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Old 07-14-2013, 10:47 PM   #346
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Honestly, this is like reading a good book that you just can't put down!
I don't spend that much time on the boards but you've got me hooked! lol

I also think your trip reports read like a book.

Have you considered writing a book or an eBook along the lines of a "how to" story of your journey from NY to California? I think you have a lot of us hooked! so maybe there are a lot more out there who would also enjoy reading about your adventures!
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Yay! So glad to read about your getting your passes. And solid choice on pirates as the first ride. I remember being in the park one day and riding Snow White. A cm said she was glad my son who was 2 at the time liked it and he told her snow and pirates were his favorite. She said, "just like Walt." It still makes me smile. You can never go wrong following Walt.

I'm actually not a huge fan of Newport either. It always seems mobbed and such a trek to the water.

I'm glad you guys were able to find jobs. My sister has been looking in her field, banking, for a year and a half. I strongly support your reasoning on when you bought the passes. Disneyland is awesome any time, but jan-march are really nice without the crowds or heat.

Can't wait to read about your Disney trips. Congrats on being passholders.
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Hurray! You finally got your annual passes

I just got my annual pass this past week as an early birthday present from my son (he paid the down payment and I'm making the monthly payments. I didn't get the Premium one but got the Deluxe one - wonder if I should upgrade? lol) I also went to Disneyland for the first time using my AP this weekend on Saturday and did the happy dance after she handed me my actual pass at the Ticket Counter booth. And sort of coincidentally I went on Haunted Mansion as my first ride and my second ride was Pirates of the Caribbean! Can't wait to see what your next ride was (mine was supposed to be Indiana Jones Adventure with a Fastpass so I went over to CA to ride Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear then headed back to Indiana Jones to find it was broke down so took a dinner break). Enough of me!! I am just so excited after planning for 2 years to move to CA with hopes of working for Disney like you guys, living here for a year and not setting foot in DL until this past weekend.

I hope you don't mind me sharing a few pics:











My phone battery died before I got over to California Adventure which I was sort of bummed about. My camera battery was dead & I had lost my charger when I visited my kids in VA in April but I ordered one this weekend, got it today and now I'm armed with both my phone camera and my little Fuji camera for my next AP trip

Can't wait to read more about the rest of your first day as an AP holder!
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*Squeeeeeaaaallllll*

You're in! You're in!

And no less than Pirates! Aaaarrrr. Great first ride, mateys.
Hooray!! We definitely love having Pirates as our ceremonial first ride. A real Disney classic

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YIPEE!!! So glad you are finally enjoying the parks! Can't wait to hear all about your visits.

Tracy's Lady and the Tramp tee is so adorable. Can you tell me where she got it? I'd love to get one for my daughters.
I'm very glad that we are enjoying the parks too! Now I just need to find the time to write about ALL our visits!

I got Tracy's Lady and the Tramp shirt at the Disney Store when it had just come out on DVD/Blu-ray, so they had a lot of merchandise from the movie. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they carry it anymore, but I did just see on someone's Instagram that they have a new line of Disney t-shirts at Wet Seal and Lady and the Tramp is one of them, so maybe that will work?

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You just can't beat walking down Main Street USA with the castle in the distance!!
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Exciting!!
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Seriously you two are to cute for words.



Yay on your AP's

I am counting down the days until my DH next trip in Sept.
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We were obviously quite excited to get those APs in our hands.

That's so exciting that your trip is coming right up! I'm sure it will be here in no time.

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That is so awesome, we are in! Er I mean YOU two are IN!
Good luck on the job...
Hope your health is better.....



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I felt excited to finally post about getting into the parks so all of you could feel like you were in too!

Health is never great, but I'm surviving. It could always be worse, and there's nothing else I can do!

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Yeah I feel like WE are in too after following your story from the beginning. I am very excited for you!

We are older and our kids are grown now and we want to spend at least a few months each year snowbirding in the california sun so your journey has been very helpful and interesting to us!

And yes I have wondered too, how are you feeling Taylor? I hope your illness has kept at bay in the past few months.
I'm glad that you have followed our story for so long and feel like a part of it. That's what I'm going for with this report!

I'm so glad to hear that our shenanigans are providing some helpful insights as you prepare to start spending some time out here. Sounds like fun to me!

I've been doing all right. You'll see soon how we've dealt with my health issues in the parks, but on the day-to-day I'm okay. Not great, but not terrible either.

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Hi Taylor and Tracy!

First, thanks so much for the offer of advice regarding college theatre programs - I am very likely to follow up with you on that at some point. Our older boys are only 13 and 14 but our oldest has been on this path since age 5, so we think his interest is likely to continue. They watched your videos on youtube and are inspired - really funny and your singing voice is excellent. Really hope you'll have the opportunity to perform again at some point.

Actually, one quick question - our 14-year-old's strengths are acting and singing (theatre classes, heavily involved in school and community theatre, private voice lessons, choir, etc.) Any advice on the importance of dance skill? He's taking dance lessons but it doesn't come naturally, so he's a little discouraged in that department. I know he would appreciate any encouragement or advice!

On to your trip report - wonderful!!! I'm so happy for both of you - what a joy! Since I'm a mom, I'll be even happier when I hear that Tracy secured a job and is happy with her work, but I'm guessing that's in an upcoming report that's just around the corner. I love the tradition of Pirates as a first ride in any park - my father (a Pirates enthusiast who BTW introduced me to Minnie at age 2) would be proud!

Also continuing to enjoy reading about your resourcefulness - lots of tips in your report that benefit all of us! Thanks much!



Wondering the same - please let us know how it's going.
Thanks for the compliments on my videos. Maybe someday I'll make it back onstage.

Sounds like your sons are definitely on the right track if they're interested in pursuing theatre. My advice would definitely be to keep doing it all as much as possible. It's great to enjoy performing for the pure joy of it in high school because once you get to college, you have to start thinking of the business aspect, which is not easy. In terms of dance, no matter how discouraged your older son is, he should absolutely keep at it. His situation sounds exactly like mine, and I wish that I had taken dance classes throughout high school. It is more important than I can even express to at least be "okay." You don't have to be great, but if you can get a decent amount of experience under your belt before auditioning for college, it makes a world of difference. Mind you this is all "do as I say, not as I actually did" but if I could go back and change things I would have taken as many dance classes as possible just to get to the point that I could hold my own in auditions and college dance classes.

We were certainly happy to get into the parks as well (obviously!). And I'll ease your mind by letting you know that Tracy is, indeed, happily and gainfully employed. We love our Pirates tradition too, and it sounds like you had good Disney parents indoctrinating you early!

Glad you're continuing to enjoy reading and that our tips are helpful!

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I must have missed where you mention your videos. We would love to check them out. How do I find them?
I posted a link to one of them at the beginning of one of my reports (not sure which one it was). Here's the link I posted.

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I haven't been on the boards in forever (and a day...) but having a s-l-o-w night at work and decided to peruse ... wow, your TR just sucked me right in! Love, love, love. I'm all caught up and I can't wait to see further adventures with your AP.
I'm so glad that you've enjoyed reading!! Also glad that I could help you pass a slow night at work Hope that our AP shenanigans don't disappoint.

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Honestly, this is like reading a good book that you just can't put down!
Well thank you! I'm so glad that you're enjoying!

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Yeah, you finally made it into the park! I love how cute and excited you both look in this picture! I can't wait to read more about your adventures at Disneyland, my most favorite place in the whole world! Our next trip will be in December and your stories increases our anticipation even more!
We FINALLY made it in! We were definitely so excited at that moment, we could barely contain ourselves. I'm glad that our stories can bring you back to the Happiest Place on Earth, and that's so exciting that you'll be out in December!

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Aw man, I didn't want to hear about Disneyland... guess I'll have to stop reading now...

First off, CONGRATS on finally getting those APs (6 months ago, lol)!!! You guys deserve them. And it's pretty cool they can do a payment plan if you live there instead of having to drop all the $$$ at one time. That's probably pretty helpful for you guys and for families with kids that might not be able to drop it all at once. So cool!

And your first trip into the parks looks like a blast! Can't wait to see what hijinks you and Tracy have been up to these past months inside of DLR! More updates please!!! (I mean, when you're not spending time in the parks, providing us with more update goodies for the future)
Sorry, all the buildup is over, so all that darn Disney parks stuff will be a bit of a letdown

I can't believe we actually made it for 6 months without APs and didn't go crazy! But yes, we were so glad to be able to do the monthly payments. We don't even really think about it now since the money is just automatically withdrawn. We consider it to be like another utility bill.

Our first day in the park was definitely a blast! And the other 50+ days that we've spent in the parks since then have been a blast too. Now to figure out how to ever write about them all!!

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I'm so glad you all finally got passes! At the same time, I agree that it is fabulous you got to see so much of your new area in the interim.
We were glad on both counts as well. We LOVE having our passes, but now we know about fun things to do on the days when we don't go to the parks!

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I don't spend that much time on the boards but you've got me hooked! lol

I also think your trip reports read like a book.

Have you considered writing a book or an eBook along the lines of a "how to" story of your journey from NY to California? I think you have a lot of us hooked! so maybe there are a lot more out there who would also enjoy reading about your adventures!
I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying reading, and thank you for the praise. A book of some sort has crossed my mind. Maybe someday in the future!

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Yay! So glad to read about your getting your passes. And solid choice on pirates as the first ride. I remember being in the park one day and riding Snow White. A cm said she was glad my son who was 2 at the time liked it and he told her snow and pirates were his favorite. She said, "just like Walt." It still makes me smile. You can never go wrong following Walt.

I'm actually not a huge fan of Newport either. It always seems mobbed and such a trek to the water.

I'm glad you guys were able to find jobs. My sister has been looking in her field, banking, for a year and a half. I strongly support your reasoning on when you bought the passes. Disneyland is awesome any time, but jan-march are really nice without the crowds or heat.

Can't wait to read about your Disney trips. Congrats on being passholders.
You absolutely can never go wrong following Walt! And we definitely thought Pirates was a very good first ride to start off our days as AP-holders.

It's funny because we still haven't had much success with Newport either, but just this evening we went to Balboa Island because Tracy wanted to try a frozen banana. We were there for the sunset and it was beautiful. So that's one part of Newport that we like now. We're still open to trying it again on an off-peak day and seeing how we like it.

I absolutely understand the struggle of trying to find a job in the field you actually WANT to work in, so I wish your sister good luck! We were glad we just decided to jump the gun and buy our passes when we did. It was great having some time with them before Tracy started work and when the crowds were still so light.

I hope you keep enjoying reading along. We have lots of adventures to share from inside the parks too!

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Hurray! You finally got your annual passes

I just got my annual pass this past week as an early birthday present from my son (he paid the down payment and I'm making the monthly payments. I didn't get the Premium one but got the Deluxe one - wonder if I should upgrade? lol) I also went to Disneyland for the first time using my AP this weekend on Saturday and did the happy dance after she handed me my actual pass at the Ticket Counter booth. And sort of coincidentally I went on Haunted Mansion as my first ride and my second ride was Pirates of the Caribbean! Can't wait to see what your next ride was (mine was supposed to be Indiana Jones Adventure with a Fastpass so I went over to CA to ride Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear then headed back to Indiana Jones to find it was broke down so took a dinner break). Enough of me!! I am just so excited after planning for 2 years to move to CA with hopes of working for Disney like you guys, living here for a year and not setting foot in DL until this past weekend.

I hope you don't mind me sharing a few pics:

My phone battery died before I got over to California Adventure which I was sort of bummed about. My camera battery was dead & I had lost my charger when I visited my kids in VA in April but I ordered one this weekend, got it today and now I'm armed with both my phone camera and my little Fuji camera for my next AP trip

Can't wait to read more about the rest of your first day as an AP holder!
We were so glad to finally make it into the parks, and I'm SO GLAD to hear that you finally made it in too!! We absolutely know what it is like to live so close and yet feel so far from Disneyland, so that's great that your wait is over.

I think the difference in the monthly payments between Deluxe and Premium is only about $10 if you do decide to upgrade (I sound like such an enabler haha).

Your first day sounds excellent! I'm glad you got to go on some of the best attractions, and I really enjoyed seeing your pictures.

Hopefully we'll see you in the parks sometime! Congratulations on joining the AP club
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:12 AM   #350
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Chapter 46
Disney Food at Last


Continuing in the same direction through Disneyland, we made our way into Critter Country.



There was almost no wait for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, so we decided to get in line.



While this ride doesn’t attract too much popularity here at Disneyland, there’s no denying how well-themed its queue area is. I really enjoy the little stream that flows beside you while you wait.







I’m also a fan of all the hidden speakers, like the one in Eeyore’s house.



There are some Hunny pots to take us into the Hundred-Acre Wood.





Our vehicle was Heffalump.



The ride was cute and fun as always. Tracy and I will always be suckers for Disney dark rides. We knew going into having our APs that these would be the types of rides we looked forward to riding again and again, and we have continued to love them with no sign of tiring of them.

By now, the sun was setting, and we were starting to get hungry. The meal we chose as our first in the parks seemed like such a big decision. Was there some counter service restaurant we had been dreaming about going to that we could now finally eat at? Really, we decided, there wasn’t. We were excited for Disney food, of course, but we wanted to try all sorts of things at restaurants all over the parks. So we decided to eat based on convenience this evening.

We had read praises on Lines chat about the new Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at the Hungry Bear Restaurant, and we were intrigued. While not normally something we would jump at, it sounded pretty good. Plus, we were right there and ready to eat.





We ordered (getting our first 15% discount) and had a pleasant chat with the cast member at the pickup window all about our new passes. Before too long, however, our sandwich was ready.



I don’t know if we were more excited about trying the sandwich or devouring the Sweet Potato Fries that came with it. We love sweet potato fries, and these were definitely DELICIOUS! The sandwich, on the other hand, was… hard to judge. The overall flavor was good, but we were expecting something a little heartier. First off, there were only two fried green tomatoes, and they weren’t really that big. When a certain food is the centerpiece on which you build your menu item, it seems like that should be the main taste. Instead, however, much of the flavor of the sandwich was derived from the jicama-mango slaw. While this was pretty good (if a little eclectic), It just left us a little unfulfilled.

On the whole, we definitely took a risk with our first in-park Disney meal, and it didn’t entirely pay off. It wasn’t bad, but maybe we should have played it a little safer. At least the Sweet Potato Fries were everything we dreamed of…

We loved the location of the Hungry Bear Restaurant at least. The views of the Rivers of America were beautiful.





And there was a whole paddling of ducks (apparently “paddling” is one of the correct plurals for a group of ducks, along with “skiff,” “raft,” “team,” and “dropping”) sitting beneath us waiting for food to be dropped down to them.



After dinner, as the sun set properly, we went back out into Disneyland. After all, there was still so much of it we hadn’t explored yet.

We started off by walking back along the Rivers of America and through New Orleans Square. The crowds were starting to gather as Fantasmic! wasn’t too far off.



We ended up cutting through the Big Thunder Trail and into Fantasyland!



Our lovely little castle looked very pretty in the dusk from behind.



While we would have liked to start queuing up for every attraction in Fantasyland, unfortunately, the darkness had also made it start to get quite chilly—it was still February, after all. We needed to make a trip back to the car, therefore to switch out our sweatshirts for our proper jackets. The ability to just run back to the car (even if it does take a while) is one thing we would come to love about driving to Disneyland. I think about our trips to WDW when we would leave the hotel in the wee hours of the morning and not return until after midnight, and I think it would be hard to keep that up in the months when the temperatures vary. Since we’ve only been to WDW in the summer, it’s never been an issue, but I love how we can stash a variety of layers in our car here and go back to change as needed.

After taking the tram back to the car, grabbing our coats, and then taking the tram again to the Main Entrance Plaza, we actually decided to walk through Downtown Disney and take the mode of transportation that had been so openly taunting us since we arrived in SoCal.



We arrived at the Monorail station in Downtown Disney as one was getting ready to pull out, and there was a decent crowd in front of us. We missed Monorail Blue, therefore, and had to wait about 10 minutes until Monorail Orange showed up.



We were already standing on the portion of the platform that lined up with the nose of the monorail, and we saw some guests vacating that spot when it pulled up. So we decided to ask if we could ride in the front.

The conductor had no problem with letting us into the front car, so Tracy and I climbed in and had the whole nose all to ourselves.





Of course, the conductor got in eventually, but we had our couple minutes alone to totally geek out. We had never gotten to ride in the front of the monorail before they stopped allowing it at WDW, and we hadn’t known to ask on our last trip to Disneyland.



As we prepared to depart, we had another moment during which the joy of Disney was able to wash over us. We really were here!





As the driver came in and started us on our course, we prepared to be ushered back to Disneyland along the Highway in the Sky.

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It's so cute to hear about your enthusiasm for all things Disney! We will be there Saturday to meet up with a friend of mine from another board. I'm excited to go since we haven't been for quite a while.

Good choices for your first rides. I'm sure you won't be able to recount every one of your trips to DL. I try to do that on my PTR and I just can't, but I hope that you are able to give us the essence of your trips even if they are somewhat lumped together.

Just glad you finally have the passes! It makes a total difference. I can't imagine what it would be like living here with DL not being part of our "playground".
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I just started reading your report, and LOVE IT! You write very well, and I feel like I'm on the journey as well. I'm subscribing to be sure I read future posts.
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Great post and beautiful pics! I forgot all about the monorail although I saw it pass as I was walking into the Park - what fun to ride in the front! I'm convinced to pay the extra $10/mo to upgrade to Premium
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You finally made it on the monorail!

Lovely first day with AP in the park. And thanks for the heads-up of the FGT sandwich. Might stay clear of it.
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PrincessInOz just reminded me of something. Your review on the Fried Green Tomato sandwich - my thoughts exactly when I tried it! Pretty tasty, but oddly un-fulfilling.
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Heaven2dc--thank you for posting the pictures--they are absolutely beautiful!!!

Taylor, I'm so intrigued by your continuing story--can hardly believe you and Tracy finally got annual passes and made it into Disneyland--Yay!!!

Loving the "play-by-play"!
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We arrived at the Monorail station in Downtown Disney as one was getting ready to pull out, and there was a decent crowd in front of us. We missed Monorail Blue, therefore, and had to wait about 10 minutes until Monorail Orange showed up.



We were already standing on the portion of the platform that lined up with the nose of the monorail, and we saw some guests vacating that spot when it pulled up. So we decided to ask if we could ride in the front.

The conductor had no problem with letting us into the front car, so Tracy and I climbed in and had the whole nose all to ourselves.





Of course, the conductor got in eventually, but we had our couple minutes alone to totally geek out. We had never gotten to ride in the front of the monorail before they stopped allowing it at WDW, and we hadn’t known to ask on our last trip to Disneyland.



As we prepared to depart, we had another moment during which the joy of Disney was able to wash over us. We really were here!





As the driver came in and started us on our course, we prepared to be ushered back to Disneyland along the Highway in the Sky.
What fun riding in the front of the Monorail. I did it in 1998 and 2008 at WDW. Thought it was gone forever, didn't realize we could do it at DL. Next January that's on my list of things to do. Did they give you a Monorail license?
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #358
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another great addition to your adventures!

We don't particularly like the fried green tomato sandwich at Hungry Bear either. I usually get their green salad with chicken and its good. I eat low carb most of the time but will go for a good DL sandwich occasionally. One of my favorite is a breakfast sandwich at Whitewater Snacks. LOVE their sausage and egg biscuit. It is huge! More than enough for two for sure!

And I agree...I haven't seen many folks mention it but I love the stream you are near in the Winnie ride. Its a nice touch to the theme of the land.

And that gift shop in CC is one of my favorites between both the parks. I usually spot something there I just can't live without! And thats saying a lot for me! lol
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:56 PM   #359
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It's so cute to hear about your enthusiasm for all things Disney! We will be there Saturday to meet up with a friend of mine from another board. I'm excited to go since we haven't been for quite a while.

Good choices for your first rides. I'm sure you won't be able to recount every one of your trips to DL. I try to do that on my PTR and I just can't, but I hope that you are able to give us the essence of your trips even if they are somewhat lumped together.

Just glad you finally have the passes! It makes a total difference. I can't imagine what it would be like living here with DL not being part of our "playground".
Hope you enjoyed your trip over this weekend! I love going on Saturdays when all the other passes besides Premium are blocked out. Always so much less crowded!

We'll see what I end up doing as I try to review our months of parks time. I have written down what we've done each day ride by ride, but you're right that I probably won't be able to include that sort of information each time. It might actually get boring if I did. I'm sure I'll figure out some way to recount everything though!

We agree that having APs makes all the difference in the world. We just love being able to go whenever we get the urge!

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I just started reading your report, and LOVE IT! You write very well, and I feel like I'm on the journey as well. I'm subscribing to be sure I read future posts.
Thanks so much for reading! I'm glad that you're enjoying it and that you feel like you're along for the ride. Hope you keep having fun hearing about our shenanigans in the future!

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Great post and beautiful pics! I forgot all about the monorail although I saw it pass as I was walking into the Park - what fun to ride in the front! I'm convinced to pay the extra $10/mo to upgrade to Premium
We love the Monorail. Such a true "Disney" experience. Hope you get to ride it soon, and I can't argue with upgrading to Premiums

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You finally made it on the monorail!

Lovely first day with AP in the park. And thanks for the heads-up of the FGT sandwich. Might stay clear of it.
We made it! Every time we would see the Monorail going overhead in Downtown Disney, we would sadly wave at it. So we were very excited to be on the other side of those windows.

Our review definitely isn't the end-all opinion on the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich as I know plenty of people really like it, but now you know our thoughts...

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PrincessInOz just reminded me of something. Your review on the Fried Green Tomato sandwich - my thoughts exactly when I tried it! Pretty tasty, but oddly un-fulfilling.
I'm glad to hear you had the same opinion. We just didn't see what all the fuss was about...

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Heaven2dc--thank you for posting the pictures--they are absolutely beautiful!!!

Taylor, I'm so intrigued by your continuing story--can hardly believe you and Tracy finally got annual passes and made it into Disneyland--Yay!!!

Loving the "play-by-play"!
We can still hardly believe that we're "in" sometimes too! It's continued to be quite a blast though.

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What fun riding in the front of the Monorail. I did it in 1998 and 2008 at WDW. Thought it was gone forever, didn't realize we could do it at DL. Next January that's on my list of things to do. Did they give you a Monorail license?
You definitely have to ask about riding in the front, and it's also fun to ride in the back car. It's got all the fun of the nose but without the driver, so you can really feel like a VIP. I don't think they have Monorail licenses here though, unfortunately...

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another great addition to your adventures!

We don't particularly like the fried green tomato sandwich at Hungry Bear either. I usually get their green salad with chicken and its good. I eat low carb most of the time but will go for a good DL sandwich occasionally. One of my favorite is a breakfast sandwich at Whitewater Snacks. LOVE their sausage and egg biscuit. It is huge! More than enough for two for sure!

And I agree...I haven't seen many folks mention it but I love the stream you are near in the Winnie ride. Its a nice touch to the theme of the land.

And that gift shop in CC is one of my favorites between both the parks. I usually spot something there I just can't live without! And thats saying a lot for me! lol
I'm glad to hear we weren't the only ones who didn't love the Fried Green Tomatoes. That breakfast sandwich sounds DELICIOUS! We always love sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches, so we'll definitely have to try that one out sometime soon!!

I think the whole Winnie the Pooh area is actually some of the best environmental theming in Critter Country. I always notice something new and exciting looking around there, and the stream is just a nice little part of that!

Agreed about Pooh Corner. We stop in there way more often than we should, and we usually emerge with something...
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Chapter 47
A Timeless Journey Through Lands of Fantasy


The trip aboard the Monorail as you go from Downtown Disney into Disneyland is so exciting. You pass through all the backstage areas and can see all the different departments, and then you get to go through such a good portion of Disneyland. We love it! We enjoyed watching a portion of the parade from above.



Since we’re not typically big parade people, this was a good way for us to see it without having to actually stand and watch.

Finally, we zoomed into the Tomorrowland Station.



We unloaded and started right back into exploring our new park. First we passed by the majestic Matterhorn.



Next, we met up with the parade in person…



I think one reason I’m never crazy about the parades is just because they make it so inconvenient for everyone else to walk around the park. I know they only actually block the road for a very small portion of the day, but it just seems like we’re always going out of our way trying to avoid them. At least we weren’t sick of Soundsational yet at this point, so we didn’t mind it too much.

Finding ourselves back in Fantasyland, we decided to do a ride Tracy and I had never done before—at least not in the last couple decades—The Mad Tea Party.



Neither of us are big fans of spinning rides, and obviously the teacups are the ultimate spinners, but we thought it looked so pretty with the lanterns overhead.





Furthermore, we noticed that the people who weren’t turning their wheels didn’t appear to be spinning too much. We decided we would try riding it without spinning and see how we liked it.

There was no line because most people seemed to be too distracted by the parade, so we got right on.



They weren’t even playing the usual attraction music because the parade soundtrack was so loud (we were right next to the route, after all).



When the ride started up, it was actually pretty fun. We still got to be flung back and forth, but our teacup didn’t actually spin much at all. This action shot, however, makes it look like we were having a very thrilling time.



On the whole, riding the teacups OUR WAY was right up our alley. We decided to take this attraction off the “shunned” list, and we’ve been glad to have it as another option in Fantasyland!

Our next stop was Toad Hall, where we encountered a relatively short wait for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.



I loved noticing some of the details in the queue area.





We love Toad, even if it is crazy and slightly nonsensical at times. Our favorites are the sheep, the signs that say “BANG,” “BOOM,” etc., and of course, the trip through hell itself.

Continuing on a dark ride kick—they are some of Disneyland’s best classics after all—we over to Pinocchio’s Daring Journey.



We followed up our escape from Monstro by climbing aboard the King Arthur Carrousel.





There’s just something so beautiful about the Disney carousels. You can just feel how being hand-carved and original really adds to their charm.





After we went ‘round the kingdom, we admired the castle from behind. It is so pretty all lit up, even if I do sometimes miss the carousel of colors that are used to light Cinderella’s Castle in WDW.



We weren’t done with Fantasyland yet. It was time for a ride on Snow White’s Scary Adventures.







I just love that we still have Snow White (and Toad) here at Disneyland. It always amuses me a little that one of the main boasts about Disney World was that there would be enough space for everything that could ever be dreamed up, and yet the Magic Kingdom keeps losing classic attractions to free up their valuable real estate. Meanwhile here at Disneyland, everything is crammed together, but at least it’s all still here!

Now Tracy decided that she wanted to take a ride on the Matterhorn Bobsleds. When I went on this ride on our last trip, it killed my back (mind you, that was before the major refurbishment), so I decided to sit this one out. Tracy, therefore, got into the single rider line.



While she was right at the front of the line, the ride kept having issues (as it so often does). I think in the end it was broken down for well over a half-hour, but they kept assuring the people in line that it would be back up any minute now. So Tracy stayed in line, hoping that she would get to go on before too long.

I took this opportunity to wander around Fantasyland taking in our new home park. First I went over to it’s a small world, which was closed for refurbishment while they took down the Christmas decorations. The façade was still quite pretty nonetheless.



Next I went back over to the Mad Tea Party and tried (without much luck) to photograph how pretty that area looked with all the lanterns on and the Matterhorn looming behind it.



It definitely still hadn’t quite sunk in yet that we were really there IN Disneyland. Not only that, but we could come back, truly, whenever we wanted. I tried to just take it in and enjoy everything that was going on around me.

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