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Old 08-18-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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Talking WDW Vet's First Trip to DLP for b'day with LOTS of pics

Thanks for reading! My name is Elizabeth and I took this trip with my DH Marco. We are both 41 (I turned 41 on my first day at DLP), enjoy traveling and having fun and have no kids (unless you count our two dogs, which we do). We have been going to WDW at least once a year for the last 11 years and went to DL in California last year for my 40th b'day. I guess we will headed to Hong Kong next year, huh? LOL.

After spending several days in Paris, we took a cab to the RER station and made our way to DLP. I was suprized when we arrived at the train station that we were RIGHT THERE at the entrace of Disney Village and the entrance to both parks were so close. We found the bus for the Kyriad (actually #54 said it was for all 4 hotels). Well, turns out of first "ride" at DLP was a bus ride. We were tired and distracted and thought all buses at the stop went to the Kyriad...not so much. So we came back and made sure the next bus said Kyriad (as it turns out, there ARE some buses that went to all 4..but usually Kyriad was group with Explorers). We went to check in and I was pleased to see that the 3 people in front of us got their rooms right away (it was still in morning and I knew it wasn't check in time, but we were hoping to get lucky). Not so much...so we went to store or luggage (very cool self service area- see pic below) and then boarded the bus to head to Disneyland.

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Old 08-18-2011, 09:17 PM   #2
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Off to Disneyland we go...

As we approached DLP, I LOVED the Mickey clock and thought the Disneyland Hotel was just incredible..talk about a great location...how could you beat it? If money was no object, that would be where I would stay hands down.


Thanks to the DIS, I had no purchased my tickets in advance as the Fantasy Pass was not only the least expensive option, but also came with great perks and discounts. The line to get the temp pass went very quickly.

The parks were realy busy all three days we were there but we used FPs and just "went with the flow".



We went and got a FP for Space Mountain because I had heard such wonderful things about the coaster. It turns out the stand by time was only 20 minutes, so we rode it and then got right back on with our FP. I must say this coaster is just incredible...fast and fun and well themed, but I banged my head on the harness really hard (I had a bump on my head for days after). The second time, I not only kept my head back, but also tilted my head up a little. We were both immediately impressed with this coaster and knew we would ride this over again.


We left SM and rode Buzz Lightyear. The version here is like the version in California. The one in WDW has the gun mounted on the ride and you don't have to continously pull the trigger. I just press it down at the beginning and start aiming. We still had fun and knew better for the next time (BTW- I won!) It was pretty funny listening to Buzz Lightyear speak French.



By now it was getting to be lunch time, so I checked the map and gave Marco options. He chose Toad Hall, which was located in the next land. We headed that way for Fish and Chips and were lucky enough to find a table inside. It was just OK.


After lunch, we checked the map and headed to Pirates. We loved the building and really liked this version and we knew this would be a ride we would have to ride again. As we left, we went to see if we could get a reservation at Blue Lagoon for that night. This is VERY different than the booking 180 days in advance for WDW. I was hoping to get to eat there for my b'day dinner.


We then headed to Phantom Manor as I was really curious about it (Haunted Mansion is one of my favourite rides). It was really cool...but I didn't get the story. What happened to the groom? Was the groom the bad guy? And why in the world did we end up in the old west (is that because we are in Frontierland? WEIRD).

We got a FP for Indy for later before we left.


DH noticed that there was no Mickey ice cream treats but we both really liked the "Magnum" ice cream treats.


We also check out the castle, including the dragon (HOW COOL) before leaving to the hotel to check in, unpack a little and shower before coming back that night.






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Old 08-18-2011, 09:42 PM   #3
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Dinner at Blue Lagoon and end of day 1

We headed to Blue Lagoon and we were very happy to get a table for 2 right by the water. Last year, we ate at this restaurant's equivalent in California, but could have not been further from the water.

We opted for the appetizer/entree combo. DH got the crab appetizer (which was yummy) and I got the shrimp (which was also yummy).



For our entrees, DH got the parrotfish and I got the fish wrapped in banana leaf and both were really good. I love how the rice was served in a coconut shell.




We split the banana 3 ways dessert and then headed to Indy.


Indy was a fun but really short ride. I was glad we had FPs for the ride.




We were tired and it had been a busy day, so we headed back to the room to go to bed and plan the next day. We thought we would start at the Studios the next day.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:09 AM   #4
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Sounds as though you had a great first day. Did you enjoy Paris as well?

I like the Kyriad as well. Some of the day the buses go to all 4 hotels but at busy times they only serve 2 - you arent the first person to just get on and realise its the wrong one

This gives a brief background to Phantom Manor story

http://www.dlrpmagic.com/guidebook/d...phantom-manor/

Basically its in the Wild West as its linked to the rest of Frontierland - the whole area is based round Thunder Mesa town. The manor belonged to the owners of the Mine (BTM) and the bride was their daughter Melanie. The groom was a miner and Melanies father was unhappy about the marriage.

Looking forward to next part
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We liked Toad Hall too.
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Lovely start, your pic of the castle is perfect

Glad you enjoyed the Magnum's mmmmm and Blue Lagoon is definitely my favourite tied with Walt's!

I found Indy to be a bit of a let down when i rode it due to it being so short, it really is blink and you miss it.

Looking forward to the rest x
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Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the rest
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Sounds as though you had a great first day. Did you enjoy Paris as well?

I like the Kyriad as well. Some of the day the buses go to all 4 hotels but at busy times they only serve 2 - you arent the first person to just get on and realise its the wrong one

This gives a brief background to Phantom Manor story

http://www.dlrpmagic.com/guidebook/d...phantom-manor/

Basically its in the Wild West as its linked to the rest of Frontierland - the whole area is based round Thunder Mesa town. The manor belonged to the owners of the Mine (BTM) and the bride was their daughter Melanie. The groom was a miner and Melanies father was unhappy about the marriage.

Looking forward to next part
Yes, we really did love Paris as well. It was our first trip, but def not our last. I thought I may post some of the Paris pics at the end (you know..lure you in with Disneyland and then make you look that the others).

Thank you for the explanation. I actually asked a CM and she said she didn't know.

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We liked Toad Hall too.
I was so tired and hungry and happy to sit down. I thought it was odd there was no tartar sauce though.

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Lovely start, your pic of the castle is perfect

Glad you enjoyed the Magnum's mmmmm and Blue Lagoon is definitely my favourite tied with Walt's!

I found Indy to be a bit of a let down when i rode it due to it being so short, it really is blink and you miss it.

Looking forward to the rest x
We didn't make it to Walt's this time, but def next time. It was open but being renovated (I will post a picture), so the windows were blocked. I had read it is a good place to eat during a parade, so next time.

Thanks about the picture...I have 50 others I took just trying to get it right.

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Thanks...soon..and the next day, we start with the other park. LOVED Crush!
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enjoying your trip so far the picture of the castle is beautiful! xxx

I just read the story of phantom manor on wikipedia very interesting!
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Great pictures!!!!!!

In the link in your signature, you are missing the / in the final [url]. It should look like this...

[ /url] (do not use a space though)

And you will get this.....

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Great pictures!!!!!!

In the link in your signature, you are missing the / in the final [url]. It should look like this...

[ /url] (do not use a space though)

And you will get this.....

WDW Vet's First Trip to DLP for b'day with LOTS of pics
Glad you like the pictures...that's a passion of mine and Paris was a great place to use my gear.

OH..and thanks for the tip about the signature...it has been driving me crazy..thanks

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Why thank you...stay tuned...
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Lovely start. I agree about the castle photo. The blue of the sky makes the turrets on the castle 'pop'.

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Day 2- Starting off at the Studios

So the night before we left, we stopped by City Hall to make ressies for Agrabah Cafe for lunch the next day and ask about EMHs. I was suprized to find that we did not qualify staying at the Kyriad, but I still think we got to do what we wanted to do within the parks during our 3 days.

We were at the Studio for 9:30 and headed straight for Crush as soon as we got in.I was suprized that there was no FP because I would have gotten one and then gotten in line. DH and I are coaster freaks and I must say this one was not a let down at all. The theming was great and the spinning was wonderful and the track was so smooth. LOVED IT!









We wanted to head to Amimagique and saw that the first show was at 10:45 so we had some time to kill so we headed to Tower of Terror.


This version is like the one in California and not like the one in WDW (which when the beginning intro is over, you move forward into the elevator shaft). I still love that ride and wanted to definitely ride it again.

We checked the time and still had some time, so we headed to Rock N Rollercoaster. DH said "I don't think this has Aerosmith in it" and I looked up at the sign and then noticed they were playing music not by Aerosmith. Then I saw Aeromsith on a sign...so we entered not really knowing what we were expecting. The pre-show with the band was super super short. If you don't know what I mean, youtube the WDW version. In the speakers before we launched, I heard someone testing tweeters and said "AWW...Man...no Steven Tyler" and about that time, he started talking. I just thought the theming wasn't done as well as the WDW version, but it was still fun.

We got out and checked the time, but it was too late for the show, but still we had more time before lunch, so we did the Armageddon attraction (which was pretty neat) and then headed to Disneyland for an amazing lunch.
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Lunch at Agrabah Cafe

So we headed into the park and stopped to get a FP for ig Thunder Mountain before heading to Agrabah Cafe. We have Lebanese at least once a week, so I was really looking forward to this.

We got there, paid right away and were shown to our seats and told where the buffet was. All I can say is YUM. We did eat lots as we had no breakfast and it was just too good to pass up. THAT WAS THE BEST HUMMUS I HAVE EVR HAD and I told the chef that also. The carrot salad and the make your own sandwich was yummy.










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