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Old 07-07-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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** LIVE ** Great Glad Tidings Tell -- we're headed to DL! **Dec 7-14, 2010 TR**

TR for our Dec 2010 DLR Visit
Dec 7-14, 2010


This will be our 3rd family visit to the DLR (my husband and I have both been to DL when we were young). Our previous visits were in Sept so this will be our first Disney Holiday-time visit.

Plans are still being made, but here is what I have planned so far...
We will fly Alaska Air from SEA into SNA and then rent a car (priceline hopefully). We will be staying at the Residence Inn Anaheim Resort Area in Garden Grove for our whole trip. We have a really great rate for a kid's suite with bunk beds which my girls will love! I am hoping that since it will be "off-season" and this hotel is only 1/2 on an ART route; hopefully ART will work for us. We have driven previously but I wanted to avoid that this time. I would love to stay in walking distance but I can't get myself to pay the same or more for a less nice hotel with little or no free breakfast and also no kitchen. One of the big ways we keep out trip costs down is by eating a big (& free) breakfast at the hotel and then packing sandwiches & snacks into the parks. This could possibly change if Disney comes out with a great deal for the DLR hotels during our visit. But since we travel with my mom a suite is much valued and appreciated by all involved. This will be my first PTR and TR so I hope I can do a good job and bring fun & enjoyment to all!

Me and my 2 princesses: ------- My husband and my mom with our 2 princesses:
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Our preliminary itinerary:


Tues Dec 7: arrive in SNA, rent car, check into RI GG, enjoy the free reception meal and a glass of wine.

Wed Dec 8: DCA day - my oldest daughter is finally tall enough for CS and literally cried in 2008 (she was 4.5) when we told her she couldn't ride it. Her favorite ride that year was Space Mountain. She is our roller coaster enthusiast. However, she doesn't like ToT (she tried it in 08 & 09) and now my youngest (just turned 4) is convinced she is going to give ToT a try. Crazy girls! This will also be our WOC night and I have preordered the picnics meals. I am hoping for a blue FP and bridge viewing.

Thurs Dec 9: MM & DL day, 11:10 & 11:20 Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique appointments. We will probably try to catch the parade and/or the fireworks on this day.

Fri Dec 10: Knotts

Sat Dec 11: DL and/or DCA; 830 pm reservations at Rainforest Cafe

Sun Dec 12: DL and F!

Mon Dec 13: our last day so we might park hop to finish out with our favorites!

Tues Dec 14: 6 pm flight home, we might head to a local beach just to see it and walk on it -- too cold to swim. (any advice on a good beach to drive to from DLR with our flight leaving out of SNA)??
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:54 AM   #2
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Going for the holidays is a dream of mine!! Can't wait to see how this all goes for you!!!!

PS: You have 2 cutie-pies!!!
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:18 PM   #3
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Thanks DizNee Luver! I am a just a little head over heads in love with them!

So, the most recent excitement for me about our trip is that there is a possibility the DEP will be back at DCA for this Christmas! That would make this trip complete for my 2 girls. They love watching the DLR vacation planning DVD and always ask why they can't see the christmas light parade. Here's hopin' and prayin' it makes it there for our visit!
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It's hands down, my favorite Disney parade & last spring when we went....it wasn't going.....totally bummed!!! This summer when we started the plans, we knew it would be up & running......UNTIL!!!!! they shipped it to WDW.....so once again.....no DEP!!!

I thought I read something about it coming back as well......so fingers crossed that you will be able to see it & have me in spirit as it rolls on by!!!!
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:39 PM   #5
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I hope they bring it back for December, too. We're going to be there the 18th-21st.
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:33 PM   #6
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Well, here I am finally back again.

We have been so busy with family visitors that I haven't been on the boards for a while. We have had someone visiting in our home since July 21! Crazy, but I feel blessed to have such a great family!

As the new specials have come out for my dates it has me considering my hotel choice yet again. We have never stayed on-site because I can't bring myself to pay so much more per night and getting less space and less perks. We really love staying in suite hotels so we can have the kitchen and make our own lunches for the parks. Really saves time & money! However, since we are going during Christmas it makes me want to stay at one of the onsite hotels. I priced the GCH with the special and I would have to pay $245 more per night ($1715 total) to move to the GCH. I would lose the 2 BDRM/2 BTH, kitchenette, grocery shopping service, hot deluxe breakfast, and manager's reception dinner & drinks at the RI Resort and gain the atmosphere and close walk of the GCH. I also don't know how we would all handle staying in, what by all accounts is a tiny room, together for 7 nights. Hmmm, decisions, decisions...

Also, I noticed that I could save about $200 by booking my current hotel & tickets through GAT. Has anyone had a good/bad experience with them?
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