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Old 05-01-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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Pre-Trip Report: Turkey Day with the Mouse 2012

Hot diggity! Today is a pretty special day because as anyone knows who has ever counted down to a big trip when you hit the 200 day mark it is very exciting!..... BUT guess what? I missed the 200th day to start my pre-trip report…. BUT today marks only 199 days until our annual family vacation at Disneyland!!! I have no idea why I decided to start a pre-TR…. Lord knows I have enough trouble getting the real deal part of a trip report done… but anyway, I guess I am thinking it will give me something “useful” to do to help pass the next 6 months, 4 weeks and 3 days. So climb aboard and help me pass some time and get to planning.

So, here’s what I do know so far……

Our trip for 2012 will be officially November 17 – December 1. That’s right a full 2 week trip and will include Thanksgiving in the park! I can’t wait!

We already have our nice official reservations made for the full 2 weeks (no relocating mid trip like in our 2011 trip) at Dolphin’s Cove. We stayed with them one week last year for our very first time. The family loved it and is so looking forward to staying there again. My husband has told me several times already that he can’t wait to get back there. My one and only issue with our new found lodging is the distance to the park. For the previous 10 years we had always stayed at the Anaheim Desert Inn which is practically across the street from the park. I have been so spoiled to popping right over to the park in a matter of minutes. It takes a bit more time to make the trek to the park but I am confident that I will adjust and be completely satisfied with our new lodging in no time at all even if it does require a little extra time getting around.

So far the dates and our temporary home away from home are the only 2 things I have got lined out. I am, of course, currently keeping a close watch out for a great deal on airfare but so far the cost is still sky high. I caught a fantastic bargain last year in June and am hoping that I have the same sort of luck again this year. In the meantime, I will twiddle my thumbs, try to stay up to date with all the latest Disneyland info and spend many a day caught up in some serious daydreaming.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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Alrighty, just what did I do today to help me pass the time til our trip? As many of my fellow Disney lovers probably do, I started my day perusing my e-mail looking for any great Disney news. Not a whole lot for the day but I did follow a link and read up on the Jolly Holiday Bakery. I am very excited about trying their quiche and a varied assortment of their other yummy sounding goodies. They had a nice video so I got to see a little sneak peek so I'll share it with you just in case you have not seen it yet. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blo...+Parks+Blog%29.
Of course, once I got started looking at menus I ended up drifting over to see if anything was new at Blue Bayou and a few other dining options too. By the time I was through browsing menus I am pretty sure I was drooling on my keyboard.

I also ended up watching Sarah's latest Micechat video. Here's a link in case you want to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz_Bs...re=uploademail. I for one know I am looking forward to Starbucks coming to the park. Life will be so good touring the Happiest Place on Earth with a White Chocolate Mocha in my hand.... or an occasional Vanilla Bean Frappuchino.

Next on my agenda for the day was to head on over to the American Airlines site to see if they might have come out with any air fare deals today. It's been my experience that the majority of sales seem to show up on Tuesday or Wednesday. Not this week.... so the search will continue.

I checked our snail mail today and had one of those wonderful Disney envelopes arrived! The Disney Fund Fairy sent us a gift card to apply to our vacation fund. So far we have $500 to put towards meals and souvenirs.

Also sorta Disney related....
I pre-ordered John Carter on my Disney Movie Rewards account. Haven't heard a lot about it but it looks like the sort of movie the guys would like so we'll give it a try.

Sad news for the day. My poor little Mickey head wine stopper that I just got from WDW in April broke off his little cork today. Didn't figure he was really going to be all that sturdy. Looks like for now what's left of him is just going to hang out in the china cabinet. He might make a good replacement for a lost chess piece.


My favorite Disney related fun for the day was sitting on our front porch with my son and reading our Disneyland Detective book. Always fun learning more detailed info about the park but it was even more special sharing the moment with my son and knowing he is developing a real love for the parks right along with me.

Guess that's about it for the day. Kinda fun when you start thinking about just how many times in a day something Disney related ends up crossing your mind.

Oh yeah! Almost forgot! Only 198 days to go!!!!
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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This morning was a very good day for Disney related reading.

First, I read a Disney article showcasing the “Storytellers” statue that is going to debut at CA. I love the painting! It does an excellent job of drawing you into the era and evoking a different time and place. As much as my family and I tend to like holding on to how the park used to be for sentimental reasons, I for one, am beginning to get excited about the new transformation taking place. I have a feeling I am going to really be impressed. Now DH and DS are going to be quite a bit harder to convince but I have a feeling that they will come around too. Anyway…. thought I would share the link.
http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blo...+Parks+Blog%29

Next, I followed a Facebook link and read an article on Storytellers Café. It’s been on my radar for our next trip so I thought it was a good idea for me to see what someone else thought. Not really a stellar review. However, I am wondering if the food was not all that great why did the guy go back a second time? I know the stuffed banana French toast is wonderful and from the looks of some of the photos I think there are a few other things that look appealing. That dessert plate alone could lure me in! So, now my dilemma remains….to go or not to go….. what will be my answer?
http://www.disunplugged.com/2012/05/...ce=twitterfeed

Of course, when I got to the end of the page I also noticed more dining review links so I ventured off to see what he had to say about the Jolly Holiday Bakery since I plan on heading there during our next stay. Though most of their menu consists of sandwiches that is not really what I am after. I am really looking forward to trying out their quiche and some of the pastries.
http://www.disunplugged.com/2012/01/...oliday-bakery/

And then since I was already reading and my son has requested we check out some of the DTD dining options this trip I figured I might as well read about Naples since I already had a handy dandy link. I usually generally do not really consider going to an Italian place because we order so much pizza for delivery. However, after looking at the photos of the different pasta dishes I just might be persuaded to add it to ‘the list”. A bit pricey but might be worth trying once. Just gotta remember not to look at the sign on the way in. Am I the only one who finds the guy up there just a little creepy?
http://www.disunplugged.com/2010/07/...wntown-disney/

Then I got sucked into the French Market review. I had to laugh when I read the part where he was talking about the ambiance. Last year when we were there we tried eating under the awnings just after the end of a rainstorm. It was cold. It was drippy. We were wet. We were all pretty well miserable. As best I can vaguely recall the food was fair. So funny because just a few days ago we were laughing about this sad scenario. Still everyone agreed that it would be worth going back again. This time I am going to make double sure it’s sunny and bright so we can experience the ambiance in a different manner.
http://www.disunplugged.com/2010/08/...at-disneyland/

Next, I moved off of my dining theme and ended up taking a look at a link showcasing the remodeled Main Street's Gibson Girl Ice Cream, Candy Palace and Penny Arcade. All looks great to me. Can’t wait to be there and do a little sampling.
http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...ny-arcade.html
My final article for the day was a real gem for those of us who have ever been curious about Club 33. Curious I am but after reading this article it doesn’t look like I will be becoming a member anytime soon. Well…. maybe if one of us wins the lottery or something. Oh well. Doesn’t hurt to dream!
http://ocresort.ocregister.com/2012/...lub-33/111772/

As you can see I spent a good deal of my morning reading. It was great news on the Disney front but I must confess that I didn’t get much else done at home. Maybe tomorrow I won’t find so many distractions!
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:45 PM   #5
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Welcome! I am so glad you joined me! I know I have not gotten much going yet but I hope you will stick with me and see what happens during the next few months as I delve into planning our trip.

Today didn't register much on the trip planning scale but I did get myself over here and do some reading on the DIS which is something I have not taken the time to do in quite some time. Don't you just love a lazy Saturday?

Anyway, I did run across Riahsha's Vacation of a Lifetime thread and felt the need to leave my comment on her long (15 days in the park) trip plan. I can so relate to loving being able to spend more days than most people get to (or ever even want to) in the park. Our upcoming trip will give us 13 glorious days to spend wandering the Happiest Place on Earth! I am so ready!

Only 195 days!!!!
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #6
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YAY I am following along as well! Hope to be able to sit down tomorrow and read those links. Today is a bit of a busy day.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:41 PM   #7
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