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Old 10-02-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
Eclectic Goddess
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What Happens In Anaheim, Stays in Anaheim...Mostly

Pre-Trip Report

Two days until we make our triumphant return to Disneyland! (The triumph? Making it a whole year since our last trip to Disneyland!)

A bit about us: We’re both adult women without children. DF is a HUGE Disney fan, member of D23, annual pass holder, etc... Her boyfriend has a rule that he will only travel to DL for her every four years, so several years ago, she asked me to go along with her. I’ve never been fan of all things Disney, but she talked me into it with Halloween decorations, Star Wars, and Gay Days. We have a friend who volunteers for the Gay Days organization, and she made it sound like great fun and very welcoming, even if we weren’t, strictly speaking, gay.

She was completely right. It’s awesome. We love it. We’ve been every year since. (Except that one fall when Harry Potter tempted us away to Universal Orlando instead, and we pined for Disneyland for the rest of the year.) We’ve made customized t-shirts some years, the most famous of which reads, “What happens in Anaheim…” on the front and “Stays in Anaheim.” on the back.

This year we’re flying into SNA on Thursday morning and back to Portland on Sunday evening. We’ll be using DK Livery again, and planning for a grocery stop to pick up juice, veggies, adult beverages, and other snacks. We always stay at the Grand Californian, making use of the Gay Days rate. I bought my 4 day park hopper through them as well.

We don’t follow a touring plan, but we are planning a few things:

On Thursday, we have Carthay Circle reservations for a late lunch. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, because I’m mostly vegetarian, and I’ve heard mixed reviews of the way they handle it. We’ll also be getting WOC passes for that night.

We were going to do the DCA Power Walk on Friday morning (and maybe Saturday) but learned that it only goes through DTD these days, and it starts at 7:30, which is a half hour after early entry. We agreed that we don’t want to trade park time to walk through DTD. DF is training for the WDW Princess half marathon, so she really wanted to do it. Instead, she’s going to spend some of our designated “nap time” on a treadmill at the gym.

We also decided not to do Mickey’s Halloween Party this year, and we don’t want to deal with the crowds at DCA, so we’ll be taking it easy Friday evening. There is a Gay Days cocktail mixer, and later there’s a special screening of the season premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race, with some of the previous contestants present. (I love that show!) If there are still tickets and a time that works for us, we might also go to see “Frankenweenie”.

Saturday is mostly going to be spent doing Gay Days activities, taking time off for a late breakfast at Steakhouse 55. Later that night, we have reserved dessert seating for first showing of Fantasmic! That’s particularly exciting, because I’ve never seen Fantasmic! (Yes, I know…it’s amazing they still let me post here.) We’ll probably stay in our seats through the fireworks, then head off to Kingdom to dance the rest of the night away.

Sunday we’ll have half a day in the parks. Officially, the Gay Days crowd is supposed to shift over to DCA, but the reality is that most people bounce back and forth both days, and we will too. That’s our last chance to visit our favorite rides and soak in some of the magic. We usually head back to the Grand Californian at least an hour early to retrieve our luggage and chill out in the lobby before heading back to the airport.

Trip details aside, what I’m most excited about is that I secretly booked an in-room celebration to surprise DF! She’s a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fan, so I got the Jack Skellington’s Halloween Treat. It comes with a bunch of Haunted Mansion and NBC stuff, including a Jack plush, Halloween decorations, and lots and lots of candy. I actually customized it some, taking out most of the gummi candy (since I can’t eat it anyway) and replacing it with Halloween popcorn. They’re also adding a Scary Teddy plush, because counting the Scary Teddies in the NBC Haunted Mansion overlay has always been a tradition for us. (It actually took a couple phone calls to get that added, because the first time I asked, they said that they weren’t available in the park. Thankfully, I called back and they found them!)

DF knows nothing about it. Her birthday was two weeks ago, and I told her that she was getting her present at DL, but didn’t give her any other hints. I am excessively excited about this! She keeps talking about Fantasmic! and Cars Land and some of the Gay Days events, and all I can think is, “I can’t wait until she sees our room!”

Very, very excited!

Disneyland Trips
Fall 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 ~ Gay Days Anaheim
Winter 2013 ~ Off Season Magic
Fall 2014 ~ DF's Birthday Extravaganza!
*January 2015 ~ Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend*
*Spring 2015 ~ Star Wars Celebration*

Orlando Trips
Fall 2010 ~ Harry Potter Emersion Therapy / Visit to the ‘World
Spring 2012 ~ Taking the HLP on Holiday!
Spring 2014 ~ Princess Half Marathon Weekend / Wizarding World

Spring 2016 ~ Princess Half / Wizarding World!
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