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Old 12-19-2010, 12:59 AM   #1
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Suprise Disney Christmas Trip Report!

About a week ago DH asked me, "So what would you rather have for Christmas? Those earrings we saw the other day or a quick trip to see Disneyland?" Was he serious? My reaction was pretty much like my child's (PM me for a link to video). Once I realized he was serious we decided to plan this as a surprise for our little boy. We packed our bags and woke up at 3am. Our son was so sleepy and it wasn't until we were almost to the airport that he started asking questions about where we were going....

And that's the story of our decision to break all our own rules and go to Disneyland at Christmas. 2010 has turned out to be the parks busiest December to date. And because a day at Disneyland can mean at least 10 miles of walking we never plan to visit the park on an airport day. This is not something I recommend doing with young kids or old parents! LOL! After two airports in one day I really prefer a swimming pool, shopping and a nice dinner.

Because we are Annual Pass holders this year we weren't too worried about missing out on anything and knew this would be a great trip since we were really going to visit Santa and see Disney decorated for Christmas. So it was ok for us that this would be less than a 72 hour trip

And although it really was extremely crowded Saturday, Sunday and even Monday, it was warm and sunny... 80 degrees highs! Honestly, we would have loved a little rain because we are so used to rain anyway and rain at Disney means low crowds. But it did feel good to feel the sun on our face!

Saturday ~ Disneyland ~
By the time we checked into the hotel and got over to the park it was about 11 am. First up you gotta get your Christmas Mickey Ears! The Christmas plaid was soo cute!

Disneyland was all decked out for the holidays! The big tree was beautiful! So we had to get a few family pictures.

Although I had seen pictures of the castle at Christmas, I was still amazed at how beautiful it was! At night it looked like an ice castle.

The park was SUPER crowded. And we skipped fantasyland altogether.
Somehow we wind our way through the crowds to Jungle Cruise

Because we had been up since 3am after Pirates we were ready for lunch at the Blue Bayou. After lunch it was time to get this Christmas party started at the Haunted Mansion Holiday. DH made a silly joke and the fast pass attendant sent us through to the front of the line!

Then it was off to ride Big Thunder Mountain or as we call it the Wildest Ride in the WEIRDerness! We spotted Woody and Jesse from Toy Story on the way and we had to get a photo.

And finally it was time to go to the ranch to visit with Santa. The line wasn't too long and Santa's cabin was pretty cute. Our son asked Santa to surprise him! Obviously he is well cared for and doesn't have a want in this world! LOL! Mrs. Claus was also there and we were so looking forward to seeing her. By the time it was our turn she had some cookies burning or something and dissappeared

We did get to see Pluto, who was was having and identity crisis. The ranch had some animals including the 2009 Thanksgiving Turkey pardoned by the President. (Did you know they sent them to Disneyland? How do you think they make those giant smoked turkey legs! LOL!) We also saw all Santa's favorite reindeer and our son thought that was a lot of fun. It was hard to take photos because they had set up such a protective barrier to keep them safe from kids I guess...

Fantasyland was a mad house and we headed over to the Matterhorn. When the rickitiest ride in the park breaks down when your in line and you stay in line because that makes it all the more exciting. We enjoyed some treats like a Mickey dream bar and ended up with a pretty resonable wait.

We got off just in time to catch the Christmas Parade from the raised parade viewing by small world. I think we waited longer for the parade to get to us than for any other rides on our trip!

And finally Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear and it was getting dark - time for fireworks! We were looking forward to the special Christmas display. After picking the perfect spot to eat dinner at The Plaza Inn with a great view of the castle we waited and waited and well, 30 minutes after they were supposed to start we found out they were canceled due to winds (which must have been way up high!?!)

All the waiting and well, ourson fell asleep. We decided to call it a day when he woke up and begged to go on Indiana Jones before we left the park. We obliged because we had fast passes. And after a quick ride through Pirates again we finally got back to our hotel about 11pm.

You can see we only managed about 18 attractions. Definately not our usual routine. Did I tell you it was very crowded? But a great first day. The boys fell asleep the moment they hit their pillows. Day 2 -3 coming up...
Daddy Mommy and A Little One (not so little anymore, age 13)

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