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Old 12-07-2009, 10:08 AM   #31
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Tiana's Showboat Jubilee was over and our pineapple spears were long gone. We headed over to Haunted Mansion and walked right in. I actually missed standing in line and winding around back by the graveyard. Again, I tried to enjoy the Holiday version, but I think I ended up picturing the regular set up as we rode along. Maybe if I had seen the movie before, I would have enjoyed the change???

When going through my pictures, I noticed that I enjoy lamp posts and lights.







Next we headed over to Splash Mountain. It was almost 12:30 by the time we got off. We had PS at 1:45 for Rain Forest Cafe, so we headed back toward the Monorail Station and tried to get in touch with the others.

There was only 1 person getting a picture taken by the Partners Statue, so we decided it was a good time to get a photo of it. As we were walking up, DS9 asked, "Oh, is that Martin Luther King, Jr. with Mickey Mouse?" Silence. "No...That would be Walt Disney." (Last week there was a Scholastic Book Fair at the kids' school. I was shopping around and found a book called "Who is Walt Disney?" It looks like a good one, not too long. So I bought it with plans to give it to him for Christmas. The next day he handed me his "wish list" from the book fair that they compiled during Library time, and that book was on it! )



Moving on...we heard from the others by this time. They were making their way over to our area after taking a ride on Pirates. So DS9 went on Astro Orbitor while we waited.

Forgive my ignorance, but what are these?



Yellow fruits, but too round to be lemons. I've never noticed them before. You can see some that aren't ripe yet. Do people ever help themsleves to these?

The whole family got together again and we headed toward the Monorail. DS3 asked "Does this ride have fast hills?" We had fun pointing out our hotel as we rode past HOJO. We arrived in DTD a little early, so we decided to go to the Lego store, having to practically DRAG the kids in...



Besides the impressive giraffe and Darth Vader, we all really liked that 3-D hologram thing. You could hold a Lego set up to a scanner, and then you could see yourself on this screen holding the set and this 3-D image of the set was sitting on top of the box so you could see what it looks like when it is built. Not sure if I'm explaining it very well, but it was really cool.

I really liked the palm tree view outside of the store.



Time for our late lunch at RFC. We were seated next to this guy:



Here is what we ate:

DH thought his steak was just alright.



I really liked my soup. I think it was called Jungle Safari or something like that. It had sausage, zucchini, garbanzo beans, pasta, and I can't remember what else. Oh, and parmesan cheese on top. It was really good - not a very appetizing picture, I'm afraid.



We also got these pita quesadillas. Slightly dry and tasteless, and served with not nearly enough pico de gallo and sour cream. They willingly brought me more when I requested them. I would proabably order them again.



The kids all had the pepperoni pizza.



Sometimes when restaurants serve pizza - when pizza isn't their specialty - it's kind of weird looking and doesn't taste very good. This pizza was really good - all the kids loved it.

We forgot to use our $10 off coupon when we paid our bill. When our server came back, we asked if it was too late to use it, and she happily adjusted our bill. Each of the kids pressed a penny on the way out.

We decided to head back to Disneyland by way of walking through DTD, since we had never been there. It's a fun walk. We decided to ride Soarin' since we were in the vicinity. Less than a 5 minute wait. I saw the queue area that was empty and was glad we didn't need to wait in that kind of line. I was hoping no one would lose their lunch. No one did.

Heading back into Disneyland for our debut performance in the Tiana's Showboat Jubilee show!
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I am LOVING your TR! makes me so excited to be leaving in a few months! thanks! and your pics are awesome!
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I'm coming out of lurkdom I'm really enjoying your report! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:27 PM   #34
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I am LOVING your TR! makes me so excited to be leaving in a few months! thanks! and your pics are awesome!
Thanks! Have a great trip! Wish I was going back in a few months...
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I'm coming out of lurkdom I'm really enjoying your report! Thanks for sharing!
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Funny side note... It is snowing today. When we were outside DS3 called out, "Don't let the snow get in your mouth! It's really soap!"
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we were there part of the same time you were there (11/13 - 11/17). Love all your photos, especailly since I accidently left my camera battery at home, so no great photos... We loved Bugsland and all their wonderful details.
Thank You! Ooohhh, bummer about the camera battery. I took a lot of pictures but I found that I wish I had taken a lot more. Maybe if I went regularly I wouldn't feel the need to do that, but since I don't, I wish I had taken more.
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So... heading back to Disneyland. On our way in we saw Goofy. We took a few quick pics and then headed over to the Mark Twain dock.



I passed off the camera to DH so he could capture our debut in a show at Disneyland (), and then DS9 and I went to the waiting area. OK, I'm not the performing type, but give me a golden choir robe, a tambourine, and put me on the Mark Twain and I'm all over it. Once everyone arrived - I think there were only 20-ish of us - 2 of the girls from the show gave us the low-down on what we'd be doing. I was really excited. They explained what we'd be doing during each of the three numbers we were involved in. We lined up on the side of the boat that faces the island. We were each given a streamer to wad up in our hands until showtime. When it was time, we were led to the other side of the boat and we waved our streamers to "Goin' Down the Bayou, Goin' Down the Bayou, Goin' Down the Bayou..." I don't really know if that's the name of the song, but those were the words that were stuck in my mind for the next while. After that song we went back to the other side of the boat where we were each handed a very large music note. We were led back out and we "danced" the music notes to and fro over the edge of the boat. Back to the other side of the boat for our wardrobe change! Well, we didn't actually change. We just put these golden choir robes on that zipped up over our clothes. We each received a tambourine, and were led out once again for the final number. (We were on the bottom level of the boat all this time, by the way.) "You Gotta Diiiiig a Little Deeper..." The songs were really catchy - they still pop into my mind once in a while. So we danced around and played our tambourines until the show was officially over and the streamers shot out. Actually, most of us kept going. It was just such a catchy tune.



OK, I've got to backtrack a bit. When we were waiting to go out for the first number, one of the other regular old guests pointed out a guy to me who was also performing as a regular old guest and said, "See that guy...he does the voice of Louis the Alligator in the movie." I wasn't completely sure if she knew what she was taking about, but it was still interesting. Then after the show was over, as we continued sailing around, one of the regular old guests that performed with us that happened to be there with the guy that was supposedly "Louis" told me, "See that guy, he does the voice of Louis in the movie." I figured since he was there with him, he probably knew what he was talking about. It was indeed him. During this time - as we sailed the rest of the way around - Tiana and Naveen posed for picures with all of us regular old guests. I was really missing my camera at this point. I asked "Louis' friend" if he just happened to be at Disneyland that day or what. He said yes. "Louis" introduced himself to DS9 and shook his hand. He said, "Hi, I'm Michael." DS9 asked him to sign our boarding pass ticket for him. I asked him to say something "Louis-y" for us, but he just laughed it off. Oh, here he is:



After the Meet-n-Greet with the characters, all of us regular guests were given Mardi Gras bead-type necklaces with a medallion-type thing on it that said "Tiana's Showboat Jubilee" on one side, and "Disneyland" on the other side. I have to say that this was a highlight for me - to perform in a show at Disneyland. Hmmm...it was Cast Member Party time tonight. I wonder if I should have gone...

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After the Jubilee, I had some tired and cranky kids. I'm pretty sure there was crying involved. I really wanted to see Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, and this was the perfect opportunity. We were right there and showtime was in about 15 minutes. I figured it would be crowded and wondered if we'd even find a table to seat 5. No worries. Maybe 3 tables were staked out??? I ordered ice cream and cake for all of us to share. DH and I had our own table and the kids had their own table. Other people filed in, but not that many more.

Whoa! Anyone want to split some cake???



This show was a nice break and everyone enjoyed it. I wondered if it would be one of those shows that grown-ups would enjoy, but kids would find boring. This was not the case at all. All 3 of the kids laughed a lot. They especially enjoyed the "teeth" and the bit about the bow going up Billy's nose and him saying something about how you want your kids to have a nice quality experience at DL, etc.... and how you would never see that (bow up the nose) on a brochure for Disneyland.






And a bit o' Christmas Cheer from Golden Horseshoe:





We split up at this point. DH and DS9 went to go use Indy FPs, and I took the other two boys to ride Buzz and Astro Orbitor. Later we met up at Nemo. The line looked a little daunting, compared to what he had seen so far this trip as far as lines went in general, but it ended up being only a 12 minute wait! I hardly had time to text my sister and ask her if there was ANY way she thought she'd be able to get a few days off work in the next year for the 2 of us to head to DL alone, and if so, I would upgrade to an AP just for that. (The sadness was settling in that I only had 1 more day. ) Anyway, I had heard so many not-so-good reviews about Nemo, but I really liked it. I thought it was cute and clever. DS3 and DS6 especially enjoyed it and were excited the whole time. It was all very real to them. I won't admit how old I was when I realized that you didn't actually descend once you got in the sub. Those bubbles made it so real to me. The last time I was at DL I think the subs were just totally gone and out of the water, so I was happy to have them back.

When we got off Nemo, we had time for just one more ride. It had to be Autopia because we were that close to closing time. All the kids love this ride and it was a short wait so all was good. It was fun to do at night while the Fireworks were going.

I thought it was weird that our stroller was waiting for us when we got off Autopia. I had left it over by Tomorrowland Terrace, closer to the Matterhorn. DS6 said, "There's our stroller" and I said, "No...I left ours over here" and headed off to get it, but then upon a second look I realized it really was ours. That reminds me...another night that we had split up and I took the older 2 on Indy and Big Thunder Mountain while DH and DS3 did some Fantasyland stuff, we were walking along heading back to FL. DS6 said, "There's our stroller." And it was. Parked by the Teacups. It was so funny! It was really crowded by that time, not to mention dark.

We had planned on doing our after-hours shopping on this night and headed toward the shops on Main Street. It seemed like the CMs were really rushing everyone out. We quickly found out that we had to exit ASAP since there was a private event that night. So we left - there were tons of people outside the gates waiting to get in. Not sure what was going on. We ended up heading to DTD for a bit of shopping and some Wetzel's Pretzels.

More Christmas Cheer:







It seems like this sign was never completely lit up while we were there.





Back to HOJO we go...DS9 is practically sleep walking. His eyes were closed and DH held him by the arm and guided him along. DS6 was sleeping and riding in the stroller. DS3 was...well, all over the place. He was running here and there, very energetic, laughing, jumping, etc. It was really funny since the rest of us were so exhausted. He didn't take a nap in the stroller that day, so I'm not sure what was up with that. It did make for a nice walk back to the hotel, though. At one point I decided to just plop him in the stroller on top of DS6 so I could go a little quicker. Good thing DS6 was asleep... he never would have agreed to these riding arrangements had he been awake. And that brings us to the end of Day 3 out of 4. So sad.

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That's so neat you got to be in the show! I'm dragging my boyfriend to the movie at some point this week
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Funny side note... It is snowing today. When we were outside DS3 called out, "Don't let the snow get in your mouth! It's really soap!"
Your kids are cracking me up. This comment, them noticing all the gas on the rides, their reactions to some of the rides, and the story of walking back to HOJO with DS3 sitting on DS6. Funny stuff. They sound like very fun kids.
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That's so neat you got to be in the show! I'm dragging my boyfriend to the movie at some point this week
I saw previews for the movie a couple of times on TV tonight. I'm more excited to go since I'm a bit familiar with the music.
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Your kids are cracking me up. This comment, them noticing all the gas on the rides, their reactions to some of the rides, and the story of walking back to HOJO with DS3 sitting on DS6. Funny stuff. They sound like very fun kids.
Thanks, they are fun. I decided I really need to write stuff down when they say something cute/funny. I think I'll always remember that stuff...and then I forget.
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4th and Final Day

Originally we were going to get 3 day park hoppers. We booked our hotel with that in mind. Then I discovered how getting 4 day hoppers wasn't that much extra AND Jungle Cruise, Casey Jr. and Storybook Land would all be re-opening the day after our original last day. So we went with the 4 day hoppers, but it was too late to add an extra night to our room at HOJO. We ended up reserving 1 night at the Best Western across from the Disneyland entrance. So...Friday morning we slept in way later than we should have. We barely made check out at noon. Then we headed down the street to Best Western. It was a pain to move for just one night, but it sure was handy when DL closing time came at midnight (instead of 8pm like our other nights) and we had a shorter walk back to our room. DH checked in and the kids and I headed to Disneyland for the last time in who knows how long. (Hopefully not 13 years. )

We didn't get there until around 12:30. I wanted pictures of everything.



Our first order of business was to go to Mad Hatter and get Mickey Ears for DS9 and DS3. We had already gotten ones for DS6. When we took the hats up to the ladies who do the embroidery, we noticed Pluto had just come out from that area next door. So we went outside to catch a pic or 2, and then went back in to pick up the hats.



Then Donald came walking out from the same area.





When it was our turn for pictures, Donald plucked DS9's Mickey Ears right off his head, forbidding him to wear them in the picture! When we were done, he plugged his nose (bill?) as he returned the hat. So funny having him be himself.



Then Mickey came out. We went to get in line, but the handler had already stopped the line from forming. We hadn't done the horse-drawn trolley, and it was just pulling up, so we hopped on. I love riding down Main Street. The 3 boys were riding up front. A man in the next bench commented on their "wonderful view" and "hoping that the horse hadn't eaten beans for breakfast."



By the way...I Spy Mickey.

We got off the trolley and then rode the Omnibus back.

Christmas Cheer from the bus:





I couldn't believe it when I was going through my pictures and realized that I forgot to take a picture of us/the kids in front of the huge Christmas tree! 4 whole days...not a single one.

The line for Mickey was open again outside Mad Hatter, so we finally got our Mickey pictures. At the time I was thinking "possible Christmas card picture." But once getting a closer look at it...I think not. DS3 is scratching himself right between his eyebrows...with just one finger...and it looks a little...inappropriate.
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Next up, Jungle Cruise. It had been closed all week and re-opened today. We passed these guys singing "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" on the way over. I would have liked to have lingered longer - I was really enjoying it - but the others were ready to move along.



I have always enjoyed the Jungle Cruise jokes, but our skipper on this particular cruise just wasn't doing it for me.





It was nice, however, to get reacquainted with the backside of water.

I had seen pictures of these little signs around the DIS. I didn't realize they were as everywhere as they are.



DS3 joined the ranks of the other kids who thought it meant "No Dancing Allowed." He also intrepreted the bottom part of this one to mean "You're Not Allowed to Buckle Your Seatbelts."



On to the Tiki Room. I had heard this had been updated over the years and I wasn't thrilled about that, to say the least. We went right in. The show started and I was transported to 1979. I got a bit teary, because as far as I could tell, it was the same. Exactly the same. I'm sure I had a goofy little smile on my face the whole time because I was so happy about that.







Time for another ride that re-opened today...Casey Jr. The line for this ride was one of our longest. Not sure if it was because it was just re-opening after a refurb, or if it was just really popular. The line didn't seem to move for the longest time and we were wondering if it was down. Finally things got moving. I sat in the caboose with DS6. He wanted a cage, but there wasn't any more room. As we were chugging along, I noticed that the Storybook Land Canal Boats weren't running. They were supposed to have re-opened today as well. Disappointing. That was supposed to be up next.
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I'm so excited to do the Tiki Room when we go!!! It's the WDW version that's changed over the years and I miss the original! (Though what I remember as the original probably isn't!)
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