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Old 10-10-2014, 08:04 PM   #1
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Surprise!

So, with all my previous trips, I've always known they were coming.

But today, I was told that my dad has business in California, and my mom and I could tagalong and spend a couple days in Disneyland. I'll be missing Homecoming dance and one day at school, but frankly, as long as I go to Senior Prom who cares about Homecoming, and I'll miss one day of class, but I don't think it will kill my grade, I'll just have to take exams for that day's classes.

So, I'm going to Disneyland!

We'll be in Cali from November 1st to November 3rd. Not sure which days are at which parks and which day will be the business day in San Diego. It will depend on the weather.

I've only been once, and it was literally the week before Carsland opened. So I'll be excited to see that. Matterhorn and one ride I can't remember the name of but it was the water raft ride with the bear rock thing in California Adventure were closed for repairs last time, but should be open now. And I'm very excited to see World of Color again, that was awesome!

So, any tips? Do you think the Halloween decorations will still be up? Must see rides/shows? Best restaurants?

Also, I made a packing list but is there anything that you think is necessary to add?

Thank you!

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Old 10-10-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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Yay!!! That's exciting. And homecoming isn't that great, I agree prom will be better. I haven't been since 2010, so I probably aren't the best for advice. But have a magical time! Ride Indiana Jones a million time that ride is so much fun. And I've heard San Diego is gorgeous. I have friends who live there. The ride is Grizzly River Run which is way better than Kali River in my opinion.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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Yeah the Indiana Jones ride is fabulous. I've been to San Diego once, my first trip to California, and I agree it's nice. Ah, Grizzly River Run, that's what its called. Nice to know.
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:29 PM   #4
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That is so awesome!!!! Surprise trips are the BEST! Last spring break I was surprised with a trip too, literally woken up at five in the morning and told to get in the car; we were going to Disneyland. I had no idea!
Anyway. We were there just a month ago, and though I've never been at Halloween time (lucky!), hope you have as awesome a time as we did!

So must do rides (at least in my opinion) are:
-Indiana Jones (yes, I agree, do this a billion times, it's so worth it and each ride experience is a little different!)
- Radiator Springs Racers... it's so popular for a reason!
- Cars Land in general
- All the "mountains", if they're up
- Pirates of the Caribbean (never been to WDW but I hear the DL version is longer)
- California Screamin'!!!!! My fav rollercoaster!!!
- We always enjoy doing the Paradise Pier rides, especially at night. A non swinging gondola on Mickey's Fun Wheel is great, you can see the whole park! Also, Silly Symphony Swings and the Golden Zephyr are SO underrated, but we find them to be really fun and always have super short waits (usually walk-ons, or like five minutes)
- Grizzly River Run is fantastic!
- Soarin' is good too!

For shows...

-If you have not seen Fantasmic, it's SPECTACULAR! My mom likes it better than WoC. I don't actually know if it's showing right now during this season, but if so, definitely see it. If there are two showings, do the second one.
- If you like Aladdin at all, the Aladdin show in Hollywood Land in CA is phenomenal! It's like a mini Broadway show, there are always plenty of seats, it's cool, and a nice break.
- And WoC. Of course. Best show ever.

And then for food...

Our family favorites are Hungry Bear (next to Splash Mountain), Cafe Orleans (get the Monte Christo, everyone talks about it, but it is just so delicious, and the pommes frites are good too!), Blue Bayou (same food as Cafe Orleans but the atmosphere can't really be beat...like ever... although it is very expensive), Carnation Cafe on Main street, Red Rockett's Pizza Port in Tomorrowland, and Flo's Cafe in CarsLand (the mashed potatoes are so good!) For desserts, Dole Whips of course, Ghirardelli's, which is in Pacific Wharf...they give free chocolate samples and the sundaes are amazing, and the ice cream at the Cozy Cone is pretty good too.

Sorry for spouting a ton of stuff....I've been suffering from Disney withdrawls lately, (our spring break trip cannot come fast enough!) but I'm glad you get to go!!! Have a ton of fun!!!!
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:34 PM   #5
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I haven't been to Disneyland in a good long while, so I can't help with much except give my excellence on their options of sour dough bread bowls. From what I've heard, I believe they begin transitioning over into Christmas decorations as soon as November hits, but I've never experienced the turnover myself. Also, check the weather before you go - a December trip of ours called for coats!
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:36 PM   #6
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lol, no problem, actually very helpful, thank you.

Yeah, Fantasmic is great, I've seen it at WDW and the one trip to DL I mentioned.

I definitely plan on going on as many things as I can. And good to hear about the Aladdin show, I'm big into theatre and I'm sure it's awesome. At WDW we make a point of seeing the Beauty and the Beast show, which is comparable to Broadway, just like what you said about Aladdin.

Free chocolate samples? I am so there!
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