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Old 08-31-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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We Need More Cowbell! Aug 2012 TR *NEW*10/15 - Last Day & Wrap Up 4 NEW POSTS!

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my second Disneyland TR. It was a magical 4 day weekend shared between my DH and I for our 5 year wedding anniversary. Although it came to a rather abrupt and dramatic ending, it was still a wonderful trip that I'm excited to share with you!

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Introduction

First, a little background on who we are and how we ended up at Disneyland again for the second time in the span of 3 months! Here's a picture of us from our first trip there as a family this past May.


WHO?
Myself & DH were the two participants on this trip! See that cute little guy on the right in the above picture? That's our adorable and hilarious DS who will be turning 2 in October while we are in WDW. He did not come on this trip this time, but he had a fun weekend with my parents, his Nonni & Poppi!

WHAT?
4 days/3 nights in California with 3/4 of a day in Hollywood and the rest Disneyland. We used our Premier APs for the 3rd time. We flew round trip from New Orleans on Delta Airlines and rented a car through Avis.

WHERE?
We stayed 3 nights at the Peacock Suites in Anaheim, just a few minutes drive from Disneyland.

WHEN?
August 24-27

WHY?
To celebrate 5 years of marriage! Our anniversary is not actually until the end of September on the 29th. However, with the fact that we are taking a family trip to WDW in October to celebrate DS's birthday, we knew we would have to push up our travel time so that the trips wouldn't be SO close together. This was the best weekend to travel away from our jobs so we went with it. We had originally planned for a weekend in WDW to celebrate, but it turned out to be just as expensive for us to go to DL again. And since our Premier APs will expire this year with no plans to renew them, we knew this was a great opportunity to experience DL just the two of us while our tickets are already "paid for." Random weekend trips to WDW will be much easier to accommodate in the future, but probably not for DL, so it was now or never!

That's our trip in a nutshell, but I hope you will follow along for the details! Because it was just the 2 of us, we didn't think we'd take that many pictures, but we came home with 1500! Although not every one of them is usable, you can expect a lot of pictures in this TR! So if you like that sort of thing, or if I have mildly interested you with this information, or even if you just want to know what cowbell has to do with anything, I hope you will join me on our anniversary adventure!
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Day 1 Part 1: We're going to Hollywood!

DAY 1: Friday August 24th

We started off our adventure the way we usually do...the night before we were leaving, we headed off to my parents house. They live outside of New Orleans, and it is usually cheaper and easier to fly out of that airport vs. our regional airport. Plus, it's an easy way to drop off our cat (and in this case, DS) for them to care for while we are gone. Usually we don't sleep well there and are completely exhausted for our travel day, but we discovered the culprit...a plastic mattress cover my mom had on her guest bed. Took that off and we slept great!

It was a good thing because our flight was for 7:15 am, so we were up and moving at 4:30 am getting ready. We had said our goodbyes to DS the night before. :-( As we were getting in the car a few minutes after 5 am, my mom ran outside to ask for our insurance card in case DS needed to go to the doctor while we were gone because she had heard him coughing all night on the baby monitor. Not a good sign of things to come, but we gave her the information and were on our way!

We seemed to catch every red light on the way, which was so annoying, but we made it to the parking lot across the street from the airport with plenty of time before our flight. We had gotten a Groupon for their lot, so it cost us only $13 for 4 days of parking. Not bad! They immediately got us on a shuttle and dropped us off at the airport. With no bags to check, we headed straight through the short security line and had time to grab some breakfast, a cinnamon roll for DH and a blueberry muffin and bottled water for me. We settled down at the gate to wait for boarding, and I checked my countdown app on my phone to take this picture.


We boarded the plane at 7 am and took off pretty close to the planned time of 7:15. The flight was only about half full, so people spread out quite a bit. I passed the time catching up on my Entertainment Weekly issues and watching half of the movie The Town, both on the iPad. I was able to put so much on there I didn't need to bring anything else!

We landed with no problems at about 9 am California time. After a quick potty break, we went outside and grabbed a shuttle to Avis within minutes. Hugely different experience than when we waited forever for an Advantage shuttle in May! We got another Nissan Altima like we had last trip, and soon we were on our way on a hunt for food. Even though it was barely 10 am, it was lunchtime to us and we were starving!

With a destination already in mind and Google maps in hand, we headed out. With traffic, it was about 11 am before we ended up here.


We both got burgers and fries, and while the burgers were good, the fries tasted like cardboard. I was pretty excited to try the food here, but we both decided we should have stopped at the Five Guys we passed up along the way. lol

After lunch, we drove through Beverly Hills to get to our destination for most of the rest of the day, Hollywood. We were able to park in a garage near Grauman's Chinese Theater for just $10. Nice!




I made DH take this picture because it reminded me of the show Person of Interest

We kind of just picked a direction and started walking. We didn't really have a destination in mind, just wanted to check out the stars on the Walk of Fame and stop at souvenir shops that caught our eye. We have TONS of pictures of stars, but I whittled the list down for this TR because I could never post them all!



First up...Uncle Jesse!



Pretty quickly, we ended up at the end of the Walk of Fame and found this walkway.








We started walking up the other side of the street stopping for more pictures of stars we enjoy and especially the ones associated with Disney!


Not Disney associated, but seriously, it's Chuck Norris!












As we came upon the Chinese Theater from across the street, DH had to take several shots before he got this one of a fairly decent Mickey Mouse on Hollywood Blvd.!




We stopped in front of the El Capitan to check it out. The exterior is so amazing! If we would have had the time, I would have loved to go see a movie there. They were showing Cinderella that day.




The ceiling over the ticket booth






We got this one from in front of the Disney Soda Fountain but we didn't go in yet


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Day 1 Part 2: Employee Discount

Day 1 Continued: Friday August 24th


DH with his favorite Disney character!


















DH just thought this was funny!

We saw a lot of fun things in Hollywood. First up was this chanting and dancing troupe yelling about Jesus. It struck me as funny because they were all had heavy accents so about the only word I could even understand was Jesus!


We also saw lots of people dressed up as characters with their fanny packs on for tips. They have to be so hot out there!! We saw Bumblebee from Transformers, Cookie Monster & Elmo, several Spidermans, Jack Sparrow, Barbie, Joker, Mad Hatter...it was insane.


Another Mickey & Minnie

We stopped at an outdoor mall whose name is escaping me right now. We didn't really shop there, but it was a great place to see the Hollywood sign off in the distance.






Finally, we went across the street to the Disney Soda Fountain & Shop for some ice cream!


We got seats at the counter and both ordered a make-your-own sundae. I got a scoop of chocolate and scoop of vanilla with M&M's and chocolate sauce. DH had 2 scoops of chocolate chip with Reese's Pieces and caramel sauce with whipped cream on top. Heaven!


About this time I got in touch with my mom and found out DS had woken up with green crud coming out of his nose and an eye that was red and a little puffy. Not what I want to hear my first day away from him!

A few pics from around the Soda Shop...








I loved looking at the ones of the celebs visiting, especially those that I posted above. Hayden Panettiere's caught my eye first and I loved that she signed it "Save the cheerleader, save the world." I loved Heroes!

We filled out a survey card for our experience and got a coupon for $5 off our next purchase but somehow DH convinced the CM to let us use the coupon for the t-shirts and magnet we bought that day! I'm not sure what the CM ended up doing, but he gave us a 35% discount instead!

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Yay! Loved your last trip report. We're headed there in 42 days so I'm anxious to hear how your trip went. Hope your son didn't get too ill!
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:28 AM   #6
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Yay! Loved your last trip report. We're headed there in 42 days so I'm anxious to hear how your trip went. Hope your son didn't get too ill!
I'm glad to have you along for our second trip! And yours is getting so close, how exciting! I'll just say my poor little man had a pretty rough weekend.
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Ok I've decided to come over and read here before I get far behind like I did with your May DLR TR. I'm SO jealous you got to go to El Capitan and the Soda Fountain Shop. I mean seriously, SO jealous!!!! They have the best pins at the soda fountain! Anyways, I couldn't really see all of your pics since I'm on my phone and every time I click to make a pic bigger it says connection error so I'll have to come back and look at the hollywood stars better later but how neat that you were there! That's one of the things on my bucket list along with visiting NYC. I just have to drug DH enough to fly 'cause going w/o him isn't an option. Blah! Anyways, great start to your trip

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Ok I've decided to come over and read here before I get far behind like I did with your May DLR TR. I'm SO jealous you got to go to El Capitan and the Soda Fountain Shop. I mean seriously, SO jealous!!!! They have the best pins at the soda fountain! Anyways, I couldn't really see all of your pics since I'm on my phone and every time I click to make a pic bigger it says connection error so I'll have to come back and look at the hollywood stars better later but how neat that you were there! That's one of the things on my bucket list along with visiting NYC. I just have to drug DH enough to fly 'cause going w/o him isn't an option. Blah! Anyways, great start to your trip

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The Soda Fountain was one of the top reasons I REALLY wanted to spend time in Hollywood. The rest was just bonus! I already had a T-shirt from there, so actually getting to visit it myself was even better. Plus, the ice cream was awesome after being out and about in the heat all day.

Hopefully you can get your DH on a plane...a little Xanax works wonders!!
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Day 1 Part 3: The Hollywood Hills

DAY 1 Continued: Friday August 24th

So I must apologize because this update is out of order! DH had never set the date and time correctly on the point & shoot camera, so I had a heck of a time reordering all of the pictures correctly, and apparently when I did, I got the order of how we did things confused. The Soda Shop was the last thing we did before going back to the car, but before that, we stopped in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater to check out the handprints!


Creepy Cookie Monster hanging out in front!


Bumblebee!






This was the very first one we came across, so of course DH needed a pic!


Might be hard to read, but it's Clark Gable's handprints. I'm a HUGE fan of Gone With the Wind!






Captain Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp!


This one came out too bright, but it's the star for Mickey Mouse.

We were pretty close by to where we had parked, so we went back to the garage to get our car. I talked to my mom again while waiting and she had called DS's pediatrician and gotten him some drops for pink eye. Yikes! The other medicines the doctor suggested were what we already had been doing for him at home for a stuffy/runny nose, Mucinex in the morning and Benadryl at night, so no biggie. But for the sake of probably not remembering when everything happened, he ended up waking up the next morning with green crud coming out of his nose, so another call to the ped later, he was on a different kind of Mucinex and amoxicillin! After finishing out the meds at home, he luckily got rid of everything within a couple of days. :-)

Anyway, moving on...our next stop was to see the famous Hollywood sign before going to the resort for check-in. It was about 2:30 pm by the time the heat was just getting to us and we were ready to start moving on. DH had printed maps from google that were supposed to get us to a little dog park that has a nice view of the sign, so we started driving and ended up going through the Hollywood Hills. We saw a lot of nice, and strange, looking houses! I wonder if any of them belonged to any celebrities?




Off in the distance, but we wanted a closer view!




We made it to the very top of the Hills to where you couldn't go any further instead of to that dog park DH was talking about. There were signs everywhere saying not to stop your car for anything, so I was nervous about it but DH convinced me to hop out for some quick pictures!




First attempt..."DH, your head is in the way."


Second attempt..."DH, now you cut off the sign! Hold the camera higher!"


There we go! (We actually took WAY more messed up shots than that but I didn't want to bore you lol!)


One more up close!


A cool garage painted like a library. I saw it on the way up and remembered to snap a picture on the way down.



We jumped back in the car and turned around to start driving back down the hills. Let me tell you, that was a seriously nerve wracking experience!! The streets were so narrow and curvy and there were always so many cars parked on the side of the street that only one car could fit at a time. I was always so nervous we were going to plow into an oncoming car on one of those turns. And so many street signs were hard to see because they were obscured by plants and other things.

We were just planning to go to the resort from there, but we spotted a sign that directed us to a scenic lookout spot to see the sign. We made it to the dog park! A couple guys were getting out of their car just in front of us, so we offered to take their picture if they took ours.






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I couldn't decide what was more creepier about that Cookie Monster on the street. The "cookie" he's holding which looks nothing like a cookie, or the tiny preschool size lunch box with Elmo on it he's holding on his other hand!

So I have to ask after seeing the narrow winding dirt road I saw in the background of your hill photos. What kind of car did you rent?
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Day 1 Part 4: Off to the Happiest Place on Earth!

DAY 1 Continued: Friday August 24th

After seeing the Hollywood Sign and getting enough pictures to satisfy us and prove we had been there, we got back on the Interstate headed to Anaheim! With traffic, it took us about an hour to get there. I may or may not have dozed off in the car a little.


Our home for the next 3 nights, The Peacock Suites

Check in there was a breeze, and soon we were handing off our keys to the valet and making our way up to room 128. We were a little disappointed to find it was right across from the elevator and we worried about noise. But with the way the room is configured with the bed being furthest away from the door, and the fact that most people didn't seem to use the elevator because it was slow, noise never ended up being an issue.


The front door. I found the set up of the room a little strange, because you basically walk right into the bathroom/vanity area.


View from the doorway.


Toilet/shower separated by a door immediately to the left as you walked in.




Into the living area/kitchenette








And lastly, the king bedroom.

We began unpacking, and I noticed we had no wash rags, only hand towels and bath towels. A quick call down to the front, and within 10 minutes, housekeeping had brought us some. We experienced really great service here!
This was were I had my first experience of my incorrect timing. I had realized on the plane that when I filled out our paperwork at the lot where we left our car that I had put we would be getting in at 12:30 am on Monday. Not correct! Yes we were flying home Monday night, but when we got in it would actually be 12:30 am TUESDAY. So I had to make a call to get that straightened out. Although from the guy I talked to on the phone who seemed thoroughly confused by what I was telling him at first, we might have been fine just to leave it. lol

After we unpacked, we took few minutes to FaceTime with Paxton at home, which warmed my momma heart. It was pretty funny because he sure did not know what to make of seeing us on Poppi's phone! Eventually he became bored with us, so we said our goodbyes for the day since it was nearing time at home for him to get his bath and get to bed. But our evening was just getting started!

We jumped in the car and went around the corner to Von's grocery store for a gallon of water to fill our Hydroflask with and some disposable razors for me. I had gotten mixed information of whether I could bring them in the carry-on bag, so I decided I'd just get them there. I cheaped out on the single blade ones and OUCH! Never again! They tore my legs up good that weekend. The lines to checkout were long, but a very kind lady saw we only had 2 things and let us jump ahead of her, so we were out of there in no time and on our way to the Mickey & Friends Parking Garage!

We were directed to park all the way up on the roof, which was new for us. We took the escalator down and walked right onto a tram. Once we got to through bag check and into the plaza, we hooked a left for Disneyland!


As we passed under the train station, we heard loud music and realized we were coming in during the parade. We got stuck by it for a few minutes until a CM let a bunch of people cross the street between floats, so we snapped a couple of pics.




The first thing on our minds was FOOD! So we hurried up Main Street behind the parade crowd and broke off into Tomorrowland. The first place we could think of where we could get a quick bite was Redd Rockett's.




We each got a slice of pizza and shared a large drink. It seemed like we were done in no time at all! We forgot what it's like to eat quickly without trying to get a toddler to eat a satisfactory amount of food.

Once our food was scarfed down, we were ready to hit some rides!! We decided to stick close and ride Star Tours since we were already in Tomorrowland. The posted wait time was 30 minutes and we waited about that long. I used the opportunity to take pictures through the queue.








Look at all that luggage!




Yeah, I'm a rebel, I put my flight glasses on before they told me to!

I know we got Darth Vader, Hoth, Princess Leia, and Naboo with Jar Jar. I think the only thing new for me that ride was Leia delivering the message.

After Star Tours, we didn't have much time before we wanted to go find a spot for MM&Y, so we looked to see what would be a logical choice on the way to It's a Small World. Of course, the Matterhorn! DH had ridden this on his first trip to Disneyland solo, but it was down for refurb during our May trip, so it was totally new for me. The line moved pretty quickly, and we were on our bobsled in 20 minutes. The ride itself was fun, but that Yeti was pretty silly looking!

Once our ride was over, we made our way over to It's a Small World to stake out a spot for The Magic, The Memories & You!

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Suite looks great! So nice to see the first batch of your Disney photos - and Star Tours!! Made me get more excited about my trip.

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Look at all that luggage!
Hey, I think I see my luggage that United lost in that pile!

Loving your TR! Keep the updates coming
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I forgot to say that I'm sorry that Paxton was sick while you were away that's almost worse than having him with you and being able to take care of him yourself on the trip. Almost

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I hope you enjoy it, we certainly had a lot of fun on our trip!

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I couldn't decide what was more creepier about that Cookie Monster on the street. The "cookie" he's holding which looks nothing like a cookie, or the tiny preschool size lunch box with Elmo on it he's holding on his other hand!

So I have to ask after seeing the narrow winding dirt road I saw in the background of your hill photos. What kind of car did you rent?
It cracked me up to see what they used to keep their money. I'm pretty sure we also saw a Spiderman wearing a fanny pack!!

We rented a Nissan Altima, which suddenly felt as big as a tank driving on those streets!
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