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alyssa810 06-23-2010 07:49 PM

8 Parks in 9 months aka my 1st attempt at a trip report (with part one deleted) III
Hi all!
Welcome to the final chapter of our 8 parks in 9 months trip report! To recap, our cast is me, Alyssa, my DH Mike, and our DS, Joel. We're longtime WDW AP holders (since 2002), and DVC members since 2004. We've been waiting for DVC to open up at DL, and we're very excited to be visiting the GCV! We also haven't been to DL since 2006, so we've been ready for a trip back. :banana:
Our first 4 parks were WDW back in January, which was a trip of mishap after mishap. Our next 2 parks was our trip to DLP in June, which was cut short because Joel was sick :sick: We're really hoping for an uneventful trip come September- uneventful in that no one gets sick, spazzes out, loses jewelry or runs away!:laughing:
Here's part II of the report!
Anyway, we're just over 3 months away! The flights are booked, as is a car rental (which I'm sure Mike will change a gazillion times before we leave), we have passes for Universal (thanks coke rewards!), and we just have the summer to get through!
We're going shortly after Joel's birthday too, so we'll probably do some celebrating there. Today we're celebrating Mike's birthday! We're starting to think about dining plans, and what we might want to do. We've never done a character meal at DL, so we might try for one or 2. I also just read the height restrictions and Joel is tall enough for Matterhorn, so we'll be able to ride as a family! Woo hoo!:yay:
Anyway, thanks for checking out the TR, for more details, be sure to check out our DLP report too!
Stay tuned!popcorn::

alyssa810 07-08-2010 12:47 PM

Just saw that TSM will be closed while we're there:sad2: but on a happier note, I might have to change the TR title to 8 parks in 5 months as we plan for a potential November WDW trip :surfweb:

DizNee Luver 07-08-2010 12:51 PM

Wow, I'm jealous of how much you get to travel!!! For us to go once a year (or so) is a major production that almost didn't happen this year!! I'm looking forward to seeing how your DL trip planning & trip go!!! popcorn::

alyssa810 07-23-2010 10:29 AM

We've made a reservation at the Sheraton Anaheim for 9/25 to free up some points for that November WDW trip that keeps getting closer and closer to being booked!!! Keep your fingers crossed for the TR name change!

As much as I don't want the summer to go by fast, I still can't believe we're 9 weeks from tomorrow away from leaving!!!:yay:

It's time to start thinking about our ADRs's too bad you can't book the DL ones online like you can for WDW.

alyssa810 07-27-2010 10:31 AM

NEW NAME: 8 parks in 5 months! WOO HOO
Exciting news (for us!): We have booked our flight and OKW for November! WDW knew we couldn't stay away for almost a year, so we're taking a short trip before Thanksgiving.
We are at 60 days to DL though, which is very exciting as well. I'm still trying to decide if we want to make ADRs for places like Blue Bayou or Ariel's Grotto. We did get certificates for House of Blues (in Anaheim, Orlando, and Boston) for $2, so we'll be going there for sure!

alyssa810 08-14-2010 08:10 AM

I've been checking out the menu for the Celebration BBQ in Frontierland. Anyone ever been? The menu looks decent...6 weeks to go today!

Eight 08-14-2010 01:30 PM


Originally Posted by alyssa810 (Post 37303252)
Just saw that TSM will be closed while we're there:sad2: but on a happier note, I might have to change the TR title to 8 parks in 5 months as we plan for a potential November WDW trip :surfweb:

That would be pretty awesome! I did something similar one year, although it was Tokyo Disneyland instead of DLP. I'd love to do every Disney park in one year, though I'm doubting I'll ever have the time and money to do that. But hey, I can dream. :rolleyes:


Originally Posted by alyssa810 (Post 37811072)
I've been checking out the menu for the Celebration BBQ in Frontierland. Anyone ever been? The menu looks decent...6 weeks to go today!

I personally have never been, although some good friends of mine ate there and recommended that I go. I guess it was one of their favorite meals on the trip.

alyssa810 08-17-2010 08:55 PM

tokyo DL is on our "list!" and of course HK DL too. The current long range plan is to go to Tokyo for Mike's 40th, around 2013.

we booked flights for January to WDW today too. and flights for a long weekend in March when Mike's parents will be in kissimmee all month. we were chuckling tonight about having 4 flights booked and how crazy that is! alas, I am getting ahead of myself.

1 month, 1 week, and 1 day can't come soon enough!

alyssa810 08-21-2010 11:54 AM

We're getting excited to be 5 weeks away! For my birthday, Mike gave me a disney gift card~ I will try to use it on myself, and not on goodies for Joel, but it's so hard sometimes!

It looks like we're definitely going to do the Celebration BBQ, I don't think we're going to make an ADR though because from what other posters were saying, it shouldn't be necessary.

Mike also knocked a few more $$$ off the car rental- always a treat!

I'm also thinking I'm going to have to replace my Mickey crocs; they are getting really worn in ball of my feet area, and new crocs feel sooooo good at the parks!!:laughing:

onescgirl 08-25-2010 01:58 PM

I'm in & looking fwd to reading more about your trip. I am so jealous of all of your Disney travels!
I hope on this one Joel, & everyone else stays well.

alyssa810 08-29-2010 07:54 PM


Originally Posted by onescgirl (Post 37962084)
I'm in & looking fwd to reading more about your trip. I am so jealous of all of your Disney travels!
I hope on this one Joel, & everyone else stays well.

Thanks for reading!!

We were going to suprise my in-laws in March while they're in Kissimmee, but we spilled the beans today to tell them, and my SIL was thrilled!

Back to the DL trip though, we're still trying to figure out what we will do to take breaks from the parks, as well as what to do when we're in LA. We're definitely planning a day, or part of a day at the beach. We might spend some time in Santa Monica. Mike would really love to catch a Dodgers game, but Joel doesn't do so well with the games, so we might have to skip it. We finally hung up Joel's WDW height chart, and while it doesn't have DL attractions, it does have heights, so we know he will be tall enough for Matterhorn, but he's likely not going to make Splash Mountain yet :sad2: After he rode the flume at one of the local amusement parks, he's all fired up for the "log roller coaster." Hopefully soon....
To Mike's chagrin, he will also likely be too short for the Simpsons ride at Universal :sad1:
But alas, there is much fun to be had!

alyssa810 09-15-2010 11:56 AM

10 DAYS AWAY!!! It's almost single digit dancing time!:cool1::yay:

Joel had his physical on Monday, and he's 38.75 inches, so Splash Mountain is unlikely.:sad2:

Mike continues to chip away at our car rental prices. We got a few more prepaid visa gift cards from rebates that we need to add to our Disney gift card before next week, which will quickly get used up when we buy our premiere passes! It's almost packing time; I'm hoping the weather is warm because this week has already cooled down at home.

alyssa810 09-20-2010 09:28 AM

5 more sleeps!:yay:

Joel and I both have coughs:sick: but better to be sick now, than at Disneyland.

I did a ton of laundry over the weekend so that we'll have all the "good" t-shirts and shorts ready to go. It looks like the temps might be a little cool at night, so Mike is excited to be able to wear his DLP jacket. I think I'm going to switch our diaper bag backpack for the WDW backpack I got last year for our "around the parks" bag.

I also picked up pullups for Joel (so much for being trained by this trip, although he did pee on the potty at school on Friday:banana:) and we're all set on wipes. I need to find the travel first aid kit, which might actually be in the other backpack. I need to make sure my toiletry bag is stocked. We need to decide on which car seat to bring too. Joel is right at 40 pounds, which is the weight limit on the travel car seat we use, and while his pediatrician said we could start putting him in a booster (we already bought one for travel) we might just use on of the regular car seats from Mike's car (since we take my car to the airport). I also need to get Joel's backpack for the plane set. We've got plenty of crayons and coloring stuff, and he has a tag reader, and he likes to bring cars too. We left the portable dvd player at my dad's over labor day weekend, so we might not bring it, or we might head down to see our new baby niece and pick up the dvd player (as everyone's in our hometown)...but with Joel and I having colds, we might skip the baby.

And then I need to pack the suitcases! One of my favorite things to do!:yay:

alyssa810 09-24-2010 08:36 AM

I'm totally single digit dancing, as in 1 day left!:cool1::banana::yay::banana::cool1:

The suitcases are packed (with room for the last minute essentials)! I have my backpack half-packed: pullups and wipes, my huge Diana Gabaldon book, an extra outfit in case Joel has an accident, my flip camera. I still need to add things like my wallet, phone, and camera, but that can wait. I also need to get Joel's backpack for the plane set up with snacks and "entertainment." He has some cool coloring books (thanks jog58 and metalis4ever!), cars of course, and a tag reader that I just need to locate. I try not to put too much stuff in it so he can carry it himself.

We decided not to go visit my niece; our colds seem better but between Mike working late and not being packed, we decided it was in our best interest to stay home. Because of that, we don't have the DVD player, so it looks like we're going to bring the laptop instead of the netbook since it has a dvd player in it. A friend got a "copy" of Toy Story 3 so I'm eager to watch it (can I say that?) since we haven't seen it yet.

It's almost check in time for our flights!!!!:banana:

alyssa810 09-26-2010 08:40 PM

Day 1
We finally made it!!!
Our airport experiences were A-OK; at Logan when we left, the ATM for my bank wasn't working, so I wasn't able to take out cash, and I had some euro left from our DLP trip that I wanted to cash out, and the currency exchange place was only opened from 7am-8am, and I got over there around 10 past 8. No biggie.
The flight to Denver was fine; we got in early enough so we could grab a bite to eat. There was a guy that looked just like Don Imus from Denver to LA, but Mike said it wasn't him. We left Denver a little late, but still got to LAX earlier than our scheduled time. Luggage and car was fine, we got a stylin' HHR, and then we headed toward Anaheim.

Traffic was a joy; we're not entirely sure the GPS sent us the best way, but from the Enterprise office to the Sheraton (44 miles) took about an hour and 15 minutes. We checked in then headed over to the outlet store. We got some OK deals- I had 10% discount- got some new red Mickey crocs for me, a sweatshirt for Joel, some scrapbooking stuff, Mike got a t-shirt, some other little things. We hit Target after that for water and juice boxes and some root beer. Then we decided In & Out Burger for supper! Again, the GPS took us on an adventurous route before we stumbled onto the one we were trying to get to. It was yummy; I made the mistake of not ordering Joel a plain cheeseburger though.

Then- PARK TIME! We ended up parking at DTD because we weren't sure if would go into the park, or just do a little shopping. We were getting our passes though!
So I don't have to retype, here's the pass debacle, from Day 1 and Day 2.

It was really, really crowded, and we were really, really tired so we decided we would do the tiki room and head out. Joel was so excited - it was different than the show he's used to seeing at WDW. We made it back to the sheraton with little incident - Joel had fallen asleep on the walk back to the car, and stayed asleep. We got ready for bed and had just about fallen asleep when BOOOOOOOOM, the fireworks started. It was 9:30 (duh). Luckily we fell back to sleep; our earlier concern was actually how loud the pool was going to be, because our room was right next to the pool. The room was pretty awesome too, actually, it was really big. Then at 2:30, the alarm clock went off. UGH! Then I was up from about 4:30 for around an hour when Joel decided it was time to walk up around 7. Perfect!

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