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Old 12-14-2010, 02:16 PM   #16
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Day 1/2- 12/08/2010

Woke up around 5amAZ-MT to leave and was very grateful we had packed the car the night before because I was tired. Only took me less than 6 hours to get there. Once at the hotel I realized we left way too early. Check in was not till 2pm and it was 10:30am PST!!! We sat in the lobby for about an hour, then the babies got antsy and started getting into trouble. One was wandering where she shouldn't and the other was screaming at the top of his lungs. Funny thing is I think it worked to our advantage because the employee at castle inn came up to us and handed me 2 keys around noon and told me to be sneaky because he didn't want the other guests to see we were checking in early(I think he was sick of my son screaming.)







After unpacking we all napped. After the naps we all got ready and headed to downtown disney. The crowds we lovely, no pushing, no frustration. We walked around World of Disney for a bit then we all got hungry. We all agreed on RBJKExpress. It was good but not what I was hoping for. The BBQ Po-Boy was tasty but the sauce was too sticky and sweet, my wife had the catfish and fries and I wish I would have ordered that, my sister ordered the chicken tenders and they were too dry, and my DD had the popcorn chicken. We were son hungry from the drive I forgot to take pics in time.

This was after dinner.

We got an order of beignets to go and I have to say, the Mickey beignets have nothing on the RBJK beignets. SO GOOD!!!

We then retired to the room and got ready fo the day ahead of us.

The next morning I woke up at 5:30am PST like a kid at christmas waking everybody yelling "we're going to Disneyland". So after dragging all the late bloomers to the park we started to see a huge line build up behind us, and I started to stress about crowds.

But luckily for us, the crowds were the best I have ever experienced at the park.

We experienced a little ruddiness to start the day. We walked in to the park and saw a big eared fellow come out of his locker and some 40 somethings jumped in front of us to get some pics, then as we were waiting behind the cutters, the family that go to open the park decide to cut everyone behind us and stand right next to us. I pushed my wife and kids forward and cut off the second group of cutters. I hear the snoody lady say "you know there's a line" even though she does not realize the 20 something people behind me she just cut. Anyways, I try not to let it bug me and we head to Fantasyland.

Seeing this made me happy again though.



I never saw it like this again.

We headed straight to the matterhorn but to our dismay it was down for maintenance so we headed to IASWH.






After the IASWH we headed back to Matterhorn and hooray it was working. My DD loved the ride and it made my day to hear her scream and talk about it all day.

We then headed over to Alice and it was closed for maintenance as well So it was teacups!


We spent all of MM in Fantasyland, then after we had enough it was bathroom break time then lunch time. As the girls did their thing, I saw these decorations and had to take pics.




I made a promise to my DD after lunch she could go on the Carousel one more time.

As I waited I saw a little buzzing friend and had to get a pic.


Then I realized how pretty the flowers were were

Me and my sister came upon this.

Teenagers love taking pictures. LOL


Just taking it all in


My DD had to get back on Casey JR
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:17 PM   #17
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We were finally done with FantasyLand and we headed to BTMRR. I snapped a few shots while my DW and DSis got on the ride.




Then, my DW made me get on Splash Mountain. Boy do I regret it. Not only was my hate for drops conformed but I got soaked. After drying a bit we got on HMH. I am a huge HM fanatic and I loved the holiday overlay. I was not expecting to like it being such a huge fan of the original ride but I was indeed surprised.

Not too many more pics for the day, we ended up winging it for the rest of the night. Here are some pics from throughout the first night at Disneyland.



This thing still amazes me

She loved her little angel pen







"one more time daddy"

One last time before closing

Yep!

We decided to get Mr. Clause out of the way and glad we did.










Didn't realize how much time we had left so we hit up Pirates for the 3rd time.

Took this while walking, please forgive.

We all got to the Hotel after stopping by McDonalds, sore and tired but very happy. This was our first day at the park and it was magical. Unfortunately it was our only truly magical day while there. More to come.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:48 PM   #18
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I love your pictures. I am sorry it wasn't all so magical.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:22 PM   #19
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I love your pictures. I am sorry it wasn't all so magical.
Thank you, Friday and Saturday were horrid. But we made the best of it and still had a blast and already planning a trip in the offseason as well as maybe AP's for us and 1 more. Thursday was soo fun I need to have another day like that.
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Thank you, Friday and Saturday were horrid. But we made the best of it and still had a blast and already planning a trip in the offseason as well as maybe AP's for us and 1 more. Thursday was soo fun I need to have another day like that.
We were there the week that WoC opened and it was a mess. I feel your pain. Off season is good. I have am AP, I mainly got it for the discounts and I have to tell you that it really made a difference on the food and souvenirs. I look forward to hearing the rest.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:51 AM   #21
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You're back! I'm really enjoying your report and pics so far. I especially like your carousel picture at night. I'm curious to hear about the horrid-ness of Fri and Sat.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:34 PM   #22
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Day 3 - Dec 10th

We woke up a little late from being tired and sore. We left to the park around 8am so we got there just after they opened the gates. The lines were already building up and the stress level went up as soon as we entered the park. Old ladies getting grumpy at Photopass people for taking too long with castle pics, PP was already a 30 min wait, and Matterhorn had a line wrapped around the mountain.



My DW takes my DD on Dumbo while I feed my DS and as Im sitting there we see CM's making a queue for Mr Toads. I couldn't believe it, it was supposed to be closed for refurbishment. I call to my wife as soon as saw it and stood in line while they rode the flying elephant.

















A few more shots from the Queue















Some random shots after the ride


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Old 12-15-2010, 04:13 PM   #23
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After 1 1/2 hrs in fantasyland we decided to head over DCA and head straight to TSMM and get the bad news I received all day, its down for repairs. My DW tried to get me on California Screamin' but I chicken my way out of it and she has to go at it alone. We then see Jessie and Woody come out for photos.





After we get done, we sat at the pier , relaxed and people watched





Then I snapped this


We then walk around a bit after my DW gets off screamin. We see grizzly is only a 5 min wait and decide to save it for later. Then proceed to Bugsland and come upon These characters.





As we enter I see Bugsland is decorated, not much but something.


We get on the Heimlich Chew Chew train or as my DD calls it "The Watermelon Ride"



Not shots while on the ride because I didn't want watermelon scent juice on my camera. We then stay around bugsland and chill out. We walk over to HToT and we don't see a line so I hold my breath and walk to the queue only to see its a 50 in wait inside so we agree to come by around WOC so the line will be smaller. We then walk to see about Aladin and there is already a line at 11 for the first show at 12:30ish. So we agree its not worth it as we have already seen a couple times so we walk to Monsters Inc and get in line.



After Monster we all decide lunch sounded good. My DW see's the turkey leg cart and has to get one. Me, my DSis, and my DD all choose Corn Dogs so we all sat down at award Wieners and have lunch.






After lunch my DW heads to the bathroom to change my DS and she runs back and tells my Max is taking pics, which is awesome because my DD recently became a huge fan of the Goofy movie.

Then stitch creeps up and we have to get some shots. I wish a I would have been recording video because this character experience had to be the cutest. He grabs my DD's pen and realizes its Angel, Stitch's GF in the show and he starts to jump in excitement and hugs & licks the pen. My DD break down laughing it was awesome.

After the pic he hugged my DD then licked her too. We get our FP's for soarin and WOW its only noon and the FP return is not till 6:40PM. So we head over to Grizzly.








After grizzly I decide its to the hotel we go as I am not walking around DLR with wet socks. This is day 3 part 1, I will do more later today.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:23 PM   #24
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I love the pictures again. The random shots are always fun for me. And I am totally agreeing with the no wet socks. To me there is nothing worse than wet socks or shoes. I can hardly wait for more.
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:27 AM   #26
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Day 3 part 2

After changing we headed back to Disneyland and headed back to Toontown


My DW and DD got on gadgets go coaster. My DD loved it and while I waited for her to get out of the 40 min wait I snapped a few shots







We walked around Toontown for awhile and then pushed our way out of there towards BTMRR. We happened to be walking into parade crowds and it was horrid. It took us 30 min to cross from toontown all the way to adventureland. People stopping in the walkways, people jumping out of lines over our stroller with 2 babies in it. It was a madhouse. We finally got to BTMRR and we at least were able to walk on twice. We then walked on pirates and I feel real bad about it. My DS had fallen asleep and we did not realize it till we got in the boat. The initial drop woke him up and he has been waking up since in the middle of sleep screaming as if he was falling. We got off and headed towards Tomorrowland to use our FP we had gotten for SpaceMountain and saw Buzz had a 15min wait so we jumped on that. After that we headed to SpaceMountain. I got on the front with my DW then I got back on with my DSis and got the back. I prefer the back. We realized it was getting close to 6:40 and headed to DCA to get on Soarin. I started to feel ill from our dinner we had at the hotel. Never will I eat at that Subway near Castle Inn. It got everyone sick. And I mean everyone. We all had to make bathroom stops before Soarin. I walk in and see no line so I walk in, hand the CM my FP, but I have to stop at the yellow line for 5 min. She takes my ticket and tells me to go right. As soon as I turn I see a long line ahead. It would not have been bad but 10 min of standing in line while your stomach is being turned insideout is not fun. I get off and go to get my wife and have to make a u-turn back to the restroom. Afterwards I head back onto Soarin with my DW. We both loved it. I like the smell of pine during some scenes. We head over to TSMM because mousewait said it was open now. I had to take a pic of this though.



We were planning on getting on TSMM then head over to HToT but did not anticipate a 55 min wait for TSMM during WOC.







We get off and its 9:30pm and we head to HToT then I get a punch to the gut from Subway again. We then resume our journey around 9:48 and we start making our way through the crowd only to get there at 9:59pm and they had already closed the queue for HToT.

I felt relieved I didn't have to get on but also felt bad because my DW really wanted to get on it.

We head over to Disneyland and my DSis decides to retire early and head back to the hotel with my DS. So its just me, my DW, and my DD. We head over to IASWH and see the 30 min line and got excited for the photo op but realize my camera was in the stroller my DSis took with her. The time just walking together with my DW and DD was magical. It was the only time I felt the Christmas magic while at the park. We get off around 11:20 and check mousewait and HMH has a 20 min wait. We rush over there with my DD and hop in line. Again, very magical just waiting in line with family and staring at decorations. After we get off, its 12:01 and we walk around the park looking at decorations. My DD starts whining she is tired, so I suck it up and carry her all the way out of the park, back hurting and all. I wish Disney looked more like it did at 10pm-midnight throughout the day. Its really beautiful being able to move around, not worrying about people with little to no awareness bumping, tripping, or shoving you. While me and my DW walk back, we both came to the conclusion we have to go during offseason with just us 2 as we never had a honeymoon. But we say during offseason would be better. This was our 3rd night and while there were magical moments they day was stressful and crowded. No more DLR during christmas, spring break, or summer. Offseason only! If only I knew how bad the next day would be, I would have enjoyed this day a little more.
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Heres a clip of what was to come at 11am.

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Oh my do I know those kind of crowds. What a mess it was. I was really sick on a trip in 2007, and the que for Roger Rabbit was so long and hot for me that day. I to this day cannot bring myself to go back on RR and I am not sure I will ever be able to.
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Day 3 we decide to sleep in a bit. We head to DLR around 8:30am and go straight to Nemo. Its only a 25 min wait which is short for what it would be through out the day. I got a few good shots in line.







We get off and head towards NOS to get on HMH but the line is ridiculous. Its stretched all the way back to the Train Station. We say forget it then head to Pirates but the line is just as bad as HMH. We begin stressing out and start arguing so we all agree on a time out and we head on the Mark Twain. Boy Was that a good idea. It was so relaxing and peaceful.





I took over 100 pics on the ride but figure no one wants to see those. If you do maybe I'll add them later.

Rested and relaxed we head towards Pirates even though the line stretches outside the queue its moving fast. After we get of it about 11:45 and we feel hungry. Time for Monte Cristos. Im told 15 min wait and got excited. I put my name down and wait.













After 45 min of waiting with screaming, crying, hungry kids we get a table.



We ordered the Monte Cristos, I get Ham, turkey, cheese and my DW gets cheese only. My DD ordered the chicken pasta, and we get an order of pomme frites. It looked, smelled, and tasted excellent but instantly it did not feel right. I get a grumbly feeling in my stomach after only 2 and so does my wife. We had already ordered the Mickey beignets so we had to get a to go box because we all felt ill after lunch.









We then head over to TomorrowLand to get on Space Mountain but to our dismay, guess what? Its down for repairs. So we head to see about Buzz. Its a 55 min wait. So after that we head to AdventureLand to get on Indy, guess what? Its down! So me and DW take DD up Tarzan's tree. I get up first and see the jaguar. I hear it breathing and something felt wrong. My DW and DD get up and look at it. My DW takes my DD up to read it, and.... RAWWWWRRRR!!!! Right on my ear, my DW screams as does my DD. I wanted to punch whoever was behind it because it was not funny at all. We come back down and head back over to see about Space and it is still down. We then figure might as well get some autographs. So it's off to Pixie Hollow.

We walked into this along the way.
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I give my DW my camera and she gets in line. Me, my DS and my DSis wait outside the queue and realize the CM putting up the rope for the Parade. There are good seat right in front of me so decide hop the rope and hold some seats.

Here are the pics my DW took.








My DD was so excited about meeting Terrence.


She wasn't so excited about Tinkerbell as she has met her about 4 times already.

I keep stressing about my DW making it in time because people were literally stepping on my jacket, my wifes backpack and once my hand to get a spot. Finally they announce the start and she comes walking towards me. I get my camera back and its almost dead. I manage to get a few good shots.















We then head over to Space Mountain and its open finally. We get on with our FP's I got earlier(which I forgot to mention, we also got FP's for BTMRR) me and my DW get on and talk about coming in Feb for our DD 4th B-day which will most likely happen as Thurs was incredible and we want to recapture that magic. I get off and get back on with my DSis. My DW had taken my DD to Princess Fantasy Fair while we go on BTMRR. I get off and head to switch with my DW in line for the Princesses. It takes me 15 min just to get there. As I get in line with my kids my DW is at the front of the line so we experience it together with the kids. My DS flirted with every princess it was so cute. After my DW and I head back to BTMRR it took us about 15 min again due to parade traffic. My poor DSis was waiting for a half hour. After they get off, we head to hotel to rest up and change. And rest up we did. We went back around 4 and did not come back till 8pm. It was perfect as soon as we walked back in the park, it began to snow. We get a good spot and my DD eyes light up. It brought tears to my eyes because her honest joy was what we came here for.









We then head back to see what we can do and I check mousewait. Everything was at a 50+min wait. With only 3 hours left in the park we decide to get shopping done. I get a couple cool shots as we head over to my DD favorite store. The princess doll store.















I then take the kids back while my DW and DSis shop as the souvenir shop is no place for a stroller on a busy saturday night.

These next 2 pics describe how we all felt.





Well that does it. All in all it was a good trip but only due to how awesome Thursday was. I really wish there was more Christmas decorations in certain places because we all agreed, other than IASWH and HMH nothing else felt special or unique to DLR at Xmas. I am still glad I decided to go though as I got a lot of memories from it but now I really need to see if off-season makes a big difference with crowds. Thanks for all who have read. Don't know if I'll ever do one of these again as I really didn't like looking at my trip through a lens. Maybe next time it will be filled with pics form a P&S camera only.
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