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Old 12-30-2012, 07:01 PM   #496
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OK, I finally got onto my computer (my parents are currently staying in my office) and got caught up.

Loved the Country Bears visit to the Billy show. I think it's really nice that DL is maximizing that big Jamboree space and even adding the characters too. The pictures of your son getting kissed are priceless.

I haven't been on Casey Jr. in forever; my family is so getting dragged on it in March. Think I could fit my DS16 (6 foot 1 with size 13 feet) into the lion cage?

I saw the Christmas Fantasy Parade at night. It's harder to get good pictures but I do think it is more magical with the lights. I am a big light person.

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OK, I finally got onto my computer (my parents are currently staying in my office) and got caught up.

Loved the Country Bears visit to the Billy show. I think it's really nice that DL is maximizing that big Jamboree space and even adding the characters too. The pictures of your son getting kissed are priceless.

I haven't been on Casey Jr. in forever; my family is so getting dragged on it in March. Think I could fit my DS16 (6 foot 1 with size 13 feet) into the lion cage?

I saw the Christmas Fantasy Parade at night. It's harder to get good pictures but I do think it is more magical with the lights. I am a big light person.

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It would be nice if Disneyland offered up different characters more often. They obviously have the costumes, so why not mix things up?! We saw Piglet and Rabbit in 2005 and I think I've seen Piglet once since then. WDW has Piglet daily at a meal. They also have Marie from the Aristocats and Belle in her blue dress.....why can't we get that occasionally? I had got wind of the Country Bears joining Billy at the end of their show, but kept it secret from the family!! I knew they'd be excited to see some new characters!!

Getting in and out of those cages on Casey Jr. are hard for "bigger" people. I like the open cars......lol

I saw the parade twice last December at night and loved it all lit up.....but you're right....it's hard to get good pictures!

Speaking of lights.......I was really disappointed that when we were planted in front of the castle for fireworks for an hour (or more).....that they didn't do the castle lighting and snow. They did they snow after the fireworks but I really missed that little show and watching the castle come to life with lights/icicles and snow.
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Wow, I really loved the last few updates! The photos of the parade were awesome! I really hope that we can see that parade when we go next December! So cool. Love the little snowmen.

The candy cane cotton candy will have to be another thing we try too! Looks so good. But will have to practice saying it I think....

Also it looks like one of these trips I will have to catch the Billy Hill show. Still haven't seen it!
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Wow, I really loved the last few updates! The photos of the parade were awesome! I really hope that we can see that parade when we go next December! So cool. Love the little snowmen.

The candy cane cotton candy will have to be another thing we try too! Looks so good. But will have to practice saying it I think....

Also it looks like one of these trips I will have to catch the Billy Hill show. Still haven't seen it!
The snowmen are so darned cute!! It's a fun parade!!

Just order the cotton candy......the jamboree was the only place you could get it.......

What??? If you go on the Diva trip, I'm sure you'll get dragged to one of the shows......lol We are fans!!
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Even if I was just there the week before you were, I LOVE looking at all the pictures you took, and the detailed ones at that! I was relying only on my iphone to take pics, and for some reason, my battery was draining a lot more than normal (hmm, you think the videos I took could have something to do with it?) I need to take my actual camera when we go this summer!! It's just so handy to use my phone camera.

Anyway, I know it will be totally different atmosphere when we go this summer without all the beautiful shimmery lights, trees, decor, Christmas music & parades, etc. but I'm still soooo looking forward to it!!

I love all the things you captured, the fun times, the happy faces of your kids, you can just feel the excitement in them!! What wonderful parents you and Mike are. They will never forget all the good times at Disney!! I'm always thrilled to see that your big kids love it as much as the little ones too! That's how our kids are. I'm sad that Kelsey won't be able to go with us this summer, and probably not my husband either (he has other plans for that time) so I am thinking about inviting either my MIL or my oldest sister along, she came with me and my niece on our last trip and loved Disney! I don't know how much she would like the summer crowds though, I hate to spoil it for her!

I've reserved a room at the Howard Johnsons on Harbor for now, in the quiet bldg in the back of the property by the "adult" pool, so I'll keep looking to see if anyone else has any good deals before we go. Having my son's girlfriend along with us will be different, I"m still trying to figure out how that's going to work. They are very excited though, she's never been to the West Coast, she's originally from Wisconsin, and has gone to WDW several times to visit an aunt who lives in the area! Since it's both of their graduation trip, I plan on doing some really fun things like character breakfasts, a nice dinner at either BB or the new Carthay Circle restaurant, and maybe a dessert seating for Fantastmic!!

I'm excited to read the rest of your TR, I need to finish mine, although I've been enjoying everyone else's so much, I'm getting lazy! Thanks for making my days a little bit brighter! Happy 2013!!
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Even if I was just there the week before you were, I LOVE looking at all the pictures you took, and the detailed ones at that! I was relying only on my iphone to take pics, and for some reason, my battery was draining a lot more than normal (hmm, you think the videos I took could have something to do with it?) I need to take my actual camera when we go this summer!! It's just so handy to use my phone camera.

Anyway, I know it will be totally different atmosphere when we go this summer without all the beautiful shimmery lights, trees, decor, Christmas music & parades, etc. but I'm still soooo looking forward to it!!

I love all the things you captured, the fun times, the happy faces of your kids, you can just feel the excitement in them!! What wonderful parents you and Mike are. They will never forget all the good times at Disney!! I'm always thrilled to see that your big kids love it as much as the little ones too! That's how our kids are. I'm sad that Kelsey won't be able to go with us this summer, and probably not my husband either (he has other plans for that time) so I am thinking about inviting either my MIL or my oldest sister along, she came with me and my niece on our last trip and loved Disney! I don't know how much she would like the summer crowds though, I hate to spoil it for her!

I've reserved a room at the Howard Johnsons on Harbor for now, in the quiet bldg in the back of the property by the "adult" pool, so I'll keep looking to see if anyone else has any good deals before we go. Having my son's girlfriend along with us will be different, I"m still trying to figure out how that's going to work. They are very excited though, she's never been to the West Coast, she's originally from Wisconsin, and has gone to WDW several times to visit an aunt who lives in the area! Since we will be celebrating both of their graduations, I plan on doing some special things like character breakfasts, a nice meal at either BB or Carthay Circle restaurant in DCA, and maybe a dessert seating for Fantasmic!!

I'm excited to read the rest of your TR, I need to finish mine, although I've been enjoying everyone else's so much, I'm getting lazy! Thanks for making my days a little bit brighter! Happy 2013!!
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When I left off, we had just finished watching the parade and the crowds were HORRIBLE. We stayed in our little spot hoping the chaos would die off and we could make a peaceful exit from the parks. As we waited, we took a few pictures from around the area and of the kids.

The Partner's Statue with the Castle in the background.



Addy, Michayla & Shyann:







The Mickey wreaths and Main Street tree:







One more of the castle:



As we wandered up Main Street:





Once things looked to have slowed a bit, we started up Main Street, but we soon discovered that they had already roped off the areas around the Candlelight Processional area and were "corralling" everyone into one way traffic flows. Ok, problem........I was already a little antsy because right before the parade started, a family that was with someone in the wheelchair area, shows up and stands like on top of us. We kept them from standing in front of the twins strollers but one girl was breathing all over Anthony's head (which was really bugging him) and I don't do well in closed areas and especially with strangers in my personal space. So this was part of the reason I wanted to wait for things to slow. Soooooooooo, now we needed to jump up on the crowded sidewalk and mosey down and around the CP area and then out the couple exits they open (why is it that they don't open more exits when they have a large traffic flow??)

Anywhos.......I knew this wouldn't work for me.....I was starting to get very panicky so I approached one of the CM's that was directing traffic and she said......"let me help get you and your family out". She used her little hand held light to wave and clear a path. She took us through the stores so we would have more room to manuever with the strollers (and less people). She took us all the way out to the exit!! I couldn't believe she did that for us. I'm sorry I didn't catch her name....but really, that was the last thing on my mind right then. I just wanted to be clear of all the mobs of people so I could calm down and get my heartbeat back to a normal rhythm. Looking back later that night.......all I could say was~~she went far beyond what a CM is asked to do and I couldn't have been more grateful. (I actually kept an eye out for her during our trip so I could thank her & get her name, but never saw her again)

Now, once we had come out of the stores and back onto Main Street, Mike opted to stay behind so he could get a couple pics of the CP area & then he met up with us outside the gates.





We headed into DTD:



Since we had changed our BBQ dinner ressie to Wednesday night.....we now were in need of a dinner place for tonight. So we decided to go the House of Blues. We ate there in 2009 and enjoyed it, so we decided to do it again this trip.





We had a little bit of a wait for a group our size (and needing to keep Michayla in a stroller).....so while we waited.......the kids got some much needed exercise. And as you can see from the photos.....we found a quiet, uncrowded area....which was just what I needed.















A few pics from the area as we waited.






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Even if I was just there the week before you were, I LOVE looking at all the pictures you took, and the detailed ones at that! I was relying only on my iphone to take pics, and for some reason, my battery was draining a lot more than normal (hmm, you think the videos I took could have something to do with it?) I need to take my actual camera when we go this summer!! It's just so handy to use my phone camera.

Anyway, I know it will be totally different atmosphere when we go this summer without all the beautiful shimmery lights, trees, decor, Christmas music & parades, etc. but I'm still soooo looking forward to it!!

I love all the things you captured, the fun times, the happy faces of your kids, you can just feel the excitement in them!! What wonderful parents you and Mike are. They will never forget all the good times at Disney!! I'm always thrilled to see that your big kids love it as much as the little ones too! That's how our kids are. I'm sad that Kelsey won't be able to go with us this summer, and probably not my husband either (he has other plans for that time) so I am thinking about inviting either my MIL or my oldest sister along, she came with me and my niece on our last trip and loved Disney! I don't know how much she would like the summer crowds though, I hate to spoil it for her!

I've reserved a room at the Howard Johnsons on Harbor for now, in the quiet bldg in the back of the property by the "adult" pool, so I'll keep looking to see if anyone else has any good deals before we go. Having my son's girlfriend along with us will be different, I"m still trying to figure out how that's going to work. They are very excited though, she's never been to the West Coast, she's originally from Wisconsin, and has gone to WDW several times to visit an aunt who lives in the area! Since it's both of their graduation trip, I plan on doing some really fun things like character breakfasts, a nice dinner at either BB or the new Carthay Circle restaurant, and maybe a dessert seating for Fantastmic!!

I'm excited to read the rest of your TR, I need to finish mine, although I've been enjoying everyone else's so much, I'm getting lazy! Thanks for making my days a little bit brighter! Happy 2013!!
Yeah, I imagine the video taping probably zapped your phone battery but you will also find times in the parks where your phone is searching for a signal and that really drains the battery. People with iphones seem to have had the worst time with that happening. My old smartphone didn't do well in the park but my new droid razr m did fine.

You know....the summer isn't all bad with the crowds. (especially if you've ever experienced spring breaks!!) At least with the summer.....some of the AP's are blocked and it's spread out over 3 months where spring break everyone shows up over a 6 wk time frame. I'd go in the summer again......way before I'd do spring break again!!

If everything works out....I'll be taking my oldest, Nick and his fiance during the girls trip late February. We didn't do the Carthay Circle restaurant with our large family....but will do so with just the 3 of us. Also thinking about the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour and Fantasmic Dessert Seating. It's been a long time since Marie has been to Disneyland.....so trying to show her some of the highlights!
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Once our pager went off, we were escorted into the restaurant and seated. Shy was in heaven....they had basketball on the tv she could see.....lol

The menu:



Shy's specially made dinner of mini cheeseburgers (no bun), tomatoes and fries.



Addy's Pepperoni Pizza:



Anthony's Cheese Pizza:



Tyler's Flatbread BBQ Chicken Pizza:



I had the Shrimp Po-Boy with Sweet Potato Fries:





Mike's Buttermilk Fried Chicken:



The food was good.....wasn't a big fan of the sweet potato fries....they needed to be crisper. The BBQ pizza used to be on a pizza crust and was Derek's favorite meal back in 2009.....but they've gone to the flatbread style.....Ty said it was good.....but I don't think it was GREAT like it used to be.

Dinner for 6 of us with tax and tip: $95.00

After dinner, we stopped into their gift shop, picked up a couple shirts and some hot sauce!!

As we made our way towards the GCH entrance, we stopped into Marcelline's Confections to pick up a couple sweet treats.



















A quick stop to get a picture of the GCH Christmas tree. The lighting in here is terrible!! So dark!



We got back up to our room and found the MouseKeeping had done this to Michayla's bed.....chocolates on all the beds!!





We ended our night watching World of Color from our room and Addy & Shyann watching the Princess bedtime stories. (this became a nightly ritual in which they both would fall asleep).

This ends Day One in the parks!!



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Wow, what a full on day. Your kids look like they are coping so well, Shyann in particular looks to be blossoming and is a very sweet happy looking little girl
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Wow, what a full on day. Your kids look like they are coping so well, Shyann in particular looks to be blossoming and is a very sweet happy looking little girl
It was a full day and the twins did amazing!! Not one meltdown!! We figured we would let their moods dictate how long we'd stay in the parks. Neither napped in their strollers and they seemed to enjoy the rides, parade and just being strolled around.
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What a day! Full of so much fun! Your family is amazing.
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What a day! Full of so much fun! Your family is amazing.
Thank You so much!!!! I kinda think I have an amazing family too!!
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Tuesday, December 11~~Day 2 in the parks!!

Today we started with trips to the Concierge Lounge to pick up some breakfast offerings. Some of us nibbled in the room while a few others actually sat in the lounge to eat. This morning we decided to start out in Disneyland and I would try and reach one of the Divas who needed to leave by noon. I was going to try and meet up, to say hi to sierranevada/Bridget.

A picture of the PPH tree from the Concierge Lounge.



The Main Street Train Station.





The Main Street Christmas tree.



A lot of photopass photographers were grouped together, which meant they were waiting for characters to come out.....so we kinda hung out near by and Addy's friend Cruella came out and she remember Addy and thought today's shirt was much better than the one she wore yesterday.

















Cruella loves to ham it up for the camera!!

We started talking with the photographers and a character escort and asked who was coming out (we'd seen a few characters come out already). He said Mickey would be and I said, Michayla would love to meet Mickey, as he is one of her favorite characters. I think in conversation, we mentioned the girls autism and delays and the character escort asked us to stand off the street by one of the shops and he'd have Mickey come over and greet our family before he set up on Main Street!!!! So we gladly did.

Mickey came out and did a couple pictures with the family and then he zoned in on Michayla!!





















It was a special time for us and Michayla and we thanked the character escort for doing that for us. (he even kept everyone back while Mickey was visiting with us)

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We decided to hang out on Main Street until I heard back from Bridget. So here are a few close ups of the Main Street tree.







The shop across from the Emporium (Showcase?) that carried a lot of holiday treasures!!





While I was looking in the shops, the rest of the family found Dale and had some pictures done.









A few more random pictures from around Main Street.







We headed up towards the Partner's Statue and had some photopass pictures done here.....this was from our camera.



I heard from Bridget and they were coming off BTMRR and so we told them we'd stay put at the Partner's Statue. A picture of the double decker bus as it went by.



Happy Michayla!!





Shyann and Addy.



The Matterhorn:





Bridget!!!





Bridget and her sister. (I'm sorry, I forgot her name)



After a short visit, we were heading back up Main Street....but did slow down to get a couple pics of Burt and Mary Poppins as they passed by.





We headed out of Disneyland and started crossing the Esplanade to go to Disney's California Adventure park.





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