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Old 03-30-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Halloween Quest PTR~~THE TRIP IS OFFICIALLY OFF!



Keep in mind this started as a Christmas trip but morfed into a Halloween trip!!


This truly is Holiday Wishes for 2011......my family loves Disneyland but we've never experienced the parks during the holidays. I'm just now finishing a TR from my early March trip with the Dis Divas & Anniversary with the hubby......but seeing how disappointed my kids were that they didn't get to go this time.....really made me want to plan the next trip. So right now, this trip is tentative, but hoping we will be able to pull it off with some careful budgeting between now & then.

Well lets do the intros:
Me, mom of 7, lover of all things Disney & hubby, Mike......awesome dad, hubby & friend.....also a lover of Disney!!



The 4 lucky littles that will be joining us for this trip:

Anthony, just turned 10.....which means we have to pay adult prices for him this time......YIKES!!
Adaleah, will turn 6 in July.....our real life princess.



Shyann, twin to Michayla......just discovered table foods & is quite the chow hound. Shyann is delayed & cognatively about a 2 yr old. The girls turn 4 in May. Shy is also borderline autistic. She does well sticking to a routine.



Michayla, twin to Shyann.....lol Michayla is my baby & probably always will be. She is cognatively a 6-8mo old. She is 100% tube fed, so this always takes preparation when planning character meals to arrange for an exception to the rule. Character meals are food & interaction, which is what you pay for.....unfortunately, the interaction is lost on her. She is autistic, non-verbal & really doesn't like being out of her element. She did survive our summer trip to Disneyland & even noticed Mickey Mouse on our last day.....so finger's crossed she'll notice him earlier this trip!!




So our plan.......
Fly from Portland Oregon to Santa Ana on Alaska Airlines.
Take a Super Shuttle from the Airport to the HoJo.
Monday, November 28 thru Saturday, December 3.

Stay at the HoJo......the kids loved this motel last summer & even the twins enjoyed the water area.....so maybe we'll have warm enough weather to get to do that again with them.

Spend Monday to Friday in the parks......taking lots of breaks for the twins back at the motel.

Absorb as much of the holiday stuff as we can......the decorations, the music, the smells, do the Holiday Tour, see the parade, the fireworks, ride Haunted Mansion Holiday & It's a Small World Holiday. Even attempt to get the allusive candy canes!!!!!

Now is just a matter of tighting up an already tight budget to see if we can squeeze out the money to book flights, pay for the motel, put money on a Disney Gift Card to cover our food, souvenirs, tour, etc.

I think if the kids know we're going, but that means no more McDonald's.....they might actually agree to it!!!

So that's it for now......any tips on putting money aside, things to not miss, etc etc are welcome!!!!!

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Old 03-30-2011, 04:37 PM   #2
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Woo hoo! I just replied to your post over in the Christmas thread...but I had a feeling there might be a holiday Pre-TR a-brewin' over here, so I decided to take a peek!

I soooooo hope that it all works out and that the plan stays intact - full steam ahead. I know it will be a magical, special trip for your family.

It sounds like you have a good game plan so far in terms of what to see. Make sure to catch the Winter Castle when the 'icicles' turn on at night (it will still be before the twins' bedtime, I think). They kind of glow throughout the park. It's just stunning. And if you do end up taking the holiday tour, try to arrange it so you get the last tour of the day - which is usually at 3 p.m.-ish - so by the time you end up at IASW Holiday, it will be all lit up in color.

Spend lots of time at the Reindeer Round-Up, too. That's one of the places where Santa will be, but there are lots of cute details all over the Round-Up - and reindeer too!

Santa will also be in DCA, most likely (although he was not in DCA at all in 2008, but the last 2 years he has been back). He has a lovely photo spot in the Paradise Pier area of DCA.

Then, of course, Santa sits by the lovely tree in the GCH with a PhotoPass person for a couple of hours each evening - you should be able to catch him and at least one round of carolers before the twins have to get to sleep. You can even ask the GCH front desk people when Santa will be there and when the carolers will be there so you don't miss them.

Santa will be at the PPH (usually in the morning) and the DLH (some time in the afternoon) too.

And make sure to load up on the gingerbread cookies with mouse ears - those are soft and chewy and delicious!
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:58 PM   #3
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I will definitely start making a list of the must dos!!! I'm really hoping Michayla reacts better this time to the characters & even Santa. She was so cute with Mickey that last morning......she was fascinated by him.....earlier in the week when we saw Mickey, she wasn't interested.

Going at Christmas will be so magical!!! I love that season anyway & have a thing for lights.......love looking at lights. I'll drive around neighborhoods, just to look at everyone's lights.

Love the music, the happy feeling you get when you see trees, wreaths, candy canes, gingerbread, etc, etc.......I'm so so so so so so EXCITED!!!!

I think doing the tour is a wonderful idea, the idea of getting the history/trivia of the park during the holidays just fascinates me....absolutely loved the Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour!! I also like the idea of being able to ride the two holiday overlays without the hours of waiting!! Getting a special seat to take in the parade is also a huge plus.....worth the price of the tour in my book!!!

Hopefully the girls will be better out in public.....been trying to get them out & staying up a bit past bedtimes.....just so it's not a big shock when we do need them to be out and about.

Looking forward to seeing more information posted in the Christmas thread & will love to hear about things to put on the "to do" list!!
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:10 PM   #4
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I am so glad you are planning to go at Christmas with the kids - it is such a magical time!

I am along for the ride~~
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I am so glad you are planning to go at Christmas with the kids - it is such a magical time!

I am along for the ride~~
YAY!!! Welcome Bridget!!! I sure hope we can pull this off!!!! The thought of spending some family time at Disneyland during the holidays is just so exciting!! Need to find a way to earn some extra cash!!
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:17 PM   #6
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Yay another trip!!

You KNOW I love your trip reports!! So excited and hey I don't know if you saw but our June trip is back on!!! It is going to be MUCH shorter and less fancy than what we orig had planned BUT we are staying at PP!!!! The good news is Shane is not only back to work (crossing fingers that he STAYS but since his UE is finally all worked out if he DOES get laid off again we should get THAT now so no more days or weeks with no pay) AND the courts finally tracked down his ex and after her not paying us any child support for over a year they slapped her a HUGE back payment and let's just say we are getting a BIG check!! So that will def help and then of the kids HE pays for one of them is being adopted by her stepdad which means no more child support on OUR end! We have paid for 15 years and only had 3 more to pay but we will def take it. It is a LONG story but Shane tried to be in her life when she was a baby but the grandparents forbade it, got a restraining order and on and on cuz the mom was underage and so after fighting it for a few years he just gave up trying to see her then the mom got married to someone else and then 7 years later after she got divorced THEN she wanted Shane to be in the girls life but by then it was too late and too hard. We tried it but it was hard on the girl and hard on us and so after a few visits we all realized it wasn't going to work so we just stopped the visitations and have just paid the support all these years. But now she is remarried AGAIN and the new guy wants to adopt the girl and I think that is great if she has a father figure in her life. So hopefully it works out for her!! But anyway that is my news so we are really excited that we are going to be able to get away for a few days!

I can't tell you how much I need the break with everything that has gone on!!!

I don't need to tell you that OUR xmas trip wasn't so hot and I wish we could redo ours but I am excited to go at halloween as well. You will have a BLAST!!

As always I will look forward to your updates and the actual report!!
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:56 PM   #7
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Jumping on......between this and the Christmas superthread, I am already dreaming up ways to get back to DL for Christmas this year ...for now I will settle for living vicariously through you
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Jumping on......between this and the Christmas superthread, I am already dreaming up ways to get back to DL for Christmas this year ...for now I will settle for living vicariously through you
Welcome!!!

This is still a very hopeful trip......but I'm determined to make it a reality!!! Could be a bumpy ride.......but also entertaining!!
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:34 AM   #9
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Hey there hope you have a wonderful trip! I went to the parks in christmas 2008 it was magical more so because my brother, sister and mom were all there I hope your trip is equally as magical!
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:20 AM   #10
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I love Disneyland and even Disney World at Christmas time. Every one is so happy to be celebrating Christmas time at Disney.

When my daughter was expecting her first child she wanted santa to take her to Disneyland before the baby arrived. Timing was perfect for a winter trip. We had a wonderful time her Husband even had a friend that drove in from Arizona for a friend visit. " Mike is very good friends with his school buddies 2 out of 3 he has known since 1st grade." We were staying at PP with the 4 of us in same room. We just had housekeeping move in a roll away so Bob could just stay with us saving some big money on a room. It was like a big slumber party.

We loved the holiday parades. Hot chocolate seems to taste better in Dec and then to be at Disney.

As for saving money--- couponing saves mega each month for daughter. she one time had $250.00 in groceries and only spent I think $30.00 for. It might have been more of less but I know it was a huge saving. She has a note book she uses to store coupons. Makes a list from the ads each week and sticks with that for dinners, even fun items that kids like to eat. This year she is going to do canning with momma's help. They want the kids to get healthy and organic foods.

So you go to the farmers market? some times there is not much of a savings but the fruits and produce taste so much better. Fresh vegetables and fruits very seldom have coupons. Canned and frozen do though.

There is a company that sells organic chicken breasts for $60 dollars for 40 pounds. I know they do sell in the Salem area. Krista bought this last time -- her first -- and wow they were so good and huge I swear one half breast could feed me and husband easy. It worked out to about $1.50 per pound of skinless chicken breasts. We are patiently waiting for next order time in our area. A lot of churches even use this as a fund raiser so your church may even know about this 2 times a year even. ( 2 times a year they come to each area but will take orders from anywhere but you have to drive to pick up your self)

When I am wanting to save. I look at a top or pants and put in cart. By time I get to check out I always talk myself out of buying. I did have in cart so technically I have item for a few hours. I read on line now, I do mag sub -- not buy at grocery check out. I try new receipes so not spending money on bought meals.

Instead of going out to Chineese I order one meal that I take out, it will feed myself and husband for dinner. There is usually enough left over for lunch or dinner next day to.

Hope some of these ideas help. But with 7 kids I am sure you have more then a few ideas I could use.

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Hi Laurie

Michele sent me over (Kaoden)

I really enjoyed your last report and can't wait to read this one

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I really enjoyed your last report and can't wait to read this one

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Yay Kelly!!!! Glad to have ya!!!
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I am all caught up now

I am sorry you had to change your dates, that must have been such a disappoint

I have never been to DL, but have done Halloween at Disney world twice and Christmas once and Halloween here is way more fun. I do not think you will be disappointed

That is so awesome about the relief money. You and your husband are very worthy people and definitely deserve that for all you do


Ho Jo looks so nice.

I am sorry to hear about all the allergies Shay has. I hope the nutritionist can help you figure out a new diet for her


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I am all caught up now

I am sorry you had to change your dates, that must have been such a disappoint

I have never been to DL, but have done Halloween at Disney world twice and Christmas once and Halloween here is way more fun. I do not think you will be disappointed

That is so awesome about the relief money. You and your husband are very worthy people and definitely deserve that for all you do


Ho Jo looks so nice.

I am sorry to hear about all the allergies Shay has. I hope the nutritionist can help you figure out a new diet for her


Looking forward to reading more
I was disappointed in not getting to go at Christmas but I'm excited about Halloween......at least I get to go at a holiday time to DL! They also announced party dates yesterday & we'll attend twice!!

I hope the tax refund gets here before summer's end.....otherwise I'll be freaking out!!!!! (and thank you for the compliments!!)

We love the HoJo....its been getting some bad press here lately, but I feel confident in our decision to go back.....I'd hate to try a new place & find out I don't like it or the beds aren't comfortable when we're staying for 7 nights!!!

The dr was referring us to a nutritionalist, but haven't heard anything yet....have to get the Oregon Health insurance to cover it. So far, so good....but really want to make sure she gets a healthy balance & we're not missing something she should have. Reading all those labels is a pain in the butt!!!!!!

I'm glad you're here for the ride!!!
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:06 PM   #15
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Hi Laurie... I saw your post earlier today come across that you changed your hotel. While your 1st place sounds good I agree that it sounded a little far away. Since your littles have been to HoJo before and you know what the walk is like and it sounds much better for you. Plus it didn't sound like you were planning any meals in the room so the kitchen wouldn't have been very beneficial.
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