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Old 04-04-2011, 11:44 PM   #1
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My Unexpected Decemeber Weekend Trip to DL. Christmas at Disneyland! post #66!

First a little about myself. I love three things: family, horses and Disneyland (not necessarily in that order, but I refuse to tell anyone what the order is). I have a DH, who loves me like the Dickens and encourages my passion for DL, and two teenage daughters, ages 13 and 15 (not always accommodating with my DL passion, but they are DL devotees in training and are given some allowances). I used to go to Disneyland at least twice every year while growing up in the SF Valley. Starting in 2003, my family has been Annual Passholders. We were going to DL once a month and staying at the GCH twice a year for a three or four days vacations. We have gone to WDW four times. We also have been DVC members since 2007 with our purchase of Saratoga Springs. We later added points from the Villas at the Grand Californian. It is safe to say that I am a Disney Enthusiast.

Second, some history. About three years ago, right after our last trip to WDW in 2008, our business started to feel the effects of the recession. By late 2009, we were deeply effected by the recession, and we had to cut out one of our trips to DLR as well as decrease our monthly trips to DL. Instead, we rented out our points to so we could keep our DVC membership. In 2010, I was not going to DL but for every three to four months. We did manage to go every October for a very short trip and attend the Halloween parties every year, which is a personal goal of mine. Last November, DH, a software programmer, started working again, and we are back on our feet. So I am telling you this because after drastically cutting out Disneyland visits, I am suddenly finding myself in Disneyland. I say “finding myself”, because between January 1 and March 17, I have gone to DL six times! Three of the six day trips were actually planned. How is that possible? Well I owe it to a volleyball.

So how does a volleyball have anything to do with me finding myself at Disneyland? Well this is how: my DD(13) plays club volleyball. This year is her third year playing Club volleyball. The last two years she played in another club, but decided to play at a different Club this year. So far this year, three of her five tournaments have been no farther than 10 minutes away from DLR. THREE. And we aren't done with the season yet. In fact, this Sunday (April 10) they are playing in Cypress Collage (10 minutes from DL), and the weekend after that we have a three day tournament in Cypress! The last club had only three tourneys the whole year and only one of them in two years was near DL. Every time there is a volleyball tournament nearby Disneyland, we go into DL for a few hours.

And get this: my friend calls me this morning to ask me to go DL with her tomorrow!

And this: DD(15) wants me to take her friends to DL this Thursday! I asked her, “What if your friends can't go?” (I know how fickle high school girls can be and most times plans like this never pan out) Her reply, “I want to go anyway. You and I can go.” The training is finally starting to sink in!! I might “find myself” in DL three times this week alone! It is like the gods are trying make up for lost time. And I am more than pleased that they are. “Go for it!”, I tell them.


Truthfully, I have been thinking of starting a trip report for a while. My knowledge of the parks in the various ways I have visited DLR may be interesting to some, but mostly I need a way to document what I have learned with the many day trips and vacations I have had and will have in the future. This is an exciting time with DCA's renovations set to be completed by 2012, and the opening of Star Tours 2 and the Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure this June. Let's not forget the new parade, Mickey's Soundsational Parade starting on May 26th. All these new and exciting events and openings can have a seasoned DL vet confused and bewildered. I don't know how I am going to manage my way through these openings, and essentially, discover a whole new DCA next year.

Also, I would like to find a place to post my pictures. I have discovered my camera. Well, I mean DH's camera. I have been taking pictures of my visits to DL since September 2010. I was able to attend three of the Family Fun Weekends and have taken lots of pictures from the three weekend events. I have also made a snapfish Disney calendar where I have posted a few months in the Halloween Superthread and the Christmas Superthread. But I have more calendar months others may want to see. I have pictures from, my October and December trips. And many more from the day trips I have taken in the last three months.

Thus, the real purpose of this TR is to post my pictures and relay my experiences from my many day trips and three to four day vacations. So the pictures will come with the telling.

This me, taken last January.



I will begin with the day trip I will take with my friend, Joy. What a great way to start: with Joy. She should prove to be a lot of fun and it will be just the two of us for most of the day. Oh... BTW, I will have started this thread with my 2000th post. Really I didn't plan it that way
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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Bring on the pictures! And the calendar pages. If I remember correctly...you opted for a different layout than the Disney layout, right? I really liked the clean look of your pages. (If that really is your calendar that I'm remembering!)
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:41 PM   #3
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So glad you started this finally! I am subscribed and ready to soak in your wisdom & experience! Esp since you are Halloween crazy and we are finally going to see DL at Halloween for the first time this year. I am so with you on my family, my horses & Disney in some order and sometimes different orders depending on the behavior of my family & horses at any given moment LOL
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:34 PM   #4
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Finally Liza that you have started your own TR and can't wait to read and see more pictures of your days.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:18 PM   #5
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Any reason to sneak over to the parks is a good reason. It will be exciting to see some before and after the new rides openings.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:12 PM   #6
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So glad you started this finally! I am subscribed and ready to soak in your wisdom & experience! Esp since you are Halloween crazy and we are finally going to see DL at Halloween for the first time this year. I am so with you on my family, my horses & Disney in some order and sometimes different orders depending on the behavior of my family & horses at any given moment LOL
Thank you for subscribing, Sherri. I had to laugh about the order of your passions depending on the behavior of your horses and family. I certainly can relate. They have their days. I mean the horses. One member of my family is always having their "moment" everyday, especially the two teenage girls!

I have never realized that you have not been to DL for Halloween Time. Halloween Time and you would be a perfect match. Hopefully the Day Trip Gods will see fit to send me to DL in September as much as humanly possible. I would love to write about the details during the fall festivities in DLR. I do have a 4 day trip planned at the VGC for Dec 18 to the 21st. I just haven't made my ticker for it. I think my signature gets to busy with three tickers. I will make the Christmas ticker after DH and I get back from our romantic weekend in July.

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Bring on the pictures! And the calendar pages. If I remember correctly...you opted for a different layout than the Disney layout, right? I really liked the clean look of your pages. (If that really is your calendar that I'm remembering!)
Thank you, deejdigsdis for following along. I think you commented on my calendar on another thread. I will post them, but I would like to do that a little later. I want to post about yesterday's trip and then I have another day trip tomorrow. Once those are done, I'll get to the calendar pics.

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Finally Liza that you have started your own TR and can't wait to read and see more pictures of your days.
Bret, glad you have found me. I quickly started this thread two nights ago in a rush. Not the very best time to start or post a thread, but I wanted to get it started before more day trips ensue. I just can't tell what the Day Trip Gods have in store for me. Happy to know you are following along!

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Any reason to sneak over to the parks is a good reason. It will be exciting to see some before and after the new rides openings.
I completely agree about any reason is a good reason.

I have always had a tried and true way of touring the parks from "commando style" to "at my leisure relaxed style to" to "got to trade every pin I brought purpose of this trip" style. The new attractions and the new way DCA is being configured will completely change the way I tour the parks for now on. It will be trial and error, but I am a quick learner and there is fun in the learning. I am up to the challenge.

I am very excited about the new changes. When I first walked in to DCA, I knew that it wasn't what Walt would have built, but that it didn't bother me or upset me. I just kept thinking, "This place has good bones. There is so much potential here!" I am truly glad to see this park grow into it's potential and I am very excited to discover the new changes.

i will try to post tonight. In the mean time I've got to catch up with my home to do list and get ready for tomorrow's trip.
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Nice to hear from you and hope u have a great time.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:48 AM   #8
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Good to hear from you, Brett. And thanks for checking in.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:06 AM   #9
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Well I thought I would make this weekend trip an entry for this trip report. So some back story, because every trip I make to DL has a back story.

I am a DVC member and as an owner of GC Villas, I know it is very difficult to get a room at the Grand California Villas (there are only 48 folks) during the months of November and December without booking 11 months in advance.

But I was able to to get this room last month! I couldn't believe it. Not only was I able to book a one bedroom during a busy December weekend, I was able to book it, when I had passed the chance to book it two times before the third time charm.

This is how it happened. The DVC website allows online booking. For fun and to see how difficult it is to get a room during one of the busiest times of the year on short notice, I started to check available of any room size weeks at a time. I checked every week until mid-January. Literally last month, this one night for a Saturday check in for a one bedroom came up as available. "Wow" I thought, "that is a find." Especially when the Candlelight Processional was just announced. And then I passed it up! I did the same week sweeps a few days later and the same room and day came up. I was really considering it when I got distracted and passed it up again. Later I thought, "Darn. I didn't book that room." Then a few days later, I was sweeping the weeks and it came up a third time. I didn't hesitate this time. I booked it. What can I say, it was meant to be. The third time's a charm right?

My girls (15 and 17) didn't want to go. Something about school and what not. Teenagers! Who can figure them out. Missing out on a trip with mom and dad and preferring to stay home alone with out the "parental units". We thought they are now old enough and responsible enough to stay by themselves. So we are going... by ourselves. I am excited. I was able to go to DL on Nov 8 (for the hotel Christmas pins release - it was a short day). I did a short walk through Carsland. Not everything was up, but I was so impressed with what they had already put up. I thought I would like to see Carsland finished and at night. What I saw was so clever and thoughtful. It was like the powers that be gave an early Christmas present to the Imgineers and told them to go to town. "Let your your inner Walt come out and have a great time!"

So I am on my way in an hour. I can't wait to see Carsland at night and, of course, the Castle at night. I so love seeing Sleeping Beauty's Castle at night decked with all those twinkling lights. It just isn't Christmas without seeing the Castle, one of the most regal and gorgeous buildings in the world during the Holiday Season.

Hope to take picture and look forward to eating yummy holiday treats and spend some lovely quality time with Hubby.

Be back soon.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:19 AM   #10
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Ok I got here yesterday around 11am. Traffic not too bad and the weather was pretty good. Hit a few downpours, but Anaheim was rain free when we arrived.

I checked into our villa and took off to do some pin trading with cast members at Guest Services and the gift shop. I knew the room number we were assigned. They tell they don't know what room you have, but it is printed on the registration form. It should be. You are signing to agree to Disney's terms for staying at their hotel. It is like a legal document. We had room 1514. I don't like first floor rooms, but hey we got this room last minute and we were only staying one night. So I went to check out the location. The room is located in a good spot. It faces DCA next to the emergency gate to the pool. Still not bad. there isn't much traffic there, especially with the rainy weather.Most people wouldn't go for a swim anyway. I was happy to note a cast member was working on the room and we had a good chance to get into the room before 4pm. Took some pictures, too.

I liked these plants near the fireplace.



Some of the outdoor fireplace





Some of the GCH Tree ornaments





Went to the gift shop. The 2013 ornament was on display ready for any takers. The CM told me they have only been out for a week.



I bought one on the day I left, but there were only a few left. I know they will restock them and I can get one the next time I go to DL, but I bought one anyway. I always get the next year's dated ornament in Dec because I'll forget, thinking I have plenty of time to buy one. Before long, it is the end of November and all the dated pins and ornaments are sold out. At least I can trade for a pin, but I can't for an ornament.

For those that love merchandise displays. At the Acorn gift shop



I found my Hubby. Hubby had an "situation" at work and was taking care of it when I met up with him. He waved me off signing to me to go ahead of him (we are both fluent in American Sign Language - comes in handy in times like this) He really needed to take of things. I signed I was off to Downtown Disney. I had some pins to buy!!

The first of the 20 Candlelight performances was scheduled later that night. I knew there would pins released for this event. There were - two Chip n Dale pins, one with a green back round. the other with a red back round. Got me those and a few others. they were really nice.

Some pictures of DTD
There was a few Holiday mini stores, selling nonDisney holiday merchandise. Here are two





Toys for Tots was there. Don't you love men in uniform?



A nice place for a photo, next to Earl of Sandwich





(More about Earl of Sandwich, which is amazing!!!)
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:33 AM   #11
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Playing with Photobucket. Here is one of the night photos of the SB Castle taking during the Candlelight Processional. SO wished I had a tripod.The
"icicles" were not on. I went back later for those pictures.

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