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Old 06-07-2010, 02:45 PM   #16
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I sure hope you hubby has warmed up to the idea of Disneyland. Since I've never been to WDW, I can only tell him to keep in mind that DL is much smaller, more intimate & quaint. It also is the place that Walt walked down Main Street & started it all. If he keeps that in mind, he should fine DL a wonderful place to visit & hopefully not the ugly step-sister!! Hopefully he can go in with out trying to compare the 2 parks......you can't compare because they are so different. We love our little park & I hope he will too!!

You're sooooooo close now!! Your plans look great!! I'm glad you saw the picnic dinner for WofC. We actually went with the dinner package at Ariel's Grotto. I'll be interested in hearing how you liked the picnic & seating area for the show!!!

Your daughter is a cutie pie!!

Hope you ALL have a great time & feel the Disney magic when you enter the gates!!!

Thanks for the good wishes. Good luck on your family trip as well. My hubby is excited about the trip. I think he just has the bug to go BIG and we are trying a scaled down vacation this summer because of the age of our little one. I know I can't wait to revisit your quaint little park down south. I love Disneyland!!!!

Can't wait to hear how Ariel's Grotto works out. I like the idea of paying for a picnic lunch and NOT having to deal with FP at the same time. I hope it works out in practice like it sounds in theory.
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:09 PM   #17
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Hooray, I'm glad your hubby is excited about going now!!

The whole World of Color thing is going to be interesting until they get it down to a science.......I think the crowds are going to be huge & for them to keep going back & forth on how to deal with them & reserved seating, etc has just added to the problems & confusion. Hopefully it will get figured out before I pay $36 per plate......at that price, I better get a ticket for the reserved area!!
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:45 PM   #18
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Picnic Lunches Ordered

Another item checked off my list!!! On June 10th I decided to just check and see if Disney was allowing orders for the WOC picnics..THEY WERE!!! I immediately ordered 4 all American adult meals and 1 jr all American for DS. At $74.95 with tickets for a reserved viewing area for WOC I think it was absolutely worth it. No waiting FP lines for us!!!! I'm especially excited given the great reviews of the show and the not so great reviews of the standard viewing areas here on the site.

This will also free up use of one our $15.00 vouchers in the dining plan. To compensate we plan on eating a character breakfast on Sunday and then have 2 quick service meals. I think this is going to be more food than we are used to. Usually we only eat two meals a day at Disney parks, along with a snack, given the amount of food they give you at the meals. Sunday may be titled "walk until those calories are burned" day!!!!

Doin' the happy dance as we are in the home stretch!
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #19
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Woo Hoo on the picnics!!! I watched a youtube of the WoC show & it looks so good....I really can't wait to see it in person!!! We debated about the picnic & still might change our mind but for now we're set for dinner at Ariel's.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:38 AM   #20
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DH convinced me not to watch the online video of the show....He wants to experience it first hand for the first time and he knows if I watch I won't be able to stop myself from sharing it with him! He was so cute about it that I'm honoring his wishes (I've been tempted to just watch it anyway and not tell him, Ha, Ha).
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:18 PM   #21
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My hubby was the same way....but trust me....watching it on the computer vs watching in person will totally be different!! I did it so the twins could get used to the music & sounds plus occassionally they watched it. I'm super excited to see it live now!!
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:00 PM   #22
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Blue Bayou

Last Sunday we celebrated Father's Day with my dad, since we are going to be in the park on the actual day this year and he won't be there. During dinner we started talking about "that restaraunt inside Pirates of the Caribbean." DH revealed that he would love to eat there (acutally his words were, "honey, you booked a meal there right?").

I hadn't booked a meal there because they don't accept meal vouchers. However, I decided to revisit the issue given the fact that we have a full days worth of $15.00 meal vouchers to use up (we pre-purchased picnics for WOC). I called Disney dining and was told "absolutely" Blue Bayou accepts the $15.00 meal vouchers. With each member of our party having two $15.00 coupons to dedicate to the meal I think we should be able to cover the bill with the vouchers!!!!

But, did they have an opening this late in the game for a party of 4 adults, 1 child and an infant? "Absolutely!!!!" We are eating there Sunday at 3:30pm.

I have never eaten at Blue Bayou but have always wanted to since I was a kid. I really hope the restaraunt lives up to the hype!!!

As an added bonus we can celebrate Father's Day with DH and my father-in-law at the Blue Bayou.
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We really enjoyed our meal there. It was just my hubby & I, but our bill still was close to $60. (and we shared a meal). You can look at the menus/prices on the DIS or at allears.net

We were seated by the water & got to watch the boats float by. There are people that will yell things at the diners from the boats....but I found it kinda fun! One boat was yelling to throw food so I yelled back for them to throw money....

We've decided not to do Blue Bayou this trip. We found the food at Cafe Orlean's to be even better & in the same style.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:28 PM   #24
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We really enjoyed our meal there. It was just my hubby & I, but our bill still was close to $60. (and we shared a meal). You can look at the menus/prices on the DIS or at allears.net

We were seated by the water & got to watch the boats float by. There are people that will yell things at the diners from the boats....but I found it kinda fun! One boat was yelling to throw food so I yelled back for them to throw money....

We've decided not to do Blue Bayou this trip. We found the food at Cafe Orlean's to be even better & in the same style.
We also have a reservation at Cafe Orleans. Do you think we should cancel it and go somewhere else just to get more variety?
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I absolutely love eating at BB and I hope you don't regret fitting it into your plans. I cannot imagine taking a trip to DLR and not eating there to be honest. Ive never had a bad meal, I've always had amazing service, and the ambiance is something that you just wont find at any other restaurant in Disneyland. Just a heads' up, if you have some people in your party that aren't big eaters you can cut down on the cost a little by splitting plates, with two options:

1. Split Plate charge of $12 where they'll split the entree for you and each person gets their own side salad and veggies

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2. Simply ordering the entree and asking for a second plate and you can split the meal yourself. It's totally free

They raised the split plate fee last year, but it still works out to be cheaper than if you ordered 2 seperate entrees. My friend and I did that on one of our trips last year because we both wanted our salad and veggies but knew we couldn't eat seperate meals by ourselves and wanted to save money, and it worked out perfectly.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:12 PM   #26
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We also have a reservation at Cafe Orleans. Do you think we should cancel it and go somewhere else just to get more variety?
I wouldn't.....we had seafood at BB & the other goodies at Cafe Orleans. I think the only main dish they do the same is the Monte Cristo's (there could be a few others). The style is similar but they are both different & very good. I'd do both & then you can decide which one you enjoyed the most (just in case next trip you can only pick one......)
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Day 1-Travel and Toy Story 3

We are back and missing Disney already! Overall the trip was great. Saturday and Sunday (June 19th and 20th) we had no crowds, 10-15 minute waits for rides and pleasant weather. Monday (June 21st) was a zoo. The park was so crowded we hardly did anything in the parks at all...the pool was calling our name!!!!

Here is the begining of my day by day breakdown:

Day 1-Travel and Toy Story 3

Sorry, no pictures! The camera was packed and we forgot to take it out.

My plans of leaving bright and early like 2am was squished like a bug. We ended up leaving about 7am, getting to Embassey Suites at 2pm. The suite was sold to us as a two bedroom suite. We were expecting 2 bedrooms! Instead we had one bedroom and a living room with a fold out couch. We were a bit dissapointed, but my gracious in-laws said they could live with the foldout. Leaving our family to split the two full beds in the room. It ended up working out fine-just beware if you are going to Embassey, it is NOT two bedrooms at all.

Immediately after checking in we jumped in the pool to cool down. The water was great and the kids had fun.

After the pool we headed to Downtown Disney for dinner. We ate at Tortilla Joes. I had the Tostada Salad. It had a Chipotle Lime sauce that was so spicy it cleaned out my sinus. I enjoyed it...everyone else loved their food too.

We walked around the shops for awhile-picking up some stuff at World of Disney, including our free travel lanyards. Then we headed over to the movie theater for Toy Story 3. The amount of people at the theater was amazing. We are talking hundred of people there to see the show. I LOVED the movie. I think it was the best of the three. DS got really upset at the end...which was really touching, but I'm not giving it away.

After the movie we went back to the hotel for our first day at Disney.

More to follow...with pictures since we did EVENTUALLY unpack the camera!!!
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:50 PM   #28
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Welcome back!!! Can't wait to see some pics!!
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YAY! I love reading trip reports!!
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LOVED all your pre-trip reports...the build up! Now...can't wait to read how it all turned out!
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