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Old 11-02-2011, 08:33 PM   #16
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Back home

We are back home. I will do a trip report in a couple of days. But, I realized that 6 days is a long time, but if you take a too relaxed approach, then you still don;t get it all in. :/
We came home to one car having a coolant leak that needs a fix ASAP and a broken garage door spring that needs to be fixed (and until it does, my car is trapped in the garage..and it is the one without a leak).

I will say that we will not be staying at the Carousel Inn again. It was not bad, but not great either. The rooms were very small, the bathrooms looked updated, but not really (rusted drains, missing grout). The beds were comfy to my DH, but too soft for me. The towels were old, but not ratty.

We had a great time. The party was a blast. We got more than enough candy from only a few treat trails (having it be our anniversary helped!).

We had some awesome encounters with characters and cast members.

For now, I need to deal with garage spring. We have no food in the house.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:04 PM   #17
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Arrival and First day of the Park and our room

We did not bust out any cameras until almost the end of the trip. I kept forgetting it in the room. I will get them uploaded this weekend and post them later regardless how few I have,

Anyway...We got up early on Thursday the 27th to finish packing and head to the airport. I don't eat before we fly because I can get "traveler's stomach". We headed to the airport, and took a shuttle to our new terminal. it is supposed to be easy to get around in, but I don't think it was easy, but it was big.
Our flight was on time and we got into John Wayne a little early. Got out luggage and made the Disneyland Resort Express. There was not a lot of traffic, the bus stopped at California Grand, DLH, Sheraton, and then our stop.

We got to Carousel Inn about 12:30pm. There were two families trying to check in before us and it seemed like it was not going as they had planned. I knew our rooms more than likely would not be ready, which was the case. We checked in, gave them our luggage to store and headed over to DL before 1pm. I thought we ate at Zoccolo, but looking at my notes, we got sandwiches at River Belle Terrace. DH loved his pork sandwich. My veggie Po' Boy was too sweet and I barely ate anything but the bread. No wonder I forgot about it. :/

We got FP's for HMH, BTMR, and ST. We road the train around the park, and then we road Jungle Cruise. Our skipper was young and not very good. Several times he said that he had nothing for that. He did not even mention Bertha in the shower. It was sad. We also hit, Indy (30 min wait), Mr Toad, and Snow White. By then, I was getting pretty hungry, so we had a wonderful dinner at Zocolo. DH had chicken tacos and I had a veggie tostada salad. It was delicious and very filling. After dinner we used our FP's, and loved the new ST. We got Vader and the pod raises. DH thought it was always going to be the pod races..lol..he was in for a surprise. :D

By this time, it was a little after 7pm. I was very tired. Our feet hurt since we had our flip flops for the flight on still and they were not good for being on ones feet. We left the park, and went back to the hotel. We went to the lobby, got our room key, and our luggage. Our room was 424..in the back. In fact, there was only one room after ours on our floor in the main building. We trudged down to the room with and as soon as we opened the door, DH said he hated the room. I did not get pictures, I wish I had.

The room was very small. it had 2 double beds, an armoir that held the TV, 4 drawers under the TV on one side (TV was an older CRT). On the other side was a cabinet with the microwave, then a cabinet with the safe, and a 3rd cabinet with a decent size fridge. Next to the armoir, there was a very small table with a lamp that did not work and 2 small chairs. There is no way to use the table or really sit there since there was not enough room to pull the chairs out. It was obvious that the table and chair was to say that it was there, but not to be used. There was a small end table between the 2 beds with a phone and alarm clock. The bed by the bathroom was about 1 foot from the wall, so only one way into it. The beds had a very thick pillow top on it and nice bedding. The bed was too soft for me, but DH liked it.

The bathroom was small. The toilet and shower/tub were separate from the counter sink. The tub was too small for anyone but a small shower to take a bath and the water pressure was almost none existent in the shower. The toilet however was super powered! The counter was a nice black granite. Sadly, the drain in the sink was rusting. And the counter was very small and held the coffee maker. There was not any spare room after DH and I unpacked our travel sized toiletries on the counter. In the shower, there was missing grout around some of the tiles.

There was a tiny closet next to the counter in the bathroom. It had two sliding doors, but one is behind the counter and you cannot get to it. The side you could get in had the ironing board, but no iron. There were 2 extra pillows and blankets on the shelf in the closet. There was only room to put one our our suitcases in the closet. It was very tiny.

There was no information in the room except for the extensions to call the front desk, housekeeping (which is useless...), and Quiznos. No phone book, info on airlines, ect that I normally find at hotels around the park.

One last note on the room during the trip. There was 2 nights we did not get any service, we were out of the room the entire morning and early afternoon and they never made it in. When we called, they said they don't do any service after 5pm, so they could not do anything. Not that I needed my bed made by them (I already straightened it), but I was confused as to why they did not do it that day.


This day, we unpacked, showered (since a bath is not possible). we called it a night.

I will write more on the trip later. My cats want attention.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:30 AM   #18
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(a bit late but..) Friday DCA mostly

Friday I was up earlier than I planned to be since we intended to start in DCA. We got over to the gates before 9:30 and had to wait. Once in, we got FP for Soaring and WoC, then had breakfast at Taste Pilots. We both got breakfast burritos and really liked them. And then over to TSMM. Drew was unthrilled by the 35 min wait. We have never done this ride before because he doesn't like to wait. But he really liked it once we did and I am sure he will wait again as long as it is not too hot out!
Next we road Mickey's Sunwheel, another first. It was neat. Nothing super amazing, but we liked it No, we did not do the swining gondolas. Drew is not a thrill seeker and I have to do screaming alone if I do it. Next we wandered over to the new restaurants to see what they had and the new area. We were not hungry, but we wanted to see. We got FP for Goofy's. We then checked out briefly Paradise Park so we knew what to expect for WOC. We have skipped it last year, and decided we didnít want to miss it this year. We then we road Arielís, which was a walk on. It was cute, but note something that we would wait in lines for.
By now, we were getting hungry, so we opted for Lucky Fortune. DH had mandarin orange chicken and I had teriyaki tofu. There were only two pieces of tofu and the sauce was sweet. The bottom of the rice was not fully cooked and still crunchy. Definitely not my favorite meal and I think we will skip it next time. After lunch, we were a little frustrated with the construction for DCA and decided to head to DL. I picked up the Halloween votive holders and was bummed that the Evil Queen shirt I wanted was only in childrenís sizes. I decided I needed a pumpkin spice latte, and we then we headed back to the room to rest and get out of the sun.
Once we got back to the room, we made a PS for Cafť Orleans for Halloween night since that was our anniversary. We were going to skip having an anniversary dinner, but once we were in the park, we wanted to celebrate with dinner as well (and seeing the pomme frites helped with that decision).
About 6pm, we headed over to DCA and to Electronica. DH got a free token for Flynnís when we got our Goofyís FPís and he used that and played in the arcade while I had a cocktail. After a little bit, we headed over and used our FP for Goofyís. That ride is better at night. And then we realized we needed to have dinner, so on the recommendation of folks here, we headed to White Water Snacks and shared some nachos. By the time we got done eating, it was 10mins to WOC, we thought we would have to skip it again, but when we got over there, we found a perfect spot in the back, by a rail in the Blue Section. We loved it! It was wonderful not having to wait forever as well. We had planned to head back to Electronica to see Laserman, but we were both getting very tired and we intended to get up for MM on Saturday,so we called it a night.
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Saturday

I woke up a little before 6am and started getting ready. I wanted to be at the gates by 6:45 at the latest, but DH is a grumpy guy that early. But we made it by 6:50 and only had one family in front of us at the turnstile. Once in the park, we went straight to Peter pan, which was almost a walk on, then Alice and the bobsleds, which were walk on. Then DH wanted to ride GGSM, so we did. But then he called break on big rides so we did buzz and got
FP's for star tours. He cannot handle a lot of ďfastĒ rides in a row. We road HMH and jungle cruise, then took the monorail to DTD for breakfast at Goofy's. No pictures yet as we keep forgetting the camera. Before breakfast, we wandered about the hotel and were sad the water falls are gone.

We used one of the premium character meal vouchers that we got from our Costco package and paid the difference instead of losing $16 by using both. We had a nice leisurely breakfast and chatted with Chip and Dale, Brear Bear, Pluto and the Fairy Godmother. FG asked me the key to a happy marriage (we told her the trip was for our wedding anniversary), and I said for him to realize I am always right, and she liked that. Jasmine came in as we were leaving.
One of the times I went to get food, I came back to find Chip was in my seat. Lol. All of our character interactions were funny and great.

After breakfast, we headed back to DL and got FP's for BTR and HMH. Then had to go to main street to get coffee (only Blue Ribbon has soy), then hung out in French Market drinking our drinks and listening to the jazz band for a bit. I got my popcorn coffin and we decided the park was getting to be busy enough a break was needed. So, we got FPís to Indy and headed out, stopping at Guest services for our F! reserved seating tickets.

We returned to the park at 6pm and it was packed! We used our star tours FP's then made our way to see about check in for F! They said 7:55pm and were not even set up. So, we went back to Zoccolo for dinner and then I realized I was Mexican fooded out. After we ate, we went back to stand in line to check in. It was way too crowded with the people to see the Mansion. It looked like this massive flow of people to Critter Country. In fact, you have to walk all the way to Critter Country and turn around to go the other direction. There were many CMís directing traffic.
They finally started the check in process inside the area where we would be sitting. And would start seating at 8:20. So, we hung out on a wall that they keep clear for F!, a CM came to tell us we had to move, until I told him that we were just waiting for our seats in the reserved section. He left us alone. But then other people kept sitting on the wall, so decided to make his job easy and went to the reserved seating earlier than needed. We got in right away and got our boxes. They were the same as previous years. Still tasty. We watched Wishes before F! from our seats. One of the perks to the seating in my opinion. As always, F! was amazing.
After the show was ever, we had to make our way into the mass of people to find bags for our treat boxes. We never eat them all at one sitting. We were told by the store that gave us the bags if we had been 10 mins earlier, they could have held them for us up to park closing. But they just stopped their package holding service. But they told us to take them to Newstand at the gates and they would hold them for us, so, we took the time and effort to make our way up to the Newstand, to be told they cannot hold food items, and they told us to get a locker. But, all the lockers that would hold them were taken. So, we had wasted over an hour and were getting annoyed. We wanted to keep going, so I decided I could hold onto them on rides. We used our FPís for BTR, DH loves it at night. The train was stopped briefly at the first rise because a couple splashed each other from the water fall. After BTr we hit the HMH with our FP's. It still was a 20 min wait and a decent stall in the hallway. After that, it was after 11 pm and we called it a night. We still had FP's for Indy, but I could not handle the bag with our dessert boxes and a backpack on the ride. I wanted to give the FP's to someone, but there were not any couples heading toward it. We headed out of the park and back to our room. Way in the back of the hotelÖ.. (yes, we were tired).
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Sunday and Halloween/Our Anniversary

Sunday ended up being a day of rest for us. We didn't make it into the park until about 11am and hunted for something to eat. We ended up at Hungry Bear where I had a veggie burger and DH had a chicken sandwich. It was okay, nothing special. We got FP's for Star Tours and Indy. We tried to ride the Mark Twain, but it was having difficulties. So we went to do the Tikiroom and ran into our friend/my hair dresser. They were at the park for her daughterís 4th birthday.
Then we just relaxed in the park and took in the sites. Finally road the Mark Twain, but then the heat and crowd drove us back to our room. We took a nap and hide from the sun. We returned to the park at 6pm. Wandered to the BT Ranch but it was closed. We checked in for our dining reservations at BTRBBQ. We had a wonderful dinner, even if my veggie option came at the end of the meal. :/ We did some shopping, and tried to use our Indy FP's, but it was down. We watched Captain EO and road Star Tours, then called it a night since it was after 11pm.

Halloween, our anniversary!
Halloween morning we hot into the park at 8:45, and went up to the train to see if the Lilly Belle was running and got a spot for 2pm. Then we headed over to City Hall and got our anniversary buttons at city hall, and then went for our tradition PS at Carnation Cafe at 9am. The food was good as always for breakfast.
After breakfast, we got a photo taken at the giant Mickey and then we road the horse drawn carriage down Main Street, which we have never done. The conductors hammed it for Halloween, which was awesome! We road Pinoccho, then got coffee for DH and a pretzel for me and we sat and watched a session of Jedi academy.
We went over to Big Thunder Ranch to look at the pumpkins and the animals. The goats had on costumes, which was very cute. DH was getting hungry, so we went and got him a corn dog (his first from the Red Wagon) and me another pretzel (I love pretzels!) It was about time for the Lilly Belle so we headed down Main Street to the train station. The ride on LillyBelle was nice. Our conductor on the ride was not terribly knowledgeable and mostly just stood there. He gave us the keepsake tickets, had us sign the book, and that was about it. It was still a nice treat for our anniversary.
After our tour around the Happiest Place on Earth, it was time for a nap. We went back to room to get out if the heat and take a nap before the party.

We hot dressed in our costumes and headed back to the park at 5:30. We had dinner at Cafe Orleans. I had Salad de Maison, DH had the gumbo and we split Pomme Frittes. I forgot how much I loved the pomegranate lemonade! I think I had 3 or 4 of them during dinner! I had the Mickey Demitasse and DH had Jack's Coffin Cake, both were very tasty. After we ate, the party was going well. We did a couple of treat lines, and took some pictures around NOS. Then we went to Main Street, watched the lights and got a picture taken on the other side of Mickey. We took pictures around the party and did a few more treat trails. I loved what they did behind Big Thunder! I loved the sounds and lighting.
We watched a little of the parade from the loading side of the Matterhorn and picked a space to watch the fireworks from around Small World. We did not want to deal with the crowds in front of the Castle. The projections on IASM during the fireworks were neat. Jack looked a little odd on the face of the IASM, but it was okay. We wandered around the park a little more left about 10:30 or so. We had a wonderful time at the party, even if it was pretty busy.
It was a lovely anniversary and Halloween, but we were pooped.
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Tuesday and Returning home

Our last day at the Park, we slept in. We were both getting to be pretty tired, but still having a great time. We got onto the park at 10:30 and had breakfast at the Plaza Inn. There were three ladies loving the characters.it was very funny. Some people were annoyed, but it was funny. Minnie was acting peeved that Eeyore was getting all their attention and at one point crossed her arms and was tapping her foot. But later she brought Eeyore back over to the ladies, and there was something about them being engaged! The food was decent as usual at Plaza Inn. The park was not very busy at all, and more like it used to be for Halloween several years ago. It was nice and peaceful and a good way to end the trip.
Today was our day to say good bye to the Park for a year. We watched the Disneyland band with Mickey and Friends in front of the Castle. Then we wandered over to NOS, or one of our favorite places to just relax at the Park. I got a picture taken with Jack and then we road the Mansion. We tried to get FP's for Indy, but it was closed, again. Then we went to Toon Town for the first and only time this trip and road Roger Rabbit. It was basically a walk on. We donít really enjoy Toon Town too much since it gets really hot (can you tell I do not like heat?) and we do not have kids. Then we got popcorn (I needed a second bucket for a friend back home) and headed back to the room to rest.

We headed back in at 5pm. We road Indy, it was finally open. Many times during the trip it was down, but with that many people in the Park over the weekend, it was expected. We split a veggie gumbo from Royal Veranda, Mickey beignets and had mint juleps. We sat in the seating area of the French Market and watched the sunset and the lights on the Mansion come alive from our seats. We road the Mark Twain for it's last trip around the ROA. It was nice and romantic.
Then road Big Thunder and then the Mansion one last time, saying goodbye as we went. And then, we opted to ride Alice as our last ride just before the park closed at 8pm. DH also enjoys this ride at night. We got coffee and ice cream from Gibson Girl and sat in the seating area for Carnation Cafť and watched the people leave the Park. We finally left the park at 8:45pm.
We made it back to the room and began packing up our room. We always pack the night before so the morning is easy. We only leave out what we need for the morning. We were both exhausted and looking forward to getting home and seeing our cats (not not dealing with the broken garage door our pet sitter texted us about Saturday night before F!). As always, getting everything back into the suitcases (including our new items) is always a trick!
We checked out and waited at the ART stop for the Disney Express. It was incredibly windy and I was glad we were not going into the park with all the dirt flying around. Our flight home was delayed because of weather in other parts of the country,. But we made it home and started looking forward to our next trip!
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I'm glad to see you back in the swing of the Halloween Trip Report! It had been a while since your post where you mentioned your cats needing attention!

It seems like it was so long ago now (I can't believe how quickly time is flying by) but, if I recall correctly, I think I am the one who moved this thread over to the TR section because it had turned into a full-fledged TR.

I was just telling someone the other day that before you know it, the next Halloween Time will be here. I have a feeling this year is going to zoom by.

It's funny - you mentioned packing the night before so the morning of check-out will be easy. I always start out with that plan - to want to pack the night before - but it never happens for me, especially if I have other people around me in the room. If I am alone I can probably get some packing done the night before. But when I have anyone else in the room I can't concentrate and it usually ends up getting done on the morning I leave...and then I feel rushed!

Are you still considering the possibility of a Christmas trip in the near future?
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That's so odd - did this thread just get moved over to the TR section today?

When I investigated further (after my previous post) it appeared that it did get moved today, but I could have sworn I moved it quite a while back, when I saw that you were starting the Trip Report. I vividly remember seeing the thread and thinking it needed to be moved! How strange. Maybe it didn't 'take' when I did it due to all the technical glitches and server issues happening lately, and someone else moved it today. Or maybe my PC froze when I was trying to move it (a common occurrence) and it didn't work.

Ah well. Very odd, indeed.

In any case, I am still glad to see you back in the swing of things with the Halloween TR! I look forward to seeing some photos, even if you didn't take too many.
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I'm glad to see you back in the swing of the Halloween Trip Report! It had been a while since your post where you mentioned your cats needing attention!

It seems like it was so long ago now (I can't believe how quickly time is flying by) but, if I recall correctly, I think I am the one who moved this thread over to the TR section because it had turned into a full-fledged TR.

I was just telling someone the other day that before you know it, the next Halloween Time will be here. I have a feeling this year is going to zoom by.

It's funny - you mentioned packing the night before so the morning of check-out will be easy. I always start out with that plan - to want to pack the night before - but it never happens for me, especially if I have other people around me in the room. If I am alone I can probably get some packing done the night before. But when I have anyone else in the room I can't concentrate and it usually ends up getting done on the morning I leave...and then I feel rushed!

Are you still considering the possibility of a Christmas trip in the near future?
Yes, it took forever for me to et back to this. Right after we got back, work was crazy with all the back log of work. And then I got a nasty head cold that turned into bronchitis. I am just now over that after a month.I had made notes on my phone so I would not forget anything.


DH does not like to forget anything, so he is the reason I am actually able to pack the night before. Of course, if the park was open later, I am not sure how much we would be able to get done the night before.

We are not sure about Christmas time. Not that we don't want to go for Christmas time. But schedule wise, it can be hard. I can get Christmas week off this year, but I heard how busy it is. And we don't do very well in packed crowds. But, we have a tentative idea to got for Christmas for a short trip (maybe fly in the 23rd and be in the park 3 days) to just be there for Christmas with low expectations of doing more than being there. And then go back in Feb for my bday for another short trip. But, we are not sure yet.
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That's so odd - did this thread just get moved over to the TR section today?

When I investigated further (after my previous post) it appeared that it did get moved today, but I could have sworn I moved it quite a while back, when I saw that you were starting the Trip Report. I vividly remember seeing the thread and thinking it needed to be moved! How strange. Maybe it didn't 'take' when I did it due to all the technical glitches and server issues happening lately, and someone else moved it today. Or maybe my PC froze when I was trying to move it (a common occurrence) and it didn't work.

Ah well. Very odd, indeed.

In any case, I am still glad to see you back in the swing of things with the Halloween TR! I look forward to seeing some photos, even if you didn't take too many.
I honestly thought it was moved earlier too..but I might be wrong. That happens.

Tomorrow, I will be getting pictures off the camera hopefully. The camera died, but luckily the pictures should be ion an SD card. So, hopefully tomorrow or the next day pictures.
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I am excited to see the pictures of your trip. I was exhausted reading your trip report-- lol-- can not imagine getting all done you and husband did on this trip. Glas the Anniversay trip was fun. Not sure I will be staying at that hotel any time soon. Thanks for the info.
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You mentioned the head cold and bronchitis and being sick for a month! Eek! Being sick for that long - even if it had been a low grade thing and not bronchitis - really takes a toll on a body. The immune system can only fight off illness so much!

There is something crazy going around, illness-wise. Since last year (like early 2011) I have been hearing reports from different friends and/or DIS'ers who have caught things like seemingly basic colds and flus, which then morphed into bigger illnesses - in some cases, pneumonia; in other cases, bronchitis; a couple of people got bad ear infections; and in a couple of cases the doctors couldn't figure out what the people had other than to call it "a virus."

Whatever it is that people are catching these days seems to not be going away in a normal period of time. Everyone's illnesses are lasting much longer than they should, or they are going away and coming back in only a few days. I even caught a small cold while at DLR last month, and that seems to have turned into a sinus infection or something...which is still hanging on and annoying me a month later! I still don't feel well and I left DLR on December 8th!

I know what you mean about the Christmas week DLR crowds. I never miss a Christmas season at DLR - whether I go for a one day or several days - BUT I can't yet bring myself to go directly over the Christmas holiday. The closest I have come to it is going on the weekend immediately prior to Christmas for a few years in a row, and that has been very, very crowded at times (2009, for example - yikes!).

I want to be able to go to DLR during Christmas week or over the actual holiday at least once in my life - just to be able to have that experience of waking up on Disney property and being in DLR on Christmas Day, as well as seeing the characters in their cute pajamas on Christmas Eve when they come out on Main Street to do the "Christmas Eve goodnight" thing. But the crowds...I just can't take on that challenge yet.

I think that Cars Land and all the changes at DCA are a big question mark as well for 2012 - there's no way of knowing how all of it affect crowd levels for the whole year at DLR.

I think your tentative idea sounds good - to go for a few days in the days leading up to Christmas and have low expectations. That way, you won't be shocked or disappointed if you can't accomplish too much, but if you get more done than you expect to get done it will be a big bonus!

Anyway, I'm excited to see your Halloween Time photos! I'm already missing Halloween Time at DLR and am anxious for it to start again! I guess I still have 8 months to go for that to happen!
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:25 PM   #28
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Some photos :)

As I said before, we did not get a lot of photos, and I camera was on the verge of dying. It has since died (but I have another one coming to replace it in the next couple of weeks. :D )

Sorry this is blurry. :/ It was a surprise when we went through the treat trail at BTRBBQ.



This is one of the lighting effects behind Big Thunder



And another lighting effect behind Big Thunder



And the Halloween Tree
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:30 PM   #29
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and pumpkins....

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