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Old 10-23-2011, 11:42 AM   #23
DizNee Luver
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So as many of you know, Christmas is my favorite holiday....I love the colors, the lights, the music, the joy on my kids faces, & the smells. Basically this time of year touches all 5 of your senses. So after reading thru the Christmas Superthread, I have found some musts to do on this trip. Since I'm limited on time.....I needed to have a clear picture of things I absolutely couldn't miss. So here goes:

Fireworks!!! I love the fireworks shows at Disneyland. I love being up by the castle to see every effect, feel every boom & be surrounded by all the magic. So adding in this is a show I've never seen & the castle will be covered in icicles....this is probably my biggest must do!!

Seeing the Christmas Parade. I'm a sucker for a Disney parade!! Some parades have faired better in my mind (DEP, Parade of Dreams) where others we're ok (Celebrate, Pixar). I like them all, don't get me wrong.....some just have a special place in my heart. I have seen clips of the DL parade on TV & youtube & have a feeling I will be placing this parade in my favorites!!!

I have to get on both holiday rides: Haunted Mansion & It's a Small World. I've seen lots of pictures of both of these & am excited to see them in person.

So after hearing about the Holiday Tour.....I knew this would be a great way to take care of the parade & the 2 rides. Plus, I'll get the history of the holidays in the parks. I think the tour will be perfect time to go picture crazy. I'll have things pointed out to me & I'll have time to capture some great holiday pics.

I need to see all 3 resort hotels. I think I have this covered pretty easily. I'll be staying at the PPH, we'll walk thru the GCH to get into DTD & the parks & finally meeting Sherry in person......means we HAVE to eat at Goofy's Kitchen at the DLH. I think our undying love for Goofy's is what drew Sherry & I together here on the DIS. It was the first (and very important) step in forming our friendship. Since we're finally meeting....it only seems right that we go here. If this happens....I'll see all 3 hotels!!

I'm a sucker for Santa & reindeer. Do I still believe?? Maybe not in the sense that children do.....but I believe there are Santa's in everyone's lives. Someone that will step in to help you when you need it most. We've had a few Santa's in our lives......otherwise our young kids wouldn't have had much of a Christmas years ago. So Santa & I must meet. (I hear he's in a few different places) Big Thunder Ranch is top of my list for seeing him!!

So many holiday treats will be out & I'm sure I will eat more than my fair share.......but a few things really caught my attention & got my taste buds salivating......so I have to try:

Gingerbread Beignets at Cafe Orleans.....I hope they don't mind me coming in just for dessert.....lol

Caramel Apple Cider

Demitasse Dessert: Chocolate & Peppermint cake topped with mousse & served in a Mickey Santa Demitasse cup

I'm sure I'll be adding to this list....but I'm also trying to be realistic on how much I'll be able to accomplish. I heard WoC will have a Prep & Landing Pre-show......with only 2 nights......I'm trying to figure out if I could add this in. I already love WoC....but adding some Christmas to it would really be neat. My biggest fear?? Going my first night to WoC & then planning the Fireworks for night 2 & having them cancelled due to winds/weather. I would be devistated if that happened. I have never been to DL when they've had to cancel the fireworks....but I'm not sure I want to risk that happening. So I'll stay undecided about WoC probably until I'm there.

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