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Old 02-21-2013, 02:22 AM   #31
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For me, some of the things are (but not necessarily every trip):

-Ride Splash Mountain around midnight or the every end of the night.

-Ride DLRR full circle once.

-USE to ride the PM first ride of the day.

-Must do trip on ST to see the galaxy at least once in the day.

-Usually try to include Soarin also at least once in the day.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:15 AM   #32
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Usually stay at GCH...it feels like going home and the first morning eating at Storytellers for Breakfast.

Must...
- have a Mickey pretzel.
- Ride BTMRR at night
- Ride POTC three times in a row while waiting to take our seats for our dessert and drinks before Fantasmic
- Get Mickey Head Beignets from Mint Julip Bar and ride DLRR around the park.
- See Mickey and Minnie in TT
- Get Fire and Ice Pedi's at Mandera Spa

Now I really can't wait till October!
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:12 AM   #33
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I guess we are a non-traditional tradition family! After multiple trips (as a kid, couple and now mom..) we choose to do something that we haven't done before. Every trip there has to be something new, this way we keep DL fresh and there's always the excitement of the unknown in every trip.

Granted, this is easier at WDW, where I could live a lifetime and never do it all...but we find this easier than you might think at DL as well. Even with multiple trips per year, there is always something new to experience. Whether it's a new restaurant to try, ride, show or parade to experience, or new hotel, guided tour, etc...

For our trip in December, our new-to-us things were - Ralph Brennan's (fantastic), saw the Holiday Parade (also great!) and stayed at the Anaheim Hilton (a very nice surprise!)

For my daughter's birthday weekend (March 2nd/3rd) we are trying Trader Sam's for cocktails, Ariel's Grotto for breakfast, the Fantasmic Dessert Seating and the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour.

Anytime we feel like we are missing out on an old favorite we tell ourselves - we can always come back!

For my birthday weekend, also on March 2nd/3rd, I am also going to Trader Sam's, trying the F! dessert seating and the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour. Great minds think alike
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:18 AM   #34
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Mine is to ride Jungle Cruise first. Not sure what I would do with myself if it was closed during a trip!
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:48 AM   #35
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Some real good and unique one's here, the purple tea cup one is awesome (how did that start?).

Another one I personally look forward too every trip is the White Chocolate cookie from Pooh's Corner (aka triple chocolate) - best cookie I can recall ever having.

I actually had one for awhile at the Blue Bayou...I would ask for a second Gumbo with my meal, got denied 5 trips in a row and on the 6th trip I finally got one. Even when I offered to pay, they said they had no way to charge it. Needless to say they server who did cave in got a great tip! 6 years of persistence paid off, now I need a new challenge.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:03 AM   #36
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We always ride POTC and HM first.
Big Thunder at night
Many Mickey Pretzels
Grab popcorn on the way back to our room to rest (I snack on it in the hotel)
At least once: I get a coffee also on the way back to the room. I like coffee then naps. Lol
We always go for our wedding anniversary.
Dinner at the Blue Bayou on the night of our anniversary.
We always eat sometime at BTRBBQ (it is DH's favorite)
F! Dessert one night
We get a waffle cone at Gibson girl our last night and watch people leave the park. We used to sit at carnation cafe as we ate, but we were not allowed to last time.
I get teary as we leave the park the last time.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:16 AM   #37
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* listen to the party line in the general store
* POTC, BTMRR, HM
* walk through the castle
* visit the wishing well
* ride the DLRR
* take advantage of the great photo ops in ToonTown
* get popcorn, sit on a bench near ROA and watch the ducks and birds

I'll be curious how all this changes considering I haven't been to DLR is about 10 years and will be coming with DH and the kids for the first time!
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #38
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We have a few:

~ Stay at Grand Californian

~ First ride: Haunted Mansion.

~ Second ride: Pirates

~ First rope drop ride: Peter Pan (We usually arrive later in the morning on our first day so do rope drop the second.)

~ First (and sometimes second) night nightcap: Carthay Circle Lounge (Previously UVA Bar)

~ At least one caramel apple, with nuts

~ Mickey head beignets (pumpkin in the fall!) from Mint Julep Bar on one of our early entry mornings

~ Breakfast at Steakhouse 55


Gay Days Specific
~ Ride at least one ride with another mass of "red shirts"

~ Sit with red shirts for the Soundsational Parade and follow end of parade to Main Street with same, singing and clapping along with "Step in Time".


We also have a tradition that sort of happened by accident, but is essentially my DF and I splitting up so I can ride ToT and California Screamin' while she shops, then meeting back up to go to lunch. We've never planned it that way, but it happens almost every trip!
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:29 PM   #39
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Skip and sing along with the music on Main Street as we make our way into the park.

Use Magic Morning to go on nearly empty Fantasyland rides.

Eat a Dole whip, Mickey Pretzel and Mickey Premium bar at least once each trip

Make a wish in Snow White's well

Make sure we wander down Main Street after dark to take in the magic

Over in DCA, make sure we see WOC at least once, hopefully more.

Ride Soarin' every time we are in the park

Mostly we just play it by ear, so we don't have a first ride every time. We usually try to end on a classic though, like HM, Space, etc. I guess our other tradition would be feel sad when we leave for the last time!
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:36 PM   #40
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We have a few:

~ Stay at Grand Californian

~ First ride: Haunted Mansion.

~ Second ride: Pirates

~ First rope drop ride: Peter Pan (We usually arrive later in the morning on our first day so do rope drop the second.)

~ First (and sometimes second) night nightcap: Carthay Circle Lounge (Previously UVA Bar)

~ At least one caramel apple, with nuts

~ Mickey head beignets (pumpkin in the fall!) from Mint Julep Bar on one of our early entry mornings

~ Breakfast at Steakhouse 55


Gay Days Specific
~ Ride at least one ride with another mass of "red shirts"

~ Sit with red shirts for the Soundsational Parade and follow end of parade to Main Street with same, singing and clapping along with "Step in Time".


We also have a tradition that sort of happened by accident, but is essentially my DF and I splitting up so I can ride ToT and California Screamin' while she shops, then meeting back up to go to lunch. We've never planned it that way, but it happens almost every trip!
It's funny, I have accidentally planned 3 trips during Gay Days. Always makes the park quite a fun experience, albeit very busy.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:36 PM   #41
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That is cool!
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:19 PM   #42
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It's funny, I have accidentally planned 3 trips during Gay Days. Always makes the park quite a fun experience, albeit very busy.
Our first trip was an accident, too. We were planning around a park-only figure release, and the weekends happened to coincide. Now it's an annual trip! Agree with you on the busy-ness, though. Hoping this year will be better because it's not the same weekend as Columbus Day.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:42 PM   #43
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Our first trip was an accident, too. We were planning around a park-only figure release, and the weekends happened to coincide. Now it's an annual trip! Agree with you on the busy-ness, though. Hoping this year will be better because it's not the same weekend as Columbus Day.
Looks like I'll miss it by 1 week this year...

Personally my favorite thing to do on Gay Days is look for families who brought matching red shirts and had no clue that Gay Days was on...they always look so confused! Glad to see that Disney is starting to recognize it more officially now with merchandise and food combo's.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:15 AM   #44
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We have a couple,

-The day we arrive we usually try to get settled into the hotel and into the park for the parade. We walk in and get an ice cream and just sit on Main Street an wait for the parade, walk around and enjoy the park after and then watch fireworks from the hub. We leave the park after the fireworks on the first night so we can get a good night sleep for the next early day.
-We try to be first ones at the gates every morning.
-Mickey waffles
-I always have to come home with a mug
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:47 PM   #45
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We have a couple,

-The day we arrive we usually try to get settled into the hotel and into the park for the parade. We walk in and get an ice cream and just sit on Main Street an wait for the parade, walk around and enjoy the park after and then watch fireworks from the hub. We leave the park after the fireworks on the first night so we can get a good night sleep for the next early day.
-We try to be first ones at the gates every morning.
-Mickey waffles
-I always have to come home with a mug
Those Disney mugs are great, we have a good collection going that I guess we could call it a tradition as well as we seem to buy one every time.
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