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Old 09-22-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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PTR/TR for November 23-27, Family of four

Hello all. This is my first thread, we'll see how it goes.

So, as mentioned before, our travel dates are November 23 to the 27 of this year. I have been enjoying Disneyland every year for the last six years with my DD(9), my senior year in high school I got to go three times. My DH's 1st time (then BF) was 2007 during the Halloweentime season. In Jan 2008 we added a DS who's 1st visit was that following Christmas (DH booked the trip and didn't know that the crowds would be horrible.) It rained most of the time and DS caught a cold. So, too keep him from getting more sick the boys stayed in the hotel while DD and I tried to enjoy the parks. My DH doesn't have the Disney bug like the rest of us and hates crowds, so he was cool with it. This trip I was planning on a re-do of my DS's 1st trip.


We live in the Central California area and will be driving to the Camelot Inn on the 23 (a six hour adventure). We will be spending three days in the parks
(24-26) and on the 27 we will be going home. I've never been to Disneyland during November and have read mixed reviews about the crowd level (can't be as bad as Christmas). On one morning we are planning on breakfast at the Plaza Inn and on a different evening we are planning on an Arials Grotto WOC dinner.

There will be pictures, I just don't know when. Our computer crashed, I've comadeared my DD's disney netbook. It doen't have a CD drive so i can't post anything I've already saved from previous visits and the hard drive is too small for my canon Vixia HG21 (an HD hard drive video/still shot). I was able to save some old photos on my itouch, I'll try to cut and paste those and see how that goes. Eventually I'll have a real computer and I will be able to post real pictures, so please just hang in there and be paitent.



So, about our cast. I'm a huge (as if there is another kind) Disney junkie, Goofy is my hero. I have passed the love of the majic onto my children. My DH (who new before we started dating about my Disney habit) doesn't quite get it, but he does go along for the ride and helps to feed my obbession. I was laid off (I'm an electrician) the last week of March and DH had been working some major OT (he's a high voltage electrician) so we could go. We are even planning our 1st WDW vacation for October 2011. I'm going back to school for my engingeering degree, taking online classes until our DS goes to school(I have to take 4 calculous classes ). Between unemployment and not having to pay for day care (a $14,000 a year savings) we almost balance out. DS is 2 3/4 and loves trains and Lighting McQueen. He's a big kid (9 1/2 lbs 22" at birth), last height check was 38" and weighs 40 lbs. On the other end of the spectum is DD (9). She's in the 4th grade and almost a straight A student(1 B) and the shortest in her class, she weighs 5lbs more than DS her last height check came in at 54". They are both big hams, I'm sure I'll get some great pictures and video.
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DS's 1st B-day


Okay, so that's our story. Sorry if it's a bit TMI. I'll keep you posted on what days/times our PS's are on, I can make them next week sometime.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:38 PM   #2
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I don't live far from Tracy...I'll be checking out your TR...I would love to visit during the Christmas holiday...I can't wait to see your pictures...I'll be there for Halloween and it will be my DS5's first trip to DL...
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:43 PM   #3
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I don't live far from Tracy...I'll be checking out your TR...I would love to visit during the Christmas holiday...I can't wait to see your pictures...I'll be there for Halloween and it will be my DS5's first trip to DL...
Thanks for coming along for the ride. Are you planning on going to the TOT party? I love to hear about your DS's 1st trip
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So last night I was playing with my camera. After viewing aplithera of pictures, I was inspired to learn a little more than the basics. I can now turn of the flash, take pictures in black and white/sepia, and learned to apreciate different angels. I was a little difficult to take pictures without the flash at night in the garden, the camera wouldn't focus so I learned how to focus manually.
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Subbing! I'm a fellow November tripper and I love that you're driving down on my birthday!

We pass by Tracy when we drive down to DL (580 to I-5).

The picture of your DS with the cake all over his face is so cute!

Great first thread! I'm considering doing a PTR/TR but I have a tendency to not take as many pictures as I want to so I don't know if my TR would be too exciting if it doesn't have a lot of pictures.

Oh, what type of camera do you have? I am considering getting a new one because I get a lot of blurry pictures from the one I have now (not sure if its me or the camera - I like to think its the camera).
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:08 PM   #6
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Another Novemeber tripper checking in! Can't wait for the TR and pics!
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:17 PM   #7
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Subbing! I'm a fellow November tripper and I love that you're driving down on my birthday!

We pass by Tracy when we drive down to DL (580 to I-5).

The picture of your DS with the cake all over his face is so cute!

Great first thread! I'm considering doing a PTR/TR but I have a tendency to not take as many pictures as I want to so I don't know if my TR would be too exciting if it doesn't have a lot of pictures.

Oh, what type of camera do you have? I am considering getting a new one because I get a lot of blurry pictures from the one I have now (not sure if its me or the camera - I like to think its the camera).
I so glad you like my pictures and your coming along for the journey. The pics that are posted above are from a canon powershot, you can find them anywhere and usually for under $200. They also take video. I have a new digial HD camcorder/camera. I haven't tested at Disneyland yet, but if you would like a demo of it's (and mine) capabilites, I have plenty of pics from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and my DH's garden.
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Another Novemeber tripper checking in! Can't wait for the TR and pics!

Thanks for coming along. I saw your thread, too and I'll be following along.
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Okay, so I know these aren't Disneyland pictures, but I wanted to share my new camera.

This is my DH's garden (a rose in sepia)


This is at Santa Cruz Boardwalk on a fast spinning ride (think the Scrambler at any carnival) left to right DS, DD, DD's BFF
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The picture of your kids on the spinning ride is really good quality. Hmm, I may have to get a new one before my trip.
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The picture of your kids on the spinning ride is really good quality. Hmm, I may have to get a new one before my trip.
You are so kind, thank you, If I may suggest? Most digital cameras shutters don't close right when you press the button. I've learned to "lead the target". I'll follow whatever I'm amiing at as I press the button. Same holds true if you are mobil and your target is stationary (the train that goes through the dinosoaur grand canyon) for instance.

It took a couple passes before I got a good, clear picture of the kids before I got this one.

Again, thank you and have fun camera shopping.
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Checking in from the November thread! Looks like you are off to a good start on your report. What a couple of cuties you will be traveling with! I hope your DS's trip this time goes much better... for him and the entire bunch. Keep us posted with the rest of your plans. Maybe we will see you there.
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I love the picture of your DS's birthday...wow...your kids are adorable and I am excited for you and your family! I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see how things go
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This is soooo cool!! I have a "following", neat

I have an update. We have made our PS's for our trip. While I had the dinning person on the phone, I asked some scheduling questions since there was no information on the calender. I learned that for the entire length of our stay, the park hours are
8am-12am for DL
10am-10pm for DCA
There will be two showings of WOC each night and two showings of F! each night.

On our first day in the parks (the 24th, day before Thanksgiving) we will be have breakfast with Minnie and friends at The Plaza Inn at 8:30. In past visits, we have enjoyed this resturant but never for breakfast. Their chicken is very yummy We're hopping that Donald Duck is out for autographs/picture in town square. If he is, that will give us time to add him to our collection. We've gone to Disneyland every year for the past 6 years and always seem to miss him.

On our last day in the parks (the 26th, black friday) We have an Ariel's Grotto/WOC dinning package, that will alow us to see the first show (9pm). Originally the time was for 6:40. After reading the WOC dinning thread, it dawned on me that the time may be too late to get a "good" spot for WOC beacuse everyone lines up around 7pm. So I changed it to 5:40. That will alow us to go potty, get some mobile snacks, and park the stroller without having to run a mini marathon.

I also relize that sitting for more than 15 min without any enternainment for an almost 3 year old boy is going to be impossible. If anyone has ideas that will keep a busy boy reletivily happy, please share. I'm thinking bubbles (if I can find them, our Target doesn't seem to have any) and Utube on DH's droid. I'm even thinking party poppers, and small toys (matchbox cars, Thomas trains, etc.) He's also a fan of Umie Zoomie, we may put on our umie goggles and "spy" for stuff.

I didn't schedule anything for Thanksgiving day because I've heard mixed reviews about the crowd level. Also, DH doen't like being on a schedule while on vacation. I try to explain that it makes for a much smoother vacation and we won't have to wait in lines (as much) or take our chances with what is available when we are hungry. He doesn't get.

The kids are getting excited. My DS asks to watch Disneyland at least once a day (DVR'ed off directv/travel channel), he gets really animated during the small world segment and POTC segment. DD's must ride first is SM, she reminds me every day. She has also reminded me (every day) that her and her brother need to have thier pictures taken next to the plane and with a letter.



Until next time. . .
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I didn't schedule anything for Thanksgiving day because I've heard mixed reviews about the crowd level. Also, DH doen't like being on a schedule while on vacation. I try to explain that it makes for a much smoother vacation and we won't have to wait in lines (as much) or take our chances with what is available when we are hungry. He doesn't get.

Just an idea: you can always make a couple PS for Thanksgiving but if the crowds are too much you can choose not to use them. But it might be better to have them just in case you do decide to eat in the parks.
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