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Old 02-28-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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No way Jose! We are going to Disneyland! 3/13 - Movin' on Up!

Hello and welcome to my very FIRST Disneyland Trip Report! We have been to Walt Disney World many times (see reports of most of the trips in my signature), but this was our first time headed West!

First a quick introduction in case you haven't followed me on previous reports:

I'm Brook. Certified Disney Parks freeeeak! I love Disney news and rumors, love the parks, love vacation, love palm trees. I cannot go often enough, I'm always wanting to be there....and now with Disneyland under our belts, it has just fed the obsession more. I love Disney vacations so much, I became a Travel Agent last year specializing in it! It's a fantastic job and I've had the sheer pleasure of helping several of my DIS friends plan their trips!

Aside from that, I'm a Momma and we live in New York City!



My DH, Joe. He is thankfully quite in love with Disney Parks as well and is always eager to be on our next trip. He isn't quite the freak I am, but does get pretty excited about it all.



And then there is Henry...the true star of this report! He is our little man. 4 years old and LOVES Mickey's House!



Our dates were January 11-17, 2012. We are DVC members; however, this trip was planned fairly last minute, so we only stayed 1 night in the Villas at the Grand Californian (there aren't many villas and they can be difficult to get!), the other nights were spent at Disney's Paradise Pier. I also took a short Travel Agent class while there that toured the Disneyland Hotel - so you will get to see all three Disney resorts. As a family we toured Hollywood and went to LegoLand California too!

Because this was our first time, I "leading" our family on where to go and when. Joe had the camera most of the time, and I was focused on directing us to experience things that were different than Walt Disney World. As a result, this Trip Report will hopefully present you, not only with the magic and wonder of Disneyland, but also with a real grasp on the differences between the parks.

So, are you ready for the 5 hour flight from NYC to Long Beach? Make sure you are strapped in, your seat is in the upright position and your tray table is put away...here we go!

(and as a funny note, this is the second TR title I've had with a Spanish name in it! )


Table of Contents
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The is the plane ride that never ends, yes it goes on and on my...wait? We're there? Part One.
The is the plane ride that never ends, yes it goes on and on my...wait? We're there? Part Two.
The is the plane ride that never ends, yes it goes on and on my...wait? We're there? Part Three.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Lucky Number 13. Part One.
Lucky Number 13. Part Two.
Lucky Number 13. Part Three.
Lucky Number 13. Part Four.
Lucky Number 13. Part Five.
Second Breakfast Time! Part One.
Second Breakfast Time! Part Two.
Cute Bathrooms and a Giant Whale. Part One.
Cute Bathrooms and a Giant Whale. Part Two.
The Great Corn Dog Throwdown. Part One.
The Great Corn Dog Throwdown. Part Two.
The Great Corn Dog Throwdown. Part Three.
The Great Corn Dog Throwdown. Part Four.
Is that a cat?! Part One.
Is that a cat?! Part Two.
Is that a cat?! Part Three.
Is that a cat?! Part Four.
Is that a cat?! Part Five.
Is that a cat?! Part Six.
Is that a cat?! Part Seven.

Friday, January 13, 2012
On-Site Guest Perk! Part One.
On-Site Guest Perk! Part Two.
Henry & his snacks. Part One.
Henry & his snacks. Part Two.
Henry & his snacks. Part Three.
Two Words: Chicken Nuggets. Part One.
Two Words: Chicken Nuggets. Part Two.
Two Words: Chicken Nuggets. Part Three.
Time for school
Disney School. Part One.
Disney School. Part Two.
Disney School. Part Three.
Dinner Off-Site. Part One.
Dinner Off-Site. Part Two.
The Wonderful World of Color. Part One.
The Wonderful World of Color. Part Two.
The Wonderful World of Color. Part Three.
The Wonderful World of Color. Part Four.

Saturday, January 14
A Character Breakfast - Disneyland Style. Part One.
A Character Breakfast - Disneyland Style. Part Two.
A Character Breakfast - Disneyland Style. Part Three.
Hooray for Hollywood! Part One.
Hooray for Hollywood! Part Two.
Hooray for Hollywood! Part Three.
A Wild Goose Chase. AKA: How a GPS Saved my Marriage. Part One.
A Wild Goose Chase. AKA: How a GPS Saved my Marriage. Part Two.
Until the Sun Goes Down on Santa Monica Boulevard! Part One.
Until the Sun Goes Down on Santa Monica Boulevard! Part Two.
Until the Sun Goes Down on Santa Monica Boulevard! Part Three.

Sunday, January 15
Surprising Henry. Part One.
Surprising Henry. Part Two.
Surprising Henry. Part Three.
There's a reason we have a plan... Part One.
There's a reason we have a plan... Part Two.
My Obsession with Miniland! (and the rest of our day) Part One.
My Obsession with Miniland! (and the rest of our day) Part Two.
My Obsession with Miniland! (and the rest of our day) Part Three.
My Obsession with Miniland! (and the rest of our day) Part Four.
My Obsession with Miniland! (and the rest of our day) Part Five.
My Obsession with Miniland! (and the rest of our day) Part Six.
My Obsession with Miniland! (and the rest of our day) Part Seven.
My Obsession with Minland (and the rest of our day) Part Eight.

Monday, January 16
Wrapping up our "Must Do" List
Small World & Toon Town. Part One.
Small World & Toon Town. Part Two.
Small World & Toon Town. Part Three.
Small World & Toon Town. Part Four.
Small World & Toon Town. Part Five.
The Brave Little Boy. Part One.
The Brave Little Boy. Part Two.
Girl on a Misson
Table with a View. Part One.
Table with a View. Part Two.
Mother of the Year. NOT! Part One.
Mother of the Year. NOT! Part Two.
Checking off the To Do List. Part One.
Checking off the To Do List. Part Two.
Movin' on up! Part One.
Movin' on up! Part Two.

Other Stuff
Life Update
Cruise Update
One week!
Life Update - Hurricane Sandy
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Christmas in NYC
Holiday Train Show - Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #3
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Woooo Hoooo! Can't wait to hear all about the Disneyland trip!
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:51 AM   #5
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Im reading friend! Keep em coming...... Now I have to figure out how to do mine.......
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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I'm in! Henry gets cuter in every report!

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Old 02-28-2012, 10:14 AM   #8
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I'm here! I can't wait to see this, I know nothing about DL.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:15 AM   #9
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:04 AM   #10
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I'm here and ready to follow along! Love all you reports so far! Henry really has grown! Such a handsome little boy!
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:21 AM   #11
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Yay!!! I have been (NOT) so patiently waiting for this Going back to start reading!!!
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Hey Brook!

I"m here, too! Can't wait to hear all about it! Love the start, nice job, my friend!
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:26 AM   #13
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So excited to hear your take on DL. I have been following along on your last 2 WDW TR's but I am a lurker.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:48 AM   #15
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Saw this on the Disney Mom!!! I am here for the fun! We are planning Disneyland next year so I am anxious to hear all about your trip.
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