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Old 10-15-2010, 02:27 PM   #16
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I don't usually get over to this side often, but the lure of Funball and Skiingfast romance, drew me in.
Your girls are adorable, they will absolutely love the Christmas Season at DLR. We go every year at this time and it beats any other season hands down for us.
My husband has never wanted to spend the money on the Holiday Tour either. Although I think it would be fun, it hasn't been necessary for us. We always stake out a spot and get a great view. The snow, lights and castle are dazzling. You will have a wonderful time.
I know the DLR hotels can be pricey, but if you ever decide to do one of these, I doubt you would be disappointed. There are many advantages, albeit pricey, to stay onsite. This is one splurge my DH cannot live without.
Thanks goldies 5! We really want to stay onsite and my husband is willing to pay a little more for the GCH pool and walk, however, my mother travels with us and we really need a suite with separate sleeping areas. That is just too much money for one of the DL hotels. I tried to rent points and get a 1 BR at the GCV but there wasn't availability for most of the dates of our trip. Perhaps if my mom doesn't go with us sometime we can stay onsite.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:34 PM   #17
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Oh my goodness, you have some adorable kids. They remind me of my own daughter.

You're very talented, those dresses are amazing!

Love your PTR thus far... I'm looking forward to reading more.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:26 PM   #18
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Oh my goodness, you have some adorable kids. They remind me of my own daughter.

You're very talented, those dresses are amazing!

Love your PTR thus far... I'm looking forward to reading more.
Thanks reyasmommy!


So, I just happened to check our flight pricing and realized they went down even more in price. With Alaska Air's flight price guarantee I was able to get a credit for future travel for the difference. I originally booked the tickets at $199.40 each and now I have paid $141.40 each. Such a deal! Last year our tickets were $280 or so.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:52 AM   #19
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I have to say that this is the first trip where I haven't planned anything. I have our flights booked and the hotel booked but no clue about where and when we want to dine. My husband is pretty frugal and we don't eat out much but we have to have a few lunch or dinners. I think we might try Goofy's since we did Ariel's last year. I also might do a lunch at Ariels instead of dinner. Also, I have to make appointments for my daughters at the BBB. Uggg, it is only 1 month out so why haven't I made plans..???

I am debating buying dining vouchers from LMT or another place bc I don't know if it will really save us money. I saw on the Christmas thread that the prices for character meals will go up on the 10th so maybe I need to look into that. Wow, I really need to get with it.

One new note: my mother moved here (WA) from KS this year to be closer to me & my daughters. She is retired from banking but has been looking for a PT job. In this economy she has really had a tough time finding something. So, she decided to turn in an application at our local Disney Store and she was called back and offered a position as a seasonal employee!!! We are hoping that when the seasonal job ends (mid-Jan) that she will be offered a stay-on PT position! I am so excited for her. We are also looking forward to her discount on merchandise. We don't know yet if she will have any perks in the parks or on PH tickets but we are hoping! So exciting!
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:26 PM   #20
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So, I have two outfits planned at least. I am going to make Alice dresses for both my girls and also some pants & shirts for them to dress up like Jessie. I think I might make a no-sew poncho for the cooler nights in a Christmas print or colors with maybe ears on a hood...still thinking this one out.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:26 PM   #21
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I posted this on the Christmas thread but thought I would ask it on my trip thread too:

- What time do the characters come out from IASW? On the hour? We have never seen them!

- We are going to have a 5 day PH and are staying Dec 8-Dec 13 (7th & 14th are travel days). One day we want to spend at Knotts. I would like some scheduling help. We want to see only 1 major "event" per night (not counting parades) and catch the fireworks, WOC (w/picnic & hopefully bridge standing), and F! (again down front with a blanket - we did this before and the girls liked the show so much it was worth the wait). Fireworks are shown every night, WOC is every night, F! is only show Sat & Sun. Would you guys have a recommendation on which day to watch these shows (Sat is SoCal & SoCal Select blocked; Sun is SoCal Select only blocked; there are no other AP block days) and also which day to head over to Knotts.

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Old 11-15-2010, 06:28 PM   #22
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Okay so I think I have our basic itinerary planned:

Tues Dec 7: arrive in SNA, rent car, check into RI GG, enjoy the free reception meal and a glass of wine.

Wed Dec 8: DCA day - my oldest daughter is finally tall enough for CS and literally cried in 2008 (she was 4.5) when we told her she couldn't ride it. Her favorite ride that year was Space Mountain. She is our roller coaster enthusiast. However, she doesn't like ToT (she tried it in 08 & 09) and now my youngest (just turned 4) is convinced she is going to give ToT a try. Crazy girls! This will also be our WOC night and I have preordered the picnics meals. I am hoping for a blue FP and bridge viewing.

Thurs Dec 9: MM & DL day, we will probably try to catch the parade and/or the fireworks on this day.

Fri Dec 10: Knotts - I am so bummed because I pre-purchased my tickets and now they have the Toys for Tots deal. It could have saved us $57. Oh well, no biggie.

Sat Dec 11: DL or DCA depending on where the girls want to go

Sun Dec 12: DL and F!

Mon Dec 13: our last day so we might park hop to finish out with our favorites!

Tues Dec 14: 6 pm flight home, we might head to a local beach just to see it and walk on it -- too cold to swim. (any advice on a good beach to drive to from DLR with our flight leaving out of SNA)??
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Looks good but why don't you park hop each day? We always do ~ we start in DL, hop over DCA and then back to DL in the evening - even when we take a mid day break. You have a lovely family and I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit to DLR during the holidays!
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:49 PM   #24
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Looks good but why don't you park hop each day? We always do ~ we start in DL, hop over DCA and then back to DL in the evening - even when we take a mid day break. You have a lovely family and I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit to DLR during the holidays!
We might parkhop on a couple of the days. We really don't plan a lot and move at the pace our kids set. Completely against my planning nature! But, we have found that the whole family has a better vacation when we walk along and go with our girls' whims. I know, completely against the Disneyland guidebook. That is also why we are spending 5 days in the parks this time around.
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:01 AM   #25
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Just made a reservation to eat at Rainforest Cafe on Saturday Dec 11th. They were fully booked for dinner time so we ended up with an 8:30 pm reservation. Hopefully the girls won't be too tired to enjoy it.
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Your plans are coming right along.....I kinda wish I had gotten back on here sooner.......I hope you aren't disappointed in your Knott's day......WE WERE!! A total waste of money (and there was 10 of us). Camp Snoopy is mostly toddler & very small kids & then you have all the thrill coasters with not a lot in between for families. We only stayed for 3 hours. The park was filthy, I stepped in wads of gum within the first 15 mins, the bathroom floors were totally covered in tp & paper towels....you couldn't even see the floor, there are a ton of "carnie" run games & the food prices are ridiculous!! It reminded us of being at the fair.......gross!! The best part of Knotts.......Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner.....it's on the outside of the park and absolutely a fabulous meal!! I have pics from the dinner here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread....376961&page=70 Post # 1046

Hopefully your experience will be better than ours.....I was really looking forward to going (had gone as a kid & right after getting married) but since then, it was sold to Cedar Parks & it's really gone downhill!!


LVE the girls outfits....I wish I was talented in sewing.......my girls would always be "Disney-fied"......lol
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:18 PM   #27
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Thanks DizNee Luver for the info & compliments. I am really worried because I am running out of time for all my sewing projects I want to do. I think I am going to be cutting back. I have started reading your TR and wow, you have some great pictures. We went to KBF last year and the girls had fun in Snoopy's and on some of the rides. My husband liked some of the more extreme rides and we all enjoyed the lack of crowds. However, it definitely is not as nice as DLR.

We have a reservation now booked at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for the girls on Thursday Dec 9 at 11:10 & 11:20. They are really looking forward to this!

We are still trying to figure out what the discount for CMs on Parkhoppers are. My mom wants to buy us our tickets with her new CM discount but no one seems to know what the discount is. She even called Guest Services and they told her the discount was only on single day tickets which isn't what her store manager told her. Uggg, I am starting to get worried. Does anyone here know what the CM discount on a 5 day PH would be??
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Your plans are coming right along.....I kinda wish I had gotten back on here sooner.......I hope you aren't disappointed in your Knott's day......WE WERE!! A total waste of money (and there was 10 of us). Camp Snoopy is mostly toddler & very small kids & then you have all the thrill coasters with not a lot in between for families. We only stayed for 3 hours. The park was filthy, I stepped in wads of gum within the first 15 mins, the bathroom floors were totally covered in tp & paper towels....you couldn't even see the floor, there are a ton of "carnie" run games & the food prices are ridiculous!! It reminded us of being at the fair.......gross!!

We had the EXACT same experience here! It was a couple years ago, but it sounds like nothing has changed. We were on one of those shuttle tours, and had booked a bus ride to/from KBF, which included the tickets. We were there for less than 3 hours and did not want to wait 6 more hours to catch the bus back to our hotel, so we got a cab. I had heard of the Disney character warehouse over in Fullerton, so that's where we went! I had to buy two duffle bags at Target (across the street) to haul all of our goodies back to the hotel! We took the city bus back, which was so crazy... 2 big duffle bags of Disney goodies, and my (at the time) 4 year old and me...

I think the bus driver thought I was a little nutty!

We will NOT be going back to KBF anytime soon.
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Old 11-26-2010, 01:09 PM   #29
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Oh dear! Well, it will certainly be an experience at KBF. I look forward to covering our day there in my TR so you can all share in our experience.
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Looks like you got your trip all setup and hope you and your family enjoy the Holiday season in just less than two weeks away.
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