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Old 11-20-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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Crazy, fun, exhausting TR Nov 6-15

First off I have to say that I just took some Unisom because I've been having trouble sleeping so this could be a very interesting TR

We left our house Friday, just after lunch and drove almost straight to St. George about 4 1/2 hours away. Stayed that night with relatives. It was really nice to visit with them and they had toys for the kids and the kids could run around in the yard, but I stayed up later than I should have.

Next day drove to Anaheim, got our tickets from the ticket booth, went grocery shopping, let the kids swim at Pirates Cove at HoJo. Listened to my DS 20 months say "bucket going" for the next week because of that. Got to bed early because we were all an hour off due to the time change. That was probably not a good idea.

Next morning DS woke up at 5:00 am and woke everyone else up. We had the beach scheduled for this day so we had hours before it was warm enough for that so we just hung out around our hotel for hours. This was a repeatative theme for our trip. Just after lunch we went to Crystal Cove state park. It was a beautiful day, warm and sunny. There were tide pools that we explored and we played on the beach, etc. Came back to the hotel, had dinner at the hotel and went to bed early again (we didn't learn the first time). Having meals in the hotel room really worked for us. My 2 DS's can be picky and that way we could give them choices of food we knew they would eat and DS 20 months could run around the hotel room and DH and I could still eat.

Next morning DS work up at 5 am again and again woke everyone else up. DL opened at 10 am. We decided to go over early and get some pictures by the California letters since they had Mickey and Goofy on them for the holidays. Then since we still had so much time and they kicked us out of the plaza we wandered around Downtown Disney. This probably was a mistake since DH picked up DS 20 months to let him walk on the wide planter bench things and dislocated his elbow.

Need to stop now, will post more later.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:57 AM   #2
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We must have been on the roads at the same time! We left about noon but we drove to Las Vegas that night! We had issues with early risers too but it was mostly just our baby not our other kids, 5am YUCK! Your poor little guy, I guess that is a good reminder for all of us to lift carefully. I am excited to read the rest!!
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:34 PM   #3
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Part 2 (it's long!):

Park Day 1 (Monday continued): We went to guest services and they had a nurse come look at DS's arm. It took a while, probably because the park wasn't actually open. The nurse was very nice and helpful. They give you a map with local hospitals and they gave us an ice pack and told us we could get another any time we needed it as we were in the parks. Since the kids were excited to go to DL I went ahead and went in DCA as planned with the older 2 while DH took DS to the children's hospital. We had a RideMax plan but it sort of went out the window because we had specifically planned Bugs Land for the little one who now wasn't there. We rode Soarin, Mullholland Madness, and Golden Zephyr and the bumper cars. My DS 5 kept saying "I don't want to do that" and "I didn't like that". I was starting to get frustrated and wonder if he was switched at birth since he couldn't possibly be my son. We tried Monsters Inc, but it was down so we watched Muppet Vision 3D. We saw Goofy in the Plaza and DD got a picture with him. DS 5 wouldn't get near any characters our entire trip. At that point I decided we might as well hop over to DL since DS 5 wouldn't ride on Grizzly River Run and DD and I couldn't go and leave him by himself. At DL we rode the train over to NOS and rode on HMH and Pirates of the Carribean. Waits for rides were very short. Everyone was getting on everyones nerves by this time so we rode over to Tom Sawyer Island and had a light lunch that I had brought and the kids ran around. This helped immensely. After that we rode Big Thunder Mountain RR, which was my DD's favorite ride last trip. DS 5 hated it. I decided to try Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters to get my DS 5 to find some ride he liked. That turned out to be his favorite ride. Then we met my DH and DS and rode Star Tours. We headed back over to DCA and DH rode Soarin with the kids. The wait seemed long even though we had fastpasses, but maybe that was just because DS was cranky and I had to wait with him. Then we checked out Toy Story Midway Mania, it was fun, but very similar to Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters but with a 20-30 minute wait. We got pasta at Pizza Oom Mow Mow because we were all starving at this point. We rode the swinging Gondolas, which terrified all of my kids including the youngest, and then ended DCA with another ride on Toy Story Midway Mania. DCA was closed at this point but DL was open for another 2 hours so we went back over and rode Pirates and HMH with fastpasses and rode the train around the park and went back to the hotel and went to bed.

Park Day 2 (Tuesday): This was our hardest day. We tried to follow a ridemax plan that I probably put too much on. Everyone was tierd from the day before and one hotel room is just not alot of space for 5 people. DS slept in until 6 am. We had Magic Morning so we did Finding Nemo, Alice in Wonderland and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in the first hour. I was hoping for more, but it was pretty busy. We rode Autotopia, well after about a 20 minute wait, and Buzz again then headed over to Toon Town. DS 5 didn't want to ride Gadget's Go Coaster, big surprise, so we went to Mickey's house. Mickey was on his porch, which I was not prepared for so I didn't get the picture I wanted. I was expecting to wander through the house and then get pictures with him, but we did get a family photo with him. We played around toon town and got some photos and went back to Mickey's to let my youngest meet him since he was completely asleep the first time. Next we went over to Critter Country and let DS meet Pooh and Tigger, they were the only ones out, and rode Winnie the Pooh and some rode Splash Mountain while others rode Winnie the Pooh again. Then we trucked over to Jedi Training Academy and DH and older kids watched that. Neither one got picked even though we got there early enough to be up front. Perhaps if they would have held up the signs I made . . . After that we rode on the Mark Twain Steamboat. It was a bit of a wait for that because we had to wait for the Princess Tiana thing to end, but we just sat and ate some snacks we had brought. We may have done a couple more rides, but I can't remember.

Park Day 3: Wednesday was our unplanned park day and our best day. I was more relaxed because I didn't feel like we had to get this, this, and this done. It was a "free day" and other than Fantasmic! anything we did was just extra. DH has some distant relative that works at DL and was able to get 3 of us in free for one day so we upgraded one ticket to a 4 day and we all got in for four days! Since we hadn't planned on going to the park we had PS for Lilo and Stitch at 8:30 am, DS of course woke up at 5 am again. I still like Ariel's Grotto best. The buffet style is hard for a character meal. I didn't want to get food because I felt like I would miss the characters or they would come and one of us would be gone getting food. But we met Max, Pluto, Stitch, Lilo, Minnie, and Daisy. Walked over to the monorail, Paradise Pier is in the boonies by the way, met DH's relative, all got into the park, rode Peter Pan, Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, got a couple of photos, did castle walk through and then back to the hotel for a nap and swimming. Headed back to DL and were just in time to see the flag retreat on Veteran's Day which was neat. Let the kids go on Tarzan's treehouse and the shooting gallery before staking out our spot for Fantasmic! about 7 pm. We had a great spot on a blanket near the center. We got soup bowls from Royal Street Veranda, the clam chowder was yummy, but the wait was long! Fantasmic! was awesome! I can't believe we almost missed this for the fireworks. I would pick Fantasmic! over the Christmas fireworks if I had to choose only one to see. After F! the kids weren't tierd so DH and I took turns riding Indiana Jones single rider (that is the only way to ride) while the other took the kids to Jungle Cruise and Tiki Room again. Then we headed back to the hotel and got to bed about 11:30 pm.

Non-Park Day (Thursday): DS woke up at 6:30 am and I strolled about HoJo with him so the others could sleep. Wednesday night we had all felt great, but boy was everyone cranky on Thursday. We drove to L.A. to go to La Brea tar pits because my DH remembered it from his childhood. DD really liked it and it was neat, but the drive was hard with tierd, cranky kids. We came back and had lunch before going to the beach again. It was cold and windy and we forgot our towels, but we swam anyway. When you only get to the beach once every couple of years you take what you can get. Went back to the hotel, fixed a microwave dinner, and got to bed early. By now we had decided that DS was going to wake up at an unearthly hour so we'd better go to bed early if we wanted any sleep.

Park Day 4 (Friday): DS woke up at 6 am, DH strolled about HoJo with him. Went to DL and rode IASW Holiday and King Aurthor Carousel and the Matterhorn Bobsleds. Then we headed to DCA and rode Monsters Inc. and went to Animation (is that it? the thing with Ursula's Grotto and the Beast's Library in the same building with Turtle Talk), Turtle Talk with Crush and then I went back to the hotel with the youngest so he could get a good nap and not be crabby. DH stayed and rode GRR with the kids, they wore ponchos, and had them do Redwood Creek Challenge and some Bugs Land rides. Then they came back to the hotel and I went over to DCA for some time by myself. It was wonderful! I got some photos from the photopass people, shopped, went on Screamin, single rider, shopped some more, wandered around. I went back to the hotel to go back to the park for the evening and DH was throwing up and DS 5 was feeling sick. So DD 9, DS 20 months and I went back to DL. We went to Big Thunder Ranch and saw the reindeer, got a photo with Santa, and spread out our blanket for the fireworks. It was 6:30 pm and the fireworks weren't until 9:30 pm! There was no way I could have gotten my toddler to sit for three hours. Thankfully some nice AP holders near us held out spot while we rode IASW Holiday and saw the facade light show, that was really cool, and rode Buzz Lightyear again. Then we watched the fireworks and got some pressed pennies on the way out of the park. DH and DS watched the fireworks from the hotel and DS threw up on the steps of the HoJo, had to call the front desk about that.

Non-Park Day (Saturday): We felt bad that DS 5 had missed half the day at DL the day before so we spent some time in Downtown Disney and went to the Lego Store and World of Disney then we drove home. We drove straight through to home even though it was bad weather because we weren't sure if anyone else was going to get sick and we thought we had better drive while no one was throwing up. It turned out to be a good idea because I did get sick when we were almost home and when we were home.

So, great trip, some unexpected bad stuff, not very much sleep, and lots of fun.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:34 PM   #4
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It does sound like you guys had a wonderful trip! And I bet we probably crossed paths a couple of times. I am so impressed you drove straight home, the roads were still icy on Sunday morning. What was your favorite ride?
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My favorite ride was probably Buzz Lightyear's Astroblasters. I love that the whole family can go on it, you participate in it, and I never seem to get sick of it.

DH loved Fantasmic! the best, but it's not technically a ride.

DD9 liked Fantasmic! best too, but Jungle Cruise at night was her favorite ride.

DS5 favorite ride was "where you shoot the Z's" - Buzz Lightyear

DS 20 months actually said, without prompting, that his favorite ride was Buzz.

So Buzz Lightyear was the winner in our family with Fantasmic coming in a close second.
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Oh, I forgot to mention, I would skip the whole visit with Santa if I had it to do over. It was a very long wait even though the line wasn't that long and it wasn't uniquely Disney. I liked the reindeer and they had some fun decorations and Pluto was there for photos, but I'd just do that and skip Santa. I'd rather spend the time doing something fun at DL and wait in line at the local mall or whatever to see Santa.
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Sounds like you all had an exciting trip. Next time you take DS5, he will probably love all the rides. I am glad he enjoyed Buzz. That is one that never gets old.
So sorry your vacation ended with you all getting sick. That is not fun at all. And a trip to the hospital. I cannot even imagine!

All in all, it sounds like you had some good times though. Good for you to take some Mommy time and go see the sites by yourself. That would be so much fun.
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Sounds like you all had an exciting trip. Next time you take DS5, he will probably love all the rides. I am glad he enjoyed Buzz. That is one that never gets old.
So sorry your vacation ended with you all getting sick. That is not fun at all. And a trip to the hospital. I cannot even imagine!

All in all, it sounds like you had some good times though. Good for you to take some Mommy time and go see the sites by yourself. That would be so much fun.
I'm already scheming to figure out how I could take a whole trip, even just a day, by myself or with DH. He's really not a Disneyland fanatic like me, he just puts up with it for me so I think a solo trip would be awesome. I keep hoping for a work conference for him or me somewhere close to DL.
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How fun that would be. I am sure you will find a way to make it work
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Oh, I forgot to mention, I would skip the whole visit with Santa if I had it to do over. It was a very long wait even though the line wasn't that long and it wasn't uniquely Disney. I liked the reindeer and they had some fun decorations and Pluto was there for photos, but I'd just do that and skip Santa. I'd rather spend the time doing something fun at DL and wait in line at the local mall or whatever to see Santa.
That makes me feel better about missing the Santa thing when we were there a few weeks ago. We had good intentions to make it over there - it was something I really wanted to do - but it just didn't happen.
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That makes me feel better about missing the Santa thing when we were there a few weeks ago. We had good intentions to make it over there - it was something I really wanted to do - but it just didn't happen.
I heard after we got back that the line for Santa at DCA was much shorter and I wished I had known at the time. My toddler had such a hard time staying in one place, or walking where we wanted him to, or eating anything we brought or bought, or . . . .
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My toddler had such a hard time staying in one place, or walking where we wanted him to, or eating anything we brought or bought, or . . . .

That is so how I felt after our first trip when our ds was about 14 months, he was SO MUCH more enjoyable this time!! That is just a hard age, they dont understand lines and seem to enjoy making the trip harder. I bet the next time you take him he will love it!
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I am so glad I did this trip report!

It may not have been helpful or interesting for anyone else, but I'm just about to print my photos to scrapbook and I can't believe everything I have forgotten. This will make all the difference when scrapping our trip.
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