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Old 12-23-2011, 12:03 PM   #451
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I agree with you about the beer stations . I think a beer garden would have been nice. Having its own little area might be better then so many beer and wine stands. I totaly understand guests having a nice cold beer or glass of wine or an iced mixed drink on a hot day. I have never seen anyone that has drank to much, so DCA does a good job watching for that.

Great pictures-- Glad you got the new camera I feel like I am on vacation.

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I have & hunted down security......a guy was like an inch from his significant others face, screaming at the top of his lungs & punching her shoulder. Totally inappropriate & once security showed up, it was defused with an escort out. But I've seen others just getting very loud & obnoxious & arguing back & forth as they sloshed their colored cup of alcohol around the park. Just feel a drink is ok as long as that's it.......it's just not the place to drink yourself into a stouper.......It would also be nice to contain it to certain areas & not let the guests wander around with it like we're in Reno or Vegas.....lol It's just my opinion on that matter (and just so people don't think I'm an alcohol snob....I'm not...I love a cold beer when I go to karaoke & a yummy margarita with my mexican food)....just not at Disneyland....seems all wrong to me.

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Santa has not been in his beach gear (that was Beach Blast Santa) since 2007, so the pictures you saw are very old! He has been this version of Santa since 2009 (in 2008, there was no Santa in DCA at all). His whole photo location was in a totally different area when he had the Beach Blast thing going.

I definitely would have prepared you for that shock/let down had I known you were hoping for a beachy Santa!
It's ok......seeing a beach santa would have been "totally rad dudette!!" but I love Santa any ol' way......traditional is always good!!
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:25 PM   #452
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I don't get the beer stands. I do not like the idea at all. I am cool with people having a drink with their meal but i do not think it mixes with the rides and family atmosphere. You know this brings up a point. When Dina and I were there in February we had a drunk making slurs about our possible sexuality. I got a laugh out of it but, he was offensive. Alcohol.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:31 PM   #453
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I don't get the beer stands. I do not like the idea at all. I am cool with people having a drink with their meal but i do not think it mixes with the rides and family atmosphere. You know this brings up a point. When Dina and I were there in February we had a drunk making slurs about our possible sexuality. I got a laugh out of it but, he was offensive. Alcohol.
Glad to know I'm not alone in this....... I just think that just because you have a liquor license doesn't mean you have to flaunt it!!!
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That's a neat coat Santa had on. you really did just miss him, didn't you? And no Duffy...sigh. At least you have one more day to try for them.


Since I've never seen anyone acting drunk at the parks, and since I get sad and lonely being stuck behind the lines of a beer garden while hubby (who barely drinks at all) and son wait around for me, I haven't ever minded the presence of the booze stands. I just wish it wasn't as much for ONE beer as it is for a 6 pack at the store! But I totally get why others think it's bad; I can only go from my experience of never having seen a drunk there and of being lonely in beer gardens.
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That's a neat coat Santa had on. you really did just miss him, didn't you? And no Duffy...sigh. At least you have one more day to try for them.


Since I've never seen anyone acting drunk at the parks, and since I get sad and lonely being stuck behind the lines of a beer garden while hubby (who barely drinks at all) and son wait around for me, I haven't ever minded the presence of the booze stands. I just wish it wasn't as much for ONE beer as it is for a 6 pack at the store! But I totally get why others think it's bad; I can only go from my experience of never having seen a drunk there and of being lonely in beer gardens.
There are responsible ways to drink while at the parks, but half of our trips have had an incident involving a drunk person at DCA. When your kids are asking if that person is drunk, it's pretty bad & not what I want to get out of a family vacation at Disneyland.

Again, I don't mind the area in the wharf, but wish it was somewhat contained to that area. I don't feel a beer stand between the Silly Symphony Swings & the Jumpin' Jellyfish ride is appropriate. If it was over with the new restaurants, I wouldn't have objected as badly......placement of this stand is bad.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:13 PM   #457
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Chapter Twenty Nine~~Back to Disneyland!

Once I had everything packed up, I hoofed it back over to Disneyland, so I could catch up with Lisa before I had to leave for my tour. Once I entered the gates, I sent a text & she was in ToonTown, so I headed that way.....but first a few pics of the characters in their Christmas sweaters.





Janelle had asked me at our late dinner if I had noticed that the lamp was missing from Walt's apartment window & a small Christmas tree was in it's place. I said, I hadn't & neither one of us had heard about this tradition. We assumed the lamp was always there.




I headed to ToonTown to search for Lisa. I was standing by the trolley & looking around when I hear my name being called.......it's LISA!!!!!!

We wandered for a while taking pictures of all the wacky decorations. It was nice to see someone else pull out their camera & take pictures!!

More Goofy's house!!




The wreath in the window of Minnie's house.



Mickey's tree in his front yard.




Lisa posing in Mickey's little red car.



When we were done, we headed towards Storybookland to see what the line looked like. They decorate the miniatures for Christmas, so I really wanted to see it. Luckily the line wasn't super bad, so we got in it & enjoyed our whirlwind trip (have they sped this ride up?? Almost impossible to get pics at the speed they're going & always shooting thru people's heads & arms)










Next we'll be heading out to the ranch.


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Old 12-23-2011, 05:15 PM   #458
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Yay!!! Of course I just added more.....lol
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I love the tiny decorations. Can you imagine the steady hands needed for that job?
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Chapter Thirty~~Let's Head Out to the Ranch!

After our speedboat adventure, we decided to head up to the Big Thunder Ranch. The pardoned turkey was out today!!




I don't remember seeing this the day before......so cute!




A couple of the reindeer were sparring & meshing their antlers.....kinda cool to watch. One of the CM's told Lisa that if the reindeer looses their antlers, the Cm's can take them home.






I went around the area to get more detailed pictures. Santa's line here was again super long......heavy sigh, so I didn't get to see him here again!!





The last time, I didn't go around the reindeer pen onto the BBQ side, but today we did, and I'm glad we did.....so much more to see!!





I love the horse drawn carriages/wagon wheels (not sure what to call these).





Lisa decided to go & do the photopass pic by the entrance to the ranch, so while she was in line, I took a few more pics of that area.





Hi Lisa.....smile for the camera!!!




We followed the path to the Rivers of America......Lisa was going to ride Pirates & I needed to get some lunch & then head to the tour office for the Holiday Tour!! So we said our goodbyes....but we might get together again for WoC or the Fireworks.....depends on what we want to do when the time comes.

Coming up .......I'm Hungry as a Bear!!

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I love the tiny decorations. Can you imagine the steady hands needed for that job?
I know.....tiny poinsettias in the windows, little garlands on the trees, little wreaths hung on the doors......amazing to see!!
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Chapter Thirty One~~ I'm Hungry as a Bear!!

Since I was close to Critter Country, I wanted to try the new & improved Hungry Bear Restaurant. I've always loved this restaurant, but with the new menu, I've wanted to get there to try it!!! I knew exactly what I wanted to try.......the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich with the sweet potato fries & the Lemon Bumblebee Cupcake!!!!







Oh my goodness.....the sandwich is excellent!!! Here's the description of the sandwich from allears.net : cornmeal crusted fried green tomatoes layered with two slices of fresh heirloom tomatoes, topped with havarti, remoulade, jicama-mango slaw and served on a multi-grain roll

It's a huge sandwich & I could only get through one half....so this is definitely a meal that can be shared!! The sweet potato fries were good, nothing outstanding.....but good.

Now, moving on to the cupcake. The cake was lemony & moist. Very good.....but that frosting is so thick & dense.....ICK!! Not a fan of the frosting......I gagged a little just thinking about it!!

After enjoying my lunch by the riverside, it was time to get back to Main Street so I could check in for the tour. I decided to catch the train in NOS & ride it around. As I waited for the train, I took some pics of the station area.




I loved the little Christmas touches!





From along the route:








The diaramas:









Next chapter will be the Holiday Tour!!
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Wow!! I love it so far. Too bad that the Hungry Bear changed
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Wow!! I love it so far. Too bad that the Hungry Bear changed
They still have burgers & chicken sandwiches like before......they've just added some new items. I guess the other big change was going from regular fries to sweet potato fries.

Have you eaten there since they changed??? I thought it was very good....even better than before!!
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They still have burgers & chicken sandwiches like before......they've just added some new items. I guess the other big change was going from regular fries to sweet potato fries.

Have you eaten there since they changed??? I thought it was very good....even better than before!!

They really needed the change. When we ate there in 2010 it was pretty bad. Bad enough that although it had been a favorite of my kids they never wanted to go again that trip.
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