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Old 09-16-2012, 09:10 PM   #256
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Great update, Lady H. You make me wish I was there. DH says the 14 mph sign is to catch your attention, since we're all used to 10 or 15. Maybe he's right!?!
We haven't been to Garden Walk yet, which is weird, because we usually stay right next door, at the Plaza Inn. We have had APs for the last couple of years, so we usually just end up eating in the parks.
Love the pictures with WD. He looks like he's just stepping out the door to meet you.
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Enjoyed the chapter Lady H. I like the tag team TR writing. Your place looks great. How far away from the park is it?
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T-Man is paying attention to the other woman in his life, the GPS, as we make our way to the DtD parking lot. The good news is we get to park for free for the first 3 hours.
Hmm. Don't remember paying attention to Dru here. Pretty sure I was just following the signs.

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Along the way we see the Disneyland Hotel pool, and another restaurant that looks quite interesting, with tiki torches all along the outside perimeter. I bet that looks awesome once the sun goes all the way down.
I took a picture of the name.


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We finally see another door leading to what we now hope is the restaurant and YES! Jackpot!

Can also follow the signs to Goofy's Kitchen if you ever decide to go to Steakhouse 55. SH 55 is right next to GK.

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We walk up to the counter and T-Man gives them our names and reservation time.

“Happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Sandoval”

Huh? How did they know? I look over at T-Man with a quizzical look, and suddenly he has amnesia. Can’t figure out how they would know that we are celebrating our anniversary. Uh huh…Sure you don’t remember.
Still have no idea what you're talking about. All part of the Disney magic.

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Our server came back and showed us the dessert menu. We looked it over to be nice, but really we didn’t think we could handle dessert, so politely refused and asked for the check. It was taking him a while to get our check out to us, but it gave us time to finish our drinks. We weren’t in too much of a hurry at this point.

About 15 minutes later (maybe it was 10, I wasn’t really counting) out comes our waiter with this.



He said that it was our anniversary and he couldn’t let us go without at least a little bit of chocolate. A man after my own heart!
A man after your heart on our wedding anniversary? Knew there was something fishy about that waiter. Me and him are going to have words the next time we go back.

On second thought, I better not. Might not get free dessert again.

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Waddling through DtD, there are a multitude of shops, restaurants, and people. The World of Disney shop takes up about half of the right side, but of course we have to go through and see what there is. We see many possibilities and agree to come back closer to the end of the trip for souvies.
Add one thing here. As we were strolling through DtD, we noticed a souvenir kiosk and couldn't help but think of Ponzi when we saw this.






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As we are headed out of the area, we hear the loud boom of what we can only think is a bomb. They’re bombing us! At Disney! What the…then I look up in time to see the beautiful colors of the fireworks display from Disneyland.

We watched for a little while before realizing the time and hurrying back to the car.

As we work our way through the traffic to the pay booths, we see a speed limit sign that strikes me as odd. Now I’ve seen speed limit signs for 10 mph, 15 mph, but never one for ...

Yup, that’s right, 14 miles per hour people. Not 13, not 15, but 14.
Nowhere else but Disney right?

OK. I think I will leave it at that for now, if you are still awake that is...
Little did we know that we didn't need to hurry back. We could've stayed watching the fireworks. We knew the first 3 hours at DtD parking lot were free; after that, you need to leave your first born as payment. Well at least pay some major bucks. Unless you just so happened to eat at one of the restaurants.

As we approached the ticket booth and saw the 14 mph speed limit sign, we approach customs and they do a full inspection of the vehicle. We're clean and no hidden contraband in our rental vehicle. We still need to pay the toll for parking on their property though. The guard (CM) asks if we dined at any of the restaurants. She tells us parking is free if we got our tickets validated by the restaurant or if we have a meal receipt. I told her yes, we dined at Steakhouse 55.

Now this next part is no joke, she asks "Steakhouse 55. Where's that? I've never heard of it" Umm, aren't you supposed to know all the dining establishments on the DLR property. I tell her its inside the Disneyland Hotel and hand her the receipt. She looks at our receipt and sees the (how did Lady H put this) insurmountable amount we paid. She must have felt sorry for us because she hands us back the receipt and tells us to have a good night.

"What? No parking fee? Cool." I burn rubber and I'm out of there before she changes her mind. I wasn't going to stick around and force more money on them.

Good job honey.

I'll go ahead and finally finish this day up, because we didn't really do much after we finished at SH 55 and took our brief tour of DtD. By this time, we were both pretty tired from being up at 5:30, 5:40 and again at 5:50 this morning. We drove back to the resort and had one last beer out on the balcony before calling it a night. If you recall the picture we showed you of the bbq area and DSA, this worked to our benefit. Since we really only smoke at night now, while we have a drink, we didn't have far to go to the DSA. In fact, we never went to the DSA at all. We just made sure to smoke out on the balcony each night and not inside, as smoking is banned in the units. Didn't want to get thrown out after the first night. Being right above the DSA, we figured there was no need to go down to it since we didn't mind if anybody below us smoked, although we never saw anyone using it.

The following day would be our first full park day. It would be the only chance we would get to use our Early Magic Morning and we intend to take advantage of it. So I guess it's safe to say Day 1 is in the books.

I'll finish day 1 by showing you a few more pics we took at DtD.











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Old 09-17-2012, 11:52 AM   #259
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Great update, Lady H. You make me wish I was there. DH says the 14 mph sign is to catch your attention, since we're all used to 10 or 15. Maybe he's right!?!
He probably is because it sure caught my attention. We're accustomed to seeing speed limit signs in increments of 5. (15, 20, 25, etc.) So to see 14 was quite odd and something I knew we may never see again. Unless we go back to DLR that is.

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We haven't been to Garden Walk yet, which is weird, because we usually stay right next door, at the Plaza Inn. We have had APs for the last couple of years, so we usually just end up eating in the parks.
Some of our favorite restaurants are at Garden Walk. Some we have in our home town and some we don't. Prices are about the same back home, so we knew it wouldn't hurt our budget.


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Love the pictures with WD. He looks like he's just stepping out the door to meet you.
We knew we needed some pictures of Walt. One thing we didn't think to do was take pictures of the pictures (murals) on the walls. The pictures were all of celebrities dining inside Steakhouse 55 back in their days. They had murals of the rat pack, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, just to mention a few.
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Enjoyed the chapter Lady H. I like the tag team TR writing. Your place looks great. How far away from the park is it?
I will let you know in the next chapter. If I tell you now, you might not come back.
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Ok, you've seen the food porn at Steakhouse 55. I wanted to comment on SH 55 real quick. Although pricey, it was very good. For those that love Le Cellier (which I happen to be one of those), I would rate this a little higher then LC, and just as good as Shula's. Shula's is still my all time favorite, but this is a close 2nd. This place reminded me of Shula's actually. Your entree consists only of your main dish, which in our case was a juicy, tender steak. You order side dishes separately and as Lady H pointed out, large enough to share. The steaks were cooked perfectly and as Lady H also pointed out, you could cut it with a fork. I can't really compare SH 55 to Yatchman's or any other place place in WDW (only Shula's), at least not yet. We have ADR's for Yatchman's this year. I know, I know, I said I wouldn't compare. Just trying to encourage each of you, if you have the money to splurge, to try SH 55.

The service was superb and I'm not saying that just because we got free dessert. It was nice of them to acknowledge our anniversary.
I will stress this again, I still don't know how they knew it was our anniversary. Disney Magic. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
This is actually the first time I can recall any Disney restaurant recognizing our special celebration. Although the waiter was after Lady H's heart it sounds like, he was very courteous, as well as the rest of the wait staff. Even the manager was going around and making sure everyone was taken care of. I love when managers go around doing this. You don't see it very often, but it shows they care deeply about making sure they provide excellent service, and the food is to your liking.

A+ to the manager, wait staff, hostesses and of the course the cooks.

I don't recall ever seeing a dress code to this place. Like any upscale restaurant, it's always best to dress a little more appropriately. I wore jeans and a polo shirt to dinner. This is the only time during our trip I wore any type of pants. Too Darn Hot. I was glad to get back to the resort and change back into shorts.

It wasn't very crowded either. There were quite a few empty tables. I don't know what it would be like going on the major holidays, but during the off-season, I'm sure you could just walk up and get a table. Just make sure to return it once you're done. They do accept reservations just in case you're wondering. Many people seemed to come in straight from the parks. Could be there's no dress code to help fill up the tables and get business.

Also, when I was looking at SH 55, be sure to call and make sure they are open. I remember reading on here (under the Disneyland tab at the top of the page), that SH 55 is closed on certain days. I don't know how accurate this information is. When looking at the DL site, they say they're open everyday. Just don't want to give you misleading information.

So if you go, I hope it's just as good and as enjoyable as it was for Lady H and myself. It was the perfect anniversary dinner and enjoyable night with my princess. Something I will remember for years and years.
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Nope, can get them here in Philly!
Now I'm jealous. For the price we paid for the 36 pack, we pay for the 30 pack here. I may have to look around some more.

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THe pictures are great. Looks like a really nice place
I'm still uploading pictures, but I will post links to all our pictures later. For the most part, we enjoyed it. There were a couple of down sides which we'll cover in the upcoming chapters. Lady H has already mentioned one. Being on the 2nd floor and no elevator.
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Sheesh! With the co-authors doing breakdowns on each other's installments, this could be the easiest TR to read along with ever! Just grab a cup o' joe and let it all unfold...

Enjoying the TR so far. I so know what you mean about LAX - that place goes on forever! And the drive to the rental lots - are they actually located in the state of CA?

What I hate about all the new beer sizes (both case size and can size) is that it is IMPOSSIBLE to figure out what the best deal actually is. Is the 2*15 deal better than the 28 bottle case deal? I am becoming an expert at calculating cost/volume. The only time I use the calculator on my smart phone is when I'm buying beer.

Re TS salesmen. I never say I "might" come back later after discovering that gives them the entree to call you up every morning to ask "how bout now?, No?, K, how bout now?, No? now?..." Nope, I just tell em that we can't use all of the 3 weeks we already own, and there is no way in H-E-double-toothpicks that I am buying more! Then I unplug the phone in our unit for good measure.
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That was a great update, really enjoyed it, thanks!
Speaking of signs, I saw some at one place in Montana I had never seen before: "please reserve for our senior citizens". Wow, I thout that was cool, getting up in years myself
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Sheesh! With the co-authors doing breakdowns on each other's installments, this could be the easiest TR to read along with ever!
I told Lady H she could write the next chapter since she has the degree for this kind of stuff. She wrote it and was going to hold it hostage until such time she got more cake/pie recipes. Only one has been posted so far. Anyways, I had to convince her to post the chapter. I told her "If you hold it hostage too long, we might lose everyone and chances are, you won't get anymore recipes. We may be the only one's reading how our trip went."

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Ok, you go grab a cup o' joe and I on the other hand, will go make a fuzzy cup.

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Enjoying the TR so far.
Glad you're enjoying it. Took us long enough to get through day 1. We're going to try and speed this TR up before we forget everything we did, and before we go to WDW in December. Don't want to get the 2 trips mixed up.

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I so know what you mean about LAX - that place goes on forever! And the drive to the rental lots - are they actually located in the state of CA?
I was beginning to wonder that myself as we were going.

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What I hate about all the new beer sizes (both case size and can size) is that it is IMPOSSIBLE to figure out what the best deal actually is. Is the 2*15 deal better than the 28 bottle case deal? I am becoming an expert at calculating cost/volume. The only time I use the calculator on my smart phone is when I'm buying beer.
Funny you should mention that. We did the same thing. We have 18 beers at xx amount and 36 beers at xx amount. How much is it per beer? 36-pack it is.

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Re TS salesmen. I never say I "might" come back later after discovering that gives them the entree to call you up every morning to ask "how bout now?, No?, K, how bout now?, No? now?..." Nope, I just tell em that we can't use all of the 3 weeks we already own, and there is no way in H-E-double-toothpicks that I am buying more! Then I unplug the phone in our unit for good measure.
We never did tell Trick Larry we might come back. I only thought it IF we were running low on funds, since supposedly, we would get a $100 gift card to use. Funds never ran low, so we never had to resort to signing up.

I know what you mean though. When we went to WDW in 2010 with our friends and D'Sis. We stayed at our timeshare in Orlando. They didn't even send us to the resort host. They asked right away if our companions would be interested in attending a presentation. They would get free tickets to WDW and we would get bonus points for a vacation. Right from the start I had to tell them the same thing, we already have tickets and our days are booked. Good trick on the phone. I'll have to remember that one for December.
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Hear that Lady H?! She loved it. Looks like you get to finish writing this TR.

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Speaking of signs, I saw some at one place in Montana I had never seen before: "please reserve for our senior citizens". Wow, I thout that was cool, getting up in years myself
I've seen signs like this on the train I take to/from work. Seats are reserved not only for seniors but disabled people as well. I'll see if I can get a picture of it on the way home today.
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6 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounce butterscotch chips
15 ounce can condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Melt butter in 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add each ingredient in order listed, spreading evenly over the pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut.
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6 ounce butterscotch chips
15 ounce can condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Melt butter in 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add each ingredient in order listed, spreading evenly over the pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut.
Weren't cookies back on Ponzi's TR? This a pie and cake TR.

Just kidding of course. I'm sure she'll try them anyways and I get the benefits.
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6 ounce butterscotch chips
15 ounce can condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Melt butter in 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add each ingredient in order listed, spreading evenly over the pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut.
LMAO!!!!

I see now why you posted this. I was looking at the reason you edited your post.
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I've seen signs like this on the train I take to/from work. Seats are reserved not only for seniors but disabled people as well. I'll see if I can get a picture of it on the way home today.
Disabled places are everywhere (it's the law), I thought the old decrepit people signs were really cool and new. We need them in FLorida for sure, with all the retirees. I want one of those special hang tags for that.
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