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Old 03-23-2011, 10:00 AM   #736
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Laurie, I just finished up your report, and I gotta say that I loved all the pictures of my boyfriend! I was so bummed that he was on vacay while I was there, but I'm glad you got to see him.

Great report, as always!
I figured you'd enjoy getting to see him.....even if it was only pictures!! I was thrilled he was there when we went.....I've seen the other Billy, funny but not as dreamy as THE Billy........lol


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Laurie you will LOVE it at Xmas the only thing I know about that week that MAY or may not be a problem is that in the past they had the cast member Christmas parties during the first week of Dec which makes the park close early some nights and also Candlelight Procession is the first weekend of Dec usually although it sounds like you won't be there over a weekend so hopefully that shouldn't be a problem. That is usually a VERY busy weekend.

And hopefully you won't have to deal with the AWFUL weather we got into last year. Hopefully that was just a weird fluke. I have gone in December several times in the past and NEVER had that happen before so I am hoping that was just a one time freak thing!

When mom and I talked about a possible trip in the fall we debated about halloween or xmas and parted of me really wanted to do over xmas because I REALLY felt like we didn't get to do anything and it had been SO long since we had been at xmas. We have gone at halloween in 07 and 09 but not at xmas since like 06 and now this last time it was a wash out. ALL the stuff was cancelled because of the weather so although we were THERE we didn't get to see the parades, fireworks, snow anything But since mom has never been to DL at halloween we opted for that.

I think you will LOVE xmas if you end up going and I can tell you I have stayed at DI PLENTY of times and we really like it. Sure it is no Hojo or esp no Disney hotel but they re-did it a few years back and I think it is perfectly fine and we have always been happy with our stays there and you can't beat the fact that they have LOTS of room!

Also I agree with Sherry in that they just don't seem to have the discounts over the holidays. I got discounts back in 09 during halloween but then when I looked again last year there were NONE at the same exact time so I think they are not doing them as much! The last month that they had discounts was in Sept and then Oct through Dec they were outragous! I kept checking and the rates NEVER went down.

So I have a feeling you may not get any discounts. But like I said the DI is a fine alternative. Certainly not as fun obviously but will do in a pinch!
We purposely did a Mon-Fri.......I knew the processional might be the weekend before or after......I'm actually hoping after....since we're leaving Fri morning & I'm guessing the crowd would start picking up. The castmember parties really wouldn't be an issue......with the twins, late nights at the parks aren't really in the schedule for us.

Do they run the parade & fireworks daily??

I don't even have an AP anymore.....but would gladly get one if there would be discounts worth jumping on.....but it doesn't sound like they happen too often during the holidays......so would rather have plans ironed out early & shoot for them. I should know in a couple months whether or not this trip can happen.

We debated between Christmas & Halloween.....but if I get to come down for one of the holidays.......Christmas is my first choice (and obvious one if you know me very well). As much as I would have loved to meet up with you all.......I really want to see the trees, wreaths, snow, castle, etc all decked out!

So fingers crossed we can work this out!
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:42 AM   #737
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We purposely did a Mon-Fri.......I knew the processional might be the weekend before or after......I'm actually hoping after....since we're leaving Fri morning & I'm guessing the crowd would start picking up. The castmember parties really wouldn't be an issue......with the twins, late nights at the parks aren't really in the schedule for us.

Do they run the parade & fireworks daily??

I don't even have an AP anymore.....but would gladly get one if there would be discounts worth jumping on.....but it doesn't sound like they happen too often during the holidays......so would rather have plans ironed out early & shoot for them. I should know in a couple months whether or not this trip can happen.

We debated between Christmas & Halloween.....but if I get to come down for one of the holidays.......Christmas is my first choice (and obvious one if you know me very well). As much as I would have loved to meet up with you all.......I really want to see the trees, wreaths, snow, castle, etc all decked out!

So fingers crossed we can work this out!
The CM parties would be no problem for you even if not for the twins, and I will explain in a minute. I was there this past December over the CM party days (you should really go over and read my Christmas TR and look at all the photos!). Kelly is right in that they usually have the CM parties on the Monday and Tuesday immediately following the Candlelight Processional.

However, last year Disney pulled a fast one and changed the CM party days to one week later than they normally would have them - so they fell right during my trip!! I was thinking that I was cleverly avoiding the CM party nights, and they switched them up on me! (I was there Sunday - Wednesday.)

You can use those 2 CM party nights to your advantage IF they happen to fall in the middle of your trip. Make those nights are the nights that you go see World of Color in DCA. They only shut down DL early for the parties. OR - take one of the nights and go to the GCH lobby with some cocoa and cookies, and enjoy the carolers performing by the tree, the guitarist by the fireplace and the pianist. Get your photo taken with Santa (there is a PhotoPass person at the GCH with him). Or go and explore the PPH and DLH.

There is lots of stuff to do in all of the other areas of DLR when DL closes early for the CM parties, so it would be no problem at all. They close the park at 6 p.m.-ish. The snow falls and the fireworks happen and the gorgeous castle lights up before they close. I took some nifty Main Street at dusk photos on a CM party night - some of the ones I like best - and I may never have gotten those if I hadn't been heading to Main Street to leave DL by 6 p.m.!

Laurie - not only may I be able to meet up with you if you can go during that time frame, but I am actually hoping I can make my own yearly holiday sojourn to DLR in that same time frame!! I used to always go on the weekend immediately before Christmas. Too crowded. So last year I switched to weekdays, and I went 12/12 - 12/15 instead. This year, if all goes well and I can get the money together, I am aiming for the same week you want to go. I was already kind of planning for that week (if money works in my favor).

I have a PPH rate of one free night, and $99 each additional night (for their screw up with the almost $300 hold last year). I actually really liked having the room to myself, quite honestly, but the rate was so good that I felt I wanted to share it, because, let's face it - even with an AP rate, it ain't never gonna get any cheaper than that!! I offered it to Jessica, but I don't think she will be able to go. I asked my friends from out of state (who may or may not be out here this year), and before I got an answer my friend ended up in the hospital for pneumonia and related lung problems! So I'm not sure about them.

So, I am perfectly fine going solo again! I had such a blast by myself last year, and got so much photo-taking done. I could come and go as I pleased and do what I wanted! The only things I really prefer doing with friends are eating meals and going on rides. I enjoy those more with people. But I can keep myself busy all day and night and never be bored!

Yes, the parade runs at least 2 times a day (I have the theme song from the parade stuck in my head!) - afternoon and evening, I think - and the fireworks are every night, even on CM party nights. The hours are long. The Castle lights up several times a night, and then stays in the 'icicles' for the remainder of the night. The Main Street tree turns kind of 'blue' at night, because it is supposed to appear as though it has been covered in icy snow. The trees around the hub also get that 'snowy' look after the fireworks end.

It is just gorgeous!

You should show Mike the DLR at Christmas Superthread and see if that convinces hiim!

Now, I would not steer you wrong - if Halloween Time were even on the same level as the holiday season in terms of overall styles of decor, music, colors, etc., I would have a hard time picking one over the other to recommend. I love Halloween Time. In fact, I WISH that DLR would do more with their Halloween celebration, but they actually scaled it down last year from the years before. I want Halloween Time to be an all-over, Resort-wide celebration...and it just is not at that stage yet. Christmas time is so all-encompassing. As I always say, Halloween Time is awesome, but if you want to get the 'most bang for your buck,' the holiday season will give you that because there is just so much more to it. Even DLR CM's admit that they treat Christmas as a much bigger, more special deal than Halloween Time.

But, really, if, for some reason, DLR suddenly made a big, huge deal of Easter or St. Patrick's Day and went all out for those holidays, I would have no problem recommending those too! It's not so much about my preference being the holiday season. How I look at it is that I have very little money to throw around, and if I am going to throw it around at DLR, I am going to do it when I can get the most bang for my buck!

So now, if ever I cannot make it to both Halloween Time and Christmas time at DLR, I will pick Christmas time (though I will be sad about missing Halloween Time). There is just no comparison in the overall scale and immersion of the seasons - even the Storybook Land Canal Boats have tiny Christmas decorations!
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:12 PM   #738
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The CM parties would be no problem for you even if not for the twins, and I will explain in a minute. I was there this past December over the CM party days (you should really go over and read my Christmas TR and look at all the photos!). Kelly is right in that they usually have the CM parties on the Monday and Tuesday immediately following the Candlelight Processional.

However, last year Disney pulled a fast one and changed the CM party days to one week later than they normally would have them - so they fell right during my trip!! I was thinking that I was cleverly avoiding the CM party nights, and they switched them up on me! (I was there Sunday - Wednesday.)

You can use those 2 CM party nights to your advantage IF they happen to fall in the middle of your trip. Make those nights are the nights that you go see World of Color in DCA. They only shut down DL early for the parties. OR - take one of the nights and go to the GCH lobby with some cocoa and cookies, and enjoy the carolers performing by the tree, the guitarist by the fireplace and the pianist. Get your photo taken with Santa (there is a PhotoPass person at the GCH with him). Or go and explore the PPH and DLH.

There is lots of stuff to do in all of the other areas of DLR when DL closes early for the CM parties, so it would be no problem at all. They close the park at 6 p.m.-ish. The snow falls and the fireworks happen and the gorgeous castle lights up before they close. I took some nifty Main Street at dusk photos on a CM party night - some of the ones I like best - and I may never have gotten those if I hadn't been heading to Main Street to leave DL by 6 p.m.!

Laurie - not only may I be able to meet up with you if you can go during that time frame, but I am actually hoping I can make my own yearly holiday sojourn to DLR in that same time frame!! I used to always go on the weekend immediately before Christmas. Too crowded. So last year I switched to weekdays, and I went 12/12 - 12/15 instead. This year, if all goes well and I can get the money together, I am aiming for the same week you want to go. I was already kind of planning for that week (if money works in my favor).

I have a PPH rate of one free night, and $99 each additional night (for their screw up with the almost $300 hold last year). I actually really liked having the room to myself, quite honestly, but the rate was so good that I felt I wanted to share it, because, let's face it - even with an AP rate, it ain't never gonna get any cheaper than that!! I offered it to Jessica, but I don't think she will be able to go. I asked my friends from out of state (who may or may not be out here this year), and before I got an answer my friend ended up in the hospital for pneumonia and related lung problems! So I'm not sure about them.

So, I am perfectly fine going solo again! I had such a blast by myself last year, and got so much photo-taking done. I could come and go as I pleased and do what I wanted! The only things I really prefer doing with friends are eating meals and going on rides. I enjoy those more with people. But I can keep myself busy all day and night and never be bored!

Yes, the parade runs at least 2 times a day (I have the theme song from the parade stuck in my head!) - afternoon and evening, I think - and the fireworks are every night, even on CM party nights. The hours are long. The Castle lights up several times a night, and then stays in the 'icicles' for the remainder of the night. The Main Street tree turns kind of 'blue' at night, because it is supposed to appear as though it has been covered in icy snow. The trees around the hub also get that 'snowy' look after the fireworks end.

It is just gorgeous!

You should show Mike the DLR at Christmas Superthread and see if that convinces hiim!

Now, I would not steer you wrong - if Halloween Time were even on the same level as the holiday season in terms of overall styles of decor, music, colors, etc., I would have a hard time picking one over the other to recommend. I love Halloween Time. In fact, I WISH that DLR would do more with their Halloween celebration, but they actually scaled it down last year from the years before. I want Halloween Time to be an all-over, Resort-wide celebration...and it just is not at that stage yet. Christmas time is so all-encompassing. As I always say, Halloween Time is awesome, but if you want to get the 'most bang for your buck,' the holiday season will give you that because there is just so much more to it. Even DLR CM's admit that they treat Christmas as a much bigger, more special deal than Halloween Time.

But, really, if, for some reason, DLR suddenly made a big, huge deal of Easter or St. Patrick's Day and went all out for those holidays, I would have no problem recommending those too! It's not so much about my preference being the holiday season. How I look at it is that I have very little money to throw around, and if I am going to throw it around at DLR, I am going to do it when I can get the most bang for my buck!

So now, if ever I cannot make it to both Halloween Time and Christmas time at DLR, I will pick Christmas time (though I will be sad about missing Halloween Time). There is just no comparison in the overall scale and immersion of the seasons - even the Storybook Land Canal Boats have tiny Christmas decorations!
I don't figure early closures will be a big deal for us, as long as we get to see the fireworks, parades & snow!! The twins are pretty set at going to bed at 8pm.....but last summer, we were able to keep them up a couple times so we could see WoC & a later dinner.

I definitely plan on checking out all 3 hotels as part of our trip!! We're planning Surf's Up with Mickey & PCH Grill for a dinner. So we'll be there.......we'll have to go thru GCH when coming or going to those, so I can check out that as well. The DLH will be a special trip or go out the back of PPH to see it. Maybe some of the construction on the grounds will be completed by then!

It would be awesome if our trips overlapped!!! We could hang out as much as you could stand being around 4 kids!!! Unfortunately, Goofy's Kitchen is not on the radar for this trip. We're trying to stay with in a certain budget & the kids & Mike opted for Mickey's & Minnie's breakfasts.....they are the cheaper 2! When I know for sure this is a go & it gets closer, we'll figure something out!

Do you think doing the tour would be worth it for us?? We'd have to take all 4 kids.....so that does add up!

Boo on the screw up at the PPH, but YAY on the rate!!!! (can you sneak 6 of us in with you??)

I'd love to take the kids to Trick or Treat at DL one of these years (before they get too old) but Christmas is by far, my favorite holiday & if I get the chance to go to one or the other....Christmas is winning, hands down!!! Don't even have to think twice about it!!

Do you know (or remember) if they do any kind of ticket promo during that time?? Right now the tickets & airfare is what's killing me......if both of those could come down.....it would be much easier to commit!
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I don't recall any kinds of ticket promos during that season - even in early December. There are actually more likely to be hotel discounts than ticket promos, I think. So that is one drawback.

Well, the tour is good for a few reasons. Jessica did the tour, so hopefully she can jump in and offer her input. One great thing about it is that you get front of the line passes, basically, for IASW Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. If you time it so that you take the last tour of the afternoon, you will end up at IASWH just as the gorgeous colored lights are coming on (they go on as soon as dusk hits). Since those rides are hugely popular, this will save you tons of time.

Another cool aspect of the tour is that you get reserved actual seats/chairs for the Christmas Fantasy Parade. It's a really fun, lively, cute parade. Love the chubby-cheeked snowmen! You get cocoa and gingerbread cookies with mouse ears to munch on while you watch the parade. You also get a souvenir collectible pin for everyone in the party, if I recall.

Plus, you get to learn interesting bits of holiday trivia about the parks. The tour guides point out noteworthy things. You also get to listen to Christmas carols on the headphones, and the CM's encourage everyone to sing along as you all stroll through the park.

I think the tour definitely seems like worthwhile for anyone who is interested in those things!

Make sure you time it so that you are on Main Street at one of the times when the snow falls - you'll find out when that happens as you get closer to the time frame.

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I don't recall any kinds of ticket promos during that season - even in early December. There are actually more likely to be hotel discounts than ticket promos, I think. So that is one drawback.

Well, the tour is good for a few reasons. Jessica did the tour, so hopefully she can jump in and offer her input. One great thing about it is that you get front of the line passes, basically, for IASW Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. If you time it so that you take the last tour of the afternoon, you will end up at IASWH just as the gorgeous colored lights are coming on (they go on as soon as dusk hits). Since those rides are hugely popular, this will save you tons of time.

Another cool aspect of the tour is that you get reserved actual seats/chairs for the Christmas Fantasy Parade. It's a really fun, lively, cute parade. Love the chubby-cheeked snowmen! You get cocoa and gingerbread cookies with mouse ears to munch on while you watch the parade. You also get a souvenir collectible pin for everyone in the party, if I recall.

Plus, you get to learn interesting bits of holiday trivia about the parks. The tour guides point out noteworthy things. You also get to listen to Christmas carols on the headphones, and the CM's encourage everyone to sing along as you all stroll through the park.

I think the tour definitely seems like worthwhile for anyone who is interested in those things!

Make sure you time it so that you are on Main Street at one of the times when the snow falls - you'll find out when that happens as you get closer to the time frame.

So I'm assuming the Holiday Tours are ok with little ones then? I know a lot of the other tours they suggest for older kids & adults.

It sounds like it would be worth the expense to do the tour......at least in my book!! Thanx for the info! So do you do the rides while on the tour, or any time after?? One of the tours I took, gave us FP's for certain rides.....so was just curious if that's what they do.
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So I'm assuming the Holiday Tours are ok with little ones then? I know a lot of the other tours they suggest for older kids & adults.

It sounds like it would be worth the expense to do the tour......at least in my book!! Thanx for the info! So do you do the rides while on the tour, or any time after?? One of the tours I took, gave us FP's for certain rides.....so was just curious if that's what they do.
Yes, from everything everyone says, this is a great tour for kids - especially because you get the seats for the parade and don't have to worry about standing, and you can get right on those 2 pivotal holiday rides without the hideous lines. You go on the 2 rides while on the tour, I think. Although, I recall reading someone's tour experience last year and for some reason something happened and they had to go on IASWH after the parade at night...but that's not the way it usually works. I think the parade is supposed to be the last thing you do, at the end of the tour, and the rides are before that.
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So I'm assuming the Holiday Tours are ok with little ones then? I know a lot of the other tours they suggest for older kids & adults.

It sounds like it would be worth the expense to do the tour......at least in my book!! Thanx for the info! So do you do the rides while on the tour, or any time after?? One of the tours I took, gave us FP's for certain rides.....so was just curious if that's what they do.
I do the tour every time I'm at DL for the holidays - I love it! Yes, it is good with little ones. You go on IASWH and HMH and your seating for the parade is the last thing you do. Seats are right across from IASWH and you pick up your hot cocoa and treat in Toontown before sitting down. I am not a huge fan of parades but love the Christmas Fantasy Parade!

If any little ones don't want to ride HMH, you can just sit it out and meet the group at the exit. And Sherry describe the tour perfectly!!
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Yes, from everything everyone says, this is a great tour for kids - especially because you get the seats for the parade and don't have to worry about standing, and you can get right on those 2 pivotal holiday rides without the hideous lines. You go on the 2 rides while on the tour, I think. Although, I recall reading someone's tour experience last year and for some reason something happened and they had to go on IASWH after the parade at night...but that's not the way it usually works. I think the parade is supposed to be the last thing you do, at the end of the tour, and the rides are before that.
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I do the tour every time I'm at DL for the holidays - I love it! Yes, it is good with little ones. You go on IASWH and HMH and your seating for the parade is the last thing you do. Seats are right across from IASWH and you pick up your hot cocoa and treat in Toontown before sitting down. I am not a huge fan of parades but love the Christmas Fantasy Parade!

If any little ones don't want to ride HMH, you can just sit it out and meet the group at the exit. And Sherry describe the tour perfectly!!
Thanx Sherry & Bridget!!! I think the tour would be worth it for seating at the parade!! I'm not sure the twins would do well on the HMH or not....they're not big fans of any rides. They did ok on IASW & the train (oh & the tram back to the parking garage....lol)......but Peter Pan was a bit much for them & so was POTC. Not so much the dark but the jerky or drop feelings.

I imagine we'd pick up a GAC for both of them this trip. We don't usually do much with them, other than allowing them to stay in their strollers in places you usually have to leave them outside.....but we did use it for 2 rides last summer. (depending on crowds, we might need them a little more this trip)

I know the twins would enjoy the parade because they love music......music seems to be the one thing we can rely on to calm them.....so getting to relax & watch with them in seats would be great!!!
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Awww its always sad to see your TR's end but it sounds like it wont be long before your gonna be starting a new PTR!!! how exciting, This year Monte and I and the kids are planning on going the first week in October but I think were gonna try and stay at all 3 on-site hotels We've never stayed at one let alone all 3! It will be a challenge but I think it will be worth it and the kids are old enough that they can deal with it just fine! So when I start to nail things down I think Im gonna maybe start my ptr. Look forward to seeing your photopass pictures!
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Awww its always sad to see your TR's end but it sounds like it wont be long before your gonna be starting a new PTR!!! how exciting, This year Monte and I and the kids are planning on going the first week in October but I think were gonna try and stay at all 3 on-site hotels We've never stayed at one let alone all 3! It will be a challenge but I think it will be worth it and the kids are old enough that they can deal with it just fine! So when I start to nail things down I think Im gonna maybe start my ptr. Look forward to seeing your photopass pictures!
WOW!! All 3?? That will be fun to see!! As much as we loved staying at the PPH, it's really hard to justify the expense of staying on site. They're really pricing themselves out of most families budgets. Pricing out on site at the PPH vs staying in a suite off property was twice as much!! I wish they'd drop the prices when purchasing the travel package through their travel company!! I can't afford on-site with a family of 6......we have to upgrade to a suite or get 2 rooms & that holds true at pretty much all the motels......so that sucks big time!

Will the park have the Halloween stuff up & the HMH overlay in place when you go??

Will be watching for your PTR!!
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:17 PM   #746
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WOW!! All 3?? That will be fun to see!! As much as we loved staying at the PPH, it's really hard to justify the expense of staying on site. They're really pricing themselves out of most families budgets. Pricing out on site at the PPH vs staying in a suite off property was twice as much!! I wish they'd drop the prices when purchasing the travel package through their travel company!! I can't afford on-site with a family of 6......we have to upgrade to a suite or get 2 rooms & that holds true at pretty much all the motels......so that sucks big time!

Will the park have the Halloween stuff up & the HMH overlay in place when you go??

Will be watching for your PTR!!
We havent nailed down a date yet, but hoping that at least the HMH overlay is up, we seem to like that version ALOT! There are some BIG changes happening at our place over the next few months so it will largely depend on how the time between April and September go. Will let everyone in when we have details!
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After each trip, I like to go back & figure out what we did & what we missed. Some things we miss is on purpose.......lol

DISNEYLAND~~~MAIN STREET:

Did:
Disneyland Railroad
The Disney Gallery
Great Moments with Mr Lincoln

Didn't:
Main Street Vehicles
Main Street Cinema

Tasted:
Blue Ribbon Bakery
Carnation Cafe
Gibson Girl Ice Cream
Coke Corner
Candy Palace

Didn't Taste:
Plaza Inn

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ADVENTURELAND:

Did:
Enchanted Tiki Room
Indiana Jones

Didn't:
Jungle Cruise
Tarzan's Treehouse

Tasted:
Bengel BBQ
Tiki Juice Bar

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NEW ORLEAN'S SQUARE:

Did:
Haunted Mansion
Pirates of the Carribean

Didn't Taste:
Blue Bayou
French Market
Royal St Veranda
Cafe Orlean's (weird to miss this one, since I had 2 different ressies & cancelled both)

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CRITTER COUNTRY:

Did:
Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Didn't:
Splash Mountain (closed for refurb)
Canoes (closed except for last day)

Didn't Taste:
Hungry Bear Restaurant (closed)
Harbour Galley

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FRONTIERLAND:

Did:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Ranch
Golden Horseshoe

Didn't:
Pirate's Lair
Shootin Exposition
Mark Twain Riverboat
Columbia Sailing Ship (closed but reopened with issues to tracking, so closed again & sat in dry dock)

Tasted:
Stage Door Cafe
Rancho del Zocalo
Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

Didn't Taste:
Golden Horseshoe Cafe
River Belle Terrace

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TOONTOWN:

Didn't even step foot into this area this trip!

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FANTASYLAND:

Did:
Alice in Wonderland
It's a Small World
Mad Party Teacups
Matterhorn
Mr Toad's Wild Ride
Peter Pan
Snow White's Scary Adventure
Pinocchio's Daring Adventure
Princess Fantasy Faire
Pixie Hollow

Didn't:
Casey Jr Train
Dumbo
King Arthur's Carousel
Storybookland Canal Boats
Sleeping Beauty Walk-Thru

Didn't Taste:
Village Haus
Troubadour Tavern

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TOMORROWLAND:

Did:
Space Mountain
Captain EO
Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters
Monorail

Didn't:
Astro Orbitor
Autopia
Finding Nemo Subs
Innoventions
Starcade
Star Tours (closed for refurb)

Didn't Taste:
Redd Rockett's Pizza Port
Tomorrowland Terrace

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Meet-n-Greets:

Did:
PFF
Pixie Hollow

Didn't:
Rapunzel/Tangled

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Entertainment:

Did:
Fireworks
Family Fun Weekend-Mardi Gras
Disneyland Band
Dapper Dan's
Firemen's Band
Flag Retreat
Billy Hill & the Hillbillies
Jambalaya Jazz
Fantasyland Band

Didn't:
Fantasmic (due to problems with Columbia & so the show was cancelled)
Magic, Memories & Me
Laughing Stock Company
Royal St Bachelors
Jedi Training
Other bands playing at Tomorrowland Terrace


So did way more this trip then we did our summer trip last year. Being with the Diva's for the first half & just Mike & I the 2nd half, allowed us to take in a lot more of the exhibits & entertainment. The only thing I wished we would have gotten to was the Magic, Memories & Me show on IASW. Timing never worked out for us.

Next post will have the DCA stuff!!

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Moving on to Disney's California Adventure Park!!

HOLLYWOOD BACKLOTS:

DID:
Monster's Inc.
Disney Animation Building
Animation Academy
Turtle Talk with Crush
Aladdin

Didn't:
Tower of Terror (I don't think so!!)
Playhouse Disney (closed to change over to Disney Junior)
Muppet 3-D

Tasted:
Schmoozies

Didn't Taste:
Award Weiners
Studio Catering

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SUNSHINE PLAZA:

Didn't Taste:
Baker's Field Bakery
Burr-Bank Ice Cream

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BUGS LAND:

Walked in this area for the Scavy Hunt but didn't do anything.

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PARADISE PIER:

Did:
Toy Story Midway Mania
California Screamin'

Didn't Do:
Mickey's Death, I mean Fun Wheel (eeeeee-yikes!)
Goofy's Sky School (closed for refurb)
Silly Symphony Swings
Golden Zephyr
King Triton's Carousel
Jumpin' Jellyfish
Games of the Boardwalk

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GOLDEN STATE:

Did:
Soarin' Over California
Grizzly River Run
Blue Sky Cellar

Didn't:
Redwood Creek Challenge
Mission Tortilla Factory
Bakery Tour

Tasted:
Lucky Fortune

Didn't Taste:
Pacific Wharf Cafe
Cocina Mexican Grill
Pacific Wharf Distributors
Mendocino Terrace
Wine Country Trattoria
Sonoma Terrace
Taste Pilot's Grill (really surprised we didn't eat here....we love it!)

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Meet-n-Greets:

Did:
Lightnin' McQueen & Mater
Sailor Mickey
Duffy the Bear
Visa Private Meet-n-Greet

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ENTERTAINMENT:

Did:
World of Color
Aladdin, the Musical
Pixar Pals
Green Army Men

Didn't:
Electronica
Disney Channel Rocks
Disney Dance Crew
Miner 49'ers
Mariachi Band

Think we got a lot done & enjoyed during our trip......felt we accomplished all the things we really wanted to do this time!!


PS: I HAVE ADDED AN INDEX ON THE FIRST POST IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIFIC.

Thanx for reading!!!
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Laurie! We got our pins today! THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I remember us looking at the Chip & Dale one and saying we'd buy it later and never did! It is perfect! And who can go wrong with Mickey!
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Laurie! We got our pins today! THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I remember us looking at the Chip & Dale one and saying we'd buy it later and never did! It is perfect! And who can go wrong with Mickey!
Yay, I'm glad you like them!!! SCORE!!!!
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