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Old 03-15-2011, 05:15 PM   #526
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I soooooooooo want to go during the holidays......theres some talk of possibly going in October.....but not sure that will work out financially for us. I'd actually love to push those plans out for a chance to go during the holidays!!!! If you were going to go in Nov or Dec.....when would you recommend going??? I hear the crowds are absolutely crazy during the holidays & would like to go when the crowds are smaller & very doable....if that's even possible.
Early December! Or at least late November. I've been there in both November and December, and not only does it feel more Christmasy in December than in November, BUT the most important thing is that, as we discovered in the Christmas Superthread last year, not all of the holiday 'stuff' is even out before Thanksgiving! For example, the decorations in the hotels (and the GCH lobby area is a real highlight, which I know Jessica will agree with) don't go up until Thanksgiving weekend. Some of the treats and holiday food (such as tamales) don't roll out until after Thanksgiving. Some of the merchandise is not out until early December. And IF they should decide to do a holiday party at DLR in the future, which I'm sure will happen sooner or later, I have a hunch it would happen in December and not in November.

Early December has more manageable crowds than later in that month. Once it gets to mid-December and beyond, it gets really crazy. Some folks say that the period of time immediately following Thanksgiving weekend and into the first or second week of December is the best time to go for the lowest crowds and full holiday experience. I've done mid-December trips and weekend-before-Christmas trips, and I want to try to go as early in December as possible this year.

I soooo hope you get to make a holiday trip. I just know you will love it!
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:17 PM   #527
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Day 3 started out early so I could join a small group at Carnation Cafe at 8am.





Trudi, Sarah, Jen & I waited a few minutes to see if the other people would show up.....we couldn't remember who had signed up, but knew we originally had 7 of us attending. While we waited, I took a few pics from around the area.







We decided at quarter after, that the 4 of us would go ahead & get seated. Here we are........me, Jen on the left Trudi & Sarah on the right.



Jen & I both ordered Oscar's Choice:



Trudi & Sarah ordered the Cinnamon Roll French Toast:



After a wonderful breakfast, the other 3 gals headed to Pirates for the group ride, while I went window shopping on Main Street. Today was Deaf Awareness Day at the park!!



I love those Main Street photos! It makes me miss DLR so much. And the photo of you ladies at Carnation is adorable!
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:23 PM   #528
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Day 3 started out early so I could join a small group at Carnation Cafe at 8am.

Trudi, Sarah, Jen & I waited a few minutes to see if the other people would show up.....we couldn't remember who had signed up, but knew we originally had 7 of us attending. While we waited, I took a few pics from around the area.
We decided at quarter after, that the 4 of us would go ahead & get seated. Here we are........me, Jen on the left Trudi & Sarah on the right.

Trudi & Sarah ordered the Cinnamon Roll French Toast:



Hey, there's me.

This is my favorite thing to eat in Disneyland! I'm not usually big on breakfast but I can finish my plate with this one.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:25 PM   #529
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Early December! Or at least late November. I've been there in both November and December, and not only does it feel more Christmasy in December than in November, BUT the most important thing is that, as we discovered in the Christmas Superthread last year, not all of the holiday 'stuff' is even out before Thanksgiving! For example, the decorations in the hotels (and the GCH lobby area is a real highlight, which I know Jessica will agree with) don't go up until Thanksgiving weekend. Some of the treats and holiday food (such as tamales) don't roll out until after Thanksgiving. Some of the merchandise is not out until early December. And IF they should decide to do a holiday party at DLR in the future, which I'm sure will happen sooner or later, I have a hunch it would happen in December and not in November.

Early December has more manageable crowds than later in that month. Once it gets to mid-December and beyond, it gets really crazy. Some folks say that the period of time immediately following Thanksgiving weekend and into the first or second week of December is the best time to go for the lowest crowds and full holiday experience. I've done mid-December trips and weekend-before-Christmas trips, and I want to try to go as early in December as possible this year.

I soooo hope you get to make a holiday trip. I just know you will love it!
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I love those Main Street photos! It makes me miss DLR so much. And the photo of you ladies at Carnation is adorable!
I think it would be totally worth it to take the kids out of school to avoid the masses!!! Maybe I'll price out early December.....but do want to avoid going when they have the processional......don't get me wrong....I'd love to go to that....but not with my littles.......I imagine the crowds are pretty huge for that weekend.

Thank you!!! I just wish I could be behind someone at those table shots.....I always seem to be in the front.......
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:14 PM   #530
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I headed towards New Orlean's Square to meet up with the group getting off POTC. While I waited, I went over to the Court of Angels to take a few pictures. It's a beautiful little courtyard with a gorgeous staircase. We are going to do a group shot on the stairs & wanted pictures before everyone arrived.






I headed back to the POTC exit to wait for the girls.



Only 7 of the girls showed up for the ride, so our small group of 8 went back over to the Court of Angels to take some pictures.




From the bottom step to the top:
Sarah, Jen, Me, Trudi, Vicki, Jessica, Marie & Jodi

A CM in Mardi Gras garb (purple vest & beads) came down the stairs & posed with us......unfortunately you'll have to wait for that picture......it's on my photopass!!

When we were doing our pictures, a Photopass Photographer had come in & of course my curiousity on why he was back there got the better of me.....I'm so glad I asked. He said the characters would be coming down the stairway to do a short little parade in NOS. Before the parade, Chip-n-Dale would be posing for pictures. So as the rest of the group moved on.....I hung out for my opportunity to get some pictures!! While I waited for Chip-n-Dale, I took some more Mardi Gras pics from the area.







CHIP AND DALE!!!!!



After doing the meet-n-greet with Chip-n-Dale......I hung out waiting for the parade.....so of course I took some more pictures!





I put myself at the end of the alley to watch the characters parade by......it was a great vantage point.









I was thrilled I got to see this!!


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Old 03-15-2011, 06:34 PM   #531
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Once the parade went by, I went back to the Court of Angels to get in line to do the Meet-n-Greet with Mickey & Minnie when they came back.




Here they come!!



MICKEY AND MINNIE!!!!



Walked down to the water to catch the other characters......not so much to get in line but to get pics of them if possible.

Pluto spilled a young ladies popcorn bucket, so he was on the ground & begging for forgiveness....it was so cute! (as he was doing that, the CM Character Escort was over getting her a new popcorn....lol)



Donald dancing with a little girl.



The Jazz Band.




Goofy.




The Colombia Sailing Ship was backing out from the dock, so I got some pics of it.






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So cool that you got all the characters in their Mardi Gras garb! I have never seen them that way in person...as always loving walking along beside you via your TR!
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I heard the announcement for Tiana's Calvacade, so I moved over to the stairs in front of the stage & took pics of the parade making it's way from the Golden Horseshoe area to the stage, down by the water.












Tiana, Prince Naveen & Louis perform some of the songs from the Princess & the Frog movie. Really a pretty good show & this Tiana was beautiful & could really sing!












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Laurie, I love the Mardi Gras pictures. This was your trip to get pictures of all the things you have always wanted pictures of wasn't it?
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Oh. I love Tiana.
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So cool that you got all the characters in their Mardi Gras garb! I have never seen them that way in person...as always loving walking along beside you via your TR!
It was totally worth hanging out & missing out on other stuff to get these pictures.....it was something I wanted to do when I saw they were going to have these special weekends & was thrilled when we were there for one of them!! My hubby was disappointed he didn't get to see them.
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Oh. I love Tiana.
It was fun to see all the decorations......now I have to convince the hubby to let me go during Halloween or Christmas!!

Tiana was really good!! Sometimes I'm not always impressed with the princesses.....some are very good.....some not so much so!
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It was fun to see all the decorations......now I have to convince the hubby to let me go during Halloween or Christmas!!

Tiana was really good!! Sometimes I'm not always impressed with the princesses.....some are very good.....some not so much so!

I sat and watched Tiana more than once in June because I just really enjoyed her show. I can give or take a lot of the Princesses myself but I really like her.
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More of the show!!














I absolutely love this photo!!!



Back to the show.......












Enjoyed this show & really had a great morning catching all the Mardi Gras activities in New Orlean's Square!!!

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You got to see the Alligator!! I love him!! And Prince Naveen!! I am so jealous!!

And I am going to steal a picture or two if you don't mind. Please?
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