a lovely time, in a not too busy park and your pics reminded me how much we enjoyed our Halloween trip, we must do it again. :goodvibes

PS Your link for Day 2 takes me to Day 1 again, I found the missing day, but you might want to amend the link :)

DLPdaft
11-03-2008, 02:50 PM
:rotfl: Ooops, thanks Jill, I'll get that changed.

I loved the public areas at the NBC, and if we'd had a refurbed room I would have been raving about the place :) .

thelittlemermaid83
01-27-2010, 09:44 AM
Sorry to bump this up :)

But what was the crowds and weather like during the week you went Elaine?

DLPdaft
01-27-2010, 11:51 AM
The weather was generally very good - we just had hoodies as jackets, and thats all we needed the whole time (sometimes we didn't even need them). I recall we had very fine drizzle the morning we went to Cafe Mickey for breakfast, but by the time we were going into the parks afterwards, it had stopped for the day. And just before we went to Billy Bobs for dinner one evening too it rained. It wasn't cold at all though.

The crowds are very manageable midweek that first week of Halloween season, we more or less managed to do what we liked, when we liked. Fantasyland was busy in the afternoons, but then we're not often there at that time of the day, regardless of what time of year we visit DLP.

In fact, this year its DD's turn to choose what season we go to DLP for - and guess what she's chosen ;)? So I'm going to get going this weekend sorting out flights, hopefully for Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th, so we can go to our first MNSSHP :cool1: :cool1: