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Old 07-06-2012, 11:36 PM   #31
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Welcome to my trip report DreamingofDaWorld! From the looks of things you are pretty new around here on the DIS so I feel pretty privileged to have acquired one of your first few posts.
Looks like we will be in the park during the same time except I will be arriving a week earlier. Have you and your big family been to DL before? If not, I think you are going to love the park in November. I know we do! I am so ready to be there!!!!
I agree. If they are still doing the glow ears for WOC we may just have to invest in a couple pairs. Pretty neat effect. You just never know what Disney will come up with next!
Yay for ordering your Photopass too. And, I hope you somehow manage to find the time to get your projects done before your trip. Only a few more months to go!




Ran across this interesting info that our own Hyrdoguy posted....

Top Theme Parks in North America & Worldwide Attendance

1. Magic Kingdom - 2011 / 17.1 Million & 2010 / 17.0 Million
2. Disneyland - 2011 / 16.1 Million & 2010 / 16.0 Million

That's a lot of people traveling to our Disney parks!


Then, I was also reading some "gossip" over at Chip & Company about "Spectro Magic to return to WDW next spring". Got me to wondering whether or not the Main Street Electrical Parade might be returning to DL. Gosh, I hope so! I love that parade! Anyway, the article is here: http://www.*********.com/2012/07/dis...s+%26+Views%29
Be sure to scroll down towards the bottom of the page and read About Anonymouse. Certainly good for a little chuckle.


Almost forgot! Only 133 days!!!
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:49 PM   #32
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Not much happening on the trip planning homefront but I did not want to let this day pass without saying...


Happy 57th Birthday Disneyland!!!!

Ran across this article about a woman who says she's been to every Disneyland birthday ceremony since opening day. How cool is that???? http://www.ocregister.com/entertainm...and-parks.html


And, this article from over at Chip & Company had some interesting facts. http://www.*********.com/2012/07/hap...tion-ceremony/

No doubt I was thinking about Disneyland and their anniversary off and on all throughout the day. What a funny coincidence when we watched an old episode of the Muppet Show this evening and the last skit of the show was "dedicated to one of our favorite countries... Disneyland". I have to say I thought it was great but it would have been so much better if the guest star had not added his appearance to Small World. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIh8zkBCNjM
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:54 PM   #33
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Marie -

I started a thread devoted to lights, lamps, lanterns, etc. at DLR (in the DL Community section) - I wanted to see all of the photos collected in one place, to really get a good idea of the range of lighting elements around DLR! You have some wonderful light fixture pictures that would make great contributions to the thread (like that Hook light fixture, for example - no one has posted that one yet). Here is the link:

Let There be Light!!
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:39 PM   #34
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Well, thanks to Sherry I have certainly been enjoying the light fixture thread that she started and enjoying doing my part to add some of my photos. Unfortunately, I have been remiss at posting here at my own thread. However, today is certainly a milestone and I decided that it could not go without a mention of the fact that I only have 100 days left to go until our trip!!! One of my husband's favorite sayings is that I might as well get out the suitcases and start packing when we get down to 100. Believe me if I had the space to lay out our suitcases I would certainly humor him. Sad to say that the poor old things will just have to stay locked up in the closet and I will have to keep tossing things in there as I find them for our trip. Thankfully, I have not started finding too many things this early or I might not be able to get the door shut. So far I have started working on DD's wardrobe and purchased a new pair of shoes for DS.

Still waiting (somewhat impatiently) for an airfare sale. And, have been beginning to mull over dining choices, especially our choice for Thanksgiving day. The guys did agree that I could choose another option instead of Plaza Inn just so long as we went there on another day. Right now I am leaning towards Storytellers Cafe. Must do more research!

Just found out a few days ago that Big Thunder will be going down for refurbishment while we are there. A little sad but it is not nearly as traumatic as having had to miss POTC last year. Thank heavens we will get to ride our favorite ride in just a few months! I would not be surprised if we were to set a new personal record this year on number of rides just to make up for all we missed last year.

I was pleased to read today that the Nemo subs WOULD NOT be going anywhere. Didn't think that it sounded quite right after all the money they had poured into remaking the subs. Doubt that they would think they had gotten their money's worth so soon.
I also did read another interesting article today pertaining to Disney's most recent financial status. Good to know that they are doing well. I figure that just means they will keep making our park even bigger and better!!! Here's the article.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-d...0,745102.story
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:39 PM   #35
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OK Marie, I am joining to read your PTR. I too am sad that it looks like Thunder Mountain will be down during our spring trip -- everyone in our family loves it, especially at night.

Hope you find some good airfare -- seems like the fall deals take their sweet time coming out. I have family in the DFW area and had to fly there on short notice for a funeral in May. If I hadn't been able to cash in some frequent flier miles, it would have been over $700 each from PHX to DFW!!

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Old 08-19-2012, 12:04 AM   #36
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Thanks for joining me PHXscuba. My apologies for not having much to fill my PTR with but I am hoping now that our trip is getting so much closer I will have more to report. Even though your trip is not until spring it will be here in no time. I did read today that Big Thunder would NOT be going down as had been rumored. (Here's hoping you get to make some of those night time rides after all! ) However, it appears that Indy will be the one getting a refurbishment during our trip. Either one will not affect me too much as I tend to only ride them once or twice per trip if I am lucky. I am usually more apt to be riding the "kiddie rides" since I tour the park most of the time with my DD who is by no means a thrill seeker. Anyway, according to the source I read... which I do not recall... Indy will be closed through December 7th so you should not have to worry about it being closed during your trip. Bottom line... I guess we should both cross our fingers and hope they don't decide to make any last minute changes and add anything else to the refurb list.

Good grief they robbed you on your short notice flight! I sure home I don't do the wrong thing by waiting for lower fares and end up paying anything near your $700! In the meantime I am still doing the daily airfare search. Will see how much longer I can hold out... especially after hearing about that!




So.... planning is still going slow. I AM very excited because we just went below the 3 month mark (only 90 days to go!) but I am having a rough time finding time to sit still and actually DO much about the details. I do have a pretty good idea of where we want to eat but I would like to narrow it down and have a better idea of a daily itinerary. It seems to work so well for us if we have a set time of day to sit down for a meal. Our Visa rewards and my own hard earned Disney funds are adding up so well I do believe we will probably end up dining in the park 2 times a day instead of the once a day we have usually always done.

Another thing I do know that I want to work into our plans is the new revamped ‘Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps’ Tour. I asked the rest of my bunch and they all agreed that it would be pretty neat to get the chance to see Walt' apartment. A bit pricey...yes.... but it has been awhile since we added a "special event" into our plans so it will definitely be worth it.

For anyone who hasn't heard about the tour here's the info I read...
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Disneyland Resort Guided Tours: The New ‘Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps’ Tour

If you love Disneyland history, I’ve got a tour for you. The “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Tour replaces the current “A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour beginning September 9, and is available to book right now. Traveling through Disneyland park, you will learn about the challenges, excitement, inspiration, and fun that went into creating Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom as well as the story of the life of Walt Disney himself.
The newly re-launched tour includes an exclusive look into Walt Disney’s private apartment, a peek into the lobby of the exclusive, members-only Club 33, a private lunch on Main Street U.S.A., two classic attraction experiences and a collectible pin.
Here are some things you should know about the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour:
The tour is approximately approximately three hours long.
Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
The tour leaves from Disneyland Tour Gardens (left of City Hall) every day at 9:30 a.m.
Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.
For pricing and booking information (and to find out about a special discount for Disney Rewards Visa and AAA card holders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disneyland Resort Annual Passport holders) call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com/Tours.
Call (714) 781-TOUR (8687) to book your tour up to one month in advance.
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OK, I'm hoping you mean you have 90 days to go instead of 190, because I only have a little over 200 until March!!

I am excited to read about the non-renovation of BTMRR. I guess a rumor is just a rumor until Disney deigns to confirm it. But there will probably be something else down ...

The only tour I have done is the Christmas tour, but I thought it was worth every penny I paid. I'm sure they're offering the usual AP, Disney VISA, AAA discounts.

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Sounds great why do I need 10 random posts
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Now I just need 9?
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OK, I'm hoping you mean you have 90 days to go instead of 190, because I only have a little over 200 until March!!

I am excited to read about the non-renovation of BTMRR. I guess a rumor is just a rumor until Disney deigns to confirm it. But there will probably be something else down ...

The only tour I have done is the Christmas tour, but I thought it was worth every penny I paid. I'm sure they're offering the usual AP, Disney VISA, AAA discounts.

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Thank you for pointing that out. lol! Think I will correct that right now! Apparently I keep tacking on an extra hundred to my countdown because I told my DH the same thing yesterday. I must be having a hard time believing our trip is getting so close.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for both of us that they do not add any refurbs during either of our trips.

Loved the Christmas tour.... especially the seats for the parade and the gingerbread cookie! YUM! Tempted to do that one again too but I am thinking we'd be better off doing something new. Although, we have done the Walk in Walt's Footstep's tour I am hoping that there will be enough changes to the "new" tour that it will keep us all engrossed. As much as my whole bunch loves Disneyland it's shouldn't be too much of a problem. It appears the discounted price for a Disney Visa holder or Premium Passport is somewhere between $87.20 and $89. I am thinking it will be worth it to get a glimpse of Walt's apartment. Guess I will have to do some further investigating to see what's on the menu for lunch.



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Old 10-19-2012, 11:55 AM   #41
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GASP!!! How did this happen? It's been 2 months since I last posted anything new here! I feel so ashamed. On the up side since I have not posted lately I DO actually have news to add about our upcoming trip which just so happens to only be 28 days away! I am happy to say that everything seems to be falling into place so far. So here's the latest update....

I did finally purchase tickets for our flights! Not quite the price I was hoping for but I am glad to see that I have not seen the price take a huge dip since I purchased them. I figured that would happen the day after I bought them and I would end up sad for not getting a better deal. They have already contacted me once and changed the flight times. Not really crazy about it but the time is still within an hour of my first choice so it should work almost as well.

Next, on my agenda, I have all my dining reservations made. Since we have worked overtime on earning our Disney Visa Reward Dollars we will be eating inside the park more than we ever have before. In all our years in the park we have usually kept it to one meal a day and then most often gone with takeout from an outside source for our other meal. Thanks to those cash back dollars though I have booked 10 reservations. Plus we will be dining at an assortment of other in park locations that do not take reservations.

Here's my plan:
Nov. 18 - Jolly Holiday Bakery, lunch & Plaza Inn, supper
Nov. 19 - Jazz Kitchen, lunch & Village Haus, supper
Nov. 20 - Flo's, brunch & Carthay Circle, supper
Nov. 21 - Rainforest Cafe, lunch & Royal Street Veranda, supper
Nov. 22 - DL Hotel Grand Buffet, lunch & Carnation Cafe, supper
Nov. 23 - Tour/lunch & Blue Bayou, supper
Nov. 24 - Bubba Gump, lunch & Take out, supper
Nov. 25 - Mimi’s, lunch & Edelweiss Snacks, supper
Nov. 26 - Naples, lunch & Hungry Bear, supper
Nov. 27 - French Market, lunch & Stage Door Café, supper
Nov. 28 - Café Orleans, lunch & Riverbelle Terrace, supper
Nov. 29 - Taste Pilot's Grill & Wine Country Trattorria, supper Trattoria
Nov. 30 - Blue Bayou or Rainforest Cafe, lunch & Corn dog & turkey leg, supper

Airport parking reservations are made, boarding arrangements for the dog and cat are made, house sitter lined up, stocked up on clothing essentials, Nook loaded with reading material for the flight, reservations with Dolphin's Cove confirmed. Not a lot left to do. I need to transfer the rewards dollars over, book the Walk w/Walt tour, order our groceries, put a hold on our mail and that should just about do it!

In the meantime I have a huge task to help me eat up the time until our trip gets here. I have been a Premium membership subscriber with Webshots since September 2007. I currently have over 9400 photos on their site, many of which have been linked to in my past trip reports. I just recently learned that the current Webshots site is being replaced, and all photos will be removed by November 15 which means I now have to download all of my photos back to my computer and upload them elsewhere so I will be able to share. The good news is that I have looked over Smugmug and think it will work nicely. The other somewhat bad news is that it is going to be very time consuming and take me forever to go back through all my threads and replace every photo with a new link. No doubt I will probably miss a few photos floating around out there somewhere on misc. threads so they will forever be dead links. I would like to apologize in advance if you happen to run across any of them. Right now I am feeling a bit under the weather and I am currently supposed to be in trip planning mode so I am not really feeling quite into pouring back over photo files and repairing the damage that is about to be done to all my poor links but I am going to at least make an attempt. So far I have changed 4 photo links as a test. Unfortunately, day to day real life also tends to interrupt me so I'm thinking it's gonna be a long drawn out process.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #42
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Whoo-hoo! We are leaving in the morning! Now just wondering what it is I am leaving behind and fixin to head to beddie bye for that one last sleep! Disneyland here we come baby!
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Have a nice trip.November is a good time to go and we have done Thanksgiving in Disney and it was great.We skipped on the turkey dinner since it was our daughters Birthday that year and Turkey was not what she wanted.
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