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Old 10-23-2011, 12:42 PM   #46
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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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Old 10-23-2011, 04:53 PM   #47
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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.

Sounds like a wonderful plan, Disney makes Christmas feel so special, it will keep you on a high for days to come.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:01 PM   #48
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Sounds like a wonderful plan, Disney makes Christmas feel so special, it will keep you on a high for days to come.
I imagine it will.....sorry my family won't be there with me....but this will give me a chance to check it out before exposing our autistic/delayed 4 yr old twins to it. DL is overstimulating on it's own....but adding in all the holiday stuff could be just too much for them right now in their lives. If I deem it possible....we will try to plan a trip for the family.

Mike even suggested if I thought it would be good for them...we'd cancel our February family trip & postpone it until next Christmas season. I told him I thought we'd have a rebellion on our hands if we did that...... We were supposed to go in October & pushed it off until Feb.....not sure we could push it off that far & not have trouble!!
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:36 PM   #49
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I love the plans. I have been at Christimas before and you would love it.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:45 PM   #50
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I love the plans. I have been at Christimas before and you would love it.
I'm pretty sure I will love it....just from the pics I've seen!!!
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:49 PM   #51
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Sounds great Laurie.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:01 PM   #52
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Sounds great Laurie.
Thanx Michele!!
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I agree with Michele. The plans are looking good.
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I agree with Michele. The plans are looking good.
Thanx Kaitlin!!
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Janelle yes I know I am SO bummed that I am going to miss you guys by just a few days and Laurie by only a few hours LOL. But that was the only time we could get away where the kids wouldn't miss TOO much school.

Laurie your plans sound perfect!!

We did the holiday tour a few years back and it is lots of fun! Katy's birthday is New Year's Eve and we got special seating for the parade and at the end Santa comes and he spotted Katy's button and wished her a happy birthday. That was a GREAT thing! She really enjoyed it!!

I am with you I am REALLY hoping the weather cooperates this year since last year with that awful rain we missed EVERYTHING. We had ressies at Carnation Cafe and Big Thunder Ranch as well as something else I don't remember but 3 out of the 4 ressies that we made had to be cancelled because of the weather . The ONLY one we got to do was Blue Bayou for Katy's b-day.

They also cancelled the parade, fireworks everything. We didn't get to see hardly ANY of the holiday stuff other than just decorations. And as I mentioned we ended up having to go to the movies of all things because it was just SO miserable.

So REALLY praying for a better trip this time.

We did WOC in June and although I love it and would like to see a holiday version I think we are going to skip it this time. You will have to let me know if you got to see it and I KNOW you will take pics!

Everything sounds awesome so can't wait to see and hear more prep!!
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Morning Kelly!! I remember last years weather was horrible & your trip was right in the middle of it. I pray that S. Cali got that out their system & our time there will be dry & lovely!! I really want to see the WoC but not sure I want to chance missing the fireworks. I will probably try for the fireworks both nights....just to make sure. Plus I want to see IASW all lit up at night. More time would be ideal, but I will take the time I was blessed in getting & enjoy as much as a I can.
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Thanks for the welcome Laurie! I am only online during the week when I'm at work - I don't have internet at home...something about being an adult and having to choose priorities and electricity seems more important than internet at the moment...whatever!

Your plans sound great! I haven't been to Disneyland in many many years during the holidays and last time I was a teenager and more concerned with seeing my friends and "being cool" than with enjoying the decoration and atmosphere...

Can't wait to hear more...
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Thanks for the welcome Laurie! I am only online during the week when I'm at work - I don't have internet at home...something about being an adult and having to choose priorities and electricity seems more important than internet at the moment...whatever!

Your plans sound great! I haven't been to Disneyland in many many years during the holidays and last time I was a teenager and more concerned with seeing my friends and "being cool" than with enjoying the decoration and atmosphere...

Can't wait to hear more...
Sometimes being an adult & responsible sucks.... Hate having to chose one thing over another....especially when it comes to utilities...ugh!! Why can't we just live for free & that way we have money to do the fun stuff!!!
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