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mnmrmustard 03-15-2009 05:15 PM

TR - A Gregarious Ghostly Gallivant - Final Thoughts Finally Posted!
 
Chapter 1 - Getting the Ball Rolling


Hello fellow DIS'ers! I was going to wait to really get into planning this trip. I was going to wait to tell my kids about it. And I was going to wait to start a PTR. I guess when it comes to the Disney Parks my ability to have patience and let the calendar tick by is pretty minimal. Sooo, if you're up for it, lets get rollin'! :woohoo:

Trip dates, location, and theme: Our days in Anaheim will be October 12th - 17th. We will be staying at the Disneyland Hotel (pool view). This will be our first time staying "on property" and we're pretty excited about it. And as you may have guessed from the Trip Report title and travel timeframe, we're doing Halloween Disney style :joker: Oh, and this is also my wife and my 15th wedding anniversary :-]

Cast of Characters:

Me, I'm Mike (40) - I am Director of IT - Network and User Services at an Oregon community college - basically, I am in charge of the people who keep the computers talking :badpc: I enjoy photography, camping, bowling, and PC/PS2/Wii games. If anyone else is playing it, I am Tobias MacDougal on Pirates of the Caribbean Online (the whole family has characters) pirate:

DW Roxy (35) - she's the Office Manager for a precision machine shop. She stays involved with both our girl's schools and was formerly PTO (PTA) president and now chairs committees for the middle school's band boosters. Right now she is getting over an addiction to Animal Crossing City Folk on the Wii :surfweb: She also enjoys bowling but isn't doing any league stuff during the summer.

DD#1 Kyra (13) - AKA PumpkinGirl - She is 12 now, but will be 13 before we go. She enjoys reading Manga (Japanese comics) and is very into oriental art. She's the only kid on her block with a set of samurai swords in her room ;) She is in middle school and is a dedicated student :teacher: and also plays flute and piccolo for the school band. She just marched in our city's Memorial Day parade and they got 2nd place overall! Recent news is that she will be marching as part of the Grants Pass High School Marching Band in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in November 2010!!! :yay: Oh, and she LOVES collecting Disney Pins and Character Autographs :thumbsup2

DD#2 Gillian (10) - AKA WildChild - She is 9 now, but will be 10 before we go. This is our free spirit/daredevil :hyper: She like to run and jump and play and has a wonderful imagination. She mostly runs around with her two best friends and plays the cello in her school's band. She wants to keep playing it this next year AND start learnin the saxaphone :D To give you an idea about the kind of kid she is - she topped her last record (set at age 5) of riding ToT at Disneyland 7 times by riding BOTH ToT and RnRC 8 times at WDW last year :eek:

Nephew Kristopher (17) - My brother-in-law's younger son. He has moved up to live with us and do his senior year of High School due to some transitions my bro-in-law is going through. Great kid, if a bit high strung. He loves video games and such and skateboarding. It is interesting to have a sort of son in the house, especially at such a pivotal time with him about to graduate HS and become an "adult".

Disney Background: Both my wife and I went to Disneyland as kids but it was mostly just a blur because we only did 1 day trips there. DW also went to WDW as a kid soon after EPCOT opened but didn't get enough time there either.

In 2005 we did a January trip to Disneyland, which was our daughter's first time - they were 5 and 8 at the time. We did 3 days there and had to contend with some rain, but got to ride everything we wanted due to the short lines. We rode PotC at least 7 times, Matterhorn 4 times, and we finished our last night in the park with me and the kids riding Splash Mountain 3 times in a row without having to get out of the log. Only downside was that Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and California Screaming were all closed.

In January 2008 we did a big blowout family reunion-style trip to WDW. If you are bored you can check out the TR from it here: I'm Not as Tink as you Kronk I Am

Well that's enough to get things started. I'm working on an itinerary and some custom t-shirt logos. I'll post some more soon.

Cheers and have a great day! :yay:

Mike

Oh, I guess I should start posting the chapters for those just venturing in and wanting to avoid the chatter ;)

Chapter 1 - You're reading it! ;D

Chapter 2 - Confessions of a Photo Bug

Chapter 3 - Itinerary for DLR (First Draft)

Chapter 4 – Looking back on past trips to DLR

Chapter 5 - Halloween T-Shirt Logos

Chapter 6 - This Summer Will Eat Me Alive!

Chapter 7 - Big Changes!

Chapter 8 - One Month to Go!!!

Chapter 9 - Our Travel Package Is In!!!

Chapter 10 - Mad Scramble With 4 Days Left!!!


TR TIME!!!

Day 1 Part 1 - An Eventful First Day

Day 1 Part 2 - Our Day Continues

Day 1 Part 3 - Disneyland Hoooo!!!

Day 1 Part 4 - The "Nightmare" Continues

Day 1 Part 5 - Avast Ye!

Day 2 Part 1 - While I Was Sleeping

Day 2 Part 2 - Character Fun

Day 2 Part 3 - Some Exploring and Parade Time!

Day 2 Part 4 - Parade, Pier, and Pyrotechnics

Day 2 Part 5 - Fireworks Finish

Day 3 Part 1 - Early Entry to Toontown

Day 3 Part 2 - More Toontown Fun!

Day 3 Part 3 - Toontown House Tours

Day 3 Part 4 - What, You Want MORE Toontown?!?

Day 3 Part 5 - Toontown, And Beyond!

Day 3 Part 6 - Back to the Park :-]

Day 3 Part 7 - Goofy's Kitchen

Day 3 Part 8 – More fun in the Kitchen

Day 3 Part 9 – The Big Finish!

OT - GPHS Marching Band

Day 4 Part 1 - Early Risers

Day 4 Part 2 – Our Trip Through Fantasy Continues

Day 4 Part 3 – Still Down the Rabbit Hole

Day 4 Part 4 – A Haunting That Ends With A Splash

Day 4 Part 5 – SplashTastic Fun For Sure!

Day 4 Part 6 – “Jonsing” For An Adventure …a Cali Adventure!

Day 4 Part 7 - Screamin' Into a Splashdown

Day 4 Part 8 - Heading Out, Splashing Again, and Photopass Pics!

Day 4 Part 9 – Mickey’s Trick or Treat Party Time!!!!!

Day 4 Part 10 – The Party Continues!

Day 4 Part 11 – A Little Parade and a Lot of Character Fun

Day 5 Part 1 - Who's Ready For More?!?

Day 5 Part 2 - My Walkabout Continues

Day 5 Part 3 - Walkin' Down Main Street USA

Day 5 Part 4 - More Gems on Main Street

Day 5 Part 5 - Off To The Island!

Day 5 Part 6 - A Pirate's Life for Me!

Day 5 Part 7 - Avast Ye Maties I Must Set Sail!

Day 5 Part 8 – Let’s All Head To Disney ..and Find a Ride With AC!

Day 5 Part 9 – From a Small World to a Big Mountain

Day 5 Part 10 – Thunder Mountain and Hello to Pooh

Day 5 Part 11 – Splashes and Sabers!

Day 5 Part 12 – Troopers, Falls, and Mr. Skellington Puts on a Show

Day 5 Part 13 – DLR Halloween Fireworks Continued

Day 5 Part 14 – That Was Fun …Now We’re Hungry!!!

Final Thoughts on our First Disneyland Halloween Adventure

DizNee Luver 03-16-2009 06:06 PM

October seems so far away & it's not even my trip!!! I'll stay tuned thru the next 7 months!!
By the way, where in Oregon are you??

Sarah84 03-16-2009 06:35 PM

Great start, look forward to reading more about your trip :)

mnmrmustard 03-16-2009 09:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DizNee Luver (Post 30851362)
October seems so far away & it's not even my trip!!! I'll stay tuned thru the next 7 months!!
By the way, where in Oregon are you??

Hey, my ticker says 6 months ....plus a bunch of weeks and days :lmao: Thanks for coming along, I'll try to keep it fun :D As far as where I am, I'm just up I-5 in GP ...was actually in MFR today for work :thumbsup2

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sarah84 (Post 30851990)
Great start, look forward to reading more about your trip :)

Thank you very much, we're all really excited about this one :cool1:

kaoden39 03-16-2009 09:40 PM

I'm on board. Your trip is closer than mine. I have to wait until December. Argh. It seems so stinking far away.:lmao:

Leger13 03-17-2009 07:30 AM

Hey friend! I found ya. Now to catch up. I really look forward to following along with you on this trip since I have never been to DLR and I also love your pictures!! :goodvibes :goodvibes

Leger13 03-17-2009 07:32 AM

Well, I thought I'd have pages to read already but I'm surprised to see just one so far. Easy catching up for me then :laughing: :thumbsup2

DizNee Luver 03-17-2009 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mnmrmustard (Post 30854935)
Hey, my ticker says 6 months ....plus a bunch of weeks and days :lmao: Thanks for coming along, I'll try to keep it fun :D As far as where I am, I'm just up I-5 in GP ...was actually in MFR today for work :thumbsup2

Cool, we're neighbors!!!!!!

Leger13 03-17-2009 10:39 AM

Okay I came back and actually read your first post :rolleyes1 Great start!! And congrats on your 15 year anniversary. I can't think of a better way to celebrate it! :thumbsup2

Sarah84 03-17-2009 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mnmrmustard (Post 30854935)
Thank you very much, we're all really excited about this one :cool1:

I know the feeling, we're (me & DBF) going for the first time in september and i feel like bouncing around with excitement already :rotfl: :cool1:

mnmrmustard 03-17-2009 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaoden39 (Post 30855172)
I'm on board. Your trip is closer than mine. I have to wait until December. Argh. It seems so stinking far away.:lmao:

Hehehe, well I think it's cool that we both have a holiday trip planned :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leger13 (Post 30858742)
Hey friend! I found ya. Now to catch up. I really look forward to following along with you on this trip since I have never been to DLR and I also love your pictures!! :goodvibes :goodvibes

I shall endeavor to bring DLR to life for ya! :cool1:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leger13 (Post 30858764)
Well, I thought I'd have pages to read already but I'm surprised to see just one so far. Easy catching up for me then :laughing: :thumbsup2

Hehe, yes - a modest start for sure. I'll get another installment done directly :thumbsup2

Quote:

Originally Posted by DizNee Luver (Post 30861510)
Cool, we're neighbors!!!!!!

Yes indeed we are. I'm very happy to find another DIS'er so close to home. The rest of the Rogue valley will never be the same :banana:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leger13 (Post 30862251)
Okay I came back and actually read your first post :rolleyes1 Great start!! And congrats on your 15 year anniversary. I can't think of a better way to celebrate it! :thumbsup2

Hehe, back for more aye? Thank you on the 15 years, it is amazing how fast the time goes.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sarah84 (Post 30864899)
I know the feeling, we're (me & DBF) going for the first time in september and i feel like bouncing around with excitement already :rotfl: :cool1:

Oh cool, you'll be able to give me all the latest info! Will they have HM open with the Nightmare theme when you're there?

Leger13 03-17-2009 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mnmrmustard (Post 30873257)
I shall endeavor to bring DLR to life for ya! :cool1:



Hehe, yes - a modest start for sure. I'll get another installment done directly :thumbsup2

Hehe, back for more aye? Thank you on the 15 years, it is amazing how fast the time goes.

Well thank you :thumbsup2

Oh no rush. Just most of the threads I'm on I have to catch up on so it's nice to be coming into one at the beginning.

You're welcome. It really is nuts how fast time goes. Chris and I haven't been married as long as you and your wife but our 6 year anniversary is in May and I just can't believe it's been that long already.

mnmrmustard 03-17-2009 09:10 PM

Chapter 2 - Confessions of a Photo Bug
 
Hey DISkateers!

Before we get too far into this I have to warn you that I take pictures. I take quite a few pictures. hmmm..... Okay, I take a LOT of pictures. I took almost 10,000 at WDW/Sea World last January. You could say I have a problem :rotfl:

I did whittle it down to only POSTING 1,800 of them in the TR though...

...whaaattt :confused3

I also enjoy telling a story. So this thing will meander, grow, sputter and nearly fall on its face only to rise again like Robert Downey Jr's career after a string of sober days and a decent script. It will spawn little orphan stories that get trapped out in the snow and have to be rescued by a square-jawed hero-type armed only with a FastPass and an extra large Dole Whip!

For lo, we are DISfans and our appetite for all things Disney is insatiable and not even a Beverly will quench it :wizard:

Ahem, got a little far afield already I see. So, back to the picture thing. First I should do the obligatory pictures of the fam and I.

Me
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/images/Mike07.jpg

Slightly younger and furrier me
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/images/mustard.JPG

And of course Pirate Mickey-hatted Photo-Taking me
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/images/MikeHatCrop.jpg

DW Roxy (with a younger Bean)
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/images/RoxyBean.JPG

Roxy at her company's last Christmas Party
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/images/Roxy.jpg

And swimming with Dolphins Roxy
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_1443.JPG

My older DD PumpkinGirl at a Winter Carnival
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/images/KyraWinter.jpg

PumpkinGirl just hanging out
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Kyra/Kyra01.jpg

And hanging out with Pirates!
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_009.jpg

Bean playing softball
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Gillian/bean03.jpg

Bean making one of her exceptionally silly faces
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Gillian/bean01.jpg

Bean right before our 7 trips in a row on RnRC
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_1081.JPG



And just a couple of random shots from "The World"

Quick action shot of the ghosts on ToT
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_1091.JPG

Look out Indy!
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_1143.JPG

Mickey for dinner???
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_1362b.JPG

Rainforest glow
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_077.jpg

Did anyone remember to bring the marshmallows?
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_228.jpg

Yes, they did it on porpoise
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_262.jpg

and I'll end with a little Illumination!
http://ronin.roguecc.edu/Orlando2008/Dis08_759.JPG



Well, that's a little taste of where this thing is heading. If y'all enjoy reading this 1/10th as much as I enjoy making it I know we'll all have a great time :-]

Until next time, have a great night and Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you all!

kaoden39 03-17-2009 09:18 PM

I love the holidays at the parks. I want to go sometime at Halloween. December is the best time for my husband Scotty to take off from work and he races bicycles and there are no races in December. Nice of you to wear you St Paddy's day green in a picture today. Happy St Patrick's day!

MommyWithDreams 03-17-2009 09:18 PM

Loving all the pics and looking forward to reading more of your TR!


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